We have an exciting Festival planned for 2020 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 Spinners Mill Cinema in Leigh together with the NorthWest Filmmaker event. We also hold our Young Filmmaker event at ALRA North in Wigan as normal.

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 across the world.

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, Jo Platt & award winning actors Christopher Eccleston, Ben Batt and Matthew McNulty.

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We have 4 submission categories which are;
Young Filmmakers aged 16 - 25
North West Filmmakers
General Entries


All films must be 15 minutes or less in length.
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.
Judges, sponsors, administrators, and independent contractors who work with or for the Leigh Film Society are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their spouses or other immediate family members.
Deadline for submissions to the competition is midnight on 31st August 2020.
Once a film has been entered in the competition, under no circumstances will we accept a new version of the film. If you wish to submit a revised version of your film, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.
There is a $10 USD entrance fee taken when submitting your film on the FilmFreeway website.
The entrance fee is non-refundable.
Films should ideally be submitted in the h.264 MP4 file format but we can accept other formats. We would also prefer that all submissions are supplied at a minimum of 1080p resolution.
All selection & judging decisions are final.
Any conflicts of interest between filmmakers & the selection panel should be declared to the festival organisers IMMEDIATELY.
Digital versions of marketing materials should be made available to be used for our marketing purposes no later than the 29th September 2020.


By submitting a film/script to the WLFF, you indicate that you have read and accept the Rules and Terms of the Wigan & Leigh Film Festival.
I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these Rules and Terms.
I authorise the WLFF to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2020 festival.
I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video/script to the WLFF, that all rights and clearances have been made and that this film/script is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
By Agreeing to these Rules and Terms, I transfer to the WLFF the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2020 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2020 festival.

Full Entry requirements, Rules and Terms & Conditions are available on our website. Please visit the Submissions page.

Overall Rating
  • David Keogh

    Lovely bunch of people, serious about film - high quality films and very passionate about what they do

    November 2019
  • I was delighted to have my film chosen for inclusion in the festival - and for it then to be awarded special runner up in the NW Filmmaker Event was tremendous. I cannot praise the efforts of the festival organisers enough, nor the helpfulness of the volunteers, many of whom were media students, and who ensured everything ran as smoothly as possible .

    My only tiny criticism of the festival organisation was that all communications were addressed to “directors” ; I felt a tad more customisation of communication would have been preferable - even if we were addressed as “filmmakers”, after all these @#£$§ directors get enough recognition 😊

    The venue, The Old Courts, was good apart from the seating which, at my advanced years, felt very uncomfortable after one or two short films.

    Beyond these two very minor quibbles, the festival is a valued and valuable component of the local cultural scene and rightly deserves recognition for all its achievements both locally and nationally.

    November 2019
  • Daniel Harding

    Thank you W&LFF for selecting our film! Terrific film festival

    November 2019
  • 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