You can now submit films from across Great Britain!

We’ve just announced the dates for NFF 2023 (22 May – 4 June). If you want to be kept up to date with news as it happens, please sign up to our mailing list here and of course we’d love you to submit a film (from 3 Sept 2022) here Northampton Film Festival (UK) – FilmFreeway

48hr Film Challenges and Networking

Have a look on our Events page about how to take part here.


We’d love to hear from people who are interested in marketing, admin, programming, social media, event management etc. All ages, all skill levels, local or not, we’d love to hear from you

Youth Advisory Board

We’re looking for young people of Secondary School and College age to be on our youth advisory board – you don’t need any qualifications (!) – we’re just looking for Northamptonshire based young people with an interest in Film, Art, Culture or Northants generally to help be a sounding board for our festival ideas. We will meet (online or in person) a few times a year. Contact for more information.

Support Us

We have sponsorship opportunities available for the 2023 festival. In 2019 we had 739 admissions across 4 venues (49% being new to the venues) as well as working with well over a hundred local young people and volunteers in the run up. 95% of people said they’d visit again and 97% rated the experience as Good or Very Good. “Fantastic, well organised. Enjoyable and all together great fun.” “Well done to all involved and for raising the profile of Northants.” We featured numerous times on BBC Radio Northampton as well as appearing on BBC Look East, many online articles from the Chronicle to Nenequirer to the BBC. In 2019 we worked with the Northampton Filmhouse, Panavision, the University of Northampton, CARRIER-media, the Grosvenor Centre, Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Film Hub Midlands through funds from the National Lottery amongst many others. Film Hub Midlands support people to watch, show, and make films in the Midlands. In 2021 we held an online festival with over 500 admissions to events and over 8000 views of online films. Everyone said they’d attend an online version again! Then in 2022 we had over 900 physical admissions – 43% of our audience were new to us and 95% said we’d Made you feel welcome at venue or event. “Really good to watch films made by local talent. Thank you very much and more please!” For more information contact or call 07930 646721.

Western Digital, Panavision and many others donated to our prizes

NFF is all about you

We set up the festival to be useful to local filmmakers and film fans so we want to hear from you about what you want or just to get feedback on our ideas.


The Operator short film

As part of NFF 2021 we produced a short film from Writer/Director Matt Riley (more usually found as a DP) and starring Graham Dickson (Witchfinder, After Life) and Amy De Bhrun (Line of Duty, Vikings). You can watch the trailer here and it’s now being entered into huge festivals around the world! It premiered in South Korea and just won Best Actor for Graham at the Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival. It has also been accepted into more festivals – news coming soon.

We know a lot of local people missed out on film set experience in 2020/2021 due to the pandemic so we thought we’d bring you the next best thing – virtual set experience! We live streamed the prelight and filming of The Operator and shared the Pre-Production process with you (like our latest livestream production meeting!) and through Q&As, interviews and all that good stuff. Check out for livestream recordings.

2021 Festival Cocktail List!

Yes these are cocktails from 2021’s programme for when we couldn’t be together in venues but I’d still recommend making them (if you are over 18 and happy to consume a bit of alcohol!) while you await 2023’s news.