The Countdown is on to the Bolton Film Festival

The countdown is on to the third annual Bolton Film Festival, taking place at Market Place from Tuesday 1st – Thursday 3rd October 2019.

We’re proud to be sponsoring the ‘Best Made Up North’ category at this year’s festival – naturally 😉

Each day  you’ll get the chance to see a wide selection of industry talks, film screenings, masterclasses and networking opportunities throughout the day at The Light Cinema and Neo Art Gallery here at Market Place, as well as at a specially installed ‘Hub’ on the mall.

Tickets have been released and vary from £15 for a one day pass to £29.95 for a full festival pass entitling you to attend all screenings, talks and masterclasses on a first come/first served basis over the full festival. Student passes are also available for £20.

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 the perfect opportunity to explore The Light cinema and enjoy its state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and facilities.

Tuesday’s line-up includes an introduction to Northern Docs at The Light Cinema and practical advice and tips for networking in the Creative industries at Neo Art Gallery with Rob Speranza. Visitors will also be able to enjoy screenings of a series of some of the best documentary films in the competition this year at The Light and Neo Art Gallery.

On the Wednesday Katie McCullough and Ian Bignell reveal insights into the world of festival strategy and submissions – offering advice on how to navigate the thousands of film festivals that are around the world at the ‘Festival Formula’ talk. Mat Watts & Adam Collins discuss feature film visual effects while James Oldham discusses his personal preferences for his kit bag.

On the Thursday, talks include model making, costume and set design, editing masterclasses, animation, sound design and more.

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.

Last year’s event was really popular, with involvement by students from the University of Bolton, Manchester Metropolitan University, UTC Media City, Salford University, UCLAN, Manchester College, Bolton College, Turton Sixth Form, Blackburn College, film-makers and the public alike.