SHORT SOUNDS is the world’s first dedicated celebration of cinematic SOUND and MUSIC. An event to champion the audio wizards that fill our heads with audio treats that make our hearts race and scores that storm our souls.

Our festival is a uniquely authentic event, exciting the film industry the world over. From the ominous, rumbling strings at the start of Jaws to the Gallic lyricism permeating Jean de Florette, music has the ability to tell a far more subtle story than pictures and dialogue alone. Sound and music can lift a film off the screen and transport the viewer to other worlds and we want to celebrate this craft.

Hosted in venues across the British coastal resort of Bournemouth, SHORT SOUNDS attracts a diverse mix of film and media industry professionals, students and film fans. The festival is of particular interest to professionals and students within the music and sound crafts including Sound Designers, Composers, Foley Artists and Musicians among many other related careers.

Previous guest speakers have included:

  • Jessica Hynes, Writer, Actor, Director
  • David Rowntree, Blur Drummer and composer
  • Rupert Gregson-Williams, Composer from Wonder Women
  • Christopher Smith, Writer and Director of Detour
  • Ray Beckett, Oscar-Winning Sound Recordist


SHORT SOUNDS is supported by the BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE (BFI) FILM HUB SOUTH WEST, a network of 140 cinemas, venues and festivals enhancing access to specialised & British independent film.  These unique partnerships provide us with a large regional and local audience, cross-marketing opportunities and high profile media exposure extending our sponsors and partners reach across the region.

We are seeking visionary brands to sponsor our distinctive festival which will reach:

      • Audio and sound professionals and students
      • Composers, musicians and performers
      • Directors, producers, film and TV professionals & students
      • Movie and short film fans
      • Arts and culture enthusiasts


Support music and sound at the cinema by sponsoring the Short Sounds Film Festival and we can offer you a number of marketing opportunities placing your company logo at the heart of the festival on:

      • The festival website www.shortsounds.co.uk with over 37,000 annual visitors
      • Approximately 15,000 leaflets, posters and programmes
      • All festival press releases including references in editorial articles
      • The cinema screen before all films and events

We can also offer your company access to our audience through:

      • Exclusive discounts and offers
      • Direct marketing opportunities
      • Displays and pop-up banners in festival venues
      • Promotional opportunities at festival venues
      • Product demos, sampling or promotion

For full details of the all the benefits we can offer, please click here.

If you would like to sponsor the festival or support us in another way, please call Adam on 01202 878028 or email sponsorship@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 annual festival welcomed over 600 people to a unique programme of shorts and events featuring:

    Writer, Actor, Director Jessica Hynes
    Blur Drummer and composer David Rowntree
    BAFTA Award-Winning composer Alexandra Harwood
    Oscar-Winning Sound Recordist Ray Beckett
    Sound Designer Ben Cozens



    In 2020 the Short Sounds Film Festival moves to new dates in February, returning the third celebration of cinematic SOUND and MUSIC with brand new events, screenings and guest speakers. 


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