Norwich Film Festival 2014 counts V For Vendetta editor among its judging panel

Norwich Film festival organisers Rob Drury, Kellen Playford, Katy Quigley, Emmaa-Louise Smith and Danielle King get ready for this weeks viewings.
Photo by Simon Finlay. Norwich Film festival organisers Rob Drury, Kellen Playford, Katy Quigley, Emmaa-Louise Smith and Danielle King get ready for this weeks viewings. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6:30 AM

Norwich Film Festival 2014 launches at the Odeon today, with an Oscar-winning film editor among its judging panel.

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What’s on at Norwich Film Festival 2014?

Today - Odeon Norwich from 6pm – An evening of short films. 18+

Thursday - Odeon Norwich from 6pm - BAFTA short films and animations on tour. 15+

Saturday - The Kings Centre, Norwich from 5.30pm – V For Vendetta screening and question and answer session with Martin Walsh. 15+

Monday, May 12 - Odeon Norwich from 6pm - An evening of short films (part two). 18+

Tuesday, May 13 - Odeon Norwich from 6pm - An evening of short films (part three). 18+

Friday, May 16 - The Rumsey Wells, Norwich from 8pm - Norwich Film Festival 2014 closing night.

The annual event was founded by local film-maker Kellen Playford in 2009, and aims to showcase independent films to a wide audience.

Its reputation is growing and this year the film editor of V For Vendetta - Martin Walsh - is on board.

While it was founded in 2009, the festival is only in its fourth year after taking time out until 2012.

“The first year was our practice year,” explained Mr Playford, 29. “We didn’t really know what to expect and we included everything - feature films and documentaries.

“It was overwhelming and we had too many entries, so we scaled it back to short films.”

A six-strong team now helps to run the event, and it has increased capacity from around 70 per night last year to around 110 per screening - after moving from Cinema City to the Odeon at Riverside.

Mr Playford said the festival attracts up to 500 entries per year, and this must be whittled down to a shortlist before the festival.

The shortlist will be played across three nights at the Odeon.

There will be question and answer sessions afterwards, and Mr Playford said organisers are keen for more local input.

“We probably get about half a dozen to a dozen local entries per year,” he said. “Not as many as we want.

“We’ve had a bit more interest from the UEA this year and we will do a series of events throughout the year to get them more involved.”

Entries this year are from as far afield as Australia, America and Norway.

As well as the short films to be judged, there will be a screening of BAFTA short films an animations - only shown at an exclusive few cities across the UK.

And there will be a special screening of V For Vendetta, together with a question and answer session with its editor Martin Walsh.

“We called his agent and he said he would love to do it and suggested a film night with one of his pieces of work,” added Mr Playford, who studied film-making at Brunel University in London.

Organisers have teamed up with Bath and Stockport film festivals to show each other’s films, and are holding raffles with signed posters and books to secure the future of the Norwich event.

Mr Playford said he founded the festival in 2009 to help a film-maker friend.

“I didn’t have much on at the time,” he smiled. “We screened 109 films just so my friend could show his film.

“It’s fun to do. I meet a lot of cool people and hopefully I will do it for a lot of years after this.”

For details and to book tickets see www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk

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