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Thank You! – From the Cornwall Film Festival Team

On behalf all of the Cornwall Film Festival Team, from our interns to our trustees, we wanted to take this opportunity to say an enormous thank you to everyone who was involved with pulling the 2016 Cornwall Film Festival off.

This year, after months of intense preparation and development we’re thrilled to be able to say that the Cornwall Film Festival 2016 completely exceeded our expectations. The road has not been a simple one this year, but despite this we’ve had one of the most successful festivals we have ever run.

2016 has been the most successful year for our annual Short Film Competition, with more entries than we have ever seen before and from further afield than we have ever received. The competition well and truly went global this year, finding attention as far away as Korea and Mexico and for this, fundamentally we thank all of the filmmakers that showed interest. The high quality of their entire excelled the competition to a brand new level and has irrefutably raised the bar for future years. It was also fantastic to be able to show-off the best of our homegrown talent in our Cornish Filmmaking Showcase. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to those who won in their categories; Nick Moss, Sam Jones, and Brett and Simon Harvey. Thank you also to our judges Karl Phillips, Susannah Shaw, Tiff Holmes, Anna Navas, Steve Holland, Brian Clay, Ali Wallace, John Scarlett Davis, Matthew Warner and Luke Doran for the countless hours they committed to reviewing the short films.

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Our inspirational speakers this year really resonated with our audiences, we’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who attended John Yorke’s Masterclass, Rachael Tunnard and Professor Chris Morris’ Q&A,  Anne Beresford and Teresa Griffiths’ producing talk and Tanya and Paul Morel’s compelling Diary of a Mad Man discussion. Thank you also to the incredible Dennis Lowe and Anna Caddy. A special thank you to our speakers for making the effort to come south of the Tamar, and really delivering engaging, intellectual and funny talks.

Live events have always been an important part of the festival and this year we were delighted to partner with early music group led by Patrick Bailey from Kevos to commission a new piece of work by Cornish Composer Ben Comeo to Hal Roach’s Our Gang, screened together with a feature presentation of Ozu’s classic I was Born But.. with Kevos the orchester. Paul Shallcross entertained both ends of the county with his silent film and live music Horror Shorts. A special thank you to Kat Smith from Lost In Film who single handedly produced a  The Mod Side of Jazz – live music and selected short films with the Lostwithiel Jazz Cafe.

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We wanted to extend our thanks also to our industry partners throughout the festival, those who sponsored our galas, the Professional Writing Academy, The British Council, Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall College, Falmouth University’s School of Film and Television, Kevos, Film Hub, Film Audience Network, Arts Council England and the BFI. Our wonderful supporters really held us up this year; Delabole Slate – thank you for donating your fantastic trophies again, Atlantic Brewery – thank you for producing our very first Cornwall Film Festival beer and Matt Trick – thank you for designing our now-iconic 2016 Graphics. Venn Design, thank you also for your work on our 2016 marketing materials.

Rather than basing the festival in one town on one weekend this year, we wanted to go bigger, we were welcomed back by The Poly in Falmouth which was a fantastic reunion, and hosted our very first events at Newlyn Film House, which proved to be a fantastic venue. Both of the teams of each festival venue were flawless and profoundly accommodating, a special thank you to Suzi, Alistair and David from Newlyn Film House, and Nicholas, Rory, Judith and Catherine of The Poly. The volunteers and staff at both venues supported us throughout the weekends. Of course we cannot miss out the team at beautiful Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens film screening in the James Turrell Skyspace by artist and film maker Anna Cady with live performance of singing and poetry by Pip Wright, Faye Dobinson, Tami Haaland and Katrina Naomi.

Undoubtedly there’s going to be many of you we have missed, who have contributed hugely to this year’s success; please know that everyone who has contributed to the Festival this year has been valued, without you all the 2016 Cornwall Film Festival would not have been as successful as it was. You have been paramount to the smooth-running and continued sustainability of this culturally important event for Cornwall – Thank you for everything.

Here’s to a great 2017,

Louise Fox and the Cornwall Film Festival Team

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