A new film festival for Northampton

A film festival for Northampton where you decide the content, make it then screen it!

We want to hear from Northampton residents 16-18yrs and 18-25yrs, plus people from across the county of any age who would be interested in volunteering.

In Spring 2019 Screen Northants are running their first film festival based in Northampton. The festival is to be run by groups of Northampton young people 16-25yrs and key industry people from Northamptonshire. If you are outside this demographic but would like to be involved, we’d still invite you to get in touch – we will have a group of volunteers who meet regularly to work on the festival.

We want to produce something a bit different from your normal festival, so are looking for people with bold ideas.  It would suit people that have something to say about Northampton (positive or negative!) or have an interest in the Creative Industries or just want to see more things happen here. Workshops will start in January, with filmmaking activities in February, then the event itself in March.


We will have a group of 16-18yrs who fit our BBC Children in Need criteria (see below) and a group of 18-25yrs Northampton residents. These groups will collaborate to devise the theme of the festival, what film screenings and events we will be holding, and help with the organisation. They will also be supported to make films to enter themselves.

16-18yrs (of school age) – scroll down for 18-25yrs

We are looking for young people living in Northampton who have an interest in Events, Film, Creativity, Northampton and/or Community work or something else you feel is relevant that has encouraged you to get involved. You will be treated like one of the team at Screen Northants, responsible for running an amazing festival! We are looking for commitment and a genuine interest – it doesn’t matter what you have or haven’t done before though.

You also need to fit one of these criteria:

  • Have an Additional/Special Educational Need or disability
  • Receive Pupil Premium/free school meals
  • Live in an area rated as Deprived or Highly Deprived on the Index of Multiple Deprivation – we don’t expect you to know this! Get in touch with us with your address so we can check
  • Live in poverty or where you feel finances are restricting your life chances
  • Not in mainstream education or excluded from school, or at risk of being excluded
  • If you are in the Troubled Families programme or receiving intervention linked to crime, mental health problems, unemployment, etc. We can discuss confidentially with you if you are not sure if you might qualify.
  • If you are in a struggling family where you feel you might be at risk of receiving intervention from the local authority, for example.
  • Have been negatively involved with the Police, even if not formally charged with anything
  • If you are a Looked-After Child or have been involved with the care system

We appreciate some of these criteria may come across negatively but all our groups are positive, professional and are designed to bring out the best in everyone who takes part including our film professionals: to increase your creative industry experience, to build confidence, ambition and local pride, and develop transferable work skills.

Workshops will run in January and February on Wednesdays 4.30pm – 6.30pm at our shop in the Grosvenor Centre with a full week Monday-Friday in February half term to make films for the festival. Then the times in March will be decided once we know the scale of the festival. If you can’t make Wednesdays but still want to be involved please get in touch.

We can help with transport costs if this is a barrier to attending.

If you would like to take part, please email us including a line about why you’d like to take part, a line or two about yourself and which criteria above best fits your situation. We will select a cross section of young people from the applications involving as many people as we can.

Email becky@screennorthants.co.uk or you can ring her on 07930 646721. You can also visit us in the Grosvenor Centre (opposite the Igloo Cinema on the same floor/side as McDonalds) but please note we are shut Fri 21 Dec – Sun 6 Jan (you can put a note through our shutter though or post to Screen Northants, 35 Princes Walk, Grosvenor Centre, NN1 2EL).

18yrs – 25yrs

We’re looking for Northampton residents from a diverse range of backgrounds who have an interest in getting involved for a variety of reasons – whether it’s because of an interest in Film, the Arts, Northampton itself, community action, improving the town centre or to try something new.

We will meet one afternoon or evening per week throughout Jan and Feb (we may change it each week to suit people or if we can find a mutual day we’ll keep it to that). There will be additional filmmaking activities in Feb half term which is the week starting 18th Feb. Then we’ll decide the dates for meetings after then based on the festival dates in March.

If you would like to take part please send me an email to becky@screennorthants.co.uk (or post/drop in a letter to our shop in the Grosvenor Centre opposite the Igloo Cinema on the same floor/side as McDonalds – 35 Princes Walk, Grosvenor Centre, NN1 2EL) telling us a little bit about yourself and why you’d like to take part. You can of course ask any questions but please note the shop is shut Fri 21 Dec – Sun 6 Jan (you can put a note through our shutter though). Please also tell us generally what weekday afternoons you could be free 3pm – 5pm and what evenings you could do 5.30/6pm – 7.30pm. This will help us pick a suitable day to have our meetings.


Thank you to the Constance Travis Endowment Fund for supporting the festival through Northamptonshire Community Foundation. And to BBC Children in Need for their continued support of our film projects with disadvantaged young people from Northamptonshire.

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