Bolton International Film Festival
The countdown is on to the third annual Bolton International Film Festival taking place across five venues in Bolton from Tuesday 1st October to Thursday 3rd October.
Bolton Film Festival has been consistently voted a ‘Top 100 reviewed’ festival from over 7000 festivals worldwide and recently received a place on the CE50 list, a Creative England celebration for “the most exciting and innovative creative companies and individuals across the UK”. Film Daily magazine has listed the festival as a “Top 12 Indie UK film festival” alongside big names such as Raindance, Leeds and Aesthetica.
Each day will see an array of film screenings, talks, masterclasses and lots of networking opportunities. Festival passes range from £15 for a one-day pass to £29.95 for the full three-days. There are also lots of FREE screenings and events for those on a tight budget and discounts for the unemployed, students and the elderly. The full festival pass entitles customers to attend all the screenings, talks and masterclasses on a first come/first served basis.
Day One (Oct 1st)
Day one of the festival kicks off with Northern Docs at The Light Cinema, followed by RTS award winning documentary film-maker Richard Macer, the director/producer Richard Melman of Spring Films follows and a Q&A session on funding with the Doc Society closes the afternoon sessions at The Light.
Over in the Albert Halls inspiring panel sessions include ‘Script to Screen’, ‘The Perfect Pitch’ and ‘Breaking into the Creative Industries, as well a fantastic ‘Made Up North’ screening.
Bolton Museum will be screening FREE documentaries and the ‘Frontline of Film’ war programme.
The day concludes with the “Opening Night” screening at The Light Cinema with a red carpet reception with the Lord Mayor of Bolton and VIP guests.
Day Two (Oct 2nd)
Wednesday begins with Katie McClough and Ian Bignell from Festival Formula who will reveal insights into the world of festival strategy and submissions, while Mal Watts & Adam Collins of OSCAR winning studio DNEG discuss feature film visual effects. BAFTA nominated screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh will be in conversation and Bolton born artist Hetain Patel (a nominee for this years prestigious Derek Jarman award) will be discussing his exciting and experimental work ‘Don’t Look At The Finger’.
An amazing showcase of student shorts will screen before the ‘Iris Prize’ LGBT programme at Bolton Museum, and Arthouse and Experimental screenings will be throughout the festival at the Neo Art Gallery, all of which are FREE to attend.
Day Three (Oct 3rd)
On the Thursday, talks include Model Making, Costume and Set design, Distribution and Sales, Video editing and Sound design, and the VFX and animation headliners Factory, Framestore, The Farm and Barry Purvis. We will be also screening more FREE films at Bolton Museum including our Student Animation programme, our women directors Triple F-Rated block and the popular ‘Women in Film’ talk.
The festival comes to it’s finale with “Best of the Fest” at the Light Cinema at 7.30pm on Thursday 3rd October. The programme looks at some of the highlights from the festival and concludes with the award ceremony for the best films in each category.
Background to the festival
The festival’s patron, actress Maxine Peake, is supported by a stellar line-up of industry professionals including Maggie Ellis (Head of FLAMIN/Derek Jarman at Film London), BAFTA winning producer Colin Pons, BAFTA nominated writer Chris Lunt, Olivier award winning TV/Film and Theatre director David Thacker (Octagon Theatre/University of Bolton) and many more illustrious industry jurors.
Previous Festivals have included BAFTA and OSCAR winning short films, student films, community film-makers, crowd funded films, and BFI and Creative England short films, the most notable success coming from “The Silent Child” which later went on to win the Academy Award for Best Short Action film, so guests are promised an incredible cinematic experience.
Bolton Film Festival promises to be a hive of activity where like-minded individuals and groups can meet up, network and share opinions on watching great films.
Tickets and passes on sale here.