Sunderland Shorts is a film festival that shines a spotlight on emerging North East talent.


We caught up with the brains behind Sunderland Shorts Film Festival to find out how they’ve kept the cameras rolling and how they’re planning ahead for 2021…


What does the festival represent for the area?















In the six years we’ve been running the festival, we’ve proudly showcased a range of established and up-and- coming filmmaking talent, while providing screening and networking opportunities to our participating filmmakers.


How have you adapted during the pandemic?

This year, due to the ongoing uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, unfortunately, we have decided to postpone our next proper festival until 2021 and instead take a step back and celebrate some of our favourite previous entries across the history of the festival, from comedy and drama, to documentaries and student films.


Tell us more about Sunderland’s film making scene? How can people get involved?















We have been continually impressed by how much filmmaking talent there is within the city and how across the region there is such a passion to develop a thriving filmmaking scene.

Submissions are still open for Sunderland Shorts Film Festival 2021.

Details can be found at and we can’t wait to return to the big screen again with our audiences and some of the finest short films around!


Any success stories from previous filmmakers that have emerged from Sunderland Shorts Film Festival?















With just about everyone having access to a great camera in their pocket these days, and the ease of updating content to sites like YouTube or TikTok, the opportunities for budding filmmakers to demonstrate their talents have never been greater!

It bodes very well for an exciting and evolving future in the industry.


When you’re not working, where will we find you?

We love visiting Pop Recs when in the city – I mean, who could pass up on their coffee, great records and a good chat with Dave?



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