Monday 19th Oct


Student 2

From 2:00pm Oct 19th

Our second block of student films representing undergraduate and post graduate films from Poland, Australia, United Kingdom and Israel.


Culture Vulture 2

From 4:00pm Oct 19th

An hour of fashion films, dance films and music videos makes up our second block of Culture Vulture. 

IRIS Prize

From 6:00pm Oct 19th

A guest programme of amazing LGBTQ films from the Cardiff based IRIS Film Festival. 


Doc 60 - 3

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From 8pm Oct 19th

Documentaries from France, Canada, Austria and Switzerland make up this one hour block covering subjects from the Hillsborough Disaster, to family confessions, skating in Uganda and a man obsessed with his cats. 

Monday Industry

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Doc Society 1:2:1's

12pm - 4pm Mon 19th Oct

If you have an idea for a documentary short or feature film, pressing questions about production budgets & scheduling or you just want to find out more about BFI Doc Society and how we work with documentary filmmakers: book a free 15 minute 1-2-1 surgery with BFI Doc Society Fund Production Manager Hannah Bush Bailey on Monday 19th October

Bookings coming soon...

Doc Society Showcase & film-maker Q&A

From 5:00pm Oct 19th

Doc Society join us to premiere two short documentary films they have recently supported. The films "BlackThorn" and "Northern Bailers"will be followed by Q&A's with the film-makers. 


"Blackthorn"Dir. Dom Bush | Prod. Helen Lawrie, Rebecca DayLand & Sky Media |

8 mins


Northern Ballers"Dir. Rhys Lewis | Prod. Rebecca Mark-Lawson, Tyke Films 

19 mins 17 seconds.

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Multimedia Journalism

and the right tool for the job

12pm Mon 19th Oct

Dave Clark covered the recent Hong Kong riots with a tool kit including an SLR, Go Pro, Mobile Phone and a 360 camera. The material he shot was used in various forms, not least his 360 film "Battleground Poly U" which picked up the World Press Photo award for best immersive film and is playing in competition here at Bolton Film Festival. 

Paddy Wivell - real people, real stories

From 7:00pm Oct 19th

A double BAFTA awarded documentary Director for fifteen years across BBC & Channel 4 and a recent Grierson winner Paddy Wivell's films sit regularly within our television schedules. His films are uniquely personal and authentic, his latest "Corona Street" involved meeting & talking to members of his community, framed by the window of his front room.

The Times describes Paddy as ‘a filmmaker of such exceptional talent so gifted and unassuming that you scarcely notice how accomplished he is’.

Join our host Rebecca Mark-Lawson and Paddy for a journey through his work and some insights to his approach. 


Meet the distributors and sales agents

LIVE 3:00pm Mon 19th Oct

Join a panel of distributors and sales agents including Sadhbh Murphy (Network Ireland TV), Wouter Jansen (Square Eyes Films) and Sydney Neter (SND Films) to learn what they look for in films and how they represent the films on your behalf. Katie McCullough from Festival Formula (Festival Strategy and Film Management) will be picking their brains and you can too! Join our LIVE zoom to join the conversation.