2016 Winners | Cornwall Film Festival

Cornwall Film Festival’s annual short film competition has seen its most sucessfull year to date. We’ve had more entries than we have ever processed before, and not just from Cornwall, but from as far away as Korea and Mexico.

This year we ran two main categories for entry, General Short Films and Student Shorts, the best of the local entries we compiled into a special one-off Cornish Showcase screening at The Poly. The shortlist of the General Shorts, following tradition, became our 2016 Official Selection and were screened at Newlyn Film House alongside the winner of the Student category. Cornwall Film Festival’s coveted Golden Chough award for excellence in local filmmaking and contribution to the Cornish Film industry was also awarded at the Newlyn Film House.

Thank you to all who entered their work and congratulations to the winners, the high quality of the entries has been overwhelming!

Without further ado, here’s the winners of the Cornwall Film Festival 2016 Short Film Competition:

BEST SHORT FILM

BREAK by NICK MOSS

A deeply affecting and beautiful drama starring multi award winning, and twice Oscar nominated actor Sir John Hurt, which deals with difficult and pertinent issues. Not without wry humour, this uniquely lyrical drama is bound to move it’s audience in a profound and visceral way, across all generations, as it’s themes resonate equally with both young adults and those in the twilight of their lives. A wonderfully human film with a huge heart.

BEST STUDENT FILM

LIFELINE by SAM JONES

Funded through a BFI prize, Lifeline is 17-year-old Sam Jones’ chilling apocalyptic sketch that sees a desperate mother risking everything to provide the final lifeline for her son.

GOLDEN CHOUGH AWARD

BRETT & SIMON HARVEY for BROWN WILLY

Shot in just 10 days on location on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, Brown Willy is a micro budget comedy drama about friendship against the odds.

Michael and Pete have been best mates for over 35 years. Michael is about to get married. He doesn’t want a traditional ‘stag do’ and instead opts for a quiet weekend camping on the wilds of Bodmin Moor. Pete, however, has other ideas. After an unexpectedly debauched first night the two men find themselves disorientated and lost. As they attempt to get back to civilisation they find themselves in an increasingly desperate battle with the barren terrain, unforgiving environment and… each other.

Brown Willy is a beautifully shot comedy drama about friendship against the odds, that shows one of Cornwall’s most stunning areas in all its brutal majesty.

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