Norwich Film Festival

From Monday 4th November 2019 to Sunday 17th November 2019

A World of Inspirational Film comes to Norwich this November 

Following an incredible 812 submissions from across the globe, the Norwich Film Festival (NFF) has released details of the 2019 Official Selection: over 100 breath-taking independent short films showing across 10 days at key venues in Norwich between 6th – 17th November


The 2019 Official Selection has been painstakingly shortlisted by a panel of regional film enthusiasts and now the best short films will face a judging panel of high-profile judges from the world of screen. The 2019 NFF panel includes actor, director, producer, writer and national treasure Stephen Fry, Canadian actress and producer Neve Campbell, and the 2019 recipient of the BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema, producer Stephen Woolley.  Winners will be announced at the close of the festival. 

“We have a fabulous tradition in short film-making here in Britain, from hilarious comic shorts to the deeply scary and so much in between, and it’s wonderful that the Norwich Film Festival is taking the medium seriously.” – Stephen Fry, 2019 Norwich Film Festival Judge


It’s safe to say that within this year’s NFF Official Selection, there is something for everyone: from side-splitting comedy, stunning animation, family friendly moments, through to documentary shorts on globally and locally topical themes such as climate change and mental health.  The short films range from 1 minute to 25 minutes each in length so this is a great chance to bombard your senses with inspiration from a wide range of different talent. 


As the festival has grown over the years, so has the incredible support from local business sponsors including Arnolds Keys, WEX: Photo Video, Holiday Cottages and Broadland Wineries, all underpinned by long term headline sponsor, the Norwich BID. 

The festival has this year also partnered with the University of East Anglia who have sponsored the ‘East Anglia Collection’, celebrating the work of local talent, which includes, amongst others, a stunning animated short titled ‘A love letter to Norwich’ and a short documentary about the impending closure of the local John Jarrold Printing Museum.


The Festival is highly committed to supporting diversity in film-making and leverages its annual platform to shine a spotlight on underrepresented talent to ensure their work is brought to wider audiences and gains greater recognition for its exceptional standard.  This year’s festival includes a showcase of work from the inspiring Oska Bright Film Festival - the world’s leading festival for films made by, or featuring people with learning disabilities, autism or Asperger’s. There is also an event dedicated to short films by female directors including a Q&A BAFTA nominated director Charlotte Regan, but worth noting that female representation through-out the festival is also high.


If all that wasn’t enough, the 2019 festival line up also includes 11 hand-picked, full length feature films. Highlights include a screening of Hitchcock’s silent classic ‘The Lodger’ with live piano accompaniment by the BFI’s resident pianist in the fitting surroundings of the Assembly House, the Regional Premiere of Widow’s Walk; a ghostly tale filmed in Suffolk directed by Norwich School for Girls alumna Alexandra Boyd who will join the event for a Q&A, and The Fight, the directing debut of BAFTA winning actress Jessica Hynes who also hopes to put in an appearance for the screening. 

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