2018 FAQ

When is the festival?

The Overnight Film Festival returns on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February 2018.

Where is the festival?

Queens Hotel, Marine Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3DY

How do I get there?

Trains to Eastbourne run from London Victoria and across the South East including Brighton, Gatwick Airport and Ashford International. The town is very well connected! For more information: www.nationalrail.co.uk (Please note: National Rail only publicise planned engineering work 3 months in advance so worth waiting to see if anything is happening to the line before buying tickets.)

National Express buses run from London Victoria to Eastbourne (you may find a cheaper deal but please note it takes approximately 3.5 hours).
Stagecoach run local services across the South East.

Use your Sat Nav to reach the Queens Hotel at the address above. There is lots of parking onsite.

Cool! Gatwick Airport is on the direct train line to Eastbourne. Shoreham Airport (which features in Poirot episodes) requires two trains to get to Eastbourne.

So, tell me more about the tickets?

Sleepover Tickets – now on sale
£125 per person for double occupancy room
£130 for a single room

The Sleepover ticket includes your accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and access to all screenings and parties.

You will have the option of paying for an additional night’s stay on Sunday, too.

Non-sleepover Weekend Tickets – now on sale
£60 per person. Includes all the screenings and parties, but no accommodation or breakfast.

A limited number of Day tickets will also be made available closer to the festival dates – check back soon for more details!

Can I just buy a ticket for myself?

Yes, but single rooms are limited (and cost slightly more), so don’t sleep on it! We strongly encourage attendees to book a twin room and bring their BFF. We also have doubles for coupled Overnighters!

What do I need to bring with me?

Towels and bedding are provided. Rooms are cleaned every day. Just bring what you’d bring to a hotel that doesn’t have a fabulous film festival.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed. However there are no cooking facilities in bedrooms except for a kettle. Remember if you’re sleeping over you have breakfast included, and we have partnerships with local eateries for all festival attendees. Bringing your own alcohol is not permitted. There is a reasonably priced bar in the hotel that will be open all day!

How are the screenings going to work?

The hotel’s splendid ballroom will be converted once again into a bespoke cinema equipped with 35mm, 16mm and digital projection capabilities. There will be seven film screenings spread over the weekend: three on Saturday and three on Sunday, as well as our opening night film and party to kick things off on Friday night.

Overnight Film Festival 2018 will feature two guest curators who will present two programmes each over the weekend. Our opening and closing programmes will be presented by the Overnight Film Festival team.

On Saturday and Sunday we’ll have breaks at meal times for you to head out of the hotel and explore the many varied delights of Eastbourne. We’re partnering with local businesses to get discounts on food. There are plenty of outstanding fish and chip shops nearby. The schedule will be announced closer to the festival dates.

There will be parties every night, as well as opportunities galore to talk film and much more over breakfast and via salons all around the magnificent Queens Hotel.

More details about our guest curators and festival programme to be announced soon!

When can I check in and check out?

Check-in from 4.30pm on Friday 2nd February.
Check-out by 11am on Sunday or Monday. Luggage can be left at reception.

Can under-18s attend?

No, unfortunately, the festival is 18+ due to licensing restrictions.

How accessible are the hotel and screenings?

The hotel is accessible for guests with reduced mobility. There is one stair lift (up a flight of nine steps) from the ground floor entrance and snug, up to the restaurant level where screenings are held. From this level there is a lift to all the higher floors that host accommodation. All the floors of Queens Hotel are flat and carpeted. We have a small amount of rooms with walk-in showers: these must be requested before 1st January 2018.

Please note that some of our film selections will be foreign language and therefore already subtitled.Unfortunately, due to the temporary nature of the cinema space we’re unable to offer captions for the deaf or hard of hearing, nor audio description tracks.

Can I take photos and/or videos?

Yes, please do! But obviously turn off your phone during screenings.

Also by entering the event site you agree to being filmed or photographed which may be used for marketing or promotional purposes.

I’ve bought a non-sleepover or day pass: where do I collect my tickets?

Come to the information desk in the Queens Hotel snug. We’ll have it waiting for you there!

I’ve bought a non-sleepover or day pass: where else can I stay?

We’ve made a list of alternative Eastbourne hotels especially for you!

I can’t come any more, can I get a refund?

We’ll be sad not to see you but we know plans can change. Anytime up to the week before the festival (22nd January 2018) you can get a full refund (minus Billetto fees). Sooner to the event than that we can give a 50% refund. Day before (1st February) or day of the festival we won’t be able to issue any amount of refund.

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