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.

Best Of

To celebrate our move to The Old Courts and to promote our first festival in Wigan we are putting on
The Best of Leigh Short Film Festival during the Wigan Arts Festival. On Easter Saturday, 20th April we will be screening some of the overall and category winners from the events between 2015 and 2018.
You can read more about this event in this article from Wigan Today.

This year we are also 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 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 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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