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The Norwich Film Festival is BACK

By Craig Higgins. Title Image: 'Pin Cushion' 

Norwich Film Festival – proudly supported by Norwich BID and the BFI Film Audience Network – is back to celebrate the best of local, British and International independent film. The 8th festival will see over 120 films screened from 6 – 18 November in venues across the city.

This year’s official selection of 94 short films features standout talent with Sally Phillips in horror, Blood Shed;  Stephen Graham in Being Keegan;  and Doctor Who star, Arthur Darvill starring In Wonderland. A spotlight will be placed on female directors in the Women In Film screening to draw attention to the need to increase gender parity in the film industry. This is just one of nine exciting short film screenings including The East Anglian Collection  sponsored by the University of East Anglia and also featuring the winners of the East Anglian Film Archive Mash-up competition; and BFI Network Shorts  - a selection of short films made with the support of BFI Network. For the first time, we will be announcing all our category winners at Celebration Awards held at The Hostry at Norwich Cathedral.

In Wonderland
In Wonderland

Debuting this year are workshops aimed at getting both emerging and experienced filmmakers including a Special Effects Masterclass held at Norwich University of the Arts, as well as sessions on Developing a Festival Strategy  in conjunction with Festival Formula; and an Editing Masterclass  led by BAFTA nominated Editor, Mark Everson. NFF will also team up with the Creative England led, Creative Enterprise to host a discussion and networking event for film businesses.

NFF will be welcoming famous talent including Actor & Director, Vanessa Redgrave who will be attending a screening of her migrant crisis documentary, Sea Sorrow; and an In Conversation with Oliver-winning & BAFTA nominated Actor, Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply, Bend it like Beckham). While the festival will launch with a gala screening at OPEN attended by a special guest (to be announced) for an In Conversation with Chief Film Critic at The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw (6 Nov).

More esteemed talent will join us for the return of the Industry Day including Academy Award winning Producer, Gareth Ellis-Unwin (The King’s Speech); Academy Award winning Costume Designer, Janty Yates (Gladiator, The Martian); and Casting Director, Priscilla John (Saving Private Ryan, Captain America, Mamma Mia).

Vanessa Redgrave will be attending a screening of her film, 'Sea Sorrow'.
Vanessa Redgrave will be attending a screening of her film, 'Sea Sorrow'.

A festival staple, the BAFTA Shorts Tour  will return to showcase eight of the 2018 BAFTA short film nominees including, Best Short Film winner, Cowboy Dave directed by Colin O’Toole; who will be attending for a Q&A after the screening.

Events are taking place in the following venues: The Forum, OPEN,  The Assembly House,  Norwich University of the Arts, Cinema City,  The Garage, and The Hostry at Norwich Cathedral. For the full programme, please visit:

Passes and tickets for Norwich Film Festival 2018 Tickets are available via There are single event tickets available that range from £3 - £10 with discounted rates for those under 25. Festival-goers can also get their hands on Day passes to our Industry Day, and short film screenings on 17 and 18 November.

"The comedy is sharp, current, non-stop" - 'Eaten by Lions' regional premiere on 10th November
"The comedy is sharp, current, non-stop" - 'Eaten by Lions' regional premiere on 10th November
'Late Afternoon' animated short, 17th November
'Late Afternoon' animated short, 17th November

Finally the Norwich Film Festival Team have worked incredibly hard over the last 12 months to bring what we feel is our most exciting line up to date. We have a selection of outstanding Features and Short Films which will provide an audience with everything they could need from comedy to drama to horror. We are also delighted that the Festival has been able to attract some of the cream of British Acting talent including Vanessa Redgrave and Juliet Stevenson. We really hope that the good people of Norwich, Norfolk, East Anglia and afar, are able to join us and celebrate and enjoy some of the most amazing film related events around.


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