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Bolton International

Film Festival

Tues 5th - Sun 9th October 2021

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Wed 5th - Sun 9th Oct 2021

Across the five 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.

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. 

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




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. 

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 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. 

Fantastic Festival, super supportive of filmmakers. Great communication and the first festival which has contributed to childcare costs so I could not only attend my screening on opening night but also so I could speak specifically about my film and my career as a part of their programme. I see this festival going from strength to strength each year.

Tessa Hoffe


Such a wonderful festival to be part of. Not only a very high quality of films programmed but the amount of industry events going on across the three days was incredibly impressive, a filmmakers dream.

A festival that will no doubt expand in the coming years in duration and prestige.



Stefan Georgiou


This is a fabulous festival, so friendly and welcoming. It’s like hanging out with old friends! They have an eye for picking a beautiful variety of captivating shorts from across the globe. We were honoured to attend the whole festival! Brilliant industry program runs alongside the Festival which is worth checking out! It’s only their second year but you feel as if they’ve been running for years! Thoroughly recommend!

Karen Newman


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