Bolton Film Festival returns in 2020 with 150+ short films, industry talks, masterclasses, networking and after parties across three days and five venues.
Consistently voted a "Top 100 reviewed" festival from over 8000+ film festivals and recently listed as a "Top 12 UK Indie Film Festival" by FilmDaily we are also a Creative England CE50 (and award for the 50 most exciting, innovative and disruptive creative companies across film, games and digital media in the UK). Our previous editions have included BAFTA and OSCAR winning short films, crowd funded films, student films, passion projects and BFI and Creative England funded films. Our most notable success coming from "The Silent Child" which later went on to win the Academy Award for Best Short Action film.
The OSCAR winning director Chris Overton from "The Silent Child" said "Out of all the festivals I have been to this one was definitely up there as one of my favourites. They had their own unique touches which really made the festival special. It was amazing to see our film in front of such a big audience and on such a big screen, it was HUGE. This festival has so much heart and the festival organisers are super professional and really care about the filmmakers. There passion shines through. Oh and the awards are SO nice."
We're currently seeking innovative and groundbreaking short films from independent film-makers for our next edition. Whether it’s fiction, documentary, animation, comedy, 360 or experimental/artist moving image our aim is to showcase emerging and established talent to an audience of like-minded individuals, the general public and industry experts.
VOTED A "TOP 100" FESTIVAL IN 2017, 2018 and 2019
Our juror panel is :
Producer Colin Pons (33 Features and 2 x BAFTA winner)
Maggie Ellis (Producer / Film London (FLAMIN) / Jarman Award)
David Thacker, Olivier award winning Theatre / TV / Film director
Alice Ramsey (Development Producer @ BBC Writers Room)
Stephanie Clark (Creative England)
Isabelle Croissant (Talent Developer @ HOME Manchester)
Mike Todd (Producer / Northern Docs / Riverhorse Films)
Rob Speranza (Producer/ SYFN / [email protected] Film Fest)
D J Clark Multi Media Journalist (National Geographic, Asian News)
Chris Lunt 2 x BAFTA nominated writer ("PREY", BBC, ITV, Canal +)
Loran Dunn (Producer at Delaval Films)
Animator Bridget Appleby BAFTA winner (& RTS Juror)
Animator Steve Boot
Animator Jon Turner (Kilogramme)
Animator Sarah Anne Kennedy (UCLAN Course Leader in Animation)
Actor/Producer Julie Foy (OSCAR Winner)
Actor Gerard Kearns (Shameless, Last Kingdom, Looking for Eric)
Actor Ian McKee ("Kingsman - The Golden Circle", "Car Share")
Music video director Ben Thornley of Sitcom Soldiers
Danilo Godoy - Brazil/Portugal - winner of Artist Film Aesthetica 2014
Supported by The Light Cinema Experience, Bolton Council, Bolton at Home, Holiday Inn, Bolton University and Bolton College
The festival will be competitive with awards presented on the night by sponsors and industry representatives from Media City and the North West.
Best International Short
Best UK Short
Best Made up North
Best Three Minute Quickie
Best LGBT short
Best Women in Film
Best Dance Film
Best Fashion Film
Best Music Video
Best Animation (Student)
Best Student Post Graduate (M.A)
Best Student Under Graduate (B.A)
Best Film For Change