The 2016 Cornwall Film Festival Short Film Competition is now closed for entries!

Last year’s 2015 short film competition saw not only an international influx of truly talented entries but unforgettable local gems as well. This year we expect even more entries that continue to raise the bar. Not only is the Cornwall Film Festival Short Film Competition an excellent opportunity to experience the vastness of the universe of both local and international short films, but for filmmakers it is an unmissable chance to showcase your work at a the county’s only major film festival event. If your film is shortlisted, by our panel of expert judges, it will be screened at the 15th edition of the Cornwall Film Festival. The overall winner will, like all shortlisted entries receive the Cornwall Film Festival Official Selection Laurels, but also a one-of-a-kind Cornwall Film Festival 2016 Delabole Slate Trophy. The 15th edition of the Cornwall Film Festival is upon us and the time has come to submit your short film to our competition.

slide1 Unique Delabole Slate Trophies from the 2015 Cornwall Film Festival.

This year, once again we will be showcasing filmmaking talent, bringing worthy filmmakers to regional and national attention. As always Cornwall Film Festival seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in filmmaking. It is especially interested in filmmakers whose short films manifest stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché. If this sounds like your work, read the FAQs below and submit your short film.

  • What happens after I submit my film? After your film is submitted it will be judged by an expert panel, and you will be informed by 15th July 2016 whether your film has been successful in being selected for screening.
  • When is the deadline for submission? We have three different deadlines that determine the cost of submission: The Early Bird Deadline – 1st April 2016, The Regular Deadline – 15th May 2016, and The Late Deadline – 1st June 2016.
  • How long can my short film be? No longer than 20 mins please.
  • What If my film is longer than 20mins? We are afraid we cannot accept anything longer.
  • I’ve missed the final deadline can I submit still? Sorry, once it’s closed it’s closed.
  • What format should my film be submitted in? We only ask that you render your film in the best possible quality, ideally at 1080p HD. As long as the submission platform accepts the format, we will too. If your film is selected for screening we may ask you to directly provide us with a higher quality copy if there seem to be issues.
  • Is there a submission cost? Film Festival Life and Film Freeway charge a small fee for submission that goes towards using their service for running this competition. In very exceptional circumstances, discounts and fee waivers are available.
  • I live in a country that renders me unable to operate the online submission platforms, what do I do? Sadly we cannot except entries, unable to adhere to the regulations of Film Freeway or Film Festival Life.

If you have any other queries, let us know at


How to Submit

This year for the first time we’ve teamed up Film Freeway to make it easier than ever before to submit your film to the competition. Follow the link below and upload your film – and that’s it! It really is easier than ever to get your work showcased with Cornwall Film Festival.


Terms and Conditions
1. All submitted films should be no more than 12 months old by November 2016.
2. Please ensure that the digital video file you’re entering is the highest quality copy of your film. All work should be summited through the online platform, no work will be considered if not summited via this platform.
3. CFF regards a short film as 20 minutes or under and a feature film as 20 minutes or over. Feature films will not be considered in the competition.
4. CFF is particularly interested in new work but films do not need to be UK premieres.
5. Films that have previously been publicly screened, broadcast or otherwise made publicly available (including online) in Britain will be considered. We will accept Short animation films that have had public theatrical screenings.
6. Films that are available to purchase on online are not eligible. This includes DVD/Blu-ray/VHS formats.
7.Promotional films are eligible (e.g. films promoting tourism, charitable appeals, see the categories).
8. Cornwall Film Festival does not have the facility to apply refunds waivers must be sought before the films have been submitted.
9. A separate entry form and additional entry fee is required for each film submission.

1. Cornwall Film Festival is especially interested in filmmakers whose work exhibits stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché. Success is dependent on its core vision and the creativity and efficiency with which it communicates that vision.
2. Successful entrants will be notified of their inclusion in the festival by the 15th July 2016. Those entrants who have not been successful will also receive email notification by this time.
3. After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically; please provide an email address that is checked regularly and ensure that the user account enter is a permitted email.
Due to the large numbers of submissions that the festival receives we are unable to give comments on individual films prior to submission.

1. Before you can submit your film you will be asked to register your contact and film details. These details will only be shared with Cornwall Film Festival. We will ensures this information will not be used for anything other than direct contact from the festival or one of the festival’s submission partners and will not be shared.
2. Your fee is non-refundable. If your film does not match the criteria listed above and you still submit your film, we will not consider your film and will not be able to refund your fee.
3. The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film for consideration including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at this film festival.

1. By summiting working you are giving permission to the Cornwall Film Festival to reproduction of stills and clips of selected films, for all Cornwall Film Festival publications, trailers, press and TV coverage, and social media channels, and in long form in a compilation of Festival work that will tour regionally.
2. Cornwall Film Festival agrees to promote filmmakers by listing and advertising the work with the information supplied correctly.

1. The final selection of all films presented at the festival and their placement in the program is the responsibility of the Programmer Manager for the Cornwall Film Festival, the process is overseen by the festival’s Director. The organisation of the event and programming of all other non-competitive elements is the responsibility of the Director and the festival team.
2. Within your submission you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the Terms and Conditions laid out in this document. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations.
3. In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.
4. Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.
5. These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.