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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POP-UP CINEMA ON LINDEN CLOSE GREEN

open air screening

CAMBRIDGE CINEMA SHORTS PRESENTS A PROGRAM OF INTERNATIONAL, AWARD WINNING, SHORT FILMS ON THE EVENING OF
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd (WEATHER PERMITTING)

IF POSTPONED BECAUSE OF RAIN WE WILL MOVE IT TO SUNDAY 3rd

THIS FAMILY FRIENDLY FREE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON
THE GREEN, LINDEN CLOSE, STARTING AT 8:00PM, AND WILL LAST ABOUT 90 MINUTES.

WRAP UP WARM, BRING SOMETHING TO SIT ON AND PERHAPS SOME POPCORN AND A DRINK.

CAMBRIDGE CINEMA SHORTS IS A LOCAL, VOLUNTEER RUN ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO THE PROMOTION, SCREENING, EDUCATION AND PRODUCTION OF SHORT FILMS.

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POP-UP CINEMA ON LINDEN CLOSE GREEN

open air screening

CAMBRIDGE CINEMA SHORTS PRESENTS A PROGRAM OF INTERNATIONAL, AWARD WINNING, SHORT FILMS ON THE EVENING OF
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd (WEATHER PERMITTING)

IF POSTPONED BECAUSE OF RAIN WE WILL MOVE IT TO SUNDAY 3rd

THIS FAMILY FRIENDLY FREE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON
THE GREEN, LINDEN CLOSE, STARTING AT 8:00PM, AND WILL LAST ABOUT 90 MINUTES.

WRAP UP WARM, BRING SOMETHING TO SIT ON AND PERHAPS SOME POPCORN AND A DRINK.

CAMBRIDGE CINEMA SHORTS IS A LOCAL, VOLUNTEER RUN ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO THE PROMOTION, SCREENING, EDUCATION AND PRODUCTION OF SHORT FILMS.

Short films: What are they?

Short films, average length seven minutes, are made for many reasons, low to no budget personal works by established film makers, film student projects, calling cards within the film industry and cover all genres – drama, documentaries, animation, music and experimental.

Short films, because of their time and budget restraints, are often honed to the essence of film making, pared down to produce exquisite jewels of the craft, cut and polished until a couple of minutes of low budget film can have more impact on the viewer and stay with you far longer than two and a half hours of Hollywood blockbuster ever did.

Short Films are an art form in their own right and we passionately believe that they should be seen and enjoyed for by as wide an audience as we can possibly muster.

They come in bite sized chunks and are easily digestible. So, please come to our show. We promise you will not be disappointed and it could be the start of a passion that will brighten your life.

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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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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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