Media Makeup Masterclass with Shaune Harrison, Special Effects and Makeup Artist

  • Accrington & Rossendale College – Coppice Theatre
  • Monday 11 June 2018 10am – 3pm

Pennine Film Festival are proud to host Shaune Harrison, a Manchester based Makeup and Prosthetics artist with over 20 years experience working on some of Hollywood’s most iconic film blockbusters and TV franchises – such as The Avengers, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Game of Thrones.

Shaune will be demonstrating special effects and makeup techniques, answering any questions about the industry and his work and showcasing some of his creature pieces.This event is ideal for all film and TV enthusiasts and creatives looking to get involved with film, television, makeup and special effects.

Pennine Film Festival @ Salford Uni

Seven Days a Week (Tal Amiran)

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.

Throw Me to the Dogs (Aaron Dunleavy)

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.

Before Christmas (He Chuyao)

A lower-class Chinese family moves to a big city for a living. The father and his son Xiao Lee, an 18-year-old teenager who dreams of becoming a singer, begin working hard labor in a Christmas decoration factory. Reluctant to face reality, Xiao Lee decides to make a change to pursue his dream.

Spiral (Richard Addlesee)

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.

bridge 32 (Georgia Pearce)

George, originally from North Carolina, lives on the streets of King’s Cross, London. Using a twelve-foot net, pieced together from discarded bits of rubbish, George is able to collect and recycle mounds full of the waste which is dumped into the London canal system everyday.

FIFO (Sacha Ferbus)

First in first out is a shelving technique used in supermarkets. Stephan must place the freshest products behind the oldest ones. Products nearing their sell-by date must be destroyed. When going to the bins in the basement, Stephan will have to face those who could still benefit from them, but who are excluded by the system.

SAMOSA (Albin Wildner)

Between family duties, Stella works early in the morning at a bar, to finance her studies. Long after the bar is closed, an unwanted stranger appears, which stella has to hide from her boss. SAMOSA is a movie about the conflict between traditional roles and an individual way, about power structures and the ability to stand your ground.

Michael (Jonathan Kemp)

A young 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.

Pyramiden (David Beazley)

Pyramiden is an old Soviet coal mine in the Arctic. Once home to one thousand people, it’s now a ghost town. We follow Sasha, a tour guide in the area and one of only five people that now live in the furthest northern community in the world.

Cuerdas (Pedro Solís García)

María’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends.

Cinema Club

Accross Cinema Club with Pennine Film Festival

Coppice Theatre – Accrington & Rossendale College

Saturday Morning Cinema Club – Activities and film



Date Film
03.12.16 FROZEN
17.12.16 STAR WARS (IV)
14.01.17 JUNGLE BOOK
04.03.17 INSIDE OUT
22.04.17 PETE’S DRAGON

Friday Night Cinema Club



Date Film
25.11.16 THE CROW
20.12.16 BAD SANTA
24.2.17 MOTHER’S DAY

2016 Competition

Submissions Now Closed for 2016


Pennine Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.

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


Or by calling:

The ACE Box Office (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) on 01282 661080
The Muni Box Office (Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm) on 01282 661234
Ticketline (Mon-Fri 8.30am-9pm , Sat-Sun 9am-9pm) on 0844 8884406


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

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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

Pride, Matilda and Sideways

THURSDAY 4TH June 2015

Pride (2014) (15)


with Special Q&A with Mike Jackson

Based on a true events, Pride is an extraordinary story of U.K. gay activists who work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984 developing in an unlikely alliance between two different communities.


Directed by Matthew Warchus. Starring Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Joseph Gilgun and Paddy Considine

About the Speaker: Mike Jackson left Accrington for London in 1970 aged just 16 in search of a new career. He went on to become a founding member of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) group and is depicted in Pride by Joseph Gilgun (Harry Brown, Emmerdale, Misfits).




Matilda (1996) (PG)

Family Film Event

Adaption from one of many famous Roald Dahl children’s books, Matilda is a magical story about a smart little girl who is eager to learn. Her insensitive parents send her to a school run by Miss Trunchbull, a cruel authoritarian that loathes children. Matilda befriends her schoolteacher, Miss Honey who soon recognises the full extent of Matilda’s powers.

Directed by Danny DeVito. Starring Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito and Pam Ferris


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Sideways (2004) (15)

with Wine & Cheese Tasting event

A week before the marriage of his best friend, a frustrated writer and divorced English teacher Miles Raymond travels to the wine country of California to spend a week with his best friend Jack. Along their journey they spend time with Maya and Stephanie, deliberate over the scent of wine, sharing secrets and falling in love.


Directed by Alexander Payne. Starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh

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Mike Hodges Retrospective

Cinephiles took an opportunity to put questions to one of Britain’s most revered film directors Mike Hodges following a screening of his cult classic Get Carter at the newly refurbished Accrington Town Hall Ballroom. 

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Mike Hodges was born on July 29, 1932 in Bristol, England as Michael Tommy Hodges. He is a director and producer, known for Get Carter (1971), Flash Gordon (1980) and Croupier (1998).

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Ghostbusters & The Exorcist


The Exorcist (1973) (18)

The Exorcist thrilled an audience at Accrington Town Hall, as part of the Pennine Film Festival. The 1973 movie shows the exorcism of a 12-year-old girl by two priests.

Festival director Stephen Murphy, speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph in March, said: “We are already starting to plan next year and are looking to build the festival to include even bigger and better things.”

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Ghostbusters (1984) (PG)

Around 100 movie fans enjoyed the 1980’s hit Ghostbusters when the paranormal comedy was projected on a giant screen outside St James Church in Accrington town centre.

Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver, the film follows three unemployed parapsychology professors who set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
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2015 Competition

2015 Competition Winners

Best narrative feature

Suburbanite (2014)

Deep in the heart of suburbia, Grice, a twenty four year old unemployed Filipino college graduate, spends his days sleeping in and nights roaming around aimlessly on his folding bike with Diggs, his childhood friend. Dir. Ryan Jameson / USA / 62 mins

Best narrative short

Prometeusz (2014)

An old poet comes to visit his dying friend. They talk about fundamental matters such as reconciling with family, religion and death. Dir. Piotr Nalazek / Poland / 10 mins

Best Documentary Feature

Revolution (2012)

A film about changing the world, going for it, taking a stand, and fighting for something. A true-life adventure following Director, Rob Stewart over four years and 15 countries discovering there is a lot more than sharks at risk of becoming extinct.Dir. Rob Stewart / Canada / 85 mins

Best Documentary Short

Here We’m Be Together (2013)

Inspired by a shared interest in the more curious folk-rituals of the British Isles, directors Rob Curry and Tim Plester set out for the remote and watery landscape of The Norfolk Broads. Along the way, they stumbled upon the ramshackle domain of a local 80-year-old vegetable stall owner with more than one story to tell. Dir. Rob Curry & Tim Plester / UK / 13 mins

Best Student Short

Bye Bye Dandelion (2014)

Bye Bye Dandelion is a short animated film about the fleeting friendship between a small imaginary creature called Mu and a dandelion. Telling a story which highlights the nature of human relationships, attachment and death.  Shot on location in Cumbria, the film combines stop motion character animation, live action backgrounds and CGI. Dir. Isabel Garrett / UK / 2 mins



Official Selection

The Pennine Film Festival has film makers enter the competition from all over the world. The winners have been selected while 10 short films have now been short-listed for The Peoples Choice Award.


Beta (2014)

Dan’s ideas are ground breaking. He will be laying the foundations of Neuroscience for decades to come. Fame and prestige are sure to follow him for the rest of his life. However, his inability to comply with the university has pushed him underground. He begins a series of illegitimate experiments at night. Sam becomes his only companion. Dan will soon be alone – although he might never know… Dir. Richard Brooker / UK / 10 mins


Centurion Resurrection (2014)

A Roman Centurion soldier is resurrected in modern times at the Roman Baths, witnessed by a magnificent Golden Eagle (The Spirit of Rome). As he enters the streets of modern day Bath he is mistaken for a street performer. Dir. Richard Bazley / UK / 3 mins



Circa (2014)

A relationship develops from a chance meeting but the man holds a hidden secret that begins to grow stronger. He struggles to deal with his mental health issues as they begin to effect the relationship. 
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Unable to carry on he takes drastic action to free himself and his partner. Dir. Steve Fairclough / UK / 9 mins



Daughter of an Ocean (2013)

By remembering the story of a fish told by her mother, Daughter realizes that the story was not just about little fish who wanted to live freely, but was meant for her to understand that she should live her life with freedom, as her mother never did. Dir. Kintan Chauhan / USA / 3 mins



Letters From A Yorkshire Sweetheart (2014)

A lonely young man, trying to remain isolated from his family, friends and the rest of the world, receives letters from a long distance girlfriend, whilst his mysterious past catches up with him. Dir. Harry Ford / UK / 8 mins



Saam (2014)

Short documentary exploring the relationship between education and the effects of the apartheid era in South Africa. Dedicated to Nelson Mandela, the film follows Suzan Joyce and Jordan Malatjie, two citizens of South Africa who share their individual stories and experiences during their adolescence. They pay tribute to those who fought for education and the development in giving children the opportunity to learn. Dir. Joe Stapleton / UK / 9 mins



The Dread (2013)

For those suffering from the Dread, when they awake from sleep, they feel like they’ve been pulled back from a place more horrible than anything they can imagine… only they can’t remember anything about it. As sleep becomes something to fear, the condition quickly takes its toll on waking life Dir. James Starkie / UK / 7 mins


The Meeting (2014)

A girl, Sarah, meets a boy, Nicholas, in a bar and give him her number. She then learns Nick gave her number to another woman ‘not ten minutes ago.’ Sarah storms back, retrievers her phone number and calls Nick a name. He defends himself. They argue. While they argue they clearly feel something for each other. But Sarah’s proud. Nick is stubborn. Is this a beginning or an end? Dir. David Rocchio / USA / 10 mins


The Road, The Beach, The Sea (2014)

An experimental collaboration between three diverse filmmakers. The film tells the story of a mysterious young lady who ends up on the barren outskirts of Edinburgh in search of something. Dir. Alexandra Peacock, Joachim Vesley & Oliver Benton / UK / 9 mins