Work with Us

From time to time, the Winter Gardens Film Festival offers opportunities to work our team on a variety of exciting projects.

We update this page regularly so do make sure that you check back.


Now that we’ve announced our 2018 festival dates, we’d like to tell you about some of the ways that you can get involved.

1. Submit a film to the competition

Want to see you film on the biggest screen in Blackpool? Take a look at our competition pages on how to submit and for details of prizes.

2. Submit a proposal

We’re currently inviting proposals for artists, performers, organisations and other creatives who have ideas for something they’d like to do at the 2018 Film Festival.

The deadlines are:

·         Performance and Visual Arts: 26 January 2018

·         Film: 19 January 2018

·         Participatory Activities: 9 February 2018 e.g. workshops


Send an email to let us know what you would like to do.

2. Buy an early-bird wristband

New for 2018, we’re releasing a limited number of early-bird weekend wristbands. These include admission to all festival events activities at a bargain price. More

details coming soon!

3. Become a partner or sponsor

The film festival is a partnership between voluntary arts organisation Aunty Social CIC and the Winter Gardens Trust. This is a not-for-profit event therefore partners and sponsors are crucial to bringing the best to Blackpool. There are many ways to support the festival in this way, take a look at the different options and we can work out the best one for you.

–  Sponsor an event: We have a number of sponsorship packages available, startingfrom £100. Please contact us for more information.

–  Host a festival screening or event: Do you have a venue in Blackpool?
Fancy hosting a fringe event?
We’d love tohave you on board! Just email us and help you with programming,
delivery and promotion.

4. Become a volunteer

This event is proud to be volunteer-run and led. Every year we invite new volunteers to join us.  There are lots of things that you can do: from ushering to character acting, box office to social media, leafleting to room dressing; we’re always looking for more people to join in.

Find out more and sign up for opening night or as a general festival volunteer.


Artist Led Activities and Performances for Retroscope Family Archive Film Day

Saturday 29 July 2017, 11am – 4:30pm

We are currently looking for artists and performers to add to our event programme.

We have 2 opportunities for artists/designers/creative organisations/storytellers/performers to deliver interactive installations, practical workshops or immersive performances.

Download the Artist Brief 

Closing date for applications: Friday 16 June 2017

Retroscope – 29 July 2017: Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our live cinema event at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Take a look at the call-out post.

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