Bolton Film Festival: Short Films by Students & Film-makers

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Bolton Film Festival: Short Films by Students & Film-makers

Bolton Film Festival returns for it’s second edition from 2nd-4th October at the Light Cinema complex within the Market Place – a nine screen cinema in the heart of the town.

Bolton Film Festival are seeking out innovative and groundbreaking short films from independent film-makers. Whether it’s drama, documentary, animation, comedy, community, VR or experimental film our aim is to showcase emerging talent to an audience of like-minded individuals and industry experts. Submissions end on 4th July!

Bolton Film Festival is primarily focused on nurturing talent, we’re non-profit so any excess money generated from the film festival will be put back into delivering free media talks and workshops within the community.

Our patron Maxine Peake is supported by a stella line up of industry professionals including 4 x BAFTA winner Colin Pons, BAFTA winning writer Chris Lunt, BAFTA and Emmy award winning animation creative Bridget Appleby, Olivier award winning TV/Film and Theatre director David Thacker (Octagon Theatre/Bolton University) and many more illustrious industry jurors.

Last years films included BAFTA winning short films, student films, community film-makers, Kickstarters and Creative England short films. Our most notable success coming from “The Silent Child” which picked up the Oscar for Best Short Action film. We were the second film festival of eighteen film festivals worldwide to select and screen the film, narrowly missing the premiere by three days.

We’re joined this year by a programme of “The Best of Iris” from the leading LGBT festival in the UK and in our first year we were voted a “Top 100 reviewed” festival by FilmFreeway film-makers. We’re keen to build on these solid foundations by extending our network of film-makers, industry representatives and educational partners . It’s with this last aspect in mind that I’ve got in touch as we have two afternoons of free industry talks scheduled 3rd and 4th October.

Our industry talks are free to attend, last year we were joined by students from UTC Media City, Salford University, Bolton University and Bolton College as well as a good turn out from film-makers and the public.

To give you an idea of last years “Industry Talks” you can follow this link.

Please note we are open for entries, if you have film-makers either student or independent please signpost them here.

Please Note – Submissions end on 4th July! 

July 04 2018


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Bolton, BL1 2AR United Kingdom

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