Coast arts festival will be a box office hit in Cromer and Sheringham

The beautiful North Norfolk coast has for centuries attracted artists and writers and in more recent times photographers and film makers who seek creative inspiration along this magical shoreline.

The film festival has been masterminded by a small group of local professionals and enthusiasts, hosted under the banner of the successful annual coast arts festival.

The Cromer and Sheringham arts festival (Coast) began four years ago and will start off on Friday October 25 at the Cromer Pavilion Theatre with the premiere of the Blue Balloon staring movie legend, John Hurt.

As well as a short film competition, there is a local community strand “Green Screen Stories”, and also invited international film screenings. Many movies will be making their screen debut in Norfolk, featuring films by coastal communities from around the world and promoting the work of local British film makers.

The festival will finish on November 3 and attractions include Bollywood dance workshop, vibrant African drumming and a writers forum.

Siri Taylor, co-ordinator of the Coast Film Festival, said: “This year we are concentrating on film because of the vast interest shown in that area from previous years. We thought we would involve the community, movie fans and budding film makers as much as we could. It’s an opportunity to extend the tourist season and have fun at the same time”

Over 50 films will be shown at various venues across Cromer and Sheringham, some with an international flavor from across the globe. The reels will be judged at Sheringham Little Theatre on October 29 between 7.30-10pm. The Blue Balloon will be screened on the same night.

Even glamorous images of movie star Marilyn Monroe have been recreated on Cromer beach for one of the film entries, the film features a poem, ‘A letter to Marilyn’ written by Gary Allen and stars his wife, Shona, who is a professional Marilyn Monroe tribute act. The stunning photographs were originally captured by photographer George Barris, only three weeks before Monroe’s death on August 5, 1962.

Cinema has captivated millions over the years and this is a wonderful opportunity for families and enthusiasts to enjoy a film extravaganza on their doorstep in North Norfolk or indeed take part.

For more details about the Film events planned for Coast, including full listings, go to

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