The Suffolk Short Film Festival

Short films are the future

The Suffolk Short Film Festival is a new festival with a dedicated category for Suffolk Shorts. The first international festival will take place in Ipswich in October 2020 with a full programme and category awards. On June 22nd, 2019 we will present 2 specially curated programmes of short films for our partner First Light Festival, a new 24hour multi-arts free event held on the beach in the UK’s most easterly town, Lowestoft. One of these programmes will be focussing on short films made locally, by local talent or focussing on an East Anglian stories and a second will feature a collection on the theme Tides and Times.

Featured Short


Director: Joshua Dickinson. Producer: Nick Woolgar Films (in association with One Thousand Eyes and FILM Suffolk). Spiral was shot in a spiral car park, 600ft underground in Ipswich. Using a single take from the moment a violent gang dispute erupts, it tells the story of a father and daughter caught up in the situation, with nowhere left to go.


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Claire Whittenbury

Claire developed her muscle as a runner hauling film cans across Soho and after years in film and TV production she became part of the team that launched the FilmFour channel, where she discovered her love of short film through the Short Attention Span Cinema strand. She went on to produce The Shooting Gallery with Mark Kermode, profiling filmmakers and introducing new short films to a late night audience on Channel 4. Claire currently works as an editor and videographer, supporting conservation and mental health charities. She’s dedicated to bringing international short film to Suffolk and determined to encourage investment in local talent.

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Rachel Aldridge

Rachel spent ten years in London working for ITV, also starting as a runner, and worked her way through the ranks to become Producer/Director on a number of factual entertainment programmes. Since moving back to Suffolk she has worked as a Suffolk-based location manager and location scout. She currently works part-time for Screen Suffolk, the county’s official film office, supporting and promoting filmmaking in the county. Her aim is to raise the profile of filmmaking in East Anglia, and to create a fund specifically for that purpose through The Suffolk Short Film Festival.


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Sophie Fiennes

Acclaimed Director Sophie Fiennes, originally from Suffolk, will be actively taking part in programming the festival as well as sitting on the jury. Well known for her documentary features, most recently Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, Sophie’s unique way of looking at the world brings insight into the lives of philosophers and artists. She has also contributed to Hopper Stories, a collection of shorts in 2012.

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Rob Bevan

Creative Director Rob Bevan was a founding partner at online drama production company XPT, and director of XPT’s BAFTA-winning Online Caroline, he also co-founded and was creative director at NoHo Digital. Rob began his interactive media career in the late 1980s creating educational CD-ROMs for Apple’s Renaissance project and The MultiMedia Corporation, the BBC’s former Interactive Television Unit. He is a member of the BAFTA British Short Film category longlisting group.

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Tracey Gardiner

Executive Producer Tracey Gardiner has over twenty years’ experience developing and making documentaries and low budget feature films. Her production company Iridescent Films recently co-produced feature doc 100 Men (Netflix). Her award winning films include: Keys to the Castle (Scottish BAFTA and RTS), How M&S Lost its Millions (Wincott Award - Best Documentary), and the Grierson Newcomer Award for Send Me Somewhere Special.

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Jim Horsfield

Jim Horsfield has worked internationally on events and festivals for 15 years, specialising in projection and AV Project Management. He has worked with numerous clients including Brighton Festival, The Banff Mountain Film Festival UK, NESTA, Max Cooper and the Samsung Olympic Torch Relay. Originally from Birmingham, Jim now lives in Ipswich.


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