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Bolton International

Film Festival

Online Edition

Fri 16th - Sun 25th October 2020

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Fri 16th - Sun 25th October

Across the ten days Bolton Film Festival will be bringing you over 200 award winning short films to the comfort of your home. As well as offering great films we're hosting industry talks and masterclasses with some of the best creative forces in film both behind and in front of the camera.

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.


Watch all 200 films online from the comfort of your home. Each programme will be available for 48 hours from its start time, with four new programmes released every day.

Festival passes are priced: 

£10 for over 200 films
£20 for over 200 films & all talks


After buying your pass please sign in to the film hub to:

  • Watch Films

  • Attend online talks

  • Masterclasses

  • Live Events


An online videotheque and industry contact database for preregistered delegates.

This area is aimed at: 

Film-makers in competition

Sales agents and distributors
Film Festivals

Festival Strategists


How it works...

The festival begins at 2pm Friday 16th Oct and each day for ten days there will be four new 90 minute programmes added to the platform. You have 48 hours to watch the films in the programmes from the start time. You can stop and start a film, watch it twice and watch it anytime - day or night. 

With the "£10 film pass" you can watch all 200 films on an online platform similar to Netflix or Amazon Prime. 

If you want the industry talks included it's an additional £10 for all 25 events. The talks are LIVE so you can join online each day and ask questions. If you miss the talk you can watch in back on VOD the next day (or anytime right up to the end of the festival).

Passes are on sale now so sign up today...

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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 sixth form/college, undergraduate and postgraduate level offering an even playing field for all the competitors. 

Industry Talks

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 ten 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. 

A fantastic festival. A great mix of classy films from all different styles and genres alongside a load of varied and interesting industry talks. Really well organised and friendly as well, with lots of film makers attending, alongside a healthy local turnout which was great. Would highly recommend.



Marnie Baxter


Simply one of the Best Indie Film Festivals in the world! Great film selection, competent jury, great organisation and most importantly- big enthusiastic audience. I'm really honoured that my film was 

finally accepted to this festival and even won an award!




Dusan Kastelic


You can see all the hard work that goes into every aspect of the Bolton Film Festival, from the fantastic range of talks and masterclasses, through to the high quality film screenings. The programme is packed full of choice, and you'll wish you could clone yourself so you could attend everything on offer!

Andrew Muir


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