Short films focus for the latest cinematic showcase

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A NEW celebration of the cinematic arts will take the region by storm – with a focus on grassroots auteurs.

Supporters of Leigh Film The society has put together a 14-person showcase of the best in low-budget and no-budget filmmaking.

The event is following hotly. Bolton The International Film Festival, which ended last week.

Leigh’s Spinners Mill will be the venue for the film community’s Wigan and Leigh Short Film Festival.

thought-provoking dramas, coronavirus comedies and stylish animations will compete for the overall winner of the festival on Saturday, November 20.

Audience voting will choose the grand champion, but there are also awards offered for best animation, best northwest production, and best work by a young director.

Applications from distant places such as Greece and Vietnam were considered. Students from Edge Hill University will take part in the staging of the awards night.

Festival president Paul Costello said: “This will be our eighth short film festival this year and there is yet another exciting cast.

“We saw the festival grow organically and turn into the success it is today.

“Despite locked submissions, it was excellent and the selections will take our viewers on an exciting and fun journey.”

Actor Darren Jeffries, who will be hosting the event, said: “I love the short film festival, it’s an invaluable addition to the northwest film community. The teams care deeply about the future of films and local filmmakers and this is a great event to be a part of.”

Jo Platt, head of the film community and managing director of Leigh Spinners Mill, said: “It is an absolute honor to host the festival here at the factory.

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

Tickets for the event are now on sale via the ticket resource website and for more details on the event go online at

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