Officially Britain’s Most Easterly Film Festival

We’re passionate about creating an inclusive platform for filmmakers.

#SunriseFilmFestival is a film festival that makes film accessible and proudly showcases independent films to audiences across overlooked communities in the UK.

Days until Film Festival
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Sunrise Film Festival is a UK based film festival that first launched in 2021. The event champions independent film and is co-produced by Sunrise Studios, a local community production company based in the UK’s most easterly town, that is run by young creatives & filmmakers from Lowestoft.

Our 2024 Official
Selection Trailer

Our 2024 Programme

Back for 2024, the Sunrise Film Festival is bigger & bolder than ever with 124 short films screening across the four days.

Our full programme will go live today at 6pm.

Our 2024 Nominees
& Judges

Introducing our Nominees & Judges for the 2024 edition of Sunrise Film Festival!
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Get Involved

Find out how you can get involved with Sunrise Film Festival from joining our team, being part of our online Screening Committee or by becoming a steward during the festival.

Why Sunrise Film Festival?

Be part of a platform

Be part of our festival platform, and benefit from getting discovered by our new & engaging audience.

be awarded & celebrated

Be in with a chance of being awarded & championed, by entering your film + your film may be even be screened in our programme as part of our official selection

Find Inspiration

Be with like-minded film buffs & discover opportunities to discover new culture set in an inspiring comfortable coastal setting.

Gain Knowledge

Be surrounded by fellow film lovers, learn something new with talks, screenings of our official selection & so much more.

What Past Submitters have to say:

Eliza Riley – “It was a pleasure to attend and enter Lowestoft Film Festival. Everystep of the way we felt supported by the team. The experience of seeing our film at the festival was so special, especially after watching everything else running there. We felt a real achievement in being showcased along side such great filmmaking talent. We will definitely be entering into the festival again. Thank you Lowestoft.”

Amelia Hunt – “Absolutely wonderful festival with lots of support for film makers. Thrilled to have something so wonderful in Lowestoft.”

Louis Holder – “Fantastic place to hold the East Anglian premiere of my latest award-winning short doc – Cinema Now. Josh and the team were so kind and had such a memorable day there… can’t wait to see what the guys have in store for next year’s edition of the festival. Are you coming with?”

Matthew Riley – “Was lucky enough to attend Lowestoft Film Festival in person. The organisers are brilliant, great communication, really welcoming, and passionate about bringing a varied and well curated selection of films to this corner of the country. Cool location and venues for the screenings and events, and just a great feel. A pleasure to be part of thanks for having us!”

Jess Clark – “This is a fresh young festival which celebrates grass roots independent filmmaking. It’s a festival run by filmmakers FOR filmmakers. Hats off to Josh & Patrick the Festival Directors for creating a forum for film where people can share their work and be inspired and make connections. It was a genuine privilege to share our film LOVE and we were honoured to be awarded BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM among the high standard of films being shown. Fully recommend submitting to this festival.”

The Setting

Lowestoft, East Coast UK
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We Thank our
Partners & supporters



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Counting Down The Days

Until Sunrise Film Festival!


Submissions close

On the 24 May 2024, the countdown is on.