Watch free online films thanks to Harrogate Film Festival

Harrogate Film Festival is bringing the cinema to movie fans during the coronavirus lockdown with its new scheme #StayAtHomeShorts starting on Friday, at 1pm where they will publish a short film a day – for free.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 4:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 4:12 pm
Harrogate filmmaker, Lewis Robinson whose short film Addiction shot in Harrogate win the 2020 Audience Choice Award at Harrogate Film Festival earlier this year.

Boasting a library of 2,000 short films from over 80 countries submitted since its inauguration in 2017, Harrogate Film Festival will be releasing films via its Facebook, YouTube and website which will then be available to view for seven days after publishing, free of charge.

Having just finished its ever-popular independent filmmakers competition at the start of March, the festival has selected its very best submissions and award-winning shorts from over the years to screen online, with the permission of filmmakers, over the lockdown period in a bid to help encourage people to stay home and keep providing new cinema experiences to film-goers while in isolation.

The festival’s founder and managing director, Adam Chandler said: “Normally people come to the festival to watch these brilliant short films each year and thanks to the fabulous filmmakers, they’re allowing us to bring short independent cinema to you, through this initiative, during lockdown, for free.”

There are local films included in the selection as well, with the 2020 Audience Choice Award winner, Addiction by Harrogate filmmaker, Lewis Robinson, and Northern Film School student Aymeric Nicolet’s romantically charged film, Bus Stop Romeo, shot in Leeds.

All films are between two and 20 minutes in length across a total of ten different genres including drama, comedy, animation and horror.

The festival will release a short biography, credit and age recommendation with each film, but they promise there will be content for “all the family”.

Zoe Robinson, managing partner at Raworths Solicitors, said: “Raworths is extremely pleased to support the Harrogate Film Festival since its inception and to see it thrive and grow with each passing year.

“The calibre of entries in the popular Independent Filmmakers’ Competition is always particularly impressive.

“#StayAtHomeShorts provides a great platform for a wider audience to view some of the short films made by these budding filmmakers.”

The 2020 film festival held in March just before the lockdown saw exclusive in person visits by film legends Ken Loach, Brian Blessed and Tony Palmer.

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