Suffolk Film Festival launches largest-ever official selection

Suffolk’s largest film festival launches this year’s programme with its largest-ever official selection of films set to hit screens across the east coast in Lowestoft this October.

Film lovers are set to once again be treated with a tantalising programme of independent films, Talks, Q&As and so much more next month, with short films also starring well-known stars from hit Netflix series and comedians.

2022 saw Lowestoft’s first-ever film festival take place in October for 8 days, which saw over 2,000 people attending the events/screenings – organisers have announced that something for all age ranges and tastes will be available this year.

The programme includes a selection of 130 short films selected from the festival’s 2023 competition submissions including local, regional and national independent filmmakers.

Programmed screenings and events are set to take place in 3 community venues in the heart of the town that are all within walking distance, including the East Point Pavilion on Lowestoft’s seafront from 20-27 October.

For fans of Netflix’s hit series ‘Sex Education’, Tanya Reynolds who was part of the series’ main cast for the first three seasons, has a starring role in one of this year’s screening short films. For comedy fans, Seann Walsh also features in the main cast of a short comedy.

Joshua Freemantle (Founder of the festival & development producer of Sunrise Studios) said:

“This year’s programme once again highlights and celebrates what’s great about independent film. We’re once again giving a platform to upcoming filmmakers and undiscovered talent, and we can’t wait to welcome audiences back to the town from across the UK to our partner venues in October.”

This year’s festival shines a spotlight on the festival’s themes, including Societal representation, LGBTQI+ and mental health.

The programme also includes dedicated free strands of family-friendly shorts and coming-of-stage stories that audience members will be able to relate to. Other events include Q&As with film directors/producers, talks and a film-themed quiz.

The festival’s return this year wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of Film Hub South East/BFI Film Audience Network, Lowestoft Town Council, Citrus Security Shredding, Summer Isle Studios, Trett Films, Fern Communications, Lowestoft Rising.

As a grassroots festival, their supporters continue to make the festival possible for audiences to enjoy, and discover something new that may not have otherwise watched.

Screenings vary from free un-ticketed and pay what you can events, to ticketed screenings being priced at just £1 in order to make independent film accessible to everyone.

Full details about each film featured in the Official Selection along with booking will go live on Tuesday 12 September at 10am, on their website