Organisers of the UK’s most easterly film festival have confirmed it will return in 2023.

After the success of 2022's inaugural festival, submissions are now being accepted for this year’s event that will be held in October.

With 86 screenings held across three community venues in Lowestoft, more than 2,000 people attended Lowestoft Film Festival (LFF) last year.

The festival, delivered by Sunrise Studios, is set to feature a wide selection of short films from filmmakers locally and nationally.

Lowestoft Journal: Abi Miller Sutton one of our finalists with her mum during 2022's award ceremony.Abi Miller Sutton one of our finalists with her mum during 2022's award ceremony. (Image: Emily Acland)

The celebration of film features 11 award categories, with almost 400 entries submitted last year.

It includes best British short, animation, documentary, experimental and East Anglian student film.

All officially selected entries will get the chance to have their film debut as part of the festival programme, with shortlisted entries going on to be judged for the chance to win a prestigious award.

The festival also features two new categories for 2023, including 'short film made by under 16s' - a completely free category open to individuals or groups aged under 16 - and 'break the stigma', supported by regional charity Access Community Trust, which is for progressive films that focus on the subject of mental health or homelessness.

The winner of this category will receive the opportunity to co-produce a Christmas campaign with Sunrise Studios, for the charity that supports some of the most vulnerable across the region.

Lowestoft Journal: Photo featuring co-founder Joshua Freemantle during the 2022 award ceremony.Photo featuring co-founder Joshua Freemantle during the 2022 award ceremony. (Image: Charlotte McGuinness)

Joshua Freemantle, development producer of Sunrise Studios, said: "We are passionate about continuing to grow this celebration of undiscovered talent and independent film held in the heart of Lowestoft.

"By continuing to actively support and champion filmmaking in the town, the wider south east region and nationally, it allows filmmakers to showcase their work within the coastal town on the big screen for audiences to enjoy."

The festival is supported by Access Community Trust, Film Hub South East, Lowestoft Town Council and East Suffolk Council as well as the community venue partners.

Filmmakers can submit any short films less than 30 minutes to the festival via its FilmFreeway website, with submission fees starting at £3 or less.

Full details about fees, rules and all of the entry categories can be found online