2016 Competition

Submissions Now Closed for 2016


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The Pennine Film Festival is a premiere event at the heart of Lancashire that develops and inspires young and new filmmakers.

2016 Competition Winners

Director Title Country Category
A Dunleavy Throw Me To The Dogs UK Best Local Short
T Protokowicz A Long Time Ago In Silesia Poland Best Student Short
P Haine Stained UK Best Horror Short
B Boukhari Karouma UAE Best Animation
R Addlesee Spiral UK Best Narrative
D Beazley Pyramiden UK Best Documentary

Competition-Winning films will be screened at the ACE Centre, Nelson on Sunday 8th May


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Throw Me To The Dogs – Best Local Short Film

A troubled teenage boy, growing up in a dreamless wilderness and isolated from those around him, is stripped of his dignity as his father abandons him for the outside world which he is trying to retreat from. 12:15 | Aaron Dunleavy


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A Long Time Ago In Silesia – Best Student Short Film

Twin brothers, Rysiek and Stefan live in an orphanage run by nuns. The orphanage is situated in a small Silesian town, where the Poles and the Germans live next to one another. The boys are unlucky to grow up in one of the worst periods in the history of the place – during the Third Reich. They will soon be parted only to meet again in extremely unpleasant circumstances. 15:40 | Tomasz Protokowicz



Stained – Best Horror Short

When Harris runs out of toilet paper, his world turns into a literal nightmare from which there may be no escape because true darkness comes from within. 09:41 | Phil Haine


Karouma – Best Animation Short 

Karouma is a unique gift striving to break through and to leave his parent’s nest to live, pursue his dreams and live his life in its full potential 12:00 | Boubaker Boukhari


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Spiral – Best Narrative Short

Three generations follow different paths to the same destiny in this suspenseful drama encompassing deception and time travel, as entire lifetimes play out in the space of minutes. 11:30 | Richard Addlesee


Pyramiden – Best Documentary Short

Pyramiden is an old Soviet coal mine in the Arctic, once home to one thousand people, it’s now a ghost town. Sasha is a tour guide in the area, and one of only five people that now live in the furthest northern community in the world. 13:00 | David Beazley



Venue – Moscow Suite – Oswaldtwistle Mills Business and Conference Centre

Friday 6th May

Time: 10:00 – 11:30

Seven Days a Week

Seven Days A Week

For the last 36 years, Paul has opened his North London paper stall at 4.40am, seven days a week, every week of the year. Now 66, and with his time selling papers nearing an end, Paul reflects on his life in the paper booth and what the future holds for the stall he inherited from his father. 09:53 | Tal Amiran

The Beach Boy

The Beach Boy

An animated short film about two star-crossed lovers from ancient Vietnam. Designed in a style inspired by Vietnamese brush painting and traditional art. 07:48 | Hannes Rall



Bastion was having an ordinary day, a few of the regulars, old gents with less and less hair to cut each time, he was ready to head home, and then he entered, that harmless fool. 10.00 | Ray Jacobs


The Flavor Of The Moon

In a little town that the time background is not clear, people follow and yearn for moon because of a legend. The events about the moon even become more and more intensified. Disputing for moon becomes the lingering shadow in the town. Recently, there is a man whose proposal was rejected. He decides to unveil the unsolved legend of the moon and win back his lover’s heart through fighting for moon. 21:10 | Yan Zhang 


Think Of Me

A short film about a young boy dealing with the loss of his sister. 08:02 | Nicholas Connor

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The Martyr

MI5 Agent Laura Kent explains her actions to an internal inquiry in the aftermath of a major terrorism incident. 08:30|  Darren Langlands

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Sean and Joanne arrange a dinner party before Sean’s been arrested. He remains silent with the police, unwilling to communicate any sort of defence. Whether is it is guilt or something else brooding inside that compels him from defending himself is unclear. 12:10 | C.J. Hodgman

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Latent follows a night in the life of Philip Byrne, a London-based photographer. Philip finds his next photographic subject in the face of a mysterious woman who leads him through empty streets and remote alleys. As the events unfold, his senses wander into the darker spaces of his mind, unearthing a side to himself that he never knew he had.  12:15 | Lefteris Parasyris

The Explorer

The Explorer

A man repeats his daily routine until he discovers colour when removed from the machine that controls him. 07:24 | Noah Ottersen Parker


Venue – Moscow Suite – Oswaldtwistle Mills Business and Conference Centre

Friday 6th May

Time: 10:00 – 11:30

My Queen

My Queen

A house has been unoccupied for years. For the director it was a trove of memories. Change is coming and he captured its last moments on film. 08:00 | Tim Verhaegen

In The Waves

In The Waves

A tie-dye fabric animation that narrates the beginning of life through a microscope perspective. 05:30 | Ying-Fang Shen


Manic Pixie Dream Grind

A disgruntled manic pixie dream girl tries to change the script of her life when her boring love interest comes knocking at her door. 04:21 | Ariella Yashar


Tale Of A Tinkerer

Instead of living his life, Alan spends his days tinkering in his workshop attempting to change the world. But when Alan finally realises his goals, he does not get the outcome he had hoped for. 12:00 | Ben Hutchinson

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The Glove

Someone’s bizzarre loss is another one’s bizarre blessing. 12:15 | Vlad Dorofte

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Flip Flops

A young couple are having a fight  in the nature of Hong Kong. Hurt by her boyfriend’s wrongdoing, the proud Anna has trouble forgiving the inexpressive Thomas despite his awkward efforts to make it up to her. Thomas goes for a winter swim in the ocean to clear his mind, while Anna falls asleep on the beach.  Anna wakes up to find that Thomas has disappeared. Has he left her? 16:08 | Haolu Wang


My Name’s Andy and I’m A Stormtrooper 

Discover what goes on behind the masks of Britain’s part-time Superheroes and Evil Villains. ‘My Name’s Andy And I’m A Stormtrooper’ is a warm, funny and revealing short documentary about the lives, loves and special powers of the Cosplay community. 15:42 | Harvey Marcus


You Are Whole

Norman Pugg arrives in a sleepy British seaside town with a mission: to spread the word of The Children of the Mountain of the Star. However it seems that the local residents may have bigger problems than battling their spiritual confusions as Norman discovers a number of his prospective clients dismembered in their own homes. Mistaken for the serial killer and hounded by the police, Norman must persevere in order to bring wellbeing and clarity to a world where everything has stopped making sense. 16:03 | Laura Spini

Friend Request

Friend Request

Set in the near distant future, where people only communicate via a social media which has replaced verbal communication, Samantha must find the courage to make a human connection aside from her grandfather. 17:32 | Gareth Fient



A young man’s attempt at a first contact with a love interest is hijacked in a most entertaining way. 03:25 | Marianda Cond


Venue – Moscow Suite – Oswaldtwistle Mills Business and Conference Centre

Time: 15:00 – 17:00


A day At A Time

A Day At A Time

Kin Yu is 84 years old and lives in solitude. We take a look at Kin Yu’s lonesome world, who has to face the reality of not living with a loved one and bare the burden of loneliness. 03:59 | Andrew Cheng



The line between dreams and reality is blurred when a young woman in charge of two children is haunted by mysterious entities. 13:19 | Bhargav Saikia

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Total Awesome Viking Power

When Viking role player Vidar is sidelined to “the land of the dead” he seeks help of the god Odin, who agrees to teach Vidar the ways of the Vikings if he takes him to a mystical Runestone. Together they embark on a journey that will test Vidar’s wits, bravery and his ability to go completely berserk. 14:47 | Morten Forland

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River of Recollection

Based on their childhood experiences six witnesses recite the story of two neighboring villages in France, which were divided by a border, as a result of Nazi occupation during World War 2. Witness accounts from the perspective of a child give us a new way to experience the war and occupation. 29:15 | Maxim Ritzi

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4:59am, London’s Banking District. A young banker attempting to escape from his sins meets an immigrant cleaner who he believes might provide absolution. But there is more to his new friend than meets the eye. 13:38 | Sam Ainsworth

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Si Lunchai

The poor yet smart trickster Si Lunchai triumphs over the cruel king. An adaptation of an Indonesian legend, inspired by the style of the Southeast Asian shadow puppet play “Wayang Kulit. 08:36 |  Hannes Rall

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A homeless man is promised a better life, working for a private contractor. He finds himself trapped on a farm working in horrible conditions and unable to leave. 10:05 | Jonathan Kemp



A young writer is driven mad by a sequence of infuriating events. 12:25 | Sam Brewster

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‘Nia’ is set somewhere between nightmare and reality. In this short psychological horror, Nia struggles to deal with her guilt after leaving her devoted husband Wilfred. Living within a nightmare she has built for herself, things spiral out of control as she is haunted by a sinister apparition. 06:54 | Clement Soo


Venue – Moscow Suite – Oswaldtwistle Mills Business and Conference Centre

Friday 6th May

Time: 17:30 – 19:30

Directors Cut

Director’s Cut

An indie filmmaking crew shoots the first snuff movie with a plot. 17:49 | Pol Diggler

Jewish Blind Date

Jewish Blind Date

Unhappy in love, Mary Lou decides to reconnect with her religious roots by marrying a practicing Jew. In order to get married, she has to pass the Shidduch test, which will determine whether her life will be a success or failure. 15:56 | Anaelle Morf

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The Letter

When an American soldier during WWII is captured by a young German soldier, he is offered a unique chance to escape when the Nazi captor steps on a landmine that will explode if he steps off. 15:36 | Yifan Xiao

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Destination: Gaza

Having been brought up in Northern Ireland in the 1980’s, the Film Maker, Garry McGovern, ventured inside the Gaza Strip just after the Gaza-Israeli war of 2014, to see how ordinary families and children coped in a 21st Century conflict. 29:55 | Garry McGovern


The Land of Exodus

Obed, a Mexican street kid with hopes of making it to America, leads a recently kidnapped American teenager to the Mexico-United States border. 10:52 | Skinner Myers


Here Lies the Afterlife

A funeral, the celebration of a lifetime. Granny is gone. Here we are before the great mystery of death, the physical death, inevitable passage we all live one day. 07:45 | Pascal Bouchard


Everyday is like Sundae

Holidaymakers that frequented Morecambe are a distant memory. Even though it is winter Polly opens the ice cream van every day in the hope somebody will buy some ice cream. No-one ever does except Daniel who buys at least once a day. He likes ice cream, but more than he likes ice cream, he likes Polly. 10:31 | Tom Differthall


Gardening At Night

The period between knowing death is near and death’s arrival form an unbearable state of regret, sadness and anticipation for Samantha. She is powerless to help Anne, who on the eve of her death, has not come to terms with her fate and remains angry and afraid. 12:19 | Shayna Connelly