-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 three 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.

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 2: Socially distanced live programme – summer 2021, dates to be confirmed. 


Phase 2 of the Festival will be celebrating a partial 'socially distanced' return to big screen events.

As part of phase 2 we 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. 




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


Note that, as part of Phase 2 return to the big screen in late May, Harrogate Film Society will also be offering a screening of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist. Date to be confirmed.


  • Phase 3; The return of  big screen cinema in September – dates to be confirmed


Phase three will offer big screen presentations of the ‘Best of the Best’ of the submitted films:

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 there will be two further special events.

We will be offering screening of Bong Joon-ho's award winning Parasite.

We also plan to screen a 90 minute documentary All We Got Was Love featuring award-winning music documentary filmmaker Tony Palmer and chronicling his visit to Harrogate Film Festival in 2020