We are a UK short film festival which aims to deliver inspiring events that are both bold and imaginative. We champion new methods of storytelling and hope to encourage new filmmakers. Through our open submissions process we support local filmmakers as well as those from all across the globe, providing a platform for new and existing talents to showcase their amazing work in Norwich.
Furthermore, the Norwich Film Festival is also entered on the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number: 1173950
The 7th Norwich Film Festival will be returning from the 9th - 19th November, along with an official launch event on the 9th November with the legendary Michael Palin. This year we are screening 100 excellent films and holding 24 events, including regional premiere's, industry talks and panels and loads of short film screenings. For more information please click here.
The 6th outing of Norwich Film Festival ran from the 10 - 13 November 2016. The festival opened with a gala evening hosted by our 2016 headline sponsor St Mary's Works at The Shoe Factory Social Club on November 10th. One event was also ran at the UEA with editor Mick Audsley. The remainder of the festival was held at The Auditorium at The Forum.
In 2009 Kellen Playford founded Norwich Film Festival after hearing about the difficulties a friend was having trying to organise a local screening of a short film. The festival was re-launched in 2012 as an annual event and has since screened hundreds of fantastic short films in Norwich; while helping to promote and support filmmakers. In 2015 Craig Higgins became co-director of Norwich Film Festival and has been working alongside the team to evolve the festival further.
The festival continues to grow in strength and reputation and has attracted support from industry talent such as Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, London Road, Tyrannosaur, The Iron Lady), Stephen Fry (Wilde, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Blackadder, Kingdom, QI), Tim McInnerney (Blackadder, Notting Hill, Johnny English Reborn), Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots, Becoming Jane) and John Collee (Happy Feet, Creation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World).
Previous Festival Judges over the year's have included: Julian Jarrold (Director - Kinky Boots, Becoming Jane, The Girl, The Crown), Steven Hall (DOP/Camera Operative - War Horse, Jack The Giant Slayer, Edge of Tomorrow), Bernard Hill (Actor - The Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Drowning By Numbers) Jane Gull (Director - Sunny Boy, My Feral Heart), Nick Moore (Editor/Director - The Full Monty, Love Acually, Notting Hill), Damian Jones (Producer - The Iron Lady, Dad's Army, Lady in the Van), Hugh Fraser (Actor - Agatha Christie’s Poirot), Emma Freud (Script editor/Producer – Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral), Martin Walsh (Editor – Cinderella, V for Vendetta, Jack Ryan), Roger Michell (Director – Notting Hill, Morning Glory, Hyde Park on Hudson), Jon Harris (Editor – 127 Hours, Kick Ass, Stardust, Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jim Field Smith (The Wrong Mans, Episodes, She’s out of my league).
The Charitable Objectives:
To advance and promote the high standards of the art of cinema, visual art and cinematography for the benefit of the public in and around the Norwich area by providing and promoting a programme of screenings of films by international, national and local film-makers and associated events to encourage the public to engage with, and educate the public on, the art of cinema, visual art and cinematography.
Chair: Craig Higgins (Co-Director of Norwich Film Festival)
Treasurer: Tilly Crumpton-Taylor (Larking Gowing)
Secretary: Matt Ecclestone (Norwich Film Festival Volunteer)
Trustee: Kellen Playford (Founder and Co-Director of Norwich Film Festival)
Trustee: John Gordon-Saker (CEO of OPEN, Norwich)
Trustee: Dr Keith M. Johnston (UEA TV & Film Lecturer)
Trustee: Alex Saunders (Solicitor at Leathes Prior Solicitors Firm)
Trustee: Lucy Ward (Wavelength Films)
Trustee: Keith Saunt (Former Chief Operating Officer Lotus F1, Redbull & Currently runs a Change Management Company)