The Cambridge Film Festival, a stalwart of the European festival scene before its demise in 1996, is to be resurrected by London-based independent exhibition chain City Screen.

This year's festival, which runs for 11 days (July 12-22) at City Screen's Cambridge Arts Picture House, kicks off with the UK premiere of Patrice Chereau's Intimacy.

The festival, which has landed three years' funding from the East England Arts Board, will contain new features, short film, documentary and 70mm strands, among others.

Tony Jones, City Screen's director of programming, and the director of the revamped festival, said: "We're confident that the festival will quickly reclaim its position as one of the country's key film festivals for the exploration and celebration of international independent cinema."

Running from 1977 to 1996, the festival has previously featured premieres of Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata and Robert Altman's A Wedding in 1979, Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanours in 1990 and Krzyzstof Kieslowski's Three Colours trilogy in 1994.