The High Peak Independent Film Festival is a non-for-profit film festival that celebrates shorts and feature films from filmmakers, of all ages, around the world. We aim to showcase the best of up and coming, independent filmmakers across four fantastic days. Our aim is to provide a programme which showcases the very best of international and national independent film.

New Mills is a beautiful town, situated in the High Peak, north of England. It's 45 minutes away from the thriving city of Manchester and easily accessible by all public transport. The historic town lies at the confluence of the rivers Goyt and Sett, close to the border of Cheshire. The town stands above the Torrs, a 70 feet (21 m) deep gorge, cut through Woodhead Hill Sandstone of the Carboniferous period. It is on the north-western edge of the Peak District, England's first national park. It has a population of approximately 10,000.

Situated in the town is the fantastic, and very famous, Swizzles Matlow! Yes, you'll know them for their Love Hearts, Rainbow Drops and Double Dip (and more!).

In our inaugural year, we showcased 51 films and 4 events across three and a half days at New Mills Art Theatre and across the town of New Mills. In our second year, we aim to grow and have more events.

Our prizes include a beautiful handmade trophy by SimplyGlassUK and a goody-bag of local gifts. We are working on our sponsors for year two and look forward to sharing with you, in due time, what our additional prizes may be.

Outstanding Feature
Outstanding Short
Outstanding Leading Performance
Outstanding Supporting Performance
Outstanding Documentary Award
Outstanding Screenplay
Outstanding Score
Outstanding Directors’ Award
Young Filmmakers Award
Outstanding in the North
Outstanding Student Debut
Audience Award

All submitted films must comply with the Submissions Guidelines including deadlines, exhibition format, entry material, etc.

We do not pay screener fees.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, permits necessary to present their work. High Peak Independent Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.

Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials sent to the Festival but the Festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the Festival.

Films submitted must be available for EXHIBITION as: DVD, .mov or Quicktime file.

Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles.

Entry materials and/or Short films will not be returned with the exception of hard drives and flash drives with a prepaid postage and self-addressed envelope.

The High Peak Independent Film Festival does not pay additional charges for originals, masters, or special prints.

Notification will be made on May 2nd 2018. All correspondence will be done through EMAIL ONLY to the original submitter.

All 45 minute plus feature films must NOT have been broadcasted or distributed prior to date of festival. Short films can be available to be shown online previously, but cannot have been distributed or sold.

All films must have been completed after January 2016.

Short films 30 minutes or less. This is inclusive of credits.

Feature films 45 minutes or more.

X-Rated films will not be watched or considered.

Overall Rating
  • Luke Nield

    Extremely helpful and friendly staff working the festival. Includes a wide genre of films. Promotes young filmmakers and local talent. Had a brilliant time there!

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Luke! It was fantastic to meet you at our festival, I hope you can join us for 2018! All the best, Nicole.

  • Rúben Sevivas

    unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the festival. However, the communication was great and I was very pleased to be to be nominated in different categories. Thank you so much!

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Ruben,

    Thank you for your kind review, we look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve in the future.



  • Hannah Pike

    For year 1, brilliant! Great selection of films, organisation, ambition. Can't wait to see the festival blossom over the years!

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Hannah,

    Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to seeing your work progress over the coming years, and hope to see you back here at the next festival!


    Nicole Pott
    Festival Director

  • Olivia Maiden

    Wow! What an amazing festival, I can't fault it at all... they had everything going on from street parties to live music. Kept in contact a lot throughout the process and the best festival I know! If you haven't already... DO! What amazing people:)

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Olivia,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. We can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve over the next couple of years.

    Thank you,

    Nicole Pott
    Festival Director

  • Adam Nelson

    I was unfortunately unable to attend and so cannot rate hospitality and networking. However, everything leading up to this point was handled with care, precision and we were made to feel like welcome participants in the event.

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Adam,

    Thanks so much for the kind words! E.M.U was received well at the festival and I'm really glad we showed it. We can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve next.

    Thank you,

    Nicole Pott
    Festival Director