A showcase of regional filmmaking talent from entries submitted to the 2018 Cornwall Film Festival Short Film Competition, bringing worthy filmmakers to regional and national attention. Cornwall Film Festival seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous from filmmakers whose short films manifest stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Screen at The Poly Falmouth on Saturday 10th Nov Start 10 End 11.30

Escape Dir Alex Falconer  | UK | 14.00mins 

The last day of an abusive relationship and a mother’s struggle to free her children from it.  Alex studied film at Falmouth University where he began to shape his voice and style, all of which became apparent in his award-winning graduate film Synthetica. The film received multiple award nominations, most notably from the Royal Television Society and BFI Future Film Festival.
Since graduating Alex has directed a number of commercials, written his debut feature film and his first TV series. He hopes Escape will be the platform to move on to the next phase of his career, allowing him to develop these projects for screen.

A Girl Alone  Dir Tessa Muskett | 7mins

A young woman pursues a memory whilst imagining other realities. In 2012 Tessa was selected for Metro Screen’s First Break program through which she made ‘Fatland’ which went on to be premiered at Sydney Underground Film Festival. Her film ‘Scammers’ (2013) was also selected for that festival the following year. Tessa creates films that seek to both challenge and entertain the viewer.


Rituals for Change (Short Version) Dir Abby Butcher | UK | 14:14mins 

Three short clips from the film adaptation of highly acclaimed theatre performance Rituals for Change, presented by Cornish artist Emma Frankland. The project explores transition and the fluidity of change.



Serpentine Dir Grace Fox | UK | 18min

Tom Penhallow, a middle-aged Cornish fisherman, lives and works in the close-knit coastal fishing village of Coverack. Ferocious waves, responsible for taking away his only son, engulf his everyday life, leading to a debilitating fear of the sea – his only source of income supporting his ill wife.

As debts begin to arise, and with his wife growing concerned over their financial stability, Tom forces himself to go back to work. However, as he stumbles into the harbour, his once familiar surroundings only start to intensify the guilt he has over his son’s death. To overcome his fear, he must open up to his wife and face the problems he has been repressing for too long.

Babies & Bellyboards Dir Giulia Franchi UK | 10mins 

Born and bred in the picturesque Cornish town of St Ives, 54-year-old Naomi Perkin is a veteran midwife and World Champion bellyboarder. This film follows her as she prepares to quit her career of more than 30 years, and as she contemplates both past and future.


BillyCock Dir Anthony Hopewell  | UK | 14mins

An experimental film, shot mainly on outdated 16mm filmstock, looking at the Cornish mining diaspora in Spain, looking through the eyes of Spanis and Cornish miners and the voice of a young Cornish miner.