Bolton International Film Festival

United Kingdom


Voted a “Top 12 UK Indie Festival” by FilmDaily, a Creative England CE50 in 2019 and consistently voted a “Top 100 reviewed” festival from over 8000+ film festivals worldwide, BFF screens 200 short films over three days and five venues. As well as great films we also host around 20 talks and 6 masterclasses with some of the best talent in moving image both behind and in front of the camera.

Previous editions have included BAFTA and OSCAR winning short films, student films, community film-makers, crowd funded films, and BFI and Creative England short films. Our most notable success coming from “The Silent Child” which later went on to win an Academy Award for Best Short Action film.  

Whether it’s narrative fiction, documentary, animation, comedy, student, community or experimental film. Our aim is to showcase emerging talent to an audience of like-minded individuals and industry experts.

Event date

29.09.2020 ⟶ 01.10.2020

Best International Short
Best UK Short
Best Made up North
Best Documentary
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Three Minute Quickie
Best LGBT short
Best VR/Immersive
Best Experimental
Best Sci-Fi
Best Women in Film
Best Horror
Best Dance Film
Best Fashion Film
Best Music Video
Best Animation (Student)
Best Student Postgraduate (M.A)
Best Student Undergraduate (B.A)
Best Community
Best Film For Change

Event Adress
Light Cinema,
Market Place Shopping Centre,
Bolton BL1 2AL

Admin Adress
12 Hazelwood Road
Smithalls, Bolton,
United Kingdom

Adrian Barber

(Festival Director)

A documentary film-maker and photographer Adrian has over twenty years experience with a wide range of arts organisations. Working primarily on long term social documentaries his work has been published and displayed at numerous museums and galleries across the North West of England. Adrian is a regular juror at Kerry Film Festival, River Film Festival, Kino Film Festival and High Peak Film Festival.