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Harrogate Film Festival Programme Announced

The Northern Film School is the official Education Partner for Harrogate Film Festival, which has announced details of their 2021 programme of events.

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The festival, which is now in its fifth year will consist of a series of “mini festivals” spread out over April - September.

For the second year in a row the Northern Film School will be supporting the development of the festival's educational and community engagement initiatives. This will also include a number of opportunities for Leeds Beckett University students to be involved in various events throughout the festival.

This year’s festival has been curated to include a range of events offering something for people of all ages, from aspiring filmmakers to dedicated cinephiles. It has also been meticulously planned to make sure events can still take place within Covid-19 restrictions.

April 23 – 27 will see the return of the popular filmmaker’s competition, which will run online, a virtual screening of the film JFK, followed by an interview with its director Oliver Stone, a showcase from the Northern Film School and a number of other workshops, virtual experience events and the annual industry day.

May 28 – 31 will feature an animation workshop run by LEGO, additional talks and workshops, and more of the filmmaker’s competition. There will then be final series of events later in the summer which are yet to be confirmed.

You can view the current programme on the Harrogate Film Festival website.

The filmmaker’s competition, recently voted as one of the “Top 100 worldwide” by filmmakers, has ten screenings on offer, including short films with Drama, Comedy, Horror, Romance and Documentary all on the bill.

With over 500 submissions from 70 countries submitted this year alone, the Festival expects the competition to be eagerly anticipated among film lovers as it showcases the next generation of talent across the globe. 

Annabelle Pangborn, Head of Subject for Film has previously commented that: 

“We are thrilled to once again work in partnership with The Harrogate Film Festival following last year’s success. 

The partnership, now in its second year, comes just as the university opens its new £80 million-pound Leeds School of Arts building in the heart of the city where the Northern Film School will be housed."

Adam Chandler, Managing Director of the Festival has talked about what has been involved in planning for this year, saying "since our 2020 festival, a lot has happened in the world. We have planned the 2021 festival to allow for a fully online event, holding events in person, or a combination of the two. We really hope that by running a full schedule of events we can help bring some normality and joy to film fans.

“Whatever the situation at the time, all events will be streamed online. The advantage of this is that we can welcome people from across the country – and indeed the world - to our screenings.”


For more details and to book tickets visit the Harrogate Film Festival website.

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