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Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge

With premieres and high-profile previews to spare, this festival caters to more than just the local crowd. Here's the first place you'll see Woody Allen's latest (To Rome With Love), Pete Doherty's acting debut (Confession Of A Child Of The Century), plus hot new features like On The Road and Holy Motors. There's a considerable spread, including family films, horror, music docs, Hitchcock, and little-seen work from Catalonia and Estonia. Meanwhile this festival also has some of the best outdoor screenings – including Jaws (in a swimming pool!), Moonrise Kingdom and silent sci-fi Aelita, Queen Of Mars.

Various venues, Thu to 23 Sep

Steve Rose

Film Fest Australia, London

It's changed its name from the Australian Film Festival, but this is still the place to come for antipodean talent, old and new – plus Ronan Keating. On the old side, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis await the death of their wealthy mother (Charlotte Rampling) in Fred Schepisi's The Eye Of The Storm, while newer talent includes True Blood star Ryan Kwanten in fertility romcom Not Suitable For Children, and Emma Booth in Swerve. There's also Aboriginal drama, documentaries and shorts from Sydney's Flickerfest. As for Ronan Keating? You'll find him making his acting debut in Tasmanian musical Goddess.

Clapham Picturehouse, SW4/Hackney Picturehouse, E8, Fri to 23 Sep

SR

Quadrangle Film Festival, nr Sevenoaks

Described as "a film weekend in the country where the only thing to pitch is your tent," the Quadrangle Film Festival provides a genuinely unique opportunity to see great documentary film-making – including some lost gems – in a bucolic setting. There's an emphasis on looking in-depth at the creative process and in previous years this has taken place in all kinds of unlikely venues, including a hay-filled barn. The screenings alone would be reason enough to attend; highlights this year include work-in-progress The Dark Matter Of Love, about a Russian orphan adopted by a Wisconsin family; The Valley, examining the civil war in Kosovo; and a chance to see Ross McElwee's game-changing 1986 doc Sherman's March. But the special guests, including Mohsen Makhmalbaf and father-and-son documentary-makers Marcel and Pawel Lozinski, are in a class of their own.

The Quadrangle Trust, Shoreham, Fri to 16 Sep

Ryan Gilbey

Free film festivals, London

The summer's not over yet. It can't be because there's still another month's worth of free, open-air cinema to be had in London. Down at The Scoop, next to City Hall, for example, More London's Free Film Festival (Wed to 28 Sep) has recent releases like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Midnight In Paris and Senna, alongside vintage fare like Walkabout and Oliver! Meanwhile, the Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival (Thu to 23 Sep) has a screening of Kind Hearts And Coronets in the spooky Nunhead Cemetery on Friday, Laurel & Hardy with live piano in the local wildlife garden, and other pop-up events, not to mention a 16-hour (indoor) film and music event in the huge Bussey Building, Peckham's artistic epicentre.

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Steve Rose
Ryan Gilbey

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