Festivals & Seasons

Ipswich Film Theatre is the home to East Anglian short film festival Suffolk Shorts, our homegrown film music festival, Suffolk Film Music Festival, and is a partner venue for SPILL Festival and Sound City Ipswich.

Suffolk Shorts launches in October 2021 with in-venue and online programming exclusive to ticket holders.

Suffolk Film Music Festival received a soft launch in February 2021 with an exclusive roundtable of award winning composers, conductors and journalists discussing the legacies of composers John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. The relationship between the IFT and SPILL dates back to 2012 and will continue when the festival returns in October 2021.

Suffolk Film Music Festival

Launching at SPILL Festival 2021

Suffolk Film Music Festival is East Anglia’s first film music festival. The festival was quietly launched in February 2021 with Score Masters, a roundtable celebration of the careers of John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith in their birthday week, with contributors including Oscar-nominated composer David Newman, Grammy-winning conductor Leonard…

Suffolk Shorts

Short films are the future

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…

Finding The American Dream

The American Dream has long held significance for filmmakers around the world. The notion that any citizen can work their way to affluence or success is an intoxicating one, and, some might say, addictive. It's the framework behind seven of the films we're showing over the next two months. Lee Isaac Chung's Minari follows a Korean family in search…

Power Of Stories

Aspire Black Suffolk is a community-led initiative encouraging positive discussion around and engagement in African-Caribbean heritage and culture. Their aim is to bring positivity, understanding and celebration in times of divisiveness, loss and change.  … Aspire Black Suffolk believe in the power of storytelling: by creating an opportunity to…

Summer Of '86

Grab your Walkman, your Run D.M.C. cassettes, and the keys to your XR3i… We’re heading back 35 years to celebrate the cinematic glories of 1986… … We’ve got Oscar-nominated Kathleen Turner’s unhappy wife, magically whisked back to her high school senior year in Francis Ford Coppola’s PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, Muppet-meister Jim Henson and George…

A Tribute To Richard Donner

Acclaimed genre director Richard Donner, passed away on 5 July 2021 at the age of 91. His humble beginnings in the land of TV's THE BANANA SPLITS and DANGER ISLAND belied the big screen success that awaited him. An episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE ("Nightmare At 20,000 Feet" starring a young William Shatner) gave audiences a glimpse of his cinematic…

1971: The Year Hollywood Went Independent

1971: The Year Hollywood Went Independent is a brand-new season of films launched at the Cinema Rediscovered Festival in Bristol this July. The season comes to the IFT with five ground-breaking films from this influential year, and 35mm screenings of FIVE EASY PIECES and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. Following the success of EASY RIDER in the late 60s…

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