-2021 Results and Screenings

The 2021 HFS Festival Features winning films and awards are as follows: 

  • Green Flake                                       Best Film 

  • Unvisible Monsters                            Best Sci-fi Film & Special Effects 

  • Lady Usher                                        Special Award -Best Adaptation of a historical fictional character

  • Behind the Name Shakespeare         Special Award –Best Educational,  Entertainment and  Research 

  • Cold Calm                                          Best Horror Film 

  • Basenji                                               Best Direction 

  • The Lost Shoes                                  Best International Film

  • Ruff Life                                              Special Award - Film Devoted to Animal  Welfare                                    

  • Straight’ner                                         Best film by Local Filmmaker

  • Tijuana I Love You                              Best Production Values

  • Built Lands                                         Best Cinematography

  • Kanarta                                              Best Documentary

  • First Signal                                         Best Writing and Screenplay

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much          Special Award Investigation & Reporting

  • Tinsel -The Lost Film About Hollywood     Jury Prize - Most Enjoyable Film


The films will all be screened during the course of the 2021 Harrogate Film Festival, which is now operating in two phases over the course of the spring and summer as a consequence of the restrictions imposed by the covid pandemic.


  • Phase 1: Online Programme 23  April - 30 May 


A number of the Festival Features competition winners will be screened on line from 23rd April. until the end of May as part of the overall Harrogate Film Festival programme.

Phase 1 Online Programme – 10 selections:

Basenji, Tijuana I Love You, First Signal, Unvisible Monsters,  Cold Calm, Behind the Name Shakespeare, Ruff Life, The Lost Shoes, Straight'ner and Lady Usher.

All information about Harrogate Film Festival including the Festival Features screenings can be viewed here

  • Phase 1.5: HFS Socially distanced live programme – summer 2021. 


Phase 1.5 of the Festival will include a number of Harrogate Film Society events celebrating a partial 'socially distanced' return to big screen events.

As part of Phase 1.5 HFS will be screening the following films.


The Man Who Knew Too Much, a documentary about Colin Wallace, an ex British Army Psychological Operations Officer who worked in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. The screening will be accompanied by an interview plus Q&A with the director and guests. 

The event will take place at the Odeon, 7.30pm on Thursday 27 May. Tickets are available here.




Built Lands, a documentary about Spanish landscape painter Felix Cuadrado Lomas. The screening includes  additional material from the director.

The event will take place at the Odeon, 2.00pm on Thursday 27 May. Tickets are available here.


Note that, as part of Phase 1.5, the return to the big screen in late May, Harrogate Film Society will also be offering a screening of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist.

The screening will take place at the Odeon, 7.30pm on Monday 24th May. Tickets are available here.

In addition, we will be screening the première of All We Got Was Love, a documentary about music documentary filmmaker Tony Palmer, who visited Harrogate Film Festival in March 2020. This special event, which will be attended by Tony Palmer, will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 20th July starting at 2pm. Further details including ticket availability will be announced in June.


  • Phase 2; The return of  big screen cinema in September – dates to be confirmed


Phase 2 - part of the main Harrogate Film Festival- will offer big screen presentations of the ‘Best of the Best’ of the Festival Features submitted award winners.

This will include Tinsel, Green Flake, Unvisible Monsters and Kanarta


There will also be a Festival Features Award ceremony and montage  featuring clips from all 20 films. 


Finally, as part of the 'return to big screen cinema in September we will be offering a screening of Bong Joon-ho's award winning Parasite.