The inaugural Kingston International Film Festival is a three-day celebration of films made by local, national and international film-makers, along with talks, Q&As, kids’ events, networking nights, competitions and a gala awards ceremony on the closing night.


The Kingston International Film Festival is proud to have the newly refurbished KIFF Studio located within Rotunda. Everyone from the KIFF team extends a huge thank you to the Rotunda landlord and everyone at Rotunda who have helped us on this journey. The KIFF Studio is a central hub for content creation, community based projects and anyone looking to engage and get involved with the festival.

KIFF was launched on the 24 January by Harry Potter and BAFTA award-winning director, Mike Newell, who is a patron of the festival, at the Rose Theatre. Together, supporting the independent film companies and new talent, KIFF aims to inject much-needed support into the film industry as a whole and create an encouraging platform for emerging British talent to connect with industry leads. KIFF aims to support the smaller independent production companies and recognises their fundamental importance as a unique place for emerging talent to develop their careers.

The festival will be taking place in the birthplace of Eadweard Muybridge, the ‘Godfather of film’, in theatres, venues and cinemas across Royal Borough of Kingston will host screenings and events throughout the duration of the festival.

In addition to film screenings, the festival will host an extensive programme of workshops, Q&As and special events that will allow aspiring interested and passionate talent to learn more about the industry and develop new skills.

The festival is dedicated to providing a new supportive platform that allows young and independent film makers the opportunity to get their work out into the industry and kick-start their careers. KIFF will be working closely with students and representatives from local cultural and educational institutions, including Kingston University to involve student film makers and media students in the event and within the KIFF Studio.

To read more about KIFF and the festival plans click here.

Our Mural, in support of Kingston International Film Festival.

We are excited to have partnered with local artist Sky High and KIFF to bring an exciting piece of artwork to Rotunda.
In support of the Kingston International Film Festival (KIFF), Sky High’s mural sits proudly on display at Rotunda to promote the forthcoming inaugural festival this June 2022.

Who is the artist?

Sky High is a local street artist in Kingston upon Thames with a background in Graffiti, Street Art and Mural painting. Sky High’s community artwork can be found in Tolworth, Norbiton, Croydon, Hoxton and Kingston and draws upon local culture, nature and art themes.

The mural brings together a cumulation of everything that makes Kingston upon Thames a destination for culture, art, film, and creative talent.

In an aim to support the next generation of filmmakers, creators and innovators Rotunda partnered with KIFF to bring the world of arts and entertainment together and to provide space for local talent to emerge and grow.

Taking you on a pictorial journey through the film reel, the mural is a visual representation of the contemporary and cultural heritage in Kingston upon Thames and highlights some of the key makeup of the borough.

KIFF Studio

KIFF adopts Rotunda as Studio Headquarters, providing a central location and platform for future festival plans to grow, as well as provide space to nurture community projects in the months leading up to the festival. The launch of the dedicated YouTube series will be filmed at the studio, amongst other exciting projects in the pipeline.

Keep an eye on this page to remain up to date with the latest news.

Would you like to be involved in the festival? Reach out to the festival organisers here.