Last night, we revealed the Norwich Film Festival 2022 winners, across six award categories.

Out of nearly 1,400 national and international submissions, the winners received their awards at Norwich University of the Arts at our ceremony sponsored by Intermission. This year’s winners tell stories about friendship, honouring a loved one, coping with illness, the impact of modern-day slavery and dreaming big.

You can see all our winners below, but first – just a reminder that you can watch more fantastic films in person this weekend, including the Best East Anglian Film winner BIG EARS on Sunday 20th November! Tickets for this weekend are available online and our box office desk in the Forum. All in-person screenings are £5 and under, with reduced rate tickets for under 25s.

If you can’t make it to any of our in-person screenings, you can still catch up online until Sunday 4 December! 

So, without further ado, here are our winners:

  • Best British Film, sponsored by Arnolds Keys: An Irish Goodbye: On a rural farm, two estranged brothers are forced to reunite following their mother’s death, but will an unfulfilled bucket list bring them together? By co-writer/ director duo Tom Berkeley and Ross White. Produced by Tom Berkeley, Ross White and Pearce Cullen.
  • Best International Film, sponsored by Skyline IFE  – Sideral: A couple lives with their children near the space centre, the husband is a mechanic while the wife is a cleaning lady, who dreams of other horizons. Directed and written by Carlos Segundo and produced by Mariana Hardi, Pedro Fiuza, Damien Megherbi and Justin Pechberty.
  • Best East Anglian Film, sponsored by University of East Anglia – Big Ears: A struggling actor finds a lump on his testicle and is forced to confront his life choices. Produced by Guy Lindley and directed by Sam Baron.
  • Best Documentary Film, sponsored by VisitNorwich – Superheroes Wear Hoodies: A group of British Black youths from one of London’s most notorious estates defy public perception by supporting their local community. Directed by Jason Osborne and produced by Steven Eniraiyetan.
  • Best Animated Film, sponsored by Meantime Media – Luce and the Rock: One day, out of nowhere, a giant Rock lays in the middle of the peaceful little village where Luce lives. Written and directed by Britt Raes and produced by Perrine Gauthier.
  • Best Student Film, sponsored by Norwich University of the Arts  – Caterpillar: In the aftermath of an attempt to escape modern-day slavery, a Vietnamese boy’s relationship with his overseer becomes even more complicated. Directed and written by Marcus Anthony Thomas and produced by Johannes Schubert.

As ever, we’re so proud to receive the support of our festival sponsors – this year they are Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), Artlist, BFI Film Audience Network, UEA, Norwich Business Improvement District and Norwich City Council.

“With more films than ever to choose from, deciding on the films to nominate in each category was no easy task. Congratulations to all winners for creating stories that move, inspire and matter,” says festival Founder Kellen Playford.

Congratulations to all our nominees and winners!

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