Submissions are open for the 2023 Awards
Narrative Short Film Award - £1000
East Anglian Short Film Award - £1000
Student Short Film Award - £500

Suffolk Shorts is a festival held in a historic film theatre in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. The festival aims to introduce independent British and International short films to a new audience, and champions local filmmakers with a dedicated East Anglian award and event.

We are committed to ensuring greater access for as wide an audience as possible, in a region currently lacking opportunities for engagement with independent British and International short film.

We believe that short films are the future, 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.

Narrative Short Film - £1000
East Anglian Short Film - £1000
Student Short Film - £500

The Suffolk Short Film Festival CIC (Suffolk Shorts) will be held in Suffolk, United Kingdom.

Suffolk Shorts is an international competition for short films with a running time of fewer than 25 minutes (including credits).

The aim of the festival is to bring exceptional international short films to Suffolk, encourage local filmmaking, and raise a fund to support production in the region. The festival will also host workshops and talks.

Awards and Juries
Suffolk Shorts’ juries consist of personalities from the world of film and culture, chosen for their relevance for each category. The juries will award prizes to the best film in each of the categories

East Anglian Film rules: The films must be either made by an East Anglian writer, director or producer. Or based on an East Anglian subject or story. Or set in an East Anglian location. Definition of East Anglia for this category: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire.

Student Shorts submitted require valid proof of student status on submission.

There will be no joint winners.

Rules and Terms
By submitting entries to Suffolk Shorts you agree to have read and accepted the following Rules and Terms for participation in the Suffolk Short Film Festival.
Eligibility and Submission Procedure

Films must have a running time of fewer than 25 minutes (including credits) to be eligible for consideration.

Only films that have been registered and submitted through FilmFreeway will be considered for selection, it is our only method of submission. No Postal entries will be accepted.

Only films completed from 31 January 2021 may be registered for entry to Suffolk Shorts 2023.

Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.

We do not have a premiere policy.

We are unable to accept subsequent cuts or more complete versions of submitted films.
No refunds will be offered if you do not adhere to the rules outlined here.

Submission Deadlines and Fees

Proof of registered student status is required.

Entry fees are payable upon submission through the FilmFreeway platform. The same film may be entered into one or more categories, but each category requires an entry fee. All fees are non-refundable.

Intellectual Property and Copyright

Films that are submitted must be the entrant’s original work and must not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third-parties. Contestants agree that they have obtained all required releases and copyright permissions regarding music, sound, images, and all other materials used in their film that are not wholly owned by the entrant. The signature of a parent or legal guardian is required if any person appearing in any film is under the age of 16.

We reserve the right to require appropriate proof of ownership of usage rights and to deny admission or withdraw a work from the competition if for any reason the work appears to Suffolk Shorts to expose it to actual or potential damage to our reputation, risk of legal proceedings or enforcement including, without limitation, the alleged breach of third-party intellectual property rights. Any enquiries regarding copyright will be referred to the entrant.

Press and Publicity
By submitting a work you consent to Suffolk Shorts using the whole or any part of the work for publicity purposes, marketing and education, on our website, posters, leaflets, social media and for press, signage and catalogue purposes;
If your film is selected we require digital images and other press/publicity materials so that your work and the Festival can be promoted. Digital press packs can be uploaded with submissions. We strongly recommend you do this. We recommend you include at least the following:
• Your film,
• A trailer,
• A poster (300dpi),
• A 100-word synopsis of your film,
• At least 3 stills from the film (at least 800px wide and 300dpi),
• A director’s statement (max 500 words),
• At least 1 photo of the director/crew/behind the scenes (at least 800px wide and 300dpi).

Please do not send hard copies as we are not able to store them.

Selection of Nominated Films
Selection will be carried out by the Suffolk Shorts team. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection process and the decision of the Festival Directors is final. We aim to inform successful applicants by the 3rd September. Due to the volume of entries, we are unable to offer individual feedback about your work. If your film is selected, you will be contacted by Suffolk Shorts with logistical and practical details of your screening during the Festival. No film may be withdrawn from the Festival programme after its participation has been publicised.

Successful submissions will be listed on the Suffolk Shorts website and social media platforms, and successful applicants will be notified by email or ‘phone. Please make sure the contact information you provide is accurate so that we can reach you during August/September so that we can confirm your film's inclusion in the Festival programme.

Please note that only successful applicants will be notified personally. If we are unable to contact you your film may be removed from the Festival line up.

By submitting your film through FilmFreeway you accept that, if selected, your work may be shown at Suffolk Shorts 2022.

Festival Announcements
Invitations to participate, and selection for Suffolk Shorts award categories, must remain confidential until the programme is announced by Suffolk Shorts. The scheduling and screening times and the announcement of these, are the sole responsibility of Suffolk Shorts. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in exclusion from the selection.

Screenings and Scheduling
Screenings will take place at the discretion of the Festival. We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised schedule at any time for any reason and will not accept liability for any costs incurred as a result of such changes.

No film may be withdrawn from the Suffolk Shorts programme by its submitter after its selection and participation have been confirmed. The Festival is not able to cover the costs of any format transfers or subtitling.

Suffolk Shorts reserves the right to make all decisions relating to the festival, including selection of films, award of prizes, screenings and scheduling.

Overall Rating
  • Sam Baron

    We loved being part of Suffolk Shorts and winning the East Anglian award - such a dream!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Sam! And thanks so much for submitting Big Ears, it was a very popular win with our audience. It was great to have Guy with us at the whole event and taking part in the Q&A.

  • A great film festival showcasing a variety of high-quality films to an appreciative and passionate audience. It was quite the honour to have my film included, and the Q&A afterwards was insightful and engaging. Running up to the festival, I found the team really supportive, and I look forward to what 2023 brings for them!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Dan, it was great for the team to meet you, thanks so much for joining us, we hope the Q&A wasn't too challenging...!

  • Communication was absolutely stellar for this festival, we were left wanting for nothing and felt extremely well taken care of from the get go.

    The organizers clearly put a lot of thought into how to support the filmmakers, even if they couldn't attend as was unfortunately the case for us this year. We felt no less included and were extremely honoured to win the 'Best Drama' award for our short film Portrait.

    The fact that they have 5 cash prize award categories is absolutely awesome, as it is so supportive of indie creators. Consider our hats firmly tipped and thank you so much for having us!

    November 2021
  • It was realy a pleasure to have my film shown at Suffolks shorts!
    I can absolutely recommend you to apply your film to this festival! The people running Suffolks shorts have been amazig and you realy feel seen and welcome.

    October 2021
  • Ellie Stones

    Suffolk Shorts is run by such a lovely group of people who really care about supporting filmmakers - honoured to be a part of the festival and it was a nice surprise to win Best East Anglian Film!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ellie! We can’t wait to see what you do next…