Paracinema Cult Festival (2023)

Paracinema Cult Film Festival Returns to Quad September 22-25


Paracinema, QUAD’s home-grown Film Festival, returns this September for four days of cult films, horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Offering an exciting range of films from genres and sub-genres outside the mainstream that don’t usually get the opportunity to play on the big screen, Paracinema returns to QUAD for its fourth edition over the weekend of Friday 22nd to Monday 25th September. The festival will feature over fifteen films including UK and world premieres, plus film events, interviews, panel discussions and performances.

Paracinema Cult Movie Festival - Japanese cult classic Battle Royale
The Japanese cult classic Battle Royale

Headline movies for the four-day event include the Japanese cult classic Battle Royale, the World Premiere of the intense British horror movie Incessant and UK premieres of both the Japanese body horror The Sound of Summer and psychedelic noir thriller Psychosis. Haunted Ulster Live serves up a hilarious take on paranormal investigation, while Kim’s Video unearths an incredible story from the heyday of the VHS era. The Festival includes nearly 30 short films, presenting some of the best offerings in the genre in three themed showcase screenings.

Paracinema Cult fFilm Festival - A still from Horror Ulster Live
A still from Horror Ulster Live

As part of the programme of film events, Paracinema welcomes director, writer and producer Mick Garris (known for Hocus Pocus and his many Stephen King adaptations) for a live online interview followed by his movie Riding The Bullet (also adapted from a Stephen King novella). Last year’s popular shows with Pop-Up Puppet Cinema will be returning for riotous performances of Jaws and Back To The Future. The festival will be reflecting back on some Video Shop Memories with our expert panel as well as serving up the final challenge of the Paracinema Film Quiz to wrap up the weekend.

Paracinema Cult Film Festival - Riding the Bullet, adapted from a Stephen King novella
Mick Garris’ Riding the Bullet, adapted from a Stephen King novella

With many directors and actors from the Festival’s films attending over the weekend, you can also expect a lively social event for the four days of Paracinema, as well as a range of merch and dealers tables over the weekend for attendees to browse.

Adam Marsh, Cinema Programmer at QUAD, said: “Alongside the mix of genre films and non-mainstream titles, we are always happy to welcome the filmmakers to bring their work to Derby audiences. It is really exciting see these emerging talents here at Paracinema and get on board early as their careers bloom.”

Media Release 13th September 2023

Paracinema runs from Friday 22nd September to Monday 25th September, with screenings and events throughout each day.

Tickets are priced at: £10 or £7.50 per standard film, with additional prices for special events. A Paracinema Festival Pass allows entry to all talks and events at the festival and costs £45 or £25 concessions.

For more information, including the full schedule and to purchase tickets online, visit or For further enquiries, please call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.

Paracinema Cult Film Cinema - Fun with Jaws and Back to the Future
Quint Has Some More Fun with Jaws

About QUAD

QUAD is Derby’s centre for art and film, a mixed arts venue based on the Market Place. QUAD is the city’s cultural hub with a three-screen cinema, an art gallery showing the best in contemporary visual arts, digital workshop spaces plus an award-winning Café bar. QUAD has been at the heart of Derby’s cultural scene since it opened in September in 2008 and is internationally recognised for providing quality and excellence in the Arts. QUAD delivers an exciting, innovative and diverse programme which is popular with visitors of all ages, with a reputation in Photography, digital innovation & family friendly events. The venue organises FORMAT International Photography Festival and Derby Film Festival. QUAD is a partnership between Derby City Council and Arts Council England. QUAD is open daily from 10am, for more information please visit: For further information please contact QUAD’s Marketing & Audience Development Manager, Kathy Wilson on 01332 285422 /

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