Adrian Barber

Festival Director

Adrian is the festival director of Bolton Film Festival. A documentary film-maker and photographer with over twenty 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 of England and many of his photo essays are available as 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 boat on the Ganges in India. In a sense this became the genesis of Bolton Film Festival, a festival that is now a Creative England CE50 and a BAFTA qualifying short film festival.  

Adrian 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

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, she assists with the programming of films, the social media and marketing strategy and the co-ordination of volunteers. 

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. 

Francis Kirk

Assets Manager/Venue Co-ordinator

Francis has just completed his studies at Liverpool Hope University, he came to the festival as a volunteer/intern and did such a good job managing the film assets and helping with the festival that we asked him to stay on as part of the team.