Bristol, UK – The highly acclaimed I Will Tell International Film Festival (I Will Tell) is set to make history again as it expands its reach to the vibrant city of Bristol with the esteemed support of the British Film Institute (BFI).

From September 7th – 10th Bristol will be the stage for a groundbreaking cinematic event that celebrates untold stories, challenges perspectives and pays tribute to a pivotal moment in history. The expansion is not only a testament to the festival’s continued commitment to fostering meaningful change through storytelling, but it also marks a significant milestone in the festival’s legacy.

I Will Tell showcases a carefully curated lineup of films that embody the festival’s core mission: to tell stories that matter, stories that encourage reflection and empathy and stories that push the boundaries of creativity and representation.  Audiences can expect a dynamic mix of feature narratives, documentaries and short films that explore themes ranging from human rights and social activism to cultural diversity and personal transformation.

Making its new home in Bristol, the festival will open with screenings at Scott Cinema, Westbury Park (formerly the Orpheus) with 7:00pm screenings on Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th September. A highlight of the Bristol expansion is a unique afternoon screening in the stunning Lord Mayor’s Chapel at the bottom of Park Street, Sunday 10th with a dedicated exhibition celebrating the legacy of Paul Stephenson and the Bristol Bus Boycott.

Commenting, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I am delighted to welcome the I Will Tell International Film Festival to Bristol. The festival’s focus on celebrating untold stories and, in particular on amplifying the story of Bristol’s civil rights leaders in the global discourse on social justice will inspire conversations that shape our understanding of history and guide us toward a more just and equitable future.

“The Bristol Bus Boycott is an incredibly important part of the history of our city and, given its contribution to the Race Relations Acts of 1965 and 1968, our country too. The exhibition brings to Bristol an opportunity for us thank and celebrate Paul Stephenson and everyone who led the Bristol Bus Boycott 60 years ago.”

Festival Director, Jenny Lee, added: “Bringing the festival to Bristol holds a special place in my heart. As an alumna of the University of Bristol and as someone who called the St Paul’s district home during the challenging times of the pandemic, I hope that this partnership with the BFI, our diverse screenings and Bristol Bus Boycott Exhibition provide a vibrant addition to Bristol’s film scene, and also that our unique focus on radiating the universal message of God’s Love touches the hearts and souls of all who attend.”

The I Will Tell International Film Festival invites cinephiles, activists and curious minds to join them from September 7th – 10th in Bristol for a one-of-a-kind cinematic journey that will touch the heart, expand the mind and ignite the spirit. For more information including the festival schedule, film lineup and ticket details please visit


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About I WILL TELL International Film Festival

Founded in 2007 by Jenny Lee, the name of the Festival comes from a word spoken in the Senna dialect in Mozambique “Ndinadzawapanga” (pronounced Nah-jah-pang-ga) and means “I Will Tell”. It speaks to the power of storytelling to provoke change at an individual and societal level. The Festival is now a hybrid event that runs in London, Florida and Trinidad and Tobago in person with an enhanced virtual experience available globally online. We support a range of established and emerging filmmakers and have premiered films such as Ava DuVernay’s 13th, hosted high profile talent such as Lashana Lynch (007), global icons such as Raymond Santana (Central Park 5).

  • Now in its 17th year, I Will Tell will screen for the first time in Bristol, September 7-10th, with support from the BFI, alongside screenings in Florida, London, Birmingham, and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Previous celebrity attendees include: Lashana Lynch (007) , Lilly James (Cinderella) and Raymond Santana (When They See Us)
  • Screening at Scott Cinema, Westbury Park September 7-9th, and The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, September 10th, with a dedicated exhibition celebrating the legacy of the Bristol Bus Boycott.

Venue locations:


Orpheus Cinema

Lord Mayor’s Chapel


Curzon Cinema, Mayfair

ARC Church, Forest Gate


Birmingham Town Hall

Mocking Bird Cinema

Tickets and Pricing

Tickets are from Free to £24.95 plus ticket registration fee and are available here