This is England holds an annual short film festival dedicated to British cinema.
The festival offers a selection of short films of all genres, showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers as well as more renowned auteurs. In order to accomplish its main goal which is to help and support young artists in their creative work, This is England asks a jury of professionals to reward the best shorts among a single competitive selection of fictions, animated films and documentaries.A retrospective of feature films was also introduced to the programme in 2018.
In addition to screenings and talks with an ever growing audience, the festival also organises concerts, plays and special Q&As for students. Created in 2012 by the Rouen-Norwich Club, This is England is proud to build on the strong relationship between Normandy and the United Kingdom with an important event for cinema lovers. Since its first edition, the festival has screened nearly 300 films, invited their directors, producers or writers to attend and meet the audience and has offered almost 20 000€ to awardees. The ever-growing audience reached a new high during the last edition with nearly 10 000 spectators attending.
On the festival’s closing night, a jury of professionals, partners and the audience reward their favourite films among the selection:
- Jury Prize for best fiction (1000€)
- Jury Prize for best documentary (1000€)
- Jury Prize for best animation (1000€)
- Audience Award (500€)
- Rouen-Norwich Club Award for best performance (500€)
- Students elect their favourites films and award them the Collège and Lycée Mentions.
Awarded movies will be screened one more time at the end of the festival.
Jessica Barden, Anthony Baxter, Steve Bell, Joanna Coates, Olivia Colman, Brian Cox, Kate Dickie, Jeanie Finlay, Martin Freeman, James Gardner, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Charlie Lyne, Anna Maguire, Lesley Manville, Millie Marsh, Guy Myhill, Kellen Playford, Amit Shah, Rachel Tunnard, Jodie Whittaker