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 film making 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
General 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.


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).


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.

Overall Rating
  • Jess O'Brien

    Huge thanks to Leigh Short Film Festival for selecting our film. The communication between us and the festival was excellent and we definitely advise young filmmakers to submit their films.

    November 2018
  • Lucinda Sinclair

    It was lovely to be at the Leigh Short Film Festival for the first time, an impressive selection of shorts were screened and the evening was a lot of fun. Filmmakers were well looked after and it was a sell out! I hope to be back again in the future.

    October 2018
  • A wonderful, very well organised and a great selection of short films. I'm looking forward to attending again.

    October 2018
  • Jack Levy

    One of the best film festivals I've been to. A very well attended event that had a welcoming and enthusiastic atmosphere. The team of volunteers were fantastic and the calibre of the films on screen was exceptional - just being selected alongside some of these productions was a real honour. Thank you!

    October 2018
  • Luke Bradford

    Leigh turned out to be one of the best short film festivals I've attended! It is a small regional festival but they went to SO much effort on every level. It was well organised with a team of well rehearsed volunteers pulling it all together. We were lucky enough to win the Audience Award for or film 'RISK' which was a real honour. We met some great people at the event and were made to feel so welcome. I recommend!

    October 2018