MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU…..BRADFORD FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES TODAY WITH CITY PARK SCREENING AND JEDI FITNESS FUN

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU…..BRADFORD FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES TODAY WITH CITY PARK SCREENING AND JEDI FITNESS FUN

Festival goers are set to enjoy a month of fantastic films and documentaries as the Bradford Family Film Festival launches today… and for Bradford Big Screen audiences there’s an intergalactic treat in store.

Every Wednesday film fans will be invited to take part in a Jedi fitness session before relaxing into the main feature film. Introduced on screen by Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the film features British Taekwondo Olympic gold medallist, Jade Jones who’ll put everyone through their paces.

Public Health England (PHE) and Disney UK’s Change4Life, Train Like A Jedi programme aims to inspire children to get active. It has been brought to the Festival in City Park by Bradford Council’s Health Improvement team and their Living Well Campaign as part of an initiative to get Bradford fitter.

Festival Director David Wilson of Bradford UNESCO City of Film said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Living Well campaign team to be able to fuse film and fitness together as part of the festival. We think the audience will be energized by the excitement of Star Wars.”

Alison Moore from Bradford Council’s Health Improvement team said: “Combined together the 12 moves become one special Jedi training routine that help children learn six key sporting skills of technique, strength, stamina, speed, agility and mastery. We’ll have fitness instructors in City Park to help people master the moves so it’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun.”

The Festival offers free and subsidized screenings in and around Bradford for the entire family to enjoy throughout the month of August. Organisers are delighted to welcome the Light Cinema, Bradford Classic and Bradford Markets as new partners this year and to be working for the second year running with Picturehouse at the National Science and Media Museum – giving audiences more opportunities to see a wide range of films and IMAX documentaries.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said: “Promoting health and fitness in the city is vital for all of us – young and old. City Park is such a versatile space so everyone can come down and enjoy a fitness session and then sit back and enjoy the festival’s film offer.”

The programme includes everything from family favourites Paddington 2, Early Man, The Lion King, to a special singalong version of the hit film The Greatest Showman. Picturehouse Bradford is hosting reduced rate screenings of two exciting IMAX 3D documentaries, A Beautiful Planet and Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

The newly opened, Light Cinema will be screening reduced rate films every weekday as part of the festival – with titles to be announced each week. Clayton Community Cinema is also joining the festival again this year and Bradford Classic will be bringing family favourite, Love Bug to City Park’s big screen. Bradford Markets’ are hosting a pop up cinema every Friday at the Oastler Market.

To see the full programme of films and documentaries on offer throughout August visit the website http://www.bradford-city-of-film.com/big-screen/family/