The Festival

About the Festival

The Pennine Film Festival has been established in the North-West of England as an exhibitor, and all-round film education resource for the burgeoning independent film movement in the region. The competition and screenings are just one element of a week long schedule of events devised to support and encourage local talent.

Call for Entries: 2023 Competition opens for Submissions on 21st March 2022.
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Media Makeup Masterclass with Shaune Harrison, Special Effects and Makeup Artist 


  • Accrington & Rossendale College – Coppice Theatre
  • Monday 11 June 2018 10am – 3pm
  • Ticket Price £25 inc. buffet lunch and drinks

Places are strictly limited to this event. Please book early by visiting


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.

For more details please contact Janette Rawstron:

Although the Festival caters for the local film community through workshops and events at our Lancashire based venue, the screenings and competition entries are international.This years festival is bigger than ever and offers more events to the public at four venues in Accrington.

Recent Events – Mike Hodges Retrospective

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

Mike Hodges (right) answers questions about his directing career in film and television

Festival director Stephen Murphy, who runs the festival in association with Accrington and Rossendale College, said the director’s appearance should be very interesting.

“He’s a big name and a bit of a legend in film history. His films are wonderful but quite eclectic. It’s a real opportunity for people to meet a legend of British film. The new setting is going to be great. It’s a really nice venue and we’ll have it set out with tables and chairs to make a really relaxed atmosphere to take questions. The whole festival is a celebration of film so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Recent Event – Barry Purves Masterclass

Former Cosgrove Hall animator Barry Purves has worked on classic shows such as Dangermouse and Postman Pat and now works for MacKinnon and Saunders, the company which made the puppets for The Corpse Bride and Fantastic Mr Fox.

Animator Barry Purves answers questions from Primary School children

Supporters and previous participants of the Festival include:

Directors Alex Cox (Sid and Nancy, Straight to Hell), Chris Bernard (Letter to Brezhnev), Phil Hawkins (Being Sold, The Butterfly Tattoo), and Bruno Coppola (Stuff that Bear, Antigone) and Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Flash Gordon)

Actors Lee Ingleby (Master and Commander, Harry Potter), Margi Clarke (Letter to Brezhnev, Blondefist), Sushil Chudasma (Chicken Tikka Massalla)

Special FX Producer Joanna Nodwell (Harry Potter Films, Bolt, Hellboy 2), VFX Supervisor Hasraf Dulull (Dark Knight, Prince of Persia) and many more.

Lee Ingleby in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban