Bolton Film Festival
BFI NETWORK events and funded films at this year's festival

Date: 16 Oct 2020
Time: 14:00
Location: Online

We're excited to be (virtually) heading to another edition of Bolton Film Festival, taking place entirely online from 16-24 October. Now in its 4th year and newly announced as a BAFTA B list qualifying event, Bolton Film Festival is one of the UK's most exciting platforms for emerging filmmakers.

In amongst its packed line-up of UK and international shorts and industry events, you'll find plenty of offerings from our BFI NETWORK team and the Northern filmmakers we're proud to support. Read on for our completely biased picks from this year's programme.

Animation 1

BFI NETWORK-funded animation Bernard features in the festival's opening shorts programme. Paul Flannery's ode to his Uncle Bernard is a characterful tribute to a true eccentric and the streets and scenes of Manchester's Northern Quarter.

Friday, 16 October from 2pm. 


UK Shorts 2

This selection of films made up North boasts a double header of work from BFI NETWORK-funded filmmakers. Tessa Hoffe's Majority screens following a berth at BFI London Film Festival, while Kate Graham's Scrum makes its UK premiere.

Saturday, 17 October from 6pm.


UK Shorts 3

DCSS, an absurdist comedy developed through our Microshorts partnership with Tees Valley Screen, makes an appearance in this shorts programme. Class and bureaucracy are the primary targets in a bite-sized takedown of British social mores.

Sunday, 18 October from 8pm.


Filmmaker Surgeries

Filmmakers based in the North can book a 30min, 1-2-1 meeting with our BFI NETWORK Talent Executive Amy O'Hara. Amy is available to talk about projects you're working on and how our talent development programmes can help.

Wednesday, 21 October - 2pm-5pm.

Industry events


Join our team as we preview some of the most exciting work we've funded recently, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers involved. We're keeping the line-up under our hats, but you can expect comedy, gritty realism and even some magic.

Wednesday, 21 October live at 6pm.

Industry events

UK Shorts 5

An Everyday Act screens in the festival's final day. Fresh from a spot at BFI London Film Festival, Gavin Scott Whitfield's BFI NETWORK-funded drama tells the story of a catastrophic coming-of-age moment for 12-year-old Eric.

Saturday, 24 October from 4pm.