“Northampton is a place of rare and mysterious beauty. Situated at the heart of English geography, English history and always, always at the heart of English trouble.”

Said by NFF 2019 judge and legendary Northampton Writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta). And we embody that spirit at NFF.

Northampton is a place of Rebels and Revolutionaries, Misfits and Mavericks, Creatives and Changemakers. We want to put on a great show for you but also make sure you leave feeling inspired, with fire in your belly or the spark for your next project.

As well as accepting submissions from around the UK which embody that spirit, we also want to show you that Northampton and Northamptonshire filmmakers are Kind of a Big Deal.

We've had some excellent judges over the years (see Awards) and put on social and industry events as well as screenings. This year we want to have a Q&A at each screening. We had 1104 admissions at NFF 2023.

Please read our reviews to get a sense of what we're all about.

There are prizes for Best Film and Best Northamptonshire Film in shorts and features, narrative films and documentaries.

You win ALL the glory plus an amazing trophy. All shortlisted films will be screened at a Northampton festival venue and you get free tickets to that screening plus to our awards ceremony.

2024 judges are TBA. Previous judges have included legendary Northampton Writer Alan Moore (V for Vendetta), Editor Colin Goudie (Monsters, Rogue One), Producer Leopold Hughes (Glass Onion), Actor Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch), Development Exec Dionne Farrell (B-Side, BBC Films, BFI), Producer Jim Mooney (Small Axe), Comedian Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered), Aesthetica Short Film Festival Director Cherie Federico, BAFTA Breakthrough 2022 Director Paul Sng (Tish), Writer/Director Ella Glendining (Is Anybody Out There?), Actor Colin Salmon (Bond), Liza Rhea (Disney's The No 2 to Kettering), and BBC Exec and Royal Television Society Midlands Chair Kuljinder Khaila.

We accept entries of films which are:
• live action or animation
• narrative/fiction/dramas or non-fiction/documentaries (AND we have a new Misfits category for 2024 for short films which sit outside of those definitions)
• up to 20 minutes in length for shorts, or 40 to 110 minutes for features
• completed anytime in the last 3 years (from festival end date 17 March 2024) or 2 years for the 16yrs and Under and 17-23yrs categories
• submitted by a UK-based Writer/Director/Producer

There is no separate category for Northants entries but we will be in touch to identify which films have local links if it isn't clear from the submission as there are definitely special prizes for local entries!

Films that don't have a link to Northants must fit one of our themes in terms of how the film was made or the subject matter of the film: Rebels, Revolutionaries, Misfits, Mavericks, Creatives or Changemakers. We imagine most films might meet the Creative theme! And we are a bit more relaxed with these themes in the 16yrs + Under and 17-23yrs categories!

Northampton Film Festival Limited creates the longlist of films - this longlist is then submitted to our judges who draw up the nominees for each category. All decisions are final including what we feel meets our themes and what qualifies as a Northamptonshire film.

Overall Rating
  • Sonderbar Pictures

    Sadly we couldn't attend after our film was selected and won best documentary feature. But this festival is run by a super supportive, enthusiastic and diligent team. A bit of an overlooked gem on the UK festival circuit, well worth submitting to!

    August 2023
  • Robin Kirwan

    A really great festival that punches well above its weight. The staff and communication with filmmakers is excellent. The films are screened in theatres that wouldn't be out of place in Hollywood. I highly recommend submitting your film.

    July 2023
  • What a great festival. Becky was brilliant at communicating throughout the lead up to, during and after the event. We were lucky that our short doc was awarded too, alongside some amazing films and talent. Really happy to recommend the festival!

    June 2023
  • Robert Stanley Crampton

    Great festival.. well organised and fantastic comms from Becky all the way through. Deserves supporting!

    June 2023
  • Mikey Murray

    What a terrific 'grass-roots' festival that is really helping to put a showcase on for local filmmakers. Festival Director Becky is an inspiration, really going those extra miles to turn a spotlight on Northampton and it's creatives. Keep up the great work 🥰

    June 2023