Suffolk Shorts Comes To IFT

Suffolk Shorts is a new short film festival taking place in Ipswich in 2021. 

We believe that short films are the future. Telling a story in a short film takes skill and determination, but it also frees you from the constraints and influences often associated with features or traditional commissioning. Shorts are not just practice runs, they are an art form in their own right. 

This means that we are looking for potential. We are looking for films that experiment, push boundaries, tell a story you haven't heard before and do so in a way that captivates the audience. We are not just looking for highly polished, big budget productions, we want to celebrate all filmmakers, regardless of their access to resources.

Suffolk Shorts will partner with Ipswich Film Theatre (IFT) to deliver the first full festival on October 8th, 9th and 10th. If restrictions are lifted IFT will host the physical screenings and an online provision through the ‘IFT at Home’ virtual cinema to show programmes and events. 

Our judges include actor, producer and director David Morrissey, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Sophie Fiennes and artist Ryan Gander.

The five main award categories are: Best Animation, Best Art & Performance, Best East Anglian Film, Best Drama and Best Documentary. There will be an additional award for the Best Student Short submitted to any category - submissions are open on

Suffolk Shorts' Claire Wittenbury says: "Creative collaboration is crucial for filmmakers. It's also the key to bringing new audiences and short filmmakers together in Suffolk in 2021. We are so pleased to be partnering with Ipswich Film Theatre, who share our mission. Together we want to bring International short films to the screen in Suffolk and support our home grown talent."

Dan Champion, Director at IFT says “It is incredibly exciting to be supporting many of these gifted and hard-working people in delivering a safe environment and a steadfast partner for Suffolk Shorts at the start of this inspiring journey.”


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