Ipswich: Behind the scenes of the Suffolk Film Festival

Suffolk Film Festival 2013

Suffolk Film Festival 2013 - Credit: Archant

Event’s Emily Godden talks to the Suffolk Film Festival’s head of PR and marketing Charlotte Beckett.

Tell us a bit about the (SFF)

The Suffolk Film Festival is completely new and running for the first time this year. It’s all about keeping culture alive in Suffolk and voicing the message you don’t have to be professional film maker to make film. The festival is designed to really get people of all ages excited about not only the big screen but what is done behind the cameras. We are really highlighting independent film this year and it’s something we can’t wait to showcase.

What makes the SFF different from other film festivals?

I work with a very unique team; I work alongside a group of students as well as teachers and many others. To me, I believe that working with the younger generation is very important; you get fresh ideas, ones that are new and vibrant which have proven to attract a lot of people. Also I think Suffolk has a lot to do with the unique quality of the festival. You don’t really get many places like Suffolk, it’s full of talent that hasn’t really had the chance to shine and that’s exactly what the festival is presently harnessing. Oh and of course there are our plans for next year - but I can’t reveal that just yet I’m afraid.

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What advice would you give to anyone thinking about submitting for the next SFF?

Feel confident with your work. Don’t be shy with it, if you have any idea put everything you have into it. If I were you, I would focus on the details of my film, take your time and don’t rush it. It may be a very long process but the longer you spend on it, the better it will be.

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Are there any of the 2013 nominations that have caught your eye?

Most definitely. We’ve had more than 400 to sort through but there has been a couple which have really made me pause and think about it long after I had watched it. I can’t actually give the names away as I’m not a part of the shortlisting process. But there is some serious competition which those who will be attending the screenings will see.

What are the plans for the future of the SFF?

Very different in comparison to this year’s. Without giving too much away we really want to bring culture to Suffolk. We’re hoping to get more celebrity involvement and give people a few surprises along the way. But the main focus is for it to be bigger and better and to celebrate local and well as international talent - you’ll just have to come and see for yourselves.

For more information about the SFF visit www.suffolkfilmfestival.com

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