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orwich Film Festival is back this November, showcasing a selection of the best local, British and International short films, along with several feature films, talks and panels over the festival period. With a line-up of over 90 films screened over the 10 days, it’s not to be missed! British Monty Python actor, Michael Palin, will be heading to Norwich to launch this year’s festival. Norwich Film Festival Co-Director, Craig Higgins, said, “We couldn’t think of a better guest to open the festival. Michael has got an amazing back catalogue of film and TV credits, as well as being one of the most famous globetrotters around.” A screening of the British classic, A Private Function, in which Michael stars alongside a host of other notable English actors, will be followed by a Q&A with the man himself. The talk will be lead by the brilliant Peter Bradshaw, who is Film Critic at The Guardian. Craig added, “As you can imagine, we are beyond excited to welcome Michael to the festival, and to Norwich, for what will be an amazing event.”

Speaking of his impending visit, Michael Palin commented, “It’s always good to come up to East Anglia. My father and grandfather were Norfolk men, and for them, Norwich was the centre of the world. I’m sure they would have appreciated how much of Monty Python was filmed in and around the city. And Private Function is, of course, a quintessential portrait of Yorkshire, where I grew up.” Other highlights of the programme include the regional premieres of Double Date, Butterfly Kisses, and Noel Fielding’s latest film, Brakes. Plus, this year’s official selection of 65 short films features exceptional acting talent from the likes of BAFTA nominated actors Peter Mullan (Edith), George McKay (Infinite), and David Bradley (Edmund The Magnificent), to name a few. The East Collection will showcase talent from those who have made films in the local area, while the Student Selection will provide a platform for the rising stars of tomorrow. Another stand-out event is the Shorts Documentary Screening, highlighting powerful stories from around the globe.

Debuting this year is the Industry Day, which features talks and panel discussions, kicking off with a discussion on Making Movies Sound Great with two-time BAFTA winning Sound Editor Eddy Joseph (Casino Royale, Harry Potter, Evita). This will be followed by talks on Writing for The Screen Panel, Directing: From Shorts to Features, and finishing off with How to Publicise Your Short Film. The festival team is delighted to welcome star of stage and screen Tim McInnerny (Blackadder, Notting Hill, Eddie The Eagle, Games of Thrones) to an In Conversation about his work. The organisers have also teamed up with Creative England to screen some Officially Selected Short Films. Following this event, there will be a drinks reception, which will allow like-minded filmmakers and film lovers to mingle over a glass of wine. Craig said, “Norwich Film Festival is historically a short film festival and we are thrilled to be screening some of the best short films from all around the world, as well as local ones. We wanted this year to be our most ambitious and we are thrilled that we get to bring a host of filmmakers, actors and writers to the city as part of our festival line-up.”

Norwich Film Festival runs from Thursday 9th to Sunday 19th November. For tickets and the full programme, visit


Norfolk on My Mind - Autumn 2017  
Norfolk on My Mind - Autumn 2017  

The Autumn 2017 edition of Norfolk on My Mind Magazine. Cover all of North Norfolk, including Holt, Burnham Market, Sherringham, Cromer, Fak...