12th Annual

Cornwall Film Festival

November 08, 2013 to November 10, 2013

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Cine Kernow
We take pride in the thriving Cornish film industry, and a key aim of the Festival is showcasing films where at least one of the creative team (writer, director, producer) is resident in Cornwall.

We now also accept films that have a strong link to Cornwall or Cornish culture by non-resident filmmakers – e.g., a film that has been wholly or mostly shot in Cornwall. We accept films of all genres, including experimental/ non-narrative. Films approximately 20 minutes long or under will be eligible for the Best Film of the Festival Jury Award.

All Cornish films are eligible for the Golden Chough Award and the Delabole Slate Film of the Festival Awards.
Qualifiers for Made in Kernow:
· Films over 20 minutes (approx.) will not be eligible for the Jury Award.
· Either the writer, director or producer must be currently resident in Cornwall, or the film must demonstrate a strong link to Cornwall.
· Films must have been completed since January 2011.
Films Without Borders - International Short Film Award
Films Without Borders celebrates films of all genres made anywhere in the world. Maximum running time: 20 minutes (approximately).
Decent Exposure
Only films under 15 (approx) minutes in length are eligible for compeititon.

This categoy is for student or up-and-coming filmmakers.

Submitters are required to include a 15 word (maximum) synopsis for the Festival brochure with your submission.
THE EDGE - Experimental/ Non narrative Films
Experimental/ non-narrative / art films.

Qualifiers for “The Edge”:
· Maximum length: 20 minutes (approx.)
· Films can originate from anywhere in the world.
· Films must have been completed since January 2012.
Eye Toons - UK Animation Competition
This is a competitive category for short animated films submitted from anywhere in the UK

Qualifiers for Eye-Toons
Maximum length: 15 minutes (approx.)
Films can originate from anywhere in the UK
Films must have been completed since January 2011
Reel Women
This Category has sadly been withdrawn. Please enter films into Films Without Borders instead.


The Cornwall Film Festival aims to promote the Cornish film industry and to screen high-quality films being made in the region, across the UK and around the world. We provide a forum for writers, filmmakers, actors, and film lovers to learn, network and meet industry professionals. We aim to inspire and provide practical assistance to allow the wider community to get involved, and make their voices heard through film.

The Cornwall Film Festival is a registered charity (charity number: 1126161).


The 12th Cornwall Film Festival will take place Friday 8th – Sunday 10th November 2013 in Newquay, Cornwall.

The Festival is an annual celebration of Cornish and international filmmaking which offers local and national premieres, professional development workshops, lectures and parties providing the opportunity to network with the UK’s leading industry professionals.

Some highlights of the 2011 Cornwall Film Festival:

•We moved to a new state-of-art venue in Newquay this year after nine years in Falmouth. The larger cinema allowed for increased networking opportunities in the cinema foyer, as well as stands and exhibits, creating a buzzing atmosphere throughout the Festival weekend.

•The all-digital cinema allowed for more screening options and we increased the number of programmed feature films to 30. The majority of the films screened were South West Premieres and have since been receiving mass critical acclaim. A Separation, which has garnered awards at several film festivals, and most recently won the World Cinema Award 2011, had its South West Premiere at the Cornwall Film Festival, as did the Award winning and Oscar nominated We Need to Talk About Kevin.

•This year’s Festival boasted more Q&As than ever before, including a Q&A with writer and director Andrew Haigh following the screening of his beautiful film, Weekend. We Need to talk About Kevin author, Lionel Shriver, introduced Lynne Ramsay’s film adaptation at the Festival as well as offering a Q&A session after the film. There was a Q&A with John Mcllduff, the writer and director of and Aoife Duffin the star of, Behold the Lamb, which has since been awarded best screenplay at the Thessalonaki Film Festival and the Prix de Mis en Scene (Best Director Award) at the Arras International Film Festival. Kathryn Bolkovak offered a Q&A after the screening of The Whistleblower – a film drama based on her experiences as a UN peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Co-directors Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe introduced their first feature Black Pond, starring Chris Langham, and offered a Q&A after the screening.

•There were over a dozen 12 Workshops and talks over the Festival weekend, including Red Camera One workshops for filmmakers and cinematographers. Veteran casting director Jane Frisby held a workshop on casting and professional screenwriter Helen Jacey presented a screenwriting workshop in creating female characters. Cornish filmmaker and entrepreneur Denzil Monk also offered an insight into crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and swarminvesting – the future for film financing.

•The Festival included an increased number of short film competitions this year, such as: Reel Women with a £500 prize for the best female-directed short film, Eye-Toons with a £500 prize for the best animated short film, an enhanced Student competition – Decent Exposure - with a £1000 for the best UK student short. The total number of short films screened over the Festival weekend was over 200.

•There were a number of new awards and three more juried competitions. We are pleased to be expanding our entry criteria to allow for a greater diversity of film entries.

In 2012 we are presenting a new award which highlights the cornish language: 90-Second Kernewek Film Challenge with the help of MAGA the cornish language partnership


All material entered into the Cornwall Film Festival must have copyright clearance.


Terms and Conditions

I understand that the information given on this form, where indicated, will be published in association with Cornwall Film Festival.

I confirm that I have obtained all necessary written consents from all persons, companies and organisations involved in the making of the film.

I confirm the film has been produced after 1st January 2012.

I confirm that I hold the rights in this film or relevant permissions necessary to allow the film to be screened for public exhibition at the Cornwall Film Festival 2012.

I am willing to produce evidence of such ownership or permissions if required to do so by the Festival Director, Festival Board or Selection Panel.

I hereby grant the Festival the necessary licence to screen the film during the period of the Festival free of charge for as many times as the Festival Director requires.

Cornwall Film Festival can use excerpts from the film for promotional purposes free of charge. I have cleared all copyright materials in this film and I have the necessary permissions for it to be used in this way. (Note: copyright material includes not just script, but also elements such as music, graphics, in-shot artwork, etc.)

I understand and agree that any fees, costs or other claims arising from the screening of the film at the Festival are solely my responsibility and that the Festival cannot be held responsible for any breach by me of any obligations.

I understand submission of this completed application form and DVD does not guarantee the film will be screened nor its inclusion in the programme.

I understand that the decision of the Festival Selection Panel to screen the film or not is entirely at their discretion and any decision is final.

I understand the organisers can accept no responsibility for any loss or damage to the film while it is in their hands.

I confirm that I will indemnify the organisers against any claim against them arising directly from the screening of the film, including but not by way of limitation, legal proceedings for libel or defamation.

I understand that, if the film is selected, I will be given two free tickets to the screening of the film (Cornish entries).

Successful applicants to the International categories will be eligible for two passes to the screening at the Cornwall Film Festival 2012. Unfortunately at this time we are unable to provide any travel or accommodation bursaries.

MADE IN KERNOW (Cornish shorts and features)
I confirm that at least one of the creative team (writer, director, producer) is resident in Cornwall and enclose details of his/her name, role and address. OR that the film demonstrates a clear link to Cornwall.
In addition to the Cornwall Film Festival event, selected films will be included in a 'Best of the Fest' DVD which is sent to Funders and forms part of a screening programme used to promote the Festival. This programme is also included in CFF's online film channel. Separate permission will be requested via email after the Festival to use your film for these purposes.