BITTER TASTE (Dir. Ethan Tomás Race)

Best Drama

CHICKEN GIRL (Dir. Em Humble)

Best Comedy

MUM’S SPAGHETTI (Dir. Lisa Kenney)

Best Animation

KISS/CRASH (Dir. Adam Cole)

Best Art & Experimental

PATRICIA IN THE DARK (Dir. Laura Hartley)

Best Documentary

CITY OF LOST SOULS (Dir. Nikos Mpouyioukas)

Best Young, Emerging and Student

COVER YOUR EARS (Dir. Oskar Johansson)

Best Horror

THE SPRAYER (Dir. Farnoosh Abedi)

Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy

THE DAWDLER (Dir. Mike Lee Thomas)

Best Music Video

BLUE (Dir. Sophie Rose Worger)

Judges Recognition Award

HOW TO BUILD A LIFE (Dir. Matthew Reese)

Audience Choice Award

HULL? (Dir. Caden Elliott)

North East Recognition Award

SALVATION HAS NO NAME (Dir. Joseph Wallace)

Honourable Mention

COST OF LIVING (Yorkshire and North East Film Archives)

Honourable Mention

INTERNAL ABYSS (Dir. Heléna Antonio)

Honourable Mention

SAFE HOME (Dir. Holly Jack)

Honourable Mention

FORTISSIMO (Dir. Victor Cesca)

Honourable Mention


Honourable Mention

Sunderland Shorts

A 7 day celebration of cinema in the North East!

Sunderland Shorts Film Festival returns in 2023 for our 8th year of proudly showcasing the best short films from around the World and across the country, while championing the homegrown talent from here in the region.

“Welcoming, brilliantly run festival with great crowds and excellent lineups, highly recommended.”

Garry Sykes – Filmmaker

Short films.
Big ideas.

Since 2015 Sunderland Shorts has been dedicated to providing unmissable film experiences for film fans and filmmakers alike.

The 7th edition of our festival in 2022 was a massive year of growth for us with our biggest selection of films shown to our largest audiences yet. Showing over 130 short films & music videos across 15 screenings meant we were able to deliver a fantastically diverse selection of films across all genres; making sure we had something for everyone.

We also hosted a number of networking and industry events including those from leading names from BFI Network – Film Hub North, BBC Writers Room & North East Screen.

In 2022:


Screenings throughout the festival.


Partners from around the city and beyond!


Locations across Sunderland.

Introducing our partners

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