Line-up unveiled for Leigh’s film festival

A scene from Whoever Was Using This Bed, which will be screened
A scene from Whoever Was Using This Bed, which will be screened

The line-up for the borough’s biggest celebration of cinema has been revealed, with organisers hoping this year’s event will be the best yet.

A dozen short movies have been selected for the fourth running of the Leigh Short Film Festival, which takes place at The Turnpike in October.

We have come so far in such a short time

Paul Costello

The films vary hugely, with cinema enthusiasts in the borough able to look forward to an evening covering everything from experimental documentaries to gritty dramas to imaginative animations.

More than 70 submitted short movies were whittled down to the final selection by the panel made up of committee members and local film-makers Nag Nag Productions.

The event at the Civic Square venue is becoming better known in the movie-making world as this year’s line-up includes films from Europe and the USA.

The final addition to the bill for the festival will be the winner of a young film-makers competition which takes place the previous evening at Alra North in Wigan.

Leigh Short Film Festival chairman Paul Costello said: “It’s hard to believe that Leigh Short Film Festival started four years ago. We have come so far in such a short time.

“We originally came together to celebrate and showcase low-budget short films but now the festival receives short film submissions from across the world.”

This year’s festival on Saturday, October 7 is the centrepiece of two weeks of film screenings at venues around Leigh and Tyldesley.

The event will begin with a short piece supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK, a charity close to the heart of the film festival’s patron Christopher Eccleston.

Craig Kendrick, from Nag Nag Productions, said: “I think this is our strongest film festival yet, it’s a cracking line-up.”

For more information visit Leigh Short Film Festival’s website