Bolton International Film Festival returns to the Light Cinema Tues 29th Sept - Thurs Oct. 

Voted a "Top 12 UK Indie Festival" by FilmDaily, a Creative England CE50 in 2019 and consistently voted a "Top 100 reviewed" festival from over 8000+ film festivals worldwide, Bolton Film Festival screens 150+ short films over three days and five venues.

As well as great films we also host around 20 talks and 6 masterclasses with some of the best talent in moving image both behind and in front of the camera.

Previous editions have included BAFTA and OSCAR winning short films, including student films, community film-makers, crowd funded films, BFI films and Creative England short films. Our most notable success coming from "The Silent Child" which later went on to win an Academy Award for Best Short Action film.

Festival Patron

Maxine Peake


Iain McKee

Gerard Kearns


Sammy Winward


George Newton

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Photo Gallery

Look back on the previous editions with our online gallery with special guests including Maxine Peake, Diane Morgan, Sammy Winward and Gerard Kearns. 


Panels and Industry Sessions

Look back on our 2019 industry talks including BAFTA winning writer Matt Greenhalgh,  director Jason Wingard, DNEG studios,  Framestore,  Barry Purves and Factory Create



Take a look at our award categories for this years edition of Bolton Film Festival . 

Open for submissions 1st November 


We're helping selected film-makers by offering discounted accommodation at The Holiday Inn (Bolton) one of our supporting partners (please note this is by invitation only by the festival director of BFF as it is subject to a limited numbers of rooms available).

FF_Logo_Icon_Colour_500px_RGB.jpg Bolton Film Festival, C/O Cinema Light Experience, Market Place, Bolton BL1 2AR