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Bolton Film Festival 2019

The Bolton Film Festival is back here at Market Place for its third year running! Taking place from Tuesday 1st – Thursday 3rd October at The Light cinema, film fans can enjoy three days of international short films, industry talks and masterclasses.

The festival is consistently voted a ‘Top 100 reviewed’ festival from over 7000 festivals worldwide and will screen over 100 short films throughout the duration, giving you a perfect opportunity to explore The Light cinema and enjoy its state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and facilities.

We will be sponsoring the ‘Best Made Up North’ category at this year’s Festival, but there are a variety of categories to submit a film under if you fancy giving it a shot. These include Audience Award, Best International Short, Best UK Short, Best Made up North, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best LGBT, Best Experimental/Artist Moving Image, Best Film For Change, Best Performance, Best Animation (Student) and Best Community or Charity Short, and you have until 4th July to get your entries in.

It’s the perfect opportunity for filmmakers to get their work viewed by the experts and the masses and kick start what could be an illustrious career.

The Festival’s patron, actress Maxine Peake, will be supported by a stellar line-up of industry professionals including Maggie Ellis (Head of FLAMIN/Derek Jarman at Film London), BAFTA winning producer Colin Pons, BAFTA nominated writer Chris Lunt, Olivier award winning TV/Film and Theatre director David Thacker (Octagon Theatre/University of Bolton) and many more illustrious industry jurors.

Previous Festivals have included BAFTA and OSCAR winning short films, student films, community film-makers, crowd funded films, and BFI and Creative England short films, the most notable success coming from “The Silent Child” which later went on to win the Academy Award for Best Short Action film, so you’re promised an incredible cinematic experience.

So whether you already work in the film industry, are looking to make your break into it or simply have a love of watching great independent films, it’s definitely a date you should add to your diary.