Now entering our 6th year, we pride ourselves on bringing you the very best in emerging filmmaking talent from around the world. We provide independent filmmakers with a platform to showcase their work and network with other filmmakers at our truly unique venue. Our popular Q&A panel features industry professionals, award winning filmmakers and talent executives. All shortlisted and winning filmmakers are encouraged to attend.
We are looking for both fictional and factual films that excite, inspire and challenge our beliefs of what low budget filmmaking can achieve.
Films will screen in Darwen, Lancashire in July 2023 at Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio, a purpose built school catering for 13-19 year olds in vocational creative arts subjects.
Films will compete for prizes in several categories.
Best Student Film
Rob Earnshaw Award for Best Director
Best Documentary Film
All winners will receive presentation laurels.
All genres and topics are welcomed.
All short films must be under 20 minutes.
Films need to have been released no earlier than January 2021
All foreign language films must include English subtitles.
All short listed films need to provide a representative to appear at the festival or a brief video introduction of 2mins maximum.
Film makers are responsible for all copy right of submitted films content and may be asked to provide evidence should this be needed.
All shortlisted filmmakers must be able to provide a HD downloadable link to their film.
Up on submitting your film, you agree to allow all submitted content and material to be used towards the marketing of the event.
All entry fees are non refundable.
For student entries, please supply name of institution and dates attended.