The Cambridge Strawberry Fair Short Film Festival 2009 was part of the Arts Area of Strawberry Fair and ran on the afternoon and evening of Friday the 5th of June and from midday until 6pm on Saturday the 6th of June.
On both Friday and Saturday the festival was absolutely free and we screened great short films from local and not so local filmmakers.
On the Friday evening we screened a competitive programme to find the Best Local Filmmaker with both a Jury and Audience Award. For the 2009 festival we were overwhelmed with superb short films, competition for the coveted La fraise d’Or was fierce and both the Audience and Jury winners were screened the next night (Saturday 6th June) as part of Future Shorts at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse.
NOTE: In 2010 the film festival changed its name from The Strawberry Fair Film Festival to The Strawberry Shorts Film Festival. This was to mark the formation of a new film festival committee. Also Strawberry Fair was cancelled in 2010 and so the 2010 film festival never ran.
La fraise d’Or:
Best Local Filmmaker Awards 2009
The 2009 jury for the Best Local Filmmaker competitive programme consisted of:
Nigel Cutting: Head of Arts & Entertainment for Cambridge City Council at the time of the 2009 film festival
Clare Leczycki: Cinema Programmer Cambridge Arts Picturehouse at the time of the 2009 film festival.
Thierry Bonnaud: one of the founders of The Cambridge Super 8 International Film Festival
And the winners of the 2009 Strawberry Shorts Best Local Filmmaker were:
The unanimous winner of the Jury Award was Helen Johnson and Tom McPhee for Factotum.
Check out the full running order for the Best Local Filmmaker competitive programme for a full list of films screened.
In total we screened ten fantastic short film programmes over two days.
On Friday the 5th of June we started screening from 4pm in The Big Top Tent situated next to the Arts Area on Midsummer Common. By 7pm The Big Top Tent was packed for the competitive Best New Local Filmmaker programme.
On Saturday we screen from Midday till 6pm in the Film Tent in the heart of the Arts Area of Strawberry Fair.
For the 2009 festival we had three very special Best Of short film programmes.
On Friday afternoon we screened the Best of The Cambridgeshire Young Peoples Film Festival, and The Best Of Funky Flamingo TV
On Saturday we screened The Best of Cambridge International Super 8 2008.
All these film programmes were packed to bursting with funny, inventive and unusual short films, and all for free! Check out the films we screend by following the links below.
Cambridge Cinema Shorts would like to thank the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and Cambridge Film Trust, Hughes of Burleigh Street and Future Shorts for their support. We also wish to thank Eric LeVin for his invaluable technical assistance during the festival.