Monday, October 18th, 2021
From a record-breaking 1291 submissions to this year’s festival, we’re proud to reveal the short films from our Official Selection which are nominated for one of our six prestigious awards.
More than ever, picking out the films to nominate in each category was no easy feat, with our executive committee discussing each film at length before settling on the final nominees.
The four films in each award category are being considered by our 2021 Jury as we speak, with this year’s panel including names such as Michael Sheen, Edith Bowman and Jessica Hynes.
The winners are set to be revealed in a physical award ceremony which will take place at Norwich University of the Arts on 19th November. We’re so excited to be able to share this occasion with filmmakers in-person, and will be allowing audiences to follow along via social media as each announcement happens.
Each winner will receive a £1000 cash prize alongside a commemorative certificate & trophy, as well as a number of additional software prizes.
We’d like to thank this year’s Award Sponsors for allowing us to support and reward the filmmakers in each category:
- Arnolds Keys (British Film)
- VisitNorwich (International Film)
- University of East Anglia (East Anglian Film)
- Spire Solicitors (Documentary Film)
- Meantime Media (Animated Film)
- Norwich University of the Arts (Student Film)
Want to see the nominees for yourself? Our full Official Selection will be screening in-person & online from 12-21st November during this year’s festival – tickets are on sale now!
Best British Film Nominees
ENJOY (Dir. Saul Abraham)
ROY (Dir. Tom Berkeley & Ross White)
SWEATBOX (Dir. Anna Herrmann)
TIMEKEEPER (Dir. Chris Godwin)
Best International Film Nominees
BLUE BISON (Dir. Camrus Johnson & Stefano Pennisi)
CHOULEQUEC (Dir. Benoit Blanc & Matthias Girbig)
PIPO & BLIND LOVE (Dir. Hugo Le Gourrierec)
THE EXIT PLAN (Dir. Angus Wilkinson)
Best East Anglian Film
ABSOLUTION (Dir. Duncan Christie)
HIRAETH (Dir. Ryan Andrews)
ICE CREAM & DOUGHNUTS (Dir. Reece Lipman)
MAXIMUS (Dir. Richard Prendergast)
Best Documentary Film
CLOWN (Dir. Shane O’Neill)
HANGING ON (Dir. Alfie Barker)
THE LAND OF GRIFFONS (Dir. Riccardo Soriano)
WIDE OPEN DREAMS (Dir. Paulina Jaskiewicz)
Best Animated Film
BLACK SLIDE (Dir. Uri Lotan)
CREEPY PASTA SALAD (Dir. Lauren Orme)
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREAD (Dir. Ida Melum)
OTHER HALF (Dir. Lina Kalcheva)
Best Student Film
BIRTHDAY BOY (Dir. Leo Lebeau)
MONSTER (Dir. Reiff Gaskell)
ONE FOR THE ROAD (Dir. Eileen Tracey)
YOU HAVEN’T SEEN WHAT I’VE SEEN (Dir. Ewa Lang)
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