2017 FESTIVAL: You can now view with schedules for films and our events at www.highpeakindie.com

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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!).

Over the four days, there will be a variety of events taking place, including the weekly Quiz It!, hosted by a very special guest of honour, a fantastic band night, showcasing local talent, and a brilliant awards ceremony. On top of this, there would be no point visiting the High Peak without taking a fantastic fancy-dress themed walk around (subject to weather conditions!).

All our profits go to our selected charity, New Mills Art Theatre. New Mills Art Theatre is run by volunteers for the community around us, it showcases fantastic shows and films and all proceedings go back into work on the building. Currently, they are trying to raise £800,000 for full repairs and renovations on the building. We may not be able to raise that, but we can at least help!


Final Draft
Visit New Mills
New Mills Festival
Simply Glass UK
Torrside Brewery

Awards & Prizes

Our prestigious award ceremony will take place on the final night (Sunday 23rd July 2017) at New Mills Art Theatre, where all those who are nominated for an award, will be given the chance to win one of our fantastically handcrafted trophies and awards certificates.

During the nights ceremony, there will be two bands playing, as well as, a variety of acts and a fantastic host for the evening. In our royal boxes, there will be some special guests and we will be doing a raffle to win some fantastic prizes! It will be a night of glitz and glamour that you won't want to miss.

All to be revealed one month before the ceremony.

Several categories that your film will be entered into, if selected. All winners will receive a small goody-bag of local treats, and a few categories will be eligible to win additional awards.


Final Draft: Professional industry-standard screenwriting software.

1 x Final Draft Package for winners of one of our categories (tbc).

InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

3 x Winners of three seperate categories will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

Rules & Terms

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

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 June 24th 2017. 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 2015.

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.

It is down to the festivals discretion as to whether flights and accommodation will be provided for filmmakers, who are selected.

2 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Halim Saghir

    What an insanely well organized festival this was. We were so lucky to be selected and nominated for our film SANCTUARY - who won the prize for Best Actor. We came travelling from Norway and Sweden and was welcomed as soon as we got on the bus number 199 from the Airport (only £3, 40 all the way).
    Their heartwarming festival director, Nicole Pott, made sure everyone felt at home in this little town called New Mills (20 minutes away from Manchester). The locals were super friendly, from the host to random people on the streets that greeted you when passing by.
    This is a festival with a vison and a plan. And it merely scraped the surface of it this year. It is highly concerned with the young film makers, but has not forgotten about us "old timers", mind you!
    The cinema was a stunning piece on the inside, good projection quality, excellent sound, good seats and clean facilities and kiosk within the premises. Nicole and her company were well prepared for this huge event that seemed to be supported by the rest of the town that held a lovely street party for the festival. We were impressed and weren't expecting this at all. You know when you go to a festival and you know it's gonna be bad, full of hick-ups and poorly organized because it's a first-timer? Well this was everything but that. I promise you that High Peak wont need to wait long before it's among the top 100 film festivals on filmfreeway.com. All in all; we can't wait to come back, High Peak!!!
    Thanks for an amazing experience, Nicole!
    Greetings the SANCTUARY-Team :)

    July 2017
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    Adrien Léonard

    Really good job for a first time. A lot a motivation and passion in this organisation ! :)

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Adrien,

    Thank you very much for your kind review! We can't wait to see what you have under your belt next year!

    Thank you,

    Nicole Pott
    Festival Director