Norfolk film festival’s vision to become one of the world’s top 100

The Norfolk Film Festival had over 600 entries, with 19 from Norfolk. Picture: Andy Turner

The Norfolk Film Festival had over 600 entries, with 19 from Norfolk. Picture: Andy Turner - Credit: Archant

Film festival organisers are looking for sponsorship to help with their goal of expanding the event and making it 'one of the top 100 film festivals in the world'.

Organisers of The Norfolk Film Festival in Mattishall have big plans for the future. Picture: Andy T

Organisers of The Norfolk Film Festival in Mattishall have big plans for the future. Picture: Andy Turner - Credit: Archant

Over 60 short films were exhibited at the event in Mattishall, near Dereham, which featured actors from well-known productions such as Live by Night, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and The Office.

One particularly strong category was the Norfolk Film section, which featured 10 films and was won by Cocaine and Cormorants - a quirky comedy about a birdwatcher who unwittingly finds himself in the middle of an international drug smuggling operation.

The festival received 683 entries, with 19 coming from Norfolk. Over half of the Norfolk films were screened and received a positive response.

Festival co-director, Andy Turner, said his team is now looking for sponsors who can help them expand year on year, and potentially bring it to Norwich.


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'We plan to run a second Norfolk Film Festival in July 2018 and ideally we would like it to be based in Norwich, so it's easier to get to and also to be able to get more local people to visit,' he said.

'By having a Norfolk-only section, we aim to raise the profile of Norfolk films and filmmakers and by building the festival year on year, it's hoped we can become one of the top 100 film festivals in the world and recognisable as one of the film festivals to go to.

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'All this would help drive up audience numbers and raise the profile of Norfolk as a film location.'

He added that independent filmmaking can be a real challenge, with production teams having to overcome the difficulties involved in finding locations, building a crew and getting the right equipment. However, he hopes this will not deter young filmmakers.

'The best advice I would give to budding filmmakers is just do it - make films, make mistakes and learn from them,' he said.

'There is no better way to learn how to make great films, short or long, than to just do it.

'A strong story is key. Also network with other filmmakers and make connections.

Collaboration is just as important as well, because it's hard to make a film on your own or with just a few people.'

For more information on the festival and to submit a film for 2018 you can visit the festival website.

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