The smallest, biggest film festival in the world!

Relax on our sofas and watch some of the best new short films from around the world. On Saturday, 6 December 2014 the 6th annual Couch Fest Film Festival will be held in residential homes and alternative venues around the globe – from Hong Kong to Kathmandu, from Berlin to Brasilia – and Bitterne Park Baptist Church Hall in Southampton.

With a little help from my family, I’ll be hosted this unique event locally – it will not happen online and will not be televised. Couch Fest is a film festival that replaces traditional cinema halls with cozy residential venues and aims to bring movie lovers together in a comfortable, relaxed setting.

Founded in 2008 by Seattle filmmaker, Craig Downing, this unique worldwide festival has built a passionate following thanks to its reliably high quality, entertaining film programs, and its open-minded “do it yourself” ethic. Says Downing, “I’m excited to provide others the chance to watch grand short films whilst sitting on their rump in living rooms all over town! What better way to get out and meet your neighbours?” No wonder Wired describe it as “the world’s most cozy film festival”.


The screening at Bitterne Park presents a unique 90 minute family-friendly selection including Oscar nominated short Do I have to take care of everything?, Pink Helmet Posse, and more than 15 other brilliant international short films – many of which are still exclusively playing at some of the top film festivals in North America and Europe. So why not join Couch Fest Bitterne Park on Facebook or Eventbrite?

Bitterne Park Baptist Church Hall is a few steps away from the Wellington Road stop on the no. 7 bus route linking Southampton city centre to Townhill Park. The venue is accessible to disabled guests. Please note that street parking is limited.

Entry is free and doors open at 7pm, with the programme starting at 7.30pm. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and cake will be available.

Venue: Bitterne Park Baptist Church Hall, Wellington Road, Southampton, SO18 1PH (Location Map)

Please email me with any questions, or if you’d like to contact the festival founder or programmers.

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