International Short

Open to independent film-makers worldwide (with the exception of the UK). Any genre is  considered up to 20 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.

UK Short Feature

Independent film-makers are invited to submit short feature films of no more than 20 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.


North West Short 

To be considered for the "UK North West" short category the filmmaker should reside within the following county borders : Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria. Film entries can be any genre and up to 20 minutes. 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.

Documentary

 

Documentary films of up to 20 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.


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.

Animation

Film-makers are asked to submit any form of animation in shorts of up to 15 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 if possible on FilmFreeway and must be made available on request.



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 if possible on FilmFreeway and must be made available on request.


Student Short (Sixth Form / College)

 

 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 " category the director (and/or) the majority of those involved in the production must be/have been a registered student/s in education at the time of production within the UK or Ireland. In the case of "Student Short - Sixth Form and College) the appropriate level of study should apply. Proof should be provided if possible on FilmFreeway and must be made available on request.

Experimental

We are looking for experimental videos of up to 10 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.