Blogger: Ben Eagle, BIFF Producer
The opening night of any large-scale event is always going to be a big deal, and last night certainly wasn't an exception for the BIFF team. We were delighted to be opening with Woody Allen's latest, featuring a who's who of Hollywood, and although due to working commitments the cast couldn't be in Bradford, the evening was still rich with glitz and glamour.
There were canapés and fine wine on offer for the invited audience who all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the night. Following that, there was a 9pm screening for delegates and members of the public, which was introduced by Artistic Director Tony Earnshaw.
And now, the fun really begins! The 27th March seems a long way off, and with almost 200 films and events between now and then, I sincerely hope you enjoy the 17th BIFF.
Here's a selection of photos from the Opening Night Gala - you can see them all in our Bradford International Film Festival 2011 Flickr set - and there's more to come.