Norwich Film Festival 2018 took place from 6th-18th November 2018, featuring 45 events, kicked off by an In Conversation event with Christopher Eccleston.
- A total of 761 short films were submitted in 2018, from 49 countries. 94 of those submissions were selected to be screened at the festival.
- 2018 saw the introduction of workshops to the festival, including a VFX Masterclass which took place at Norwich University of the Arts.
- This year also saw the introduction of our Awards Celebration event, offering invited industry professionals and nominated filmmakers the opportunity to network and celebrate their achievements.
- The festival opened with an Opening Gala event featuring a screening of Danny Boyle's SHALLOW GRAVE, followed by a live interview with actor Christopher Eccleston, hosted by Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw.
- The festival itself was kicked off by a triple-bill screening celebrating the films of Ridley Scott, with BLADE RUNNER, ALIEN and his debut short BOY & BICYCLE being screened in the former Noverre Cinema at The Assembly House.
- Other feature films screened during the festival included WAITING FOR YOU, THE ISLE, POWER IN OUR HANDS, LOSING GROUND, PIN CUSHION, EATEN BY LIONS, THE BIG KNIGHTS and SEA SORROW.
- 15 short film screenings took place throughout the festival, with each showcasing a range of films from a specific film strand.
- Industry Sessions in 2018 included a talk by BAFTA-winning producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin, a discussion on the impact of VFX on cinema, as well as panels on diversity & inclusion, costume design, and screenwriting.
- The final weekend of the festival included an editing masterclass with Mark Everson (PADDINGTON 2), alongside an 'In Conversation' event with actor Juliet Stevenson (BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, MONA LISA SMILE).
Best Short Film: THE SILENT CHILD (Dir. Chris Overton)
Best Animated Film: TWO BALLOONS (Dir. Mark C. Smith)
Best Documentary Film: GEREZA (Dir. Shaun Nelson)
Best Student Film: THE GURNEY (Dir. Glenn Whelan)
Best East Anglian Film: SYLVIA (Dir. Richard Prendergast)