Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a moral ethics gem, and a moral ethics nightmare. The course-charactered Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is on the prowl for justice following the dreadful murder of her daughter. Like the stagnant court case, three neglected billboards stand on a forgotten road, until Hayes pays the price for billboard rental and vengeance. The first sign reads, in impressive colossal font: “Raped While Dying’, while the others question the police force’s muddled priorities and lost initiative. [Read more...]
A packed house gathered in the Norwich Film Festival auditorium on Sunday 19th November for another screening – this time, Brakes, a strangely romantic black comedy from the brilliant Mercedes Grower. As the name suggests, the film is about break-ups. A dozen or so relationships are presented, all with different dynamics, backgrounds and, ultimately, all with different stories to tell. The diversity of the couples allows the film to touch upon a variety of topics, such as drug addiction, suicide, social class, and Julian Barrett (pictured below) serenading in the nude. [Read more...]
Thanks to the huge success of our 2017 festival, in no small part down to the generous support of the Norwich audiences and filmmakers around the world, we are thrilled to announce that we are in a fortunate position to increase our cash prizes! We aim to reinvest as much as we can back into the festival to help support those who have supported us, and that means that this year we have QUADRUPLED our prize fund! As well as all the amazing prizes we have on offer, generously donated by some of our corporate sponsors, we are happy to announce that the prize structure this year will be as follows:
BEST SHORT FILM = £1000
BEST ANIMATED FILM = £1000
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM = £1000
BEST STUDENT FILM = £1000
BEST EAST ANGLIAN FILM = £1000
And also, in case you missed the news last year, we're now a BIFA qualifying short film festival, meaning that British short films selected for our festival will be eligible for the next British Independent Film Awards!
For more info on how to submit your film this year, check out our submissions page, our head straight to our online platforms:
SUBMISSIONS OPEN ON 15 JANUARY 2018
We look forward to seeing your work this year!
The East Anglian Collection screening presented 8 specially selected films, each of which brought a sense of local filmic community into the festival. Set and shot in the region, with one, Panoramic written and animated by a Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) student, all were truly a celebration of what the East Anglia region has to offer to film. [Read more...]
Double Date’s official pre-release trailer came with the warning, ‘its time to paint the town red’, and it’s a good thing it did, because from the get go, Double Date is a stylistic gore-fest! Fortunately, the audience at opening night of Norwich Film Festival 2017 were more than ready, identifying the humour in Double Date’s particular brand of violent overkill. Double Date may be Director Benjamin Barfoot’s feature length debut, but he and writer/star Danny Morgan are no stranger to the Horror/Comedy genre, having both previously teamed up on the short Where Did it All Go Wrong, a tragi-comic reflection on Ron Weasley’s struggles post-Hogwarts. [Read more...]