"Being a filmmaker at the High Peak is a breathtaking experience." - Marcelo Brinceno, 2019.

"Nicole and the High Peak team were brilliant from start to finish." - Rica Sweeney, 2019.

"One of the best festivals I've attended." - Jacob Podber, 2018.

"...Promotes young filmmakers and local talent. Had a brilliant time there!" Luke Nield, 2017.

High Peak Independent Film Festival is an international shorts and features film festival, which began in 2016, opening its call out to independent filmmakers from around the world. In 2017, we hosted the first High Peak Independent Film Festival, a 3.5 day event that took place in the beautiful theatre, New Mills Art Theatre (see photos to have a look!). In 2018, the festival held its 2nd successful event with a four day film festival. Then, in 2019, we will bring you a five day film festival!

We will return in 2020 with a two day film extravaganza!

The aim of High Peak Independent Film Festival is to provide a platform for filmmakers from across the globe to showcase their work and to meet other fantastic filmmakers to across the week. In 2020, the festival will bring even more events and films with the 10hr Filmmaking Challenge returning once again.

So, where is the festival?

New Mills is a gorgeous British town with some of the best views of the country, right in the High Peak. It's 45 minutes from Manchester and Sheffield, and very easily accessible, even if you're visiting from London or across the world. You may also know the sweets made by Swizzles Matlow, they are created in the town also.

What do our events include?

We have our great 10hr Filmmaking Challenge, which took off in 2018 and will continue as the years go on. We also have a prestigious red carpet awards gala on the final night of the festival, where we award the outstanding work of the festival, chosen by our fantastic jury members. Amongst that, we aim to put on some entertaining events and always have great networking opportunities too.

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

Some of our awards in 2020 will include:

Outstanding Short
Outstanding Leading Performance
Outstanding Supporting Performance
Outstanding Documentary Award
Outstanding Animated Film
Outstanding Screenplay
Outstanding Score
Outstanding Directors’ Award
Young Filmmakers Award
Outstanding Student Debut


1A. All submitted films must comply with the Submissions Guidelines including deadlines, exhibition format, entry material, etc.

1B. We do not pay screener fees.

1C. 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.

1D. 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.


2A. The films submitted must be available for EXHIBITION as a DVD, .mov or Quicktime file. We do NOT accept DCP or Bluray currently, but all films must be sent to the festival via Pendrive, Harddrive or DVD to the address of the festival (given on acceptance of the film) with a CLEAR label of the film name and film directors’ name.

2B. Entry materials and/or Short films will only be returned if the filmmaker provides prepaid postage and self-addressed envelope or it is collected from the festival hub or office during festival week.

2C. Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles.

2D. Filmmakers MUST have an up to date EPK available with quality screenshots of the film and information on the film itself in order to be accepted into High Peak Independent Film Festival 2019.

2E. The High Peak Independent Film Festival does not pay additional charges for originals, masters, or special prints.


3A. The Festival takes place from 6th to 9th August 2020 at New Mills Art Theatre, Jodrell St, New Mills, SK22 3HJ.

3B. Notification will be made on May 31st 2020. All correspondence will be done through EMAIL ONLY to the original submitter.


4A. 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.

4B. ALL films must have been completed after January 2020.

4C. Short films 30 minutes or less. This is inclusive of credits.

4E. X-Rated films (pornography) will not be watched or considered.


5A. By submitting to our festival, we will utilise any personal data that you submit to us as part of the details of your submission, to evaluate your submission for the purposes of the festival. We will store your data to contact you about future festivals and events that you may be interested in from either ourselves or third parties. We will also use your data as part of our internal surveys to assess the number of submissions for the festival and where submissions came from and from what category. You are in control of your data and should you wish to delete your data, you may request us to do this at anytime. Asking us to delete your data before the end of the festival, will delete your submission from the festival and no refunds will be given.

5B. To withdraw consent to use your data and delete it from our systems, please email us with your request.

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Ball-Shaw

    The High Peak Independent Film Festival, is a fantastic film festival!

    An incredibly well organised and run event, with great character, and fitting with the New Mills Theatre that accommodates the event.

    My first experience was through having 'Anorak' (short film) selected to screen in one of the shorts sessions at the event, of which there were a good number, as the schedule is packed full of entertainment. I have since returned and attended/supported the event the following year (years 2 and 3), and am very much looking forward to year 4. Nicole Pott is a person to meet, very much being on top of having all areas covered, as the festival's Director she knows film, and all areas associated, conducting and combining this to put on a great show of an event. The event is supported by welcoming, and enthusiastic volunteers, happy to help. The event also offers other great engaging activities and sessions, such as a competitive 10 hour film challenge. And then closes with a nicely rounding off awards ceremony, hosted by an entertaining comedic gent of a compere, prompting much laughter from the audience.

    This event I'm sure will always be an enjoyable, entertaining and engaging experience, that hopefully continues to grow, and receive further success, recognition, and attract more film interested attendees. Be sure to submit your films, and book your tickets for the next event!

    February 2020
  • Greg Hall

    Brilliant festival, great selection of films, really well organised / promoted and communicated event! Fantastic platform for independent films and well worth being part of!

    December 2019
  • Sam Walker

    An excellent festival with a very high calibre of short films on show! Wonderful staff and interesting filmmakers in attendance, was an honor to have our film selected to screen at the festival!

    July 2019
  • Lara Hewitt

    Nicole was a warm and communicative organiser who has put a lot of energy into this festival. It is held in a cute little cinema and in time this could be a fantastic venue - right now it still needs some years to grow! Audience turn out wasn't great but hopefully it will improve as the festival progresses. I respect the ambition and enthusiasm - best of luck for the future.

    June 2019
  • I was really disappointed not to be able to attend the festival this year - it seems like a great event with a friendly, very dedicated team, who were super communicative! Really look forward to hopefully making it next time -- thanks for having our film Nicole!

    June 2019