Press release for Immediate Release

Cornwall Film Festival returns in 2018 for its 17th Edition with the theme of RESISTANCE

Cornwall Film Festival  is a hotbed for talent discovery and a key annual event for emerging filmmakers to meet alongside eminent personalities from the world of media. The festival attracts passionate film audiences with an International film programme, masterclasses, speakers, director Q&A’s, as well as our own home grown talent.

Key Information

Where – The Poly, Falmouth

Situated in the heart of Falmouth, The Poly is an arts institution that is a local hotspot and the perfect venue for an independent film festival. Having worked with The Poly for years, it’s a real treat to be able to return to the venue by popular demand for this, the 17th Edition of the Cornwall Film Festival, you’ll be able to find the full programme of events shortly or take a look at The Poly, Falmouth.

When – 3 Full days from FRIDAY 9th NOVEMBER 2018 | SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER 2018 | SUNDAY 11th NOVEMBER 2018

Confirmed Industry speakers on Friday 9th

Working in Wildfile life as a single shooter

Nina Constable is an Award Winning self-shooting AP, working around the world on a wide range of documentary projects. From conservation filmmaking to social documentary, Nina has a keen eye for filming and a talent for storytelling. Her client list includes the BBC, United Nations, The Wildlife & National Trust and many more conservation Charities, Trusts and Foundations.

Animated Feature film development

Natasha Price (Official selection and Golden Chough winner in 2017) together with the team at Engine House VFX studio talk about their road to feature length production.  Engine House is an award winning animation and visual effects studio, set up by Mike Richter & Jason Robbins. The Guardian’s startup company of 2014, working in advertising, gaming, architectural visualisation and film, clients include Huawei, Hachette, BBC, Sky, NHS, and Ogilvy.

Regional Production Funding

Alice Cabañas is the new BFI NET.WORK Talent Executive for the South West. She will give an overview of the funding landscape of the UK film industry with Q&A. BFI NETWORK brings together the UK’s film agencies to discover, develop and fund new and emerging writers, directors and producers. Alice Cabañas joined BFI NETWORK after working with British Council’s Film Team, where she has was the Film Programme Manager.  During her time with British Council she managed the short film and new talent support offer, including the Travel Grant scheme and an annual calendar of events for new and emerging UK filmmakers. Working closely with international programmers and buyers, Alice promoted UK short films across the globe. Alongside working with UK filmmakers, Alice looked after global exhibition projects, including running the EU Film Festival offer internationally.  Alice joined the British Council after three years with Encounters Festival. Alice headed up communications, strategy and development for the Festival, and ran several year-round training and development initiatives for new and emerging filmmakers. Alice has also been a mentor for several new talent schemes within the creative sector including Guiding Lights and Re:Present.

Cultivating Talent

With BAFTA and Emmy award winning Executive Producer, Phillippa Giles, left the BBC after a 25 year career to set up Bandit as her own production label in March 2015, joining Endemol Shine UK. She was behind the Golden Globe winning series LUTHER starring Idris Elba and long running BBC1 procedural hit SILENT WITNESS which she revamped with a new cast led by Emilia Fox. Phillippa has also won International awards for her adaptations ranging from ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT to OUR MUTUAL FRIEND, NORTH AND SOUTH, JANE EYRE and EMMA all on the BBC. Her most recent productions have been RILLINGTON PLACE starring Tim Roth for BBC1 and DELICIOUS starring Dawn French for Sky One.

Alex Kendall

Alex works in development and has been part of the team at DNA Films since 2012 working across films such as Ex Machina, Far from the Madding Crowd and T2: Trainspotting as well as a large development slate in both film and television.  No Pain Whatsoever is Alex’s short based on a short story by Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road) and starring Valene Kane and Henry Lloyd-Hughes.

Script Labs

James Henry is a British comedy writer, best known for his work in the sketch show Smack the Pony the sitcoms Green Wing, Campus and The Delivery Man (TV series). He began his career writing for children’s television program Bob the Builder. Our industry speakers are invited to meet festival industry pass holders in round table sessions that we call ‘Script Labs’.  These informal and intimate chats can often run for an hour or more. It’s our way of giving direct access to specific experts so that if you want to, you can take the conversation to the next level.

Pass and ticket information will follow shortly

With other events taking place across Cornwall from the 9th November 2018, if you are interested in making a festival event this year see here

Our Short Film Competition 2018 is Closed

The Best Short films and our student winner will be screened as part of our Official Selection at The Poly on the 10th November together with the best local entries in our Local Showcase.

Our Young Programmers award is NOW OPEN

If you like £500 to create your own film based event? Apply now to win a Young programmers award for this years Cornwall Film Festival.

The aim of this venture is to engage with the next generation of cultural ambassadors and help people aged between 16-24 to engage with British independent and specialised film, as well as helping to boost the reach of film titles and cultural engagement with young audiences. Entrants can be part of arts, youth or community centres and they can apply for a £500 grant for marketing and creating a film event.


Cornwall Film Festival is a registered charity no.1126161. Company Registration No.5186603 (England and Wales)

Contact – Cornwall Film Festival Office, G19 Tremough Innovation Centre, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9TA 01326 618115 (+44)  07791 747902

Links | @CornwallFilm