Fri 1st Oct


11:00am @ Bolton Museum & Library
Our Comedy strand will have you in stitches with this collection of giggles from flirting with your mask on, to a romantic connection with a hand.  We watch an acting masterclass become tense and go searching for the illusive mushy peas.

Culture Vulture 1

11:00am @ Unit Base Gallery
This selection of shorts examines the power of the gaze through the foreplay of fashion film, music and dance. Embark on a journey between the voyeur and the viewed within the mirror of aesthetics, art and culture.

Experimental 3

11:00am @ Unit Base Gallery
An eclectic mix of experimental shorts using landscapes of sound and imagery to evoke sensations of ‘searching for’, ‘belonging to’ or ‘escaping from’ a collective experience.

VR & 360

11:00am @ Unit Base Gallery
Step into the immersive world of 360 and VR with projects from around the world. Walk the streets of Kinshasa or the back alleys of Jakarta.

Animation 2

11:20am @ Light Cinema Screen 1
This showcase of international animations explores the range of 2D and 3D techniques.  The worlds created take us to a psychedelic drug induced meeting with Karl Marx, while an AI algorithm determines the health of a life insurance client.  We meet a bullied boy who keeps his enemy close, ...

International 3

11:20am @ Light Cinema Screen 2
Our International 3 programme visits the far corners of the world with an ironic vacation therapy designed to cure your longing to travel, and an unusual drama depicting fame hungry youngsters of Norway and what they will do to get it.  We visit a man on the edge of his animal instincts, a ...

Experimental 1

12:10pm @ Unit Base Gallery
An experimental extravaganza observing the collective experience of the human condition from an existential awareness regarding the futility of life to the need of communicating our desire for freedom.

Doc 60 – 4

12:30pm @ Bolton Museum & Library
An hour of interesting short docs from a traditional sport lasting 900 years, to the acceptance of moving to a Scottish rural community.  We get to grips with a self-reflective piece exploring gender transition, and look at the effects and trauma that war can have on soldiers.

Animation 3

1:00pm @ Light Cinema Screen 2
Take a trip into the far-out imaginings of our Animation 3 programme with this unique collection of creativity and song.  We explore troubled relationships through the epic performance of operatic cocks, to the dream sequence of Korean pop, and the futuristic world of Puerto Rica ...

Culture Vulture 3

1:25pm @ Unit Base Gallery
This textual tapestry of the human spirit combines music, dance and fashion to express a feeling of empowerment.  Now is the time to take back control and release yourself from the box.

International 4

1:50pm @ Bolton Museum & Library
From Canada to the USA, Germany to Iran, our International 4 block explores stories from relationship breakdowns and tying up loose ends.  A girl is questioned with suspicions of having been raped, a boy uses deflection techniques to avoid being in trouble.  We look at Americas immigr ...

F-Rated – Made by women

2:20pm @ Light Cinema Screen 2
The F-Rating is awarded to films directed by a woman and/or written by a woman. If the film also features significant women on screen, the film becomes TRIPLE F-Rated. The rating is designed to support and promote women and re-address the imbalance in the film industry. ...

Experimental 2

2:40pm @ Unit Base Gallery
A transformative and meditative experience observing the elements of chance and control between the mechanical and the natural form.

Doc 60 – 2

3:45pm @ Bolton Museum & Library
A selection of indie-docs which tease out the inner reflections relating to loss and renewal, immigration, and a sense of belonging.  From a South Asian gaze on representation, to a couple searching for their son’s heart.  We observe a retiring clown who no longer needs to wear his mask ...

Culture Vulture 2

4:00pm @ Unit Base Gallery
Through the ever evolving and conditioning of people and place, this program of shorts looks at the relationships we have with each other as-well as ourselves.  Is it time to re-connect with reality or continue to be plugged into the feed?

UK Shorts 5

6:00pm @ Light Cinema Screen 2
UK shorts 5 questions the relationships we have with ourselves and others.  We watch a friendship shift because of a drunken night of passion, and witness a grieving wife express her feelings towards a cheating husband. We feel the injustice of a wrongly accused cleaner, and endure the emotiona ...

UK Shorts 4

6:00pm @ Light Cinema Screen 1
This award-winning programme of UK shorts takes us through a myriad of situations where we are introduced to the life of John Lennon before he found fame, watch a Muslim family grapple with a son’s sexuality, follow a casual hook up become a bit more serious, and see a dad with a disability g ...

Best of the Fest 2

7:50pm @ Light Cinema Screen 1
As we delve into the psyche of cause and effect and look deeper towards emotional responses created from life experiences, our Best of the Fest 2 programme aims to analyse and connect with our deeper self.  We see the anguish created when a child goes missing on a holiday campsite, and watch as ...