More free film events than you can shake a stick at! Something for everyone, of all ages.

Dates for your diary – all free!

Mon 27th – Fri 31st May – Social action film project for 12-18yrs 10am – 5pm in May half term. More info below.

Friday 31st May 4.30pm-6.30pm film workshop for young people at the Young Artists Festival in Northampton. Read more here

Sat 1 June 8.15pm The Young Artists Festival will be showing some of our films for Northampton Film Festival 2019. Pop along if you missed them first time around. Everything has a link to the county. Read more here

6pm Fri 31st May – 6pm Sun 2 June A special Single Shot 48hr Film Challenge for young people up to 18yrs who attend the Young Artists Festival in Northampton. Read more about how the challenge works below or the link for the festival page is above

Tuesday 11th June Networking event open to everyone at our new office in the Grosvenor Centre. More info below.

Friday 14th June Merged Futures event run by Digital Northampton at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus. We’ll be talking about Northants’ future in the Creative Industries. Get your free tickets here

Our next 48hr Film Challenge will be 6pm Friday 28th June – 6pm Sunday 30th June – please note earlier start time. More info below.

Our next 48hr Film Challenge open to all ages

From Screen Northants’ new office in the Grosvenor Centre we’re running our first 48hr Film Challenge in the run up to Northampton Film Festival 2020.

On the Friday 28th we’ll give you a theme at 6pm, then you have 48hrs to deliver us a film! If you can’t make it for 6pm we’ll put the theme online too but you get a slight time advantage if you come in.

It can be filmed on a phone, on your own, in a group, as short or as long as you like. We’ll be doing one every 2 months. The winner will go into a category at the film festival and be up for a big award, but each winner will also receive a little prize each time we hold it. You can be based anywhere but the rules are you have to attend Screen Northants in the Grosvenor Centre on the Friday to get the theme or Sunday to deliver the film and watch everyone else’s! Or both. If you want help finding people to work with why not come to our networking event on 11th June? 

Our Single Shot 48hr Film Challenge for Under 18s at the Young Artists Festival

After the success of a 48hr Film Challenge at Northampton Film Festival 2019, Screen Northants will be running a 48hr Film Challenge open to anyone under 18yrs attending The Young Artists festival. You just need to have attended at some point over the weekend. The theme on which you have to produce your film will be announced towards the end of a free Film workshop run by Screen Northants at the festival on Friday 31st May 4.30pm-6.30pm. We’ll also put it out on social media for everyone else shortly afterwards. But you’ll get a head start and some advice, and information on the Film Industry generally, if you come to the workshop!

You’ll then have 48 hours (until 6pm on Sunday 2nd June) to produce a single shot film (so no editing required unless you want to!) which can be as short or as long as you like, but we don’t envisage getting many films over 1 minute, and can be shot on a phone, camera, anything! The film has to reach Screen Northants via email/file transfer service anytime before 6pm on the Sunday or can be delivered on a memory stick to Screen Northants at the festival on the Sunday between 4pm and 6pm.

We’ll screen all the films at 7pm (come along, bring your friends and family, and introduce the film if you want to) and announce the winner at the awards ceremony at the festival at 8pm where the winner will receive their prize.

If you want to go to other events at the Festival you can get money off their passes (all our bits are free and you don’t need a pass): “You are receiving this exclusive offer to take part in the Young Artists Festival at Northampton School for Boys on May 31st, June 1st and June 2nd. There are masterclasses with the West End Musical Director Hamilton, the stars of Matilda and Kinky Boots, Alan Moore and much much more. These are open to anyone and everyone of all ages between 4 and 25. To book your passes please use this link:

Special discount code ScreenNorthants gets all Screen Northants participants a whopping 40% discount on all MASTER and EXPLORER PASSES for a limited period.

Open networking event and drinks in the new office

Tue 11 June join us from 5.30pm with a short talk at 6pm for some informal film related networking and have a tour of our new office – we’re still upstairs in the Grosvenor Centre but now between HMV and New Look. Everyone welcome whatever your interest.

Social action film project for 12-18yrs

Supported by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, the Office of Northamptonshire Police and the Crime Commissioner, and BBC Children in Need, Screen Northants are running a social action project to work with young people to create a film to tackle one aspect of the exploitation of children and grooming.

We’re looking for Northants young people 12-18yrs who fit our BBC Children in Need criteria (see below) to attend FREE workshops in May half term (Mon 27th–Fri 31st May) 10am–5pm. After this we’ll have a few more workshops in June after school. If your child doesn’t fit the criteria we’d still encourage you to get in touch as there may be other ways they can be involved.

We appreciate this is a difficult topic – all the workshops will be appropriate to the ages/needs of individuals/the group. If there are young people who don’t feel able to take part in the workshops but want to have some input – and adults too – we’d love to hear from you. We aren’t looking for experts – we want this film to be rooted in the real world so want to hear from local residents.

For the workshops, we’re looking for Northants young people who have an interest in Film and/or social action projects/helping improve the lives of other young people. The workshops aim to increase confidence, interpersonal skills, employability and local pride while learning about professional filmmaking. Your child will be an important part of the team.

Our BBC Children in Need criteria areas are: 

  • With a Special Educational Need or Learning difficulty/Disability
  • Receive free school meals
  • Living in poverty or struggling financially
  • Live in a Deprived or Highly Deprived area – if you aren’t sure, send us your postcode and we can check for you
  • A Looked-After Child (e.g. foster care) or in Troubled Families or struggling households
  • Not in mainstream education either through exclusion or withdrawal due to bullying for example
  • At risk of withdrawing/exclusion from mainstream education
  • Have been involved negatively with the Police, even if not formally, or at risk of entering the Criminal Justice System (even if this is just at the stage where you are concerned as a parent)

Information will be treated confidentially. And if your child doesn’t fit the criteria/can’t take part in the workshops, but would like to be involved/have an input somehow, please do still get in touch.

All activities are free. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch – or 07930 646721


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