The inaugural Ilkley Film Festival, of which Dame Judi Dench is patron, opens its box office for ticket sales today.

The festival will have more than 20 events and screenings, which will transform the town’s King’s Hall and Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, into working cinemas over the Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14 and 15.

Among the films on show will be The Selfish Giant, set in Bradford and directed by Clio Barnard, of Otley, which has been nominated for a Bafta award, alongside Hollywood blockbusters including Gravity, with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and American Hustle.

Popular band British Sea Power will play their score live to the film From The Sea To The Land Beyond.

For tickets, visit or Ilkley Visitor Information Centre in Station Road.