The Strawberry Shorts Film Festival and the Arts Area of Strawberry Fair

The Cambridge Cinema Shorts Collective ran the Strawberry Shorts Film Festival from 2001 to 2009 as part of the Arts Area of Strawberry Fair.

Check out the gallery below and the arts and performance based mayhem of the Strawberry Shorts Film Festival’s own Outré Usherettes.

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The Cambridge Strawberry Shorts Film Festival 2017:
Hidden Lives

2017 Festival Report

The Cambridge Strawberry Shorts 2017 posterAnother sparkling evening in our favourite venue, The Festival Theatre. The program was an outstanding success with our audience, combining as it did, new films with others from our archives.

Thanks to the generosity of our audience, a reduced hire fee from the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, (the present custodians of the theatre), the good will of the film makers and much hard work from our team of volunteers we managed to raise three hundred pounds for Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Many thanks to all those concerned.

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Cambridge Cinema Shorts Presents

HIDDEN LIVES

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Other worlds, other lives, other realities…
revealed as only short films can do.

Friday 2nd June
The Festival Theatre Cambridge

All profits to be donated to the charity
Médecins Sans Frontières

Booking details to follow.
For more information please email us at
cinemashorts@gmail.com

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The Second 2016 Commendation Screening

The Second 2016 Commendation ScreeningThe next Strawberry Shorts 2016 commendation screening is confirmed for Thursday the 30th of March at the CB2 Restaurant Café on Norfolk street.

For our audience to make an evening of it, CB2 are offering 10% off pre-booked meals and snacks.

Full details to follow shortly . . .

  • Venue: CB2 Restaurant Café
  • date: Thursday 30th March 2017
  • Doors: 7:30pm
  • Screening: 8pm
  • Price: £3
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Cambridge Cinema Shorts
@ The Cambridge Film Festival Presents:
DOCUMENTARIES ARE REALLY BORING!

Cambridge Cinema Shorts @ The Cambridge Film FestivalWRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG!

Documentaries constitute some of the best short films in our archive.

Got an issue to air? Make a short documentary. Got a passion to share? Make a short documentary. Just want to stand and stare? Do it holding a camera. The result? It’s a documentary.

We have documentaries from all over the planet, keyholes into other lives, other minds, and other worlds. And some of them will rock yours.

That’s a promise.

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The Cambridge Strawberry Shorts Film Festival 2016

2016 Festival Report

The Cambridge Strawberry Shorts 2016 posterOnce again we can report an exciting, sell-out event. The Festival Theatre played host to a hugely enthusiastic audience and our volunteer committee and helpers did a magnificent job preparing the theatre, running the event, organising and attending the audience.

The evening was split into two half’s with a gap for refreshments in the middle to sustain audience and judges in their task of choosing a winning film.

At the end of the evening while the judges retired to consider their verdict we conducted the audience vote. This creates great fun and robust debate and within a fifteen minutes we had our audience award winner, The Edge, a wonderful Russian animation by Alexandra Averyanova.

The judges then gave their verdict and to our surprise also chose The Edge, (first time the judges and audience have ever agreed). Then each judge commended one film each. For Tom Woodcock it was Besieged Bread by Soudade Kaadan, Helen Judge chose Monster by Rina B Tsou and Jack Toye went for In The Shadow Of The Mountain by Neith Sentis.

Finally it was the turn of the viewing panel. We have watched every single film submitted to us this year, in fact we watched many of them twice, and, being an opinionated bunch, we thought that it was about time that we gave our own award. So we did and chose Besieged Bread.

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Cambridge Cinema Shorts @ The Big Weekend 2016
Friday 8th July – Sunday 10th July

The Big Weekend 2016 posterCambridge Cinema Shorts has been invited by The Cambridge Film Trust, to screen two free short film programmes as part of The Big Weekend 2016. The Big Weekend is an annual free festival held in the heart of Cambridge, which runs from Friday the 8th till Sunday the 10th of July.

Each programme is under an hour long and packed with awesome award winning short films. The running order is given below.

The screenings will take place in the Picturehouse Cinemobile, a beautiful mobile 100 seat cinema.

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The Cambridge Strawberry Shorts Film Festival 2016 Commendation Screenings

first commendation poster 2016Cinema Shorts presents … an evening of excellent, international short films, presented as part of our program of Strawberry Shorts 2016 Commendation screenings.

Films from around the globe. Glances into lives unimagined. This is the territory of the short film. Sit back in the comfort and conviviality of CB2’s excellent cellar and let us entertain you.

  • location: CB2 Restaurant Café
  • date: Thursday 29th September 2016
  • Doors: 7:30pm
  • Screening: 8pm
  • Price: £3

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The Cambridge Strawberry Shorts Film Festival 2015

Festival Report

The Cambridge Strawberry Shorts 2015 posterA delightful ending to 9 months of hard, unpaid, voluntary work from many people, the 14th Strawberry Shorts Film Festival was a fantastic success.

In the charming surroundings of the Festival Theatre, the audience were treated to a carefully crafted program of 15 international short films. Tickets for the event were sold out days in advance and the audience started to arrive an hour before the start, mingling and chatting in the foyer and making use of the refreshments served by our fantastic cafe crew.

After being welcomed to the festival, the judges introduced and voting sheets explained, the audience were then treated to two one hour programmes, with a tea break in the middle to help the selection process.

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The Cambridge Strawberry Shorts Film Festival 2015 Commendation Screenings

The Strawberry Shorts Film Festival 2015 Commendation ScreeningsCinema Shorts presents … an evening of excellent, international short films, presented as part of our program of Strawberry Shorts 2015 Commendation screenings.

Films from around the globe. Glances into lives unimagined. This is the territory of the short film. Sit back in the comfort and conviviality of CB2’s excellent cellar and let us entertain you.

Also, we do apologies for the short notice, (not a pun), but, well, at least you have less time to forget about it.


  • location: CB2 Restaurant Café
  • date: Thursday 19th November 2015
  • Doors: 7:30pm
  • Screening: 8pm
  • Price: £3
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The Cambridge Strawberry Shorts Film Festival 2014
Commendation Screenings

The Strawberry Shorts Film Festival 2014 Commendation ScreeningsGuilt gnawed at our soul. Every year Strawberry Shorts received literally hundreds of entries for the film festival and every year we showed around twenty! We did our best at other times to shine the spotlight on some of the others by presenting themed screenings, or the best of the rest etc, but in general we were rather distressed that so much talent and effort rarely saw the light of day again.

Its not as if they were bad films, in fact some were a source of everlasting joy, sparkling gems, works of near genius, as worthy of screening as any shown at the festival, but perhaps a film would be a little too long to fit into a two hour programme where quantity is a consideration, or we already had enough of a particular genera, or even that we couldn’t quite see how they would fit in with the rest of the festival. So they went back into the box where they waited, like Cinderella, to maybe, be re-discovered some time in the future.

However, we have come up with a plan to give these films the recognition we feel they deserve by awarding them a Strawberry Shorts Commendation. A list is published in the festival programme and to complement this further we hold carefully considered and well publicised screenings, throughout the year of all those that appear on the list.

These events start in early autumn and continue with well publicised and attended events through to the following spring. Many of these screening are held in the cellar of the CB2 cafe in Cambridge, a deliciously atmospheric and suitable venue.

Check back here for date, time and location of additional commendation screenings in the months to come.

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