Suffolk Shorts

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


There are currently no films scheduled. Please check back soon.

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