About Us

Come free your ears from the monotony of NOISE and get ready to tantalise them with the glory of cinematic SOUND.

The Short Sounds Film Festival is a not-for-profit organisation managed by volunteers who are committed to celebrating cinematic music and sound. The festival was created by the team at WHITE LANTERN FILM, an established independent production company specialising in the development and production of richly thematic British feature films. As a founding partner, the team play an integral part in the festivals growth and development. For more information on the founding partner please visit www.whitelantern.film

We are always looking for partners, sponsors and volunteer festival-makers to support us.  If you are interested in helping us make SHORT SOUNDS a reality please contact us by email at info@shortsounds.co.uk

  1. White Lantern Film's

    The eureka moment

    After touring their award-winning cult classic movie K-SHOP to film festivals worldwide, the White Lantern Film team were inspired to create a new film festival to celebrate and engage with talented film professionals. To complement the existing Bournemouth Visual Effects Festival, the team set about creating a new craft festival focused on sound – The SHORT SOUNDS FILM FESTIVAL was born!



    The first annual festival launched on 12th October, welcoming over 600 people to a unique programme of shorts and events featuring:

    Wonder Women Composer Rupert Gregson-Williams
    Writer and Director of Detour Christopher Smith
    Toydrum’s James Griffith and Pablo Clements
    BAFTA-winning Film and TV composer Kevin Sargent
    Foley Artist Barnaby Smyth
    BSO live score to Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail



    The second Short Sounds Film Festival took place on the 1st and 2nd November 2018. 

    Blur drummer and composer David Rowntree

    Oscar winning sound mixer Ray Beckett

    Actress, Director and Writer Jess Hynes

    BAFTA Cymru Award-winning composer Alexandra Harwood

    Sound designer Ben Cozens

    Pinewood’s Glen Gathard

  4. February 27th & 28th 2020


    In 2020 the Short Sounds Film Festival will return with a new celebration of cinematic SOUND and MUSIC. A festival to champion the audio wizards that fill our heads with SOUNDS that make our hearts race and SCORES that storm our souls. Feb 27th & 28th, join us in central Bournemouth for a programme of films richly authentic in their use of sound and music and a whole host of uniquely engaging experiential installations designed to challenge our relationship with the sounds of cinema.


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