Norwich Film Festival 2020 took place from 2nd-29th November 2020, with the festival temporarily shifting to an online platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the change to the usual format, the festival featured our largest selection of short films to-date, with 151 short films being available to stream online throughout the festival.
- Over 1250 film submissions were received over a six month period, smashing our previous submission record by 56%.
- 41% of the selected films were directed by female or non-binary filmmakers.
- 30% of the selected films were from First Time Filmmakers.
- Following the festival's BAFTA qualification in 2019, 2020 saw the sub-division of the former 'Best Short Film' award into two separate awards: 'Best British Film' and 'Best International Film'.
- Among the Official Selection were a number of short films produced during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All 151 short films in the festival were available to stream on a purpose built streaming platform, designed by Shift72. For the first time in the festival's history, over sixty films in our Official Selection were also available for audiences outside of the United Kingdom to stream.
Due to the change in format for the 2020 festival, a focus was placed purely on short film screenings, with no other physical events taking place due to the safety regulations in place at the time.
Best British Film: MY BROTHER IS A MERMAID (Dir. Alfie Dale)
Best International Film: ALL INCLUSIVE (Dir. Teemu Nikki)
Best Documentary Film: THE BEEKEEPER (Dir. William McGregor)
Best Animated Film: SOMETHING BORROWED (Dir. Micky Wozny)
Best Student Film: TO THE DUSTY SEA (Dir. Héloïse Ferlay)
Best East Anglian Film: PATINA (Dir. Lucas Stones)