Norwich Film Festival - Call for On-Line Judges The Norwich Film Festival is
looking for film enthusiasts for this year’s online judging process. If you have a few hours to spare between now and July, and you would like to play a part in judging the work of a wealth of exciting, international film talent, then we want you to be one of our online judges!
Want to get involved? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 3rd March 2017 stating your age, gender, college/university/career as well as a brief description of why you would like to be an online judge this year. The judging process itself is very simple, and is a great opportunity to see some incredible short films. Our only stipulation to being a judge is that you can not have worked or submitted a film to this year's festival.
Directed by Damien Chazelle Starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend LA LA LAND had been tipped to win big at the Golden Globe and Academy Awards, a prestige which doesn’t even begin to do the film justice (Taking an impressive 7 Golden Globe awards at this month's ceremony). Both an old-fashioned romance and a musical which happens to expertly critique ideas of stardom, modernity and depicts the pursuit of dreams to be both all-important and emotionally crippling. The film is simultaneously heart-warming and harrowing, leaping between moments of unbridled joy and soul-aching sorrow paired to the adept timing of the songs and score which are masterfully written and performed. Despite being a rather late-minute arrival, it absolutely deserves its place at the top of the awards-season billings. [Read more...]
The Norwich Film Festival are beyond excited to announce that the legendary Stephen Fry is now a patron of our fine film festival. This puts him in fabulous company with Olivia Colman, Tim McInnerny, Julian Jarrold, Brian Cox and John Collee. Stephen is known throughout the world for his work in Film & TV. With TV credits including Blackadder, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Q.I and Kingdom to Film credits including Wilde (1997), Gosford Park (2001), V for Vendetta (2005) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). Stephen has conquered all media mediums and we are thrilled to welcome him as a patron of the Norwich Film Festival. Here is what he had to say……. “A thriving film festival in my beloved home town gives me such pleasure. It was in Norwich that I learned to love film. I spent more time than I probably should have done at the Gaumont on All Saints Green, the ABC on the Prince of Wales Road, the Odeon Anglia Square, the dear old Noverre at the Assembly House and latterly the peerless Cinema City. Very proud now to be a patron of a festival that encourages people from Norfolk, Norwich and beyond to be enchanted, beguiled and entranced by all kinds of film that might not otherwise reach them”. We at the Norwich Film Festival would like to say a humongous thanks to Stephen for joining our line up of current patrons. We are incredibly honoured. (Photo by Amanda Newman Williams)
The Norwich Film Festival is excited to announce that the brilliant Director Julian Jarrold will be acting as a Patron for the Norwich Film Festival. This puts him in fine company along with our other patrons Olivia Colman, Tim McInnerny, Brian Cox (actor) and John Collee who all continue to support the development of a fine Festival. For those who want to learn a little bit more about Julian. He is a BAFTA Nominated Film and TV Director hailing from the glorious county of Norfolk. His credits include Great Expectations (1999), Kinky Boots (2006), Becoming Jane (2007), Appropriate Adult (2011), The Girl (2012), A Royal Night Out (2015) and The Crown (2016, 2 episodes directed). Julian has not only been nominated for a BAFTA but also a Primetime Emmy, BIFA and won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award. Julian has also served as BAFTA judge and was previously a judge here at the Norwich Film Festival for 2 years. We were also pleased to welcome him during our 2016 festival in which our opening Gala featured the screening of Kinky Boots in a former shoe factory (St Mary's Works) where we were fortunate enough to hold a Q&A with Julian after the screening. The Norwich Film Festival would like to thank Julian for his support and kindness and for agreeing to be one of the festival’s patrons.
2016 has been a stellar year for short film submissions and we can now announce who the winners are: Best Short Film: A Six and Two Threes (Andy Berriman, UK, 13m) "A Six and Two Three’s. Felt fresh and honest. Excellent casting of the kid, and a natural execution that helped the overall real feel of the piece". Nick Moore (Editor, Director) "My overall favourite film was A Six and Two Three's" Julian Jarrold (Director) Best Animation: The Present (Jacob Frey, Germany, 5m) "Beautifully made, professional with a simple clever short story. Brevity is the art of wit" - Will Osborne (Scriptwriter, Producer) "A delight, hard to know what specifically to say as it was so good. Good writing - perfectly put together - excellent work"- Nick Moore (Editor/Director) Best Student Film: Mary No More (Joshua Carver, UK, 24m) "A juxtaposition of youthful discovery and lust with the finality and coldness of death. Nice interplay between the family members. Great final image. Loved it" - Will Osborne (Scriptwriter, Producer) "I really liked this film; it’s a tough subject, well written and well Directed. Good performance from Georgie Matthews" Steven Hall (Camera Operative/DOP) Best Documentary: The Journey of a Stateless Man (Daniel Ali, UK, 7m) "The Journey of a Stateless Man: Beautifully shot and edited to give a sense of distance, the near and the far. Informative, sensitive documentary about a little known group of refugees who have their own story to tell and also represent the universal plight of millions. The task of humanising their struggle and their despair and ultimately their hope was excellently achieved" Will Osborne (Scriptwriter, Producer) "My favourite documentary was A Journey of a Stateless Man" - Damian Jones (Producer) Best Screenplay: Fetch (Sam Gill) "Inventive, funny, touching. Loved it". Shane Danielson A HUGE congratulations to this year's winners, and a massive thank you to all those who submitted to the Norwich Film Festival we loved watching your films.