Cornwall Film Festival 18

Cornwall Film Festival (CFF) was established in 2002 by a group of filmmakers to advance the education of the public in the art of cinematography, filmmaking and other forms of moving images including films in the Cornish language.  Our main charitable activities focus on support for the media industry in Cornwall through expand audience choice, developing education and learning and fostering sector development. We aim to promote the enjoyment and diversity in specialised film, celebrating excellence.  Our focus is on increasing access, cultural choice and experiences through a year round programme of festival activities, education, events and talks. Benefiting public audiences of all ages by providing opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of film, art of cinematography, filmmaking, and moving image not only as a form of entertainment but as a way of engaging audiences in ideas, dialogue & debate about culture & society. CFF especially targets hard to reach audiences and groups facing social, cultural or economic exclusion from the richness of film culture.

CFF established the community cinema programme in Cornwall, secured the first BFI Cornwall Film Academy programme for ambitious young people and a County wide media skills training scheme. In 2015 launched BEACON media training,  awarded 4 national Programme Development Funds, 2 Lottery & 2 EU ESF projects. We represent Cornwall in the Celtic community, South West Film Audience Network and Nationally at media industry events.

In the last 3 years over 20000 people came to our flagship festival or attended a public events programme, generating more than 1.2 million impressions through print, TV, radio & press.  We have worked in over 24 venues and socially our projects have reached 450000 people. We work with over 40 partners to deliver events and opportunities and 6165 people participated in an educational activity.

You can see all our Board Members expertise’s here . We meet four times per year you can  follow through to our CFF Logs here to view agendas and notes from our previous board meetings. 

CFF are members of the Film Hub South West,  a network of members comprised of cinemas, arts venues, festivals and orgnaisations involved with the exhibition sector in the South West, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, led by Film Hub Lead Organisation, Watershed.  The Radical Film Network,  an International network for individuals and organisations involved in politically-engaged and aesthetically innovative film culture, and The Queer Film Network, bringing Queer film programmers together and developing thriving LGBTQIA+ audiences. In 2018 we were shortlisted for a South West Digital award for the best digital use by a Charity.

Want to know a bit more? – Here’s our Public Benefit Statement

Our main charitable activities focus on support for the media industry in Cornwall through public festivals and screenings. We aim to promote enjoyment of and diversity and participation in specialised film. CFF is designed to engage with and celebrate excellence in British film, World, archive and film heritage including work in the Cornish Language. Our focus is on increasing access, cultural choice and experiences through a year round programme of festival activities, education, events and talks. Benefiting public audiences of all ages by providing opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of film, art of cinematography, filmmaking, and moving image not only as a form of entertainment but as a way of engaging audiences in ideas, dialogue & debate about culture & society. CFF especially targets hard to reach audiences and groups facing social, cultural or economic exclusion from the richness of film culture. A key part of our longer‐term development strategy has involved providing access to a wide range of services, run through our websites, including free public screenings and partnerships, giving the public access to a diversity of film culture which would not otherwise be available.

 

Developing a strong, strategic partnership with creative organisations across Cornwall and promoting joint working and projects in partnership, we deliver training, education and continued professional development programmes for adults and young people. Impacting on communities by providing leadership in the development of employment and skills for people in the media industry, specifically in the Screen and Broadcast sectors, raising aspirations, CFF supports employment growth, creating and promoting opportunities for graduates and young people in Cornwall. We Provide access to national and regional skills development programmes that enable talent to be cultivated and retained in Cornwall, creating networking opportunities and an environment for success, encompassing all the media content providers across the county.  Furthermore, we create structured internships and work experience programmes that encourage progression into and through the labour market.

 

CFF relies on income from the National Lottery, Grant in Aid, the County Council and income from ticket and other sales, fees and charges, to deliver public benefit and to cover its operating costs. Fundamentally, both the overall strategy for the organisation as the lead body for film in Cornwall and the diversity of Cornwall’s cultural life would be dramatically reduced without the CFF’s interventions. This funding ensures we deliver the maximum public benefit for our charitable resources.