We have an exciting Festival planned for 2019 across more venues, screening shorts and feature films.
The 'Short Film Festival' will remain the main event and this year it will be held at Wigan's cultural arts centre 'The Old Courts' To embrace these additions and developments we have renamed the festival to the Wigan & Leigh Film Festival.
This year we are delighted to introduce our inaugural feature screenplay competition. We are seeking original, compelling and exciting feature screenplays for which the winner will receive a copy of Fade In, a best screenplay trophy and will be invited to the main festival event to claim their prize.
All festival events are run entirely by volunteers with all proceeds invested into a nominated charity and community arts.
We celebrate and show-case low-budget filmmaking and up-and-coming talent from across the country and have screened everything from comedies and dramas to documentaries and animations while including work from as far afield as Europe and the USA.
Working with colleges and universities, we offer work placements and real opportunities for young people to get festival experience.
We are proud to have four patrons, our local MP Jo Platt & award winning actors Christopher Eccleston, Ben Batt and Matthew McNulty.
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We have 6 submission categories which are;
Schools & Groups aged 7 - 16
Young Filmmakers aged 16 - 25
North West Filmmakers
THE RULES FOR FILM ENTRIES
All films must be 15 minutes or less in length.
Entries to the Schools & Groups aged 7 - 16 category must have been made by directors/teams under the age of 16 years when filming.
Entries to the Young Filmmakers aged 16 to 25 category must have been made by directors/teams under the age of 25 years when filming.
Entries for the North West category must have been made in the North West of England.
There is a $10 USD entrance fee taken when submitting your film on the FilmFreeway website.
The entrance fee is non-refundable.
THE RULES FOR SCRIPT ENTRIES
Scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
There is a $10 USD entrance fee taken when submitting your script on the FilmFreeway website.There are no restrictions in genre, style, tone or themes.
We will accept international submissions.
All entries must be in English.
Script PDFs must have a properly formatted file name (Name of Script by Author
First Name Last Name.pdf — i.e. Alien by Dan O’Bannon.pdf).
Scripts must be complete feature screenplays and not works in progress,
treatments, outlines, ideas, short films or pilots.
Screenplays must be between 80-130 pages in length.
Submitted scripts must be original and the sole property of the applicant(s).
THE SELECTION PROCESS
All films/scripts will be reviewed by a selection panel made up of the film festival organisers.
All shortlisted film entries selected to be screened during the festival will be notified by 15th September 2019.
All category winners will be notified on the night during the festival once all film entries have been screened.
All selection & judging decisions are final.
Full Entry requirements, Rules and Terms & Conditions are available on our website. Please visit the Submissions page.