Harrogate Film Festival aims to captivate the residents and filmmakers of Harrogate and surrounding areas by offering innovative events and opportunities which aim to engage and develop audiences with new cinema experiences, film education, interactive events and competitions.

Please be aware, due to unforeseen circumstances the Festival is postponed to May 2023, dates will be communicated in due course. We will announce our shortlisted films in March 2023.


Films will be viewed by the Festival Judging Panel (FJP) and a shortlist of films to be screened during the Festival will be produced.

All entrants will receive confirmation of the FJP decision which will be final. The FJP does not guarantee to provide any feedback aside from the decision itself, however additional comments may be offered if the Committee deems that it may be helpful.

Films selected for viewing at the Festival will be judged by the Festivals selected judges.

The judges will watch the films in all ten categories making awards for the best film in each category. There are then also awards for 'Critics Choice', 'Audience Choice' and 'Best Film'.

Overall Rating
  • Alex Preston

    Thank you for making our first (virtual) Harrogate Film Festival experience a memorable one. We were honored to see Gretel + Hansel: A New Musical selected at Harrogate Film Festival 2021. I look forward to attending future Harrogate events in person. Cheers from Atlanta, Georgia, USA!

    July 2021
  • Alexander Bruckner

    Thank you for having us! :-)

    July 2021
  • Our film "Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh" got official selection which is a great encouragement for us.

    June 2021
  • Sule Nisancioglu

    Well organised festival with good communication. Proud to have my short film selected for the festival. Lots of good quality films to watch. Thank you.

    June 2021
  • Daniele De Muro

    Honoured to have my short film"Horizon" at this beautiful Festival. I hope to submit a new project next year.

    June 2021