Wed 5th - Sun 9th Oct 2021
Celebrating films from home and abroad, Bolton Film Festival acts as an amplifier of emerging and established talent. Through its industry talks, masterclasses and networking sessions it aims to break open the door to a creative industry that many people find difficult to access and navigate.
The festival is a BAFTA-Qualifying short film festival and a Creative England CE50, and has been consistently voted a "Top 100 reviewed" festival from over 8000 worldwide on FilmFreeway since inception.
Bolton International Film Festival takes pride in showcasing the best in emerging and established short film talent to an audience that is made up of the public, filmmakers and industry representatives.
Bolton International Film Festival is now open for entries to the 2021 Edition.
Check out our FilmFreeway if you'd like to be in with a chance of seeing your
film on the big screen at a BAFTA qualifying short film festival.
The festival is competitive with awards for the films and film-makers across 20 disciplines including the categories International, UK Shorts, Documentary, Animation, Comedy, Horror, Women in Film, Dance, Music and Fashion.
We also have dedicated strands for students at undergraduate and postgraduate level offering an even playing field for all the competitors.
Our industry talks come from talent that's both behind and in front of the camera. We invite award winning writers, producers, directors, location production crew and post production specialists to share their knowledge alongside potential film funders and partners.
We host Q&A's with all our film-makers after each screening inviting the audience to delve deeper into the making of the film and the creative decisions they see on screen.
Across the five days we'll be offering online industry masterclasses on non linear editing, lighting, sound design, creating pitch decks, film financing, navigating the festival landscape and creating marketing materials for your film.