Norwich Film Festival

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Norwich Film Festival
Status Active
Genre Film festival
Date(s) 17–19 November 2017
Frequency Annually
Venue The Forum, Norwich
Location(s) Norwich
Country England
Years active 8
Inaugurated 2009 (2009)

The Norwich Film Festival (NFF) is an international film festival focusing on short films. It is based in Norwich, England, and was established in 2009. The 7th edition will be in November 2017. It was chosen by The Metro as one of "the top UK film festivals you need to know about."[1]


2017 Film Festival[edit]

9-19 November 2017
Venues: OPEN, Norwich, The Forum, Norwich,

The 2017 Festival launches on November 9th with a screening of the 1984 film A Private Function followed by a Q&A with the star of the film, Michael Palin[2].

2016 Film Festival[edit]

Main Venue: The Forum, Norwich, 10–13 November 2016

The 2016 festival opened with a gala screening of the film Kinky Boots and was followed by a Q&A with the film's director Julian Jarrold. The screening reflected the film by taking place in an old shoe factory. The festival also gave regional premieres to two feature films - My Feral Heart, which included a Q&A with Duncan Paveling (writer/producer) and James Rumsey (producer), and Light Years, which was followed by a Q&A with its award-winning director Esther May Campbell.[3] There were six screenings of short films submitted to the festival, and the weekend closed with a screening of the 2016 BAFTA Shorts Tour, with another Q&A afterwards.[4]

2015 Film Festival[edit]

Venue: The Forum, Norwich, 10–26 April 2015

2014 Film Festival[edit]

Main Venue: ODEON, Norwich, 6–13 May 2014

In 2014 Academy Award winning film editor Martin Walsh was added to the judging panel.[5]

2013 Film Festival[edit]

Venue: Cinema City, Norwich, 28 April-4 May 2013

The festival added four new judges to the panel in 2013; actress Olivia Colman,[6] Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, UEA lecturer Dr Sarah Godfrey, and the director of the 2012 Best Film (Sunny Boy), Jane Gull.[7]

2012 Film Festival[edit]

Venues: Hollywood Cinema, Norwich and The Forum, Norwich, 30 March-7 April 2012

The festival returned with a new panel of five judges, including Bernard Hill, Tim McInnerny, Juliet Stevenson, Steve Furst, and Jim Field Smith.[8]

2009 Film Festival[edit]

Venue: The Forum, Norwich, 19–21 September 2009

The festival began with a free, open air screening of the 80's film Top Gun in the gardens of Norwich Castle, followed by the regional premiere of Creation, starring Paul Bettany.[9]

Patrons and Judges[edit]

The festival has a number of patrons who support and promote the festival throughout the year. In January 2017, the festival added Julian Jarrold and Stephen Fry as new patrons.[10] The current list includes:

Previous patrons include the actor Bernard Hill.

There are a number of industry professionals who act as judges for the festival, and the list for 2017 includes:

Previous judges include broadcaster Emma Freud and director Roger Michell.


The 2017 festival will offer five awards to filmmakers which come with a trophy, a certificate, and a cash prize. There is also an Audience Award which is voted for during the festival and comes with a certificate. The categories for 2017 are:

  • Best Short Film,
  • Best Animated Film,
  • Best Student Film,
  • Best Documentary Film,
  • The East Anglian Award (New for 2017 - given to the best film made by people in East Anglia).

Previous winners are listed below.

Year Best Short Film Best Animated Film Best Student Film Best Documentary Best Short Screenplay Best Feature Film Audience Award
2016 A Six and Two Threes The Present Mary No More The Journey of a Stateless Man Fetch - Above The Fold
2015 One-Minute Time Machine The Bigger Picture Rise - The Disappeared - Mr Plastimime
2014 The Hummingbird The Gravedigger's Tale Ultramarine - Edit Facility - -
2013 82 I Am Tom Moody Callum - - - -
2012 Sunny Boy This Is Not Real Love After Sunrise Dilli - - -
2009 Ana's Playground TBC Heartstrings Running to the Limits - Zig Zag Love -


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