30th June - 3rd July 2016

Bite-sized blockbusters, because life’s too short

Welcome back to Sunderland Shorts Film Festival!

After a fantastic first festival in 2015, we’re gearing up to make 2016 even bigger and better!

Why endure the numb-bum of one two-hour long story? Why have only one epic tale when you can have ten?

Join us from June 30 to July 3 to experience comedy skits, animation clips and short films of all genres by talented filmmakers from all over the world.

This year there’ll be more for film-lovers and the whole family to enjoy, exciting opportunities to get involved, and plenty of on-the-edge-of-your-seat entertainment.

More information on tickets, venues and screenings will be coming soon, so don’t forget to keep checking in to find out more.

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Tickets are now on sale via our ticketing partner - The Little Box Office.

You can buy tickets for our launch part, for individual screenings, or get a festival pass for the complete experience at the best value.

Attend the launch party


  • Our first festival screening
  • Live music
  • Bottle bar

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  • Entry to the festival launch party
  • Entry to all other competition screenings
  • Priority seating
  • £12.50 cheaper than individual tickets

See a single screening


See a single screening of your choice.

Be sure to read our Seating and Ticket Policies.


This year's festival will have 10 screenings over 4 days. We're still finalising the details but this is how it looks right now.

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Our Partners

  • DC Shorts
  • DC Shorts
  • Sunderland City Council
  • Northern Bear Films
  • Bureau
  • FilmFreeway
  • Music Arts and Culture Trust