Northampton Film Festival 2019: Coming of Age is a pilot film festival from social enterprise film company Screen Northants.

We decided to run the festival because we were sick of all the undeserved negativity around Northampton and wanted to help its young people – and other residents – to make films, showcase their work and discover new things about Northampton and the county.

We put a committee of local 16-25yrs in charge of coming up with the festival’s theme and format. They chose the theme of Coming of Age – they wanted their voices to be heard and they wanted opportunities to develop their careers. It’s also very timely to be asking if Northampton can ‘come of age’ as a film hub.

There’s free support and events to help people meet other filmmakers, learn production skills and make films, it’s free to enter and if you have a film with a connection to Northampton or Northamptonshire it’s almost guaranteed you can enter it!

The festival consists of a 48 hour filmmaking challenge, a non-competitive screening of your first films (this must be your first film you’ve put into a festival even if you’ve made your own films for university or fun before), competitions in categories of Northampton, Northamptonshire and Coming of Age, feature films with Q&A from the film’s makers, a conference for Northants filmmakers and much more.

We have 4 judges confirmed so far: Writer Alan Moore, Director and Photographer Mitch Jenkins, Editor Colin Goudie and the Film Festival Doctor Rebekah Louisa Smith. Click here for more information.

Come Visit Us

Come visit us Monday – Friday in Film Festival Central on the ground floor of the Grosvenor Centre Northampton next to Michael Jones Jewellers, near the Market Square entrance.