Sunrise Film Festival | Lowestoft (3)


10 Nov 2023
Call for entries

19 Jan 2024
Early deadline

24 May 2024
Standard deadline

21 Jun 2024
Late deadline

21 Jun 2024
Festival closed

02 Aug 2024
Notification date

01 Aug 2024
04 Aug 2024


118-119 Bevan Street East,  NR32 2AG, Lowestoft, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 30'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 August 2022
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 30'<
 Any language
 Any language
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Photo of Sunrise Film Festival | Lowestoft
Photo of Sunrise Film Festival | Lowestoft

Photo of Sunrise Film Festival | Lowestoft
Photo of Sunrise Film Festival | Lowestoft


Festival start: 01 August 2024      Festival end: 04 August 2024

Sunrise Film Festival, based in Suffolk UK it was founded in 2021, by filmmakers for filmmakers, with the last edition taking place in October 2023.

We're passionate about creating a platform for filmmakers who are yet to be discovered (or picked up by the bigger film festival circuit), whilst also championing filmmaking and the media industry across East Anglia, with Lowestoft at its core set in a seaside setting.

In 2023 we screened just over 130 independent films as part of our official selection to our live audiences and presented 14 prestigious awards at our festival award ceremony. We work hard to help in promoting your film to an ever-growing UK wide indie film-loving audience.

Officially Selected entries from each category are screened at our film festival as part of our official programme, winning films will receive a highly coveted trophy, a framed certificate, and media coverage.

We value and proudly promote 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 a film is, in a region that is under-represented for opportunities to engage with independent film. Including receiving submissions from first-time filmmakers, female/non-binary filmmakers, neurodiverse filmmakers, stories from the LGBTQIA+ community, people with lived experience, as well as films focussing on social and environmental issues.

Need help, assistance or have any questions about entering? Email us at or DM us on Instagram @sunrisefilmfest.

Officially selected entries will be part of our 2024 programme, screening during the festival taking place from 1-4 August 2024.

Nominees from each category will be invited to our red carpet award ceremony event that takes place in a beautiful coastal setting based in a Victoriana-style glass pavilion overlooking the sea.

Each winner will receive a highly coveted trophy, a framed certificate, and regional media coverage at our red carpet award ceremony at the festival in Lowestoft taking place during the festival & also be part of our 'best of the fest' that will tour independent venues across Norfolk & Suffolk.

We also try our best to get industry prizes.

Awards are presented for our main categories and also for the following craft awards;
- Best Actor
- Best Director
- Best Story
- Best Sound Design
- Best Cinematography

Rules & Terms

Please Note submissions are only through Festhome.

All submissions entered must have been made and produced in the UK, and the total runtime must not exceed 30 minutes* in order to be considered in our shortlisting/judging.
For screening films we also require burned in/mended subtitles on your film.

*Please note for 'Best British Short Film' the maximum running time for entries is 25 minutes.

*For the ‘Micro Short Movie’ category the maximum running time for entries is 3 minutes or less.

The same film may be entered into more than one of our categories, but each category requires an entry fee.

Terms and Conditions

Sunrise Film Festival is held in person in a coastal seaside setting across a number of locations in Lowestoft, Suffolk, United Kingdom during Summer 2024.

Only films completed after the 1st August 2022 may be submitted for entry to Sunrise Film Festival 2024 (no films that were filmed or created before the 1st August 2022 are eligible).

Awards and Judging panel
Sunrise Film Festival's judging panel consists of personalities from within the film and creative industry, all chosen for their relevance (You can view who our 2023 judges were here

Officially selected entries chosen by the screening committee will be screened as part of the 2024 film festival programme, and judges will choose who our winners are from our 4 shortlisted nominees for each category.

A final decision on any winners is made by the judges and their verdict is final.

By submitting an entry/entries to Sunrise Film Festival you agree to have read and accepted the following Terms and Conditions for participation as follows below.

Eligibility and Submission Procedure
Only films that have been registered and submitted through Festhome will be considered for selection, it is our only method of submission. No Postal entries will be accepted or digital transfers sent via email.

For accessibility purposes, all films require English subtitles in a valid .srt form, but preferably we request that they are burned into your film at the time of transfer.

We do not have a premiere policy for Sunrise Film Festival.

We are unable to accept rough cuts or newer versions of previously submitted films once you have entered a category (although you may update your film file or embedded content already submitted via Festhome). No refunds will be offered if you do not adhere to the rules outlined here.

*Proof of registered student status may be required for some categories and to receive the student submission fees.

Exclusions of an entry fee may be valid, for full details visit
Entry fees are payable upon submission through the Festhome platform only.

The same film may be entered into one or more of our categories, but each category requires an entry fee and all fees are non-refundable. In the event of circumstances being beyond the control of the festival organisers (such as natural disaster, viral/bacterial pandemic, etc) then every effort will be made to pause, postpone, or amend the festival so that it still goes ahead in some form. We will never look to cancel the festival if we can look to rearrange it. In such circumstances, no refunds will be issued as submission fees will be used to continue the planning of the festival at a different place or time.

The judging panel reserves the right to determine inappropriate content, such as violence, hate speech, defamation, or pornography. If any content is deemed by the judges to be such, the film will not be accepted.

We'd suggest that the content in motion pictures submitted to SFF are in line with the certification of BBFC's 18 Age rating, you can find the full specifications on their website

Intellectual Property and Copyright
Films that are submitted to the Sunrise Film Festival must be the entrant’s original work and must not infringe on anyone's legally binding copyright or any other rights of any third parties.

Contestants agree that they have obtained all required releases and copyright permissions regarding music, sound, images, and all other materials used in their film that is not solely owned by the entrant themselves, or other used royalty-free non-copyright material.

The permission of a parent or legal guardian is required if any person appearing in any motion picture is under the age of 16.

We reserve the right to require appropriate proof of ownership of usage rights of any material and to deny admission or withdraw work from the competition if for any reason the work appears to expose it to any actual or potential damage to the reputation, risk of legal proceedings or enforcement including, without limitation, the alleged breach of third-party intellectual property rights to Sunrise Film Festival.

All enquiries regarding copyright will be referred to the entrant.

Press and Publicity
By submitting a work into our Festival, you consent to Sunrise Film Festival using the whole of or any part of the work for publicity purposes, including and not limited to marketing on our website, posters, leaflets, social media, and for press, and festival brochure purposes.

If your film is selected, we will require digital images and other press/publicity materials so that your work and the festival can be promoted online and in physical materials.

Digital press packs can be uploaded with submissions via Festhome and we strongly recommend you do this.

For the best publicity we recommend you include at least the following:

• Your film (with embedded subtitles)
• A trailer
• A poster for your film (300dpi)
• A 100-word synopsis of your film
• At least 5 stills from the film (at least 800px wide and 300dpi)
• A director’s statement (max 500 words)
• At least 3 photos of the director/behind the scenes (at least 800px wide and 300dpi)

Please do not send hard copies as we are not able to store them (unless we specifically request them).

Selection of nominated films
The selection will be carried out by the Sunrise Film Festival judging/screening panel. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection process and the decision of the festival judging panel is final.

We will aim to inform successful entrants at the latest convenience. Due to the volume of entries, we are unable to offer individual feedback on work, but we will always ensure all entries receive their final decision at a minimum.

If your film is selected as a nominee, you will be contacted by Sunrise Film Festival with an invitation to our festival awards ceremony. All films that are nominees will be screened alongside shortlisted titles during the festival dates.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been publicised and you have been announced a shortlisted title or Nominee and refunds will not be given.

Successful submissions will be listed on the Sunrise Film Festival website, booking system, on our social platforms and successful applicants will be notified by Festhome and email.

Please make sure the contact information you provide us with on Festhome is completely accurate at the time of submitting your film so that we can reach you during the decision process taking place in 2024.

Please note that if we are unable to contact you, your film may be then removed from the festival line-up with immediate effect.

By submitting your film through Festhome you accept that, if selected, your work may be shown at the Sunrise Film Festival.

Festival Announcements
Invitations to participate, and the official selection for the Film Festival award categories, must remain confidential until the programme is publicly announced by Sunrise Film Festival.

The scheduling and screening times and the announcement of these, are the sole responsibility of Sunrise Film Festival and may be subject to change at short notice. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in exclusion from the official selection.

Screenings and Scheduling
Screenings will always take place at the discretion of the festival and we reserve the right to make changes to the advertised schedule at any time for any reason and will not accept liability for any costs incurred as a result of such changes.

No film may be withdrawn from the Sunrise Film Festival programme by its submitter after its selection and participation have been confirmed and the festival is not able to cover the costs of any format transfers or subtitling.

Sunrise Film Festival reserves the right to make all decisions relating to the festival, including the official selection of films, award of prizes and scheduling.



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