More details are emerging of the programme, which is still being developed, but new this year will be a bands evening, similar to previously popular Battle of Band events, but without the competitive element.
It will give local bands the chance to show off their talent, said festival vice-chairman David Sudbery.
Two or three films – with The Wizard of Oz one of the favourites – are likely to be chosen to inspire the parade through town on The Big Day on Saturday, July 9, so supporting the film theme of this year’s festival chosen in honour of The Picture House which is celebrating its centenary.
The Picture House Cinema and Restaurant is itself planning a Hollywood-themed party.
Also, on the evening of The Big Day, Taylor Maid – a band offering a mix of vintage music, including swing, Latin and jazz – will be entertaining at the Civic Centre.
The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will put on a new show at a variety of venues around Little Horsted, on Tuesday, July 12.
On Saturday, July 16, there will be a tea dance at the East Sussex National Hotel with musical accompaniment provided by the Wurlitzer organ there which is described as the largest in Europe.
That evening the Brighton Film Quartet, an ensemble which specialises in writing and performing music for films and adverts, will play in Holy Cross Church.
During the festival week the Piers Clark Trio will be playing at newly restored Bridge Cottage. Monday, July 11, looks most likely but the date hasn’t been finalised.
The festival club will run every evening Monday to Friday in the Luxford Restaurant from 6pm. Ukulele Bertie Boater is expected on Thursday, July 14, and Kevin Russell is to entertain as The Man in Black, Johnny Cash, on Friday, July 15.
Uckfield Concert Brass will round off the festival with a film related programme at the Civic Centre on Sunday, July 17,concluding with the Last Night of the Proms
The festival will run from Friday, July 8, to Sunday, July 17, with The Big Day on Saturday, July 9. Full programme details will be released nearer the time.