Movie Magic at the Oscars

Feed your hunger for film with a flurry of fab festivals

Best Director winners Joel Coen and Ethan Coen pose with Oscar winner Martin Scorsese (centre) The 80th Academy Awards went ahead as planned last Sunday (24 February) – after the writers' strike came to a timely end – giving Hollywood's finest a chance to glam up and go on parade.

The Coen brothers' masterpiece 'No Country For Old Men' swept the boards, scooping five trophies, although Brits Daniel Day-Lewis and Tilda Swinton also walked away with prized gongs. Day-Lewis was named Best Leading Actor for his role in 'There Will Be Blood' and Swinton won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 'Michael Clayton'.

Tilda Swinton The biggest event in the global film calendar heralded the start of a flurry of film festivals here in the UK.

Bradford Film festival

The 14th annual Bradford Film Festival runs from 29 February to 15 March at the National Media Museum in West Yorkshire. This year TV film critic Barry Norman joins in the fun – along with composer Patrick Doyle, filmmaker Mike Figgis and musicians from the Royal Academy of Music. And there are special seasons dedicated to Kenneth Branagh, Julien Temple, Michael Palin, Leslie Norman and Christian Petzold.

The museum itself hosts some fascinating exhibitions and is a great place to visit if you're remotely interested in film, TV or photography. There's also a five-storey IMAX cinema on site.

Birds Eye View

The Women's Film Festival in London – or Birds Eye View – runs from 6 to 14 March. Maureen Lipman is due to launch the extravaganza of film, music and comedy, which boasts special guests including Jo Brand, Jessica Hynes, Arabella Weir, Victoria Wood, Lucy Porter, Shazia Mirza and Chris O'Dowd of
'The IT Crowd'.

Jessica HynesChris O'Dowd

Spanish and Latin American Film festival

¡Viva! – the Spanish and Latin American film festival – launches on 6 March, in Manchester. It boasts several special guests, including director of 'The Orphanage' Antonio Bayona.

London Australian Film Festival

Heath Ledger The London Australian Film Festival also kicks off on 6 March, at the Barbican, and this year screens films featuring Hugo Weaving, Eric Bana and more. Following the recent death of Heath Ledger, there will also be a special screening of his first major Australian film 'Two Hands'.

French Film festival

Experience the 16th French Film Festival UK, from 7 to 20 March, which visits Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Cardiff, Warwick, Birmingham, Manchester and London.

Best of the rest

Or pick from the South East Regional Film Festival, from 8 March; the Human Rights Watch international film festival in London, from 12 to 21 March; or the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, from 27 March to 10 April.

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27 February 2008

Oscar images courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.