International Short

Open to independent film-makers worldwide (with the exception of the UK). Any genre is considered up to 30 minutes in duration. If our judges think your short may also be suitable for another BFF programme then they will recommend it for further consideration - you only need to submit to one category for Bolton Film Festival. For films between 20 - 30 minutes please enter your film in "Long Shorts"

UK Short 

Independent film-makers are invited to submit short feature films of no more than 30 minutes long for the general classification of "UK Short Feature". If our programmers or judges think your short may also be suitable for another BFF programme then they will recommend it for further consideration - you only need to submit to one category for Bolton Film Festival. For films between 20 - 30 minutes please enter your film in "Long Shorts"


Made up North

To be considered for the "Made up North" category the filmmaker should reside within the area defined by Film Hub North. You can find a map here.  For films between 20 - 30 minutes please enter your film in "Long Shorts"

Documentary

 

Documentary films of up to 30 minutes from any region in the world. If our programmers or judges think your short may also be suitable for another BFF programme then they will recommend it for further consideration - you only need to submit to one category for Bolton Film Festival. For films between 20 - 30 minutes please enter your film in "Long Shorts"


Comedy

 

Comedy / Entertainment films of up to 20 minutes. If our judges think your short may also be suitable for another BFF category then they will recommend it for further consideration - you only need to submit to one category for Bolton Film Festival. For films between 20 - 30 minutes please enter your film in "Long Shorts"

Animation

Film-makers are asked to submit any form of animation in shorts of up to 20 minutes in duration. If our programmers or judges think your short may also be suitable for another BFF category then they will recommend it for further consideration - you only need to submit to one category for Bolton Film Festival. 

 

Student Short (M.A /Post Graduate) 

Student short films of any genre are invited to enter with films of no longer than 20 minutes. National and International students will be considered. The director must be/have been a registered student/at the time of production. In the case of "Student Short M.A / Postgraduate) the appropriate level of study should apply. Proof should be provided by uploading student I.D to FilmFreeway.

Student Short (B.A / Under Graduate) 

Student short films of any genre are invited to enter with films of no longer than 15 minutes. In the case of the "Student Short B.A" category the director (and/or) the majority of those involved in the production must be/have been a registered student/at the time of production within the UK or Ireland. In the case of "Student Short B.A) the appropriate level of study should apply. Proof should be provided by uploading student I.D to FilmFreeway.


Young Film-maker Award

 

Short films of any genre are invited to enter with films of no longer than 15 minutes. In the case of the "Young Filmmaker" category the director and the producer must be under 18 years old. 

Experimental

We are looking for experimental videos of up to 15 mins. If our judges think your short may also be suitable for another BFF programme then they will recommend it for further consideration - you only need to submit to one category for Bolton Film Festival.
 


Community or Charity Short

(Free to enter)


Community or Charity groups are invited to enter films that highlight their group charity/community work - films that raise awareness or report issues/concerns. Films must be produced, commissioned or filmed by the group and ideally it's service users. Although films can be self promotional we are looking for entries that tell a story, that engage with a wide audience and demonstrate strong film making skills such as excellent sound, strong cinematography and concise editing.  

Sponsors and Supporting Partners

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