Lowestoft’s Film Festival (LFF) is a brand new multi-venue film festival taking place in Great Britain's most easterly town during October 2022. The event champions local independent film and is brought to you in association with Sunrise Studios, a local community production company, that is run by young people for young people.
Award winners of each main category will receive a coveted trophy, certificate and regional media coverage during autumn 2022 at our blue carpet award ceremony.
The festival is a celebration of independent film, that actively supports and champions filmmaking within Lowestoft, the wider east coast and nationally. Our open submission process supports up and coming filmmakers of all ages at its heart, by providing a platform for new and existing talent to showcase their amazing work within the coastal town on the big screen for large audiences to enjoy.
The event is a place to discover new emerging talent and those talented creatives that haven’t yet been discovered. Lowestoft Film Festival proudly promotes films from any filmmaker, creative or producer to the general public, which enables them to view something different, regardless of how big or small their budget for creating shorts, documentaries or a feature film.
We are committed to ensuring the widest audience possible, in a region that is under-represented for opportunities for engagement with independent film.
Lowestoft Film Festival has a keen interest in receiving submissions from first time filmmakers, female filmmakers, stories from the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as films focussing on social and environmental issues.
• Best Documentary
• Best British Feature Film
• Best British short film
• Best experimental film
• Best student film (Student's only)
• Best East Anglian student film (Student's only)
• Best Two Minute Movie
• Best of Lowestoft award (additional rules apply)
• Best short film created in 48hr (additional rules apply)
Each category winner will receive a trophy, certificate and regional media coverage at our red carpet award ceremony on 21 October 2022.
Any additional prizes will be announced via the LFF website and social media platforms.
‘Short’ Films must have a running time of fewer than 30 minutes (including credits) to be eligible for consideration in categories that explicitly detail and include a 'short' film award.
Only films completed after the 1st August 2022 may be registered for entry to Lowestoft Film Festival 2023 (no films that were filmed or created before the 1st August 2022 are eligible).
For accessibility purposes, all films require English subtitles in a valid format .word or .srt, or alternatively an English transcript in .word format or .srt.
We do not have a premiere policy.
No premiere requirement
Any experimental film of 70 minutes or less. Must have been produced in the UK. Any film with a run time of 70m01s or longer will not be considered for acceptance, and submission fees will not be returned.
Any film of 30 minutes or less. Must have been produced in the UK. Any film with a run time of 30m01s or longer will not be considered for acceptance, and submission fees will not be returned.
Any documentary film with a run time of 90 minutes or less. Any film with a run time of 90m01s or longer will not be considered for acceptance, and submission fees will not be returned.
Any film made primarily by students (director, writer, or producer) with a runtime of 90 minutes or less. Any film with a run time of 90m01s or longer will not be considered for acceptance, and the submission fees will not be returned.