Bolton Film Festival at Light Cinema Bolton: Call for Submissions

BFF Final Poster_small (2)Bolton Film Festival launches on 20th and 21st September at The Light Cinema Experience within the Market Place, Bolton – a listed Victorian building that has undergone a twenty seven million pound refurbishment.

We’re seeking out innovative and ground-breaking short films (under 20 mins) from independent film-makers and students. Whether it’s feature, documentary, animation, comedy or experimental our aim is to showcase emerging talent to an audience of like-minded individuals and industry experts. Free entry for Community Groups / Charities / Schools. 

We’ve already received our first few entries and we’re delighted with the high standard of films we received for consideration so early on.

The submissions will be critiqued and selected by a jury of experts from the industry and showcased throughout a two day festival.

Mid Term Deadline 1st May

Regular Deadline 1st June

Late Entry Deadline 1st July

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Children & Young People, Funding

Children & the Arts Start Programme Funding (in partnership with Curious Minds)

The national charity Children & the Arts are working with Curious Minds to launch a new round of their Start programme and to bring the programme to the North West. Children & the Arts are seeking for 4 cultural venues to deliver three-year Start programmes which will develop and grow their relationships with local schools.

Programmes will start in September 2017 and will include cultural visits, professional development opportunities for teachers, education work linked to the national curriculum and the opportunity for the participating children and young people to engage in critical analysis and develop their own creative responses. The programme will also enable children and young people to achieve an Arts Award and participating schools to gain Artsmark.

Successful applicants will receive a wide range of support from Children & the Arts and Curious Minds, particularly with regards to Arts Award and Artsmark.

Applications are invited from cultural organisations based in or working in the following areas: Bolton, Preston, Rochdale, West Cumbria, Cheshire West & Chester and Tameside. The deadline for applications is Friday 28th April 2017.

For more information, and to download the application guidelines and application form, please visit:


Prolific North Live 2017

EventCity 15th & 16th February, open 9-5pm each day.

The expo features leading exponents of digital innovation, cutting edge marketing, branding and experiential agencies, content and engagement specialists, advertising and PR firms, leading broadcasters, TV and film production companies, printers, media suppliers and some of the best business brains from across the UK.

Across the two days, Prolific North Live will feature talks from leading experts in our seminar suites – designed to motivate and inspire. From the Keynote Theatre to the Finance & Growth Hub, there’s something for everyone.

With over 120 exhibitors at the event, this year we expect over 4000+ attendees, from in-house marketing and comms functions to companies and agencies spanning Prolific North’s readership, through to professionals seeking to engage with the fast-growing creative and media sectors of the North.  Also expect talks from leading experts in our seminar suites – designed to motivate and inspire, from the Keynote Theatre to the Finance & Growth Hub.

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New programme for Greater Manchester businesses and individuals

Creative England is excited to be launching a two year programme of activity which will grow and support small creative companies working in or aspiring to work in the film & TV sector in Greater Manchester.

The programme will deliver a series of workshops, networking opportunities and one-to-one meetings over the next two years.

ProConnect is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and will provide specialist support to small businesses (less than 250 employees) working in the film and TV production industry, as well as businesses outside of the industry that could benefit from the film and TV industry.


We are keen to tailor the programme of activity to what you want, and will be reaching out to involved businesses to hear your views on what you would find useful! We will try where possible to be flexible and responsive to the needs of our ProConnect members.

Topics likely to be covered over the next two years include:

  • Government tax breaks and incentives available for content makers and how to access them
  • Marketing yourself or your business to the film and TV industry
  • Self-assessment and business advice relevant to SMEs in Film/TV
  • What funding is available or how can I finance my film or TV programme?
  • How to make your hotel or venue more attractive to film and TV crews looking for accommodation and locations and how to improve your visibility to them


The home of the programme will be announced before the end of August. It will be in Greater Manchester and will be easily accessible by public transport. We aim to hold all of the workshops and networking at the same venue.


The great news is the programme is 100% paid for by the ERDF programme, making it free for businesses to attend!


The programme is aimed at small businesses and sole traders working in film& TV-related business in Greater Manchester who are working in the following areas:

  • Production companies, companies making screen content
  • Facilities companies, for example production hire companies, catering companies, camera hire
  • Sole traders & entrepreneurs i.e. crew
  • Supply chain companies for example hotels, visitor attractions, potential filming location venues)


In order to be eligible for the programme you must be registered as a sole trader or business with no more than 250 employees, with your registered business’s address in Greater Manchester. If you do not fit the criteria there may still be opportunities for you to attend the programme, however we will be prioritising Greater Manchester companies due to the funding criteria.


We know that you are busy and need a programme that is flexible to allow you to attend when you are free where possible. You will have the opportunity to pick a minimum of 12 hours of support through the programme, made up of workshops, networking and one to ones. The aim is to ensure you can tailor the programme to meet your needs and availability, so we will be running each workshop twice over the two years to give the best opportunity for everyone to attend. We will also be running two evening networking events each year to give you the opportunity to meet others in the film and TV industry and maximise your connections. Finally, we will organise one to one meetings with you to offer assistance and advice.


Here at Creative England we have an expert team working to support the film and TV sector in Greater Manchester. They will lead on your one to one meetings as well as putting together valuable industry networking evenings to give you the opportunity to widen your networks and promote your company.


Kaye Elliott: Head of Production Services and Deputy Director of Partnerships

Bobby Cochrane: Production Liaison Manager for the North West

Nicky Ball: Senior Crew & Facilities Manager

Nick Beech: Production Liaison Officer for the North West and West Midlands

The workshops will be delivered by external expert training providers who work within the film and TV industry.


The programme is unable to offer individual funding or funding towards individual training courses, mentoring development funding, content or programme funding.

Whist the programme is not designed to provide general business start-up advice one to one, it can sign post to specialist advice across business planning, budgeting for your company and will include workshops that cover information around these topics.


If you’d like to get involved and meet one of our team for an initial meeting to become part of the ProConnect programme, please email with your business address and company details.


Creative England Production Fund

The next deadline for applying to the Creative England Production Fund is the 8th July 2016. The fund supports the production of feature films of all genres (including documentaries). Priority will be given to projects from regionally-based directors- both first/second time feature directors and more established directors looking to experiment with new approaches. The project must be capable of:

  • Being a feature-length film for theatrical release
  • Obtaining theatrical and video release certificates no more restrictive than BBFC 18
  • Qualify for certification as a British Film.

Projects with a budget of more than £500,000 will not be supported and typically funding will fall within the £50,000-£100,000 range per film. To apply the applicant must be a company registered in the UK, EU or European Economic Area and have a good track record of film production. Read more at:

Source: Arts Development UK