The 2017 Judges

Alison Wallace

Programme Leader for HND Media  Moving Image at Truro College, Alison works at the core of the student media community, having partnered with Cornwall Film Festival on multiple occasions to help young people engage with film.


Stephen Ryan

Winner of 2015’s Cornwall Film Festival short film competition in the category of ‘Love’, our new judge, Stephen Ryan knows exactly what it takes to succeed at short film festivals. His film Rip it up & Start Again absolutely captivated our 2015 audience.

Steve Holland

Steve was our 2016 Audience Member Judge, with a fierce knowledge of films and festivals alike, he was the perfect addition to last year’s Cornwall Film Festival jury, so we couldn’t help but have him back for this year.

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John Scarlett Davis

John was involved in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and The Shining, later becoming assistant to Derek Jarman. Encouraged to pursue video art at Goldsmith’s College, John later became a prominent pop video director.

Ben Howe

Back in 2015 Ben was part of our inaugural BFI Cornwall Film Academy programme where he and his team produced the short film, Chalk. Since then he’s dedicated time to becoming CFF’s Young People’s Trustee, working with the festival on youth projects.

Nat Tier

One of the core members of the Truro and Penwith College Media Staff, Nat has supported Cornwall Film Festival in the past, attending our Screen Actions screening team, making him perfect for judging Student Entries in this year’s competition.



Anna Navas

Anna is Film Administrator at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University and Film Programmer at Plymouth Arts Centre. Having Studied her undergraduate degree in Plymouth and her MA in Exeter, Anna is highly experienced with with film in the West Country.


Brian Clay

Secretary of British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) – South West Group Brian Clay is extensively experienced in society organisation and is at the heart of film clubs in Cornwall.


Matthew Warner

As a lecturer of Media and Film at Cornwall College and a graduate of the Cornish College of the Arts, Mat is a pure example of homegrown talent sharing Cornwall Film Festival’s goals of educating and cultivating young people in the local Media industry.



As the Head of Television at Falmouth University, Faye plays an important role in the the community educating young minds.

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