What is Tour de Cinema?

The Tour de France is coming to Britain for 100 days this summer, starting in Yorkshire. To celebrate, Doc/Fest is proud to present the Tour de Cinema as a major strand of the Yorkshire Festival. Special documentary and fiction films will be screening FREE to the public on large-scale high definition screens, popping up in beautiful open-air locations, National Trust venues, and community spaces across the county. Tour de Cinema is presented in partnership with SHAFF, Cine Yorkshire, Yorkshire Film Archive, University of Sheffield,University of Leeds, National Media Museum, Bradford International Film Festival and the National Trust Share your Tour de Cinema experience using the Facebook page Tour De Cinema or Twitter hashtag #tourdecinema



The Programme

The programme includes both Outdoor and Indoor screenings, and includes two brand new films made especially for the festival from a century of archive footage about cycling - - see below for more details. You'll also see some of the best films ever made about Yorkshire life, including treasures from the BFI archive, films by Ridley Scott and Louis Malle, Alan Bennett's rarely-seen A Day Out, and The Big Melt, co-directed by Martin Wallace and Jarvis Cocker, plus some of the greatest cycling films ever made... Expect a rich programme of films from archive documentaries to the latest in contemporary cinema. Through the 100 days of the Tour, Yorkshire’s landscapes, cities, towns and villages will be transformed into unforgettable cinema experiences open to all, from young to old. Cycle To The Cinema We have limited car parking spaces at the venues so we strongly encourage cycling, walking or car-pooling to get to each screenings. Each venue will have ample space for parking your bike, so please Cycle to the Cinema if you can!

To view where your nearest screening is click here



- Velorama, is a specially-commissioned new feature-length documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Daisy Asquith. Created using over 100 different titles from the BFI National Archive (including footage from Mitchell & Kenyon, Topical Budget, COI and British Council), and footage from the amateur and home movie collections housed at the Yorkshire Film Archive, it shows a Century of the Bicycle on film, from the invention of the modern bike to the gruelling pursuit of Le Tour, all set to dreamy electronic music by Bill Nelson and the legendary Yorkshire tones of Chumbawumba. Velorama will take you on an unmissable two-wheeled journey. - Yorkshire Film Archive - From Trike to Bike unearths a wealth of film footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive, capturing the joys of our personal cycling journeys. From our very first tricyle to the nervous wobbles of the two wheeler, cycling proficiency tests, local road races and competitions, and Yorkshire’s own champion rider, Beryl Burton, the team at YFA have been delving into their archive collections to create a moving montage of cycling memories. You’ll also catch glimpses of familiar Yorkshire landmarks - the towns, cities, villages and landscapes that mark out the Yorkshire route of Le Tour.   The films will both be launched as part of the Bradford International Film Festival, and will be part of the whole Tour de Cinema programme.


Tour de Cinema Premiere Event

World Premiere of Velorama and From Trike To Bike

Friday March 28th, 7pm, Bradford Cathedral-Velorama at Bradford International Film Festival - More Information here - Tickets available on the door or in advance from the Cathedral Office - call on 01274 777720


Cycle to the Cinema: outdoor screenings

Enjoy spectacular FREE outdoor screenings in beautiful locations across Yorkshire. The landscape will be transformed into unforgettable cinema experiences. Open to all ages unless otherwise stated. Watch this space for more information on the programme. Cycle, walk or take public transport to spectacular outdoor screenings on big screens in beautiful wild locations across Yorkshire.

Saturday 26th April, 8.30pm-11pm Malham (National Trust) - Booking Essential,for ticket details CLICK HERE

Saturday 3rd May, 5pm-10pm - Hardcastle Crags & Gibson Mill (National Trust)- Booking Essential, for ticket details CLICK HERE

Saturday 10th May, 5pm-10pm - Nunnington Hall (National Trust) - Booking Essential, for ticket details CLICK HERE

Saturday 17th May, 5pm-10pm - Brimham Rocks (National Trust) Booking Essential,for ticket details CLICK HERE

Saturday 7th June, 2pm-7:30pm - Peace Gardens , Sheffield as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest - no booking required, just turn up

Sunday 8th June, 12am-5:30pm - Howard Street Screen , Sheffield as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest - no booking required, just turn up.

Thursday 12th June, 5pm-10pm - South Street Park Amphitheatre, Sheffield as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest - no booking required, just turn up.

Friday 13th June, 6pm-11pm - The Plug Sheffield (Over 18s only)

Saturday 14th June, 5pm-10pm - Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal (National Trust) - Booking Essential, for ticket details CLICK HERE

Wednesday July 2nd, 11am - 2pm - Leeds Big Screen , Millennium Gardens, Leeds - no booking required, just turn up

Saturday 21st June, 5pm - 10pm - Ravenscar (National Trust)- Booking Essential, for ticket details CLICK HERE

Sunday 6th July - Steel City Stage situated in Bradfield are hosting a mix of events to celebrate the Tour De Cinema coming to Yorkshire. For more information please click here

There will also be additional outdoor Cycle to the Cinema screenings at other sites across South Yorkshire - keep checking back here for further information.


Indoor Community Screenings

Cine Yorkshire,presents the local strand of Tour de Cinema. Between March 27th - July 5th there are m ore than 50 screenings across 20 community and village hall venues, staged by Cine Yorkshire - Full itinerary and booking details Cine Yorkshire,

Saturday 29th March and Sunday 30th March, 7.30pm University of Sheffield and Student Union , (Over 18s only) - These screenings are part of a wider partnership between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Doc/Fest, connecting the world-class research and study at the University with the UK's major documentary organisation. Through screenings, matchmaking events and other initiatives, the two organisations are collaborating on creating, showcasing and discussing film that connects deeply with and informs public audiences. Tickets available from the Student Unions Box Office

Thursday June 19th - Hebden Bridge Picturehouse - see website for more details

Thursday June 3rd - 530pm - Leeds City Museum as part of Bicyclism

Saturday July 5th, 8pm - Showroom Cinema, Sheffield - join us for the finale of the Tour de Cinema as Le Grand Départ passes through the city. for further details on how to get your tickets please click here

July 5th and 6th - National Media Museum - see website for more details


What is the Yorkshire Festival?

Tour de Cinema is part of the Yorkshire Festival, part of the Grand Départ

Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the first ever arts festival to precede the Grand Départ in its 111 year history. As well as Tour de Cinema, nearly 50 events have been selected to be officially part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 which will also include hundreds of fringe events.

Visit www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk, Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter.

The world's greatest cycle race - the Tour de France - will start in the world's greatest county on 5th & 6th July 2014 bringing millions of fans to the Yorkshire roadside.

Yorkshire is the UK's biggest county and home to some of Europe's most stunning countryside and coastline. The route will take the cyclists through some of our great and vibrant cities, including York, Leeds, Ripon, and Sheffield, complemented by pretty market towns.

The Grand Départ will be a festival and a spectacle for fans and first timers alike. Yorkshire will give the riders, the teams and the race organisers a race to remember.

Tour de Cinema was commissioned by Yorkshire Festival 2014 with support from Arts Council England, Yorkshire Water, Welcome to Yorkshire and Yorkshire Local Authorities.

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