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Adrian Barber

Festival Director

Adrian is the festival director of Bolton Film Festival. A documentary film-maker and photographer with over twenty five years experience, Adrian has worked primarily on long term social documentaries focusing on people led stories and the community. His work has been displayed at numerous museums and galleries across the North West and many of his photo essays are available as self published books.

Adrian first began hosting film events with "Sunset Cinema" which toured the world out of a backpack, screening independent films on beaches, mountain tops and even on a barge on the Ganges in India. This became the genesis of Bolton Film Festival, a festival that is a Creative England CE50, and now both a BIFA and BAFTA qualifying short film festival.  

Adrian is a regular guest speaker at universities and film events, he has also been a juror at Kino Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival (Ireland), River Film Festival (Italy) and High Peak Film Festival.  


Zoe Rothwell

Festival Producer & Programmer

Zoe Rothwell is an independent film maker and photographer currently working in education. As festival producer at Bolton Film Festival, Zoe is the friendly face who will make you feel at ease on your visit. Zoe also assists with programming, social media and marketing and the co-ordination of the volunteers. 


Alisha Fryer


Alisha is a graduate of University of Manchester where she obtained an alumni scholarship for her M.A in Film Studies. Alisha was previously a pre-programmer at Bolton Film Festival, but we were so impressed with her knowledge of film we've asked to step up to programming. Alisha has a passion and love for documentary and docu-fiction. She enjoys engaging in the Manchester film community and has recently volunteered at Manchester International Film Festival. 


Nicky D'Arcy


Nicky is a recent graduate from the University of Salford. After studying film production she now practices independent filmmaking and freelance videography. Recently, Nicky has found a passion for film programming and curation, and has volunteered with film festivals such as Bolton, Kino, and Doc’N Roll. Nicky intends to pursue filmmaking and curation in London, with a particular interest in surreal social dramas. 

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Jim Dummett

DCP Management

Jim Dummett runs Cinebox, who specialise in technical delivery of film festivals and events. They manage all the DCP creation for Bolton Film Festival and other leading film festivals in the UK.

Jim has been producing film events since 2009, from the mud-splattered fields of Glastonbury, pop-ups in London, film festivals such as Open City Doc Fest and Branchage Jersey, and delivering touring programmes to major venues including BFI Southbank, Watershed Bristol and FACT Liverpool. Prior to his work in cinema, Jim was an online editor and broadcast technician working on documentaries for BBC, ITV and Discovery.


Dennis Pasaveer

Festival Data Management & Streaming Platform 

Dennis is the creator of Filmchief, a popular cloud-based film festival management system and an online streaming platform. Dennis is himself an animation filmmaker with a passion for cinema.


Paul Blinkhorn

Venue Co-ordinator

Paul initially trained a theatre director, but now also works in film and audio drama. As a writer-director his award-winning short films  have been screened internationally. He holds a BA Hons in Drama and English from Edge Hill University and an MA in Theatre Directing from East 15.  

Paul co-ordinates the running of our venues alongside Zoe and the volunteers. 


Tolu Olurebi

Assets Manager/Venue Co-ordinator

Tolu has just completed her studies at Bolton University, graduating with an amazing first class honours !! When she volunteered to help with the festival we of course snapped her hand off. She did such a good job we asked her take a paid position managing the film assets, helping with venue management and the co-ordination across the festival. Tolu is an aspiring creative producer and we have no doubt she is "One to watch". 


Amber Berry

Social Media/Film Assistant

Amber has been volunteering with Bolton Film Festival since 2018, working on social media and front of house, we're glad to say she's joined as staff this year. She is a recent graduate of Edgehill University where she is awaiting her results for an undergraduate course in Media, Film & Television. She is a regular on Short of the Week and Staff picks and at film festivals in the region. 

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