Wigan and Leigh Short Film Festival unveils this year’s lineup



After Covid-19 forced last year’s event online, organizers are excited to host an in-person event for the eighth edition of the festival.

The event, which takes place on Saturday, November 20, will be held for the first time around the Leigh Spinners Mill, home of the Leigh Film Society. travel through stimulating dramas, coronavirus-related comedies, animation and much more.

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One of the films that will appear at the festival called PACE with Siobhan Finneran

The festival’s big winner will be selected by an audience vote in the evening, which will be hosted by actor Darren Jeffries.

Three other trophies, for the best animation, the best production in the Northwest and the best work by a young director, will also be awarded.

Paul Costello, President of the Wigan and Leigh Short Film Festival, said: “This year will be our eighth short film festival and it is yet another exciting lineup.

“We have seen the festival grow organically and become the success it is today.

Leigh Spinners Mill which is the location of this year’s event

“Despite the foreclosure submissions have been brilliant and the selections will take our audience on an exciting and entertaining journey.”

The event organizers have received dozens of entries from around the world and the programming has an international flavor with work from Greece and Vietnam chosen.

It was also a record year for the making of high-quality local films with no less than five short films from the Northwest selected, which delighted the festival team because supporting the talents of the region has always been a key driver. of the celebration of cinema.

As in previous years, the festival also hopes to provide media, film and television students with the opportunity to gain vital work experience, with young people at Edge Hill University being involved in organizing the event.

The 2021 festival is set to be the first in a long series at the listed Leigh Spinners Mill building, an industrial landmark in the city that is emerging as a hub for local businesses and leisure activities.

Leigh Film Society is in the process of creating its own community cinema within the factory.

With just over a month to go, excitement around the event is building.

Leigh Film Society boss and Leigh Spinners Mill general manager Jo Platt said: “It is an absolute honor to be able to host the festival here in the Mill.

“I’ve been involved with Leigh Film Society for several years and not only do they do a lot for the community, but their national reach in showcasing talent in film really puts Leigh on the map. “

Actor Darren Jeffries, who will host the event, said, “I love Wigan and Leigh Short Film Festival, it is such a valuable addition to the Northwest film community.

“The teams care very deeply about the future of local cinema and filmmakers, and this is a wonderful event to be part of.”

The Wigan and Leigh Short Film Festival 2021 will take place at Leigh Spinners Mill on Saturday, November 20, starting at 7 p.m.

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