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.

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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