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.
Awards & Prizes
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 Leading Performance
Outstanding Supporting Performance
Outstanding Documentary Award
Outstanding Directors’ Award
Young Filmmakers Award
Outstanding in the North
Outstanding Student Debut
Rules & Terms
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.