The festival started as a pilot project in 2019 because we were sick of all the undeserved negativity around Northampton and wanted to use Film to showcase all that is brilliant about Northampton and the wider county, and to provide a ‘shop window’ to the world of Film and its booming UK industry.

The pilot festival had 739 admissions to 11 events with the festival theme of Coming of Age set by a committee of 16-25yrs volunteers. We’ve now passed that difficult stage, we’re all grown up, and even if we say so ourselves, we’re kind of a big deal…. Northampton is ready to celebrate what makes it great.

2020 was postponed due to Coronavirus but we’re now back, after our very successful lockdown film competition, with Northampton Film Festival 2021 which will feature the entries from 2020 in the short film competition as well as a 48hr Film Challenge series that now spans 2019-2021!

The 2021 judges for the main short film competition are actor Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch), comedian Hugh Dennis (Mock the Week) and actor Colin Salmon (Bond). Read more here. We’ll announce the judges for the Schools competition and 48hr Film Challenges soon. Last year we had 4 judges: Writer Alan Moore (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Watchmen), Director and Photographer Mitch Jenkins (Showpieces, The Show), Editor Colin Goudie (Monsters, Rogue One) and the Film Festival Doctor Rebekah Louisa Smith.

2021 is about saying We’re Kind of a Big Deal. Screw the French Riviera, we’ve got Le Nene River Area! Northampton and the county has taken a bit of a beating in recent years but we think this is a pretty special place and if we don’t believe we’re a force to be reckoned with, who will?