Our Festival

Slapstick Festival is a cultural, not-for-profit limited company. Our aim is to keep silent, visual and classic onscreen comedy alive for future generations, through raising awareness, interest and appreciation of this unique art form, developing new audiences for archive cinema, and supporting the sustainability and development of silent film organisations, through screening well-known, rare and unique archive cinema to the film going public.

The Slapstick annual festival is held every January (Since 2005!) and gives audiences a unique and often once in a life time opportunity to see some extraordinary films in unique circumstances. We showcase and celebrate archive film predominately from the silent era (1895-1930), accompanied by live musical scores performed by world class musicians, and introduced by some of the most prominent film historians, experts, and comedians inspired by the comedy legends on screen!

Combined with more recent and contemporary visual comedy film and work from neglected comedy artists from past decades, we aim to broaden our audience base, inspiring peoples interest in onscreen visual and classic comedy from over the last 100 years!

Over a Decade of Laughter

With a 20% growth in audience this year , The Slapstick festival continues to go from strength to strength. Since 2005 Slapstick has presented 12 editions of the Festival in Bristol, showing  over 150 events to more than 36,000 people and introducing rare archive and silent comedy films to more and more diverse audiences  and we look set to continue for many more years to come!

Festival Team

Jessica Jardine Crumble, Guest Liaison | Jo Daniels, Guest Liaison | Amanda Edwars, Volunteer Coordinator | Paul Lippiatt, Festival Photographer | Natasha & Team @ Noisy Little Monkey,  Social Media Marketing | Gemma Brooks, Stage Manager | Evans Audio Visual, Technical Team | Guenter A Buchwald, Musical Director | Louise Kelly, Designer | Martin Hammond, Hospitality


Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE
Kevin Brownlow
Graeme Garden OBE
Peter Lord CBE
Matt Lucas
Paul McGann
David Robinson
Diana Serra Cary
David Sproxton CBE
Barry Cryer OBE
Michael Palin CBE
Nick Park CBE
Ian Lavender
Bill Oddie OBE
Terry Jones
Neil Innes
June Whitfield CBE

Board of Directors

Graeme Garden
David Sproxton
David Robinson
Mo Sutton
Robin Ince
Lucy Porter
Marcus Brigstocke
Dr Jo Daniels
Sue Lion
Steven Coombe
Christopher Daniels