The Crystal Palace International Film Festival (CPIFF) is set to host 17 nights of international films which are battling it out to win the approval of a panel of celebrity judges and film icons.

The CPIFF ranked third among 12,000+ film festivals worldwide on Film Freeway and is an annual event showcasing a diverse portfolio of independent films from across the globe.

For the 2024 schedule, the festival will host its screenings at the Everyman Cinema Crystal Palace, the PictureHouse West Norwood, and the Stanley Arts.

It will run from February 29 until March 23 and each evening will have a theme, with everything from Animation, Horror/Sci-fi, Documentaries, Features to Short Film.

Winners of each category are selected by a panel of celebrated individuals from the film industry, including Johnny Vegas and Sony Gold-winning comic and author Mark Steel.

The final night of the on March 23 is the CPIFF Awards and Comedy Night at Stanley Arts will be hosted by top UK comedian Shappi Khorsandi who returns to present the awards.

Founded in 2009, the CPIFF promises “another line-up of extraordinary films from international filmmakers ”.

CPIFF also extends support to young filmmakers by providing them with a platform to exhibit their work and organising paid work experience leading to full-time employment.

Mike Reiss, writer of 'The Simpsons', expressed his admiration for CPIFF, saying: "You run the very best film festival we've ever been to - and we've been to a lot!"

Writer and director Phil Dunn said: “OUTSTANDING festival. This is how you do it. Other festivals take note.

“Tons of sold-out nights, amazing selection of high calibre films and beautiful screenings at gorgeous Everyman Cinemas.

“Topped off by amazing awards event with food, drinks, desserts, stand-up comedy and hilarious comedy shorts (like really LOL funny).”

You can find out more about the program and buy tickets for each night here.