Magic of movies at film festival

Organisers of the Leigh Short Film Festival 2016
Organisers of the Leigh Short Film Festival 2016

It was a case of: “Lights, camera, action!” as the borough’s biggest celebration of cinema returned for another hugely-successful event.

The third edition of the Leigh Short Film Festival attracted a sell-out audience to the Turnpike Centre to watch a dozen movies by up-and-coming directors.

The night spanned everything from short, humorous animations to films exploring serious subjects including dementia, mental health issues and morality, with local film-makers Nag Nag Productions picking the line-up.

The festival was particularly successful for budding comic talent as Jake The Magnificent was crowned the overall winner in the 
audience’s vote.

Writing and directing brothers Paul and Simon Wade’s dark comedy sparked gales of laughter inside the Turnpike with its tale of a young magician trying to perfect a trick for a birthday show who is unprepared for a spectacular twist in the tale.

Another comic film Cold Reader, about a librarian who suspects a regular visitor is not exactly what he appears, came second and Peter Mottram’s animation The Key To Life about why people cannot locate their keys was third.

The winner had comedy, entertainment and a really good story. That’s what we look for at the festival, something that will capture the audience’s imagination.

Elizabeth Costello

The results were announced by the festival’s special guest, Lowton-born actress Katya Greer.

Festival organisers now have plans to expand the Leigh event further.

Leigh Short Film Festival secretary Elizabeth Costello said: “It was a great, sold-out night. We’ve made connections with local drama groups and had some very positive feedback.

“We had a very enjoyable evening of quality short films. The winner had comedy, entertainment and a really good story. That’s what we look for at the festival, something that will capture the audience’s imagination.”

“We’re already planning the 2017 event to be a bigger and better festival with more dates and venues reaching out beyond the town of Leigh to the whole borough.

For more information about the event visit leighfilmfestival.com