Norwich Film Festival 2022 All You Need To Know

Norwich Film Festival 2022

NORWICH FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS FOR 100+ FILMS GO ON SALE Featuring 115 short films from 18 countries.

Discover over 100 new films, series and immersive storytelling between 11th to 20th November 2022 at venues including The Forum and NUA Duke Street Lecture Theatre, besides online.

Film lovers of all ages can choose from the festival’s 115 films in its official selection from 18 countries showing a great variety for all tastes, including comedy, family-friendly, animation, LGBTQ+, sci-fi, East Anglian and more. This year, it also screens the feature film SEASIDE SPECIAL. The Cromer-based film by German Director Jens Meurer is an homage about Britain’s only remaining End-of-the-Pier variety show as it prepares for its 2019 summer season. Jens Meurer and crew are expected to attend the screening on Saturday 12 November.

Norwich Film Festival tickets are on sale now at for the 12th upcoming Film Festival, one of UK’s leading film events with more than 100 short films and industry events from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 November in Norwich, UK.

Fresh from the London film festival having interviewed the likes of Dame Judi Dench to Florence Pugh on the red carpet, the MarkMeets team will be attending the event in Norwich on opening night and are proud of its hertitage and the excellent work they do.

Olivia Colman, Oscar winning actress, says: “Norfolk has a vibrant and growing film industry which attracts talent and productions. As a patron for Norwich Film Festival, I’m thrilled to see that the festival is growing too and showing a captivating selection of films.

‘A wonderful experience for everyone,’ commented actress and patron Olivia Colman. The star added “It’s a wonderful experience for everyone to be immersed in a story and at times meet the director, producer and actors. Films can move you in ways you will forever remember.”

The films will be shown at Norwich University of the Arts’ Duke Street building and The Forum’s Auditorium. All in-person screenings are £5 and under, with reduced rate tickets for under 25s.

Event bookings are also open for ‘In conversation with established short filmmaker and writer Nat Luurtsema’, a session on Public Relations for films and post-screening panels for Women In Film, LGBTQ+ Shorts and films produced by the BFI Network. The University of East Anglia (UEA) is hosting educational events for students during the festival.

Movie reporter Mark Boardman said “Norwich is a city I know very well and I’m proud of what the Norwich film festival has to offer as it showcases some fantastic event over 10 days. With many celebrity attending and a busy film schedule, this is not to be missed! “.

“Norwich Film Festival is one of the finest of them all! I hope you get a chance to see some of the wonderful, enthralling and surprising pictures that have been programmed for your entertainment and delight,” says festival patron Stephen Fry

Well-known actors and directors also feature in this year’s selection, including Tilda Swinton, Yasmin Finney, Maxine Peake, Jason Isaacs, Nick Mohammed, Jessica Henwick, Evanna Lynch and Hugh Dennis.

The BAFTA and BIFA qualifying event is proud to receive the support of sponsors Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), Artlist, BFI Film Audience Network, UEA, Norwich Business Improvement District and Norwich City Council. Already six films in this year’s selection have been nominated for BIFA’s longlist for awards.

The festival has a total of six award categories, including prizes for the best British, International, Documentary, Animation, Student and East Anglian films, with each being awarded a £1,000 cash prize. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday 18 November 2022 at NUA.

Tickets to watch 100+ films from this year’s festival and the Oska Bright strand online are scheduled to open on Monday 7 November for pre-sales. To get into the festival early on, enjoy listening to its podcasts with filmmakers in 2021.

Norwich Film Festival 2022 selection in numbers:

  • 10 days of great stories
  • 115 films from 18 countries
  • 36% female directors
  • 54% films are from the UK
  • 46% international films
  • 26% first time filmmakers.

The judges who help showcase engaging, moving and at times ground-breaking stories, include Nat Luurtsema, Greg Sorvig, Dionne Farrell, Jinko Gotoh, Ida Melum, Crispin Buxton and Chris Rankin.

Norwich Film Festival (from 11 to 20 Nov. 2022) was founded by Kellen Playford in 2009 after hearing about the difficulties a friend was having trying to organise a local screening of a short film. The festival was re-launched in 2012 as an annual event and has since screened hundreds of fantastic short films in Norwich, while helping to promote and support filmmakers. Last year it screened the largest number of films to date with 133 films. This year is the 12th edition and people can view films from 11 to 20 November 2022 at a venue. The festival will have an online platform to watch this year’s selection from Monday 7 November.

As a BAFTA and BIFA accredited short film festival, British short films screened at the festival may be eligible to submit to both organisations for award’s consideration.

Norwich Film Festival became a charity in 2017 (Registered Charity Number: 1173950) and has a Board of Trustees chaired by John Gordon-Saker (Executive Director, History of Advertising Trust), Dr Matilda Crumpton-Taylor (Brown & Co LLP), Keith M Johnston (Professor of Film and Television, UEA) and Penny Bartram (Associate Strategy Director, VICE World News). 

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