The Programme for Friday 9th November 2018 at the Cornwall Film Festival

As a weekend pass holders you get access to all the screenings and events on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

As part of Cornwall Film Festival, Cultivator is putting on a fun-filled day of inspiring talks and brilliant networking opportunities for people working in the television and film industries. Cultivator media events are coordinated by Laura Giles, CFF Trustee and Digital and Design Creative Business Advisor

9.45-11.15: Sitcom roundtable with James Henry. 

James joined the writing team for Smack the Pony, (Talkback/Ch4), the Bafta award-winning comedy series Green Wing and Campus, and co-writing ITV sitcom The Delivery Man. He has written regularly for many animated childrens’ series, including Bob the Builder (Hit/BBC), Shaun the Sheep, Canimals (Aardman/BBC) and Hey Duggee for (StudioAKA/CBeebies), and is developing a number of original series, including counterfactual crime drama United Kingdoms for Headstrong Productions, and teen comedy/drama Rock for STV. He is currently writing for the Shaun the Sheep Movie Sequel.

NOTE Please register for this session ONLY if you have a sitcom idea or script in development by emailing as places will be limited.

11.30 – 13.00: Music for Screen with Connie Farr,ThinkSync Music

An overview of ‘sync’ opportunities for both musicians and filmmakers, including how to plan and execute a successful soundtrack for short film, features, TV, games and advertising from both perspectives and understanding the role a music supervisor can play.

13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch

14.00 – 15.15 A career in TV drama with Phillippa Giles

Award-winning producer Phillippa Giles talks through her career creating high-quality television drama across a range of genres.

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.

14:00 – 15:00 Working as a Wildlife 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.

15.45 – 17.30 Shorts to features: making the leap

BFI Network Talent Executive for the South West, Alice Cabanas, talks to filmmakers Dean Puckett (The Sermon), Natasha Price (The Ship), Georgia Goggin (We Love Moses) and Alex Kendall (No Pain Whatsoever) about their short film careers and their transition to feature films, and highlights public and private support available.

How do I book for Industry events ?

Register your attendance through Eventbrite. Tickets for each talk as well as the networking lunch can be booked separately.


Dir Samuel Maoz | 2017 |  Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France | 108 mins | Drama (Hebrew with subtitles) | Age rating TBC | start 18.00 end 19.48

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, this stunningly shot offering from Samuel Maoz (Lebanon) charts the story of a family who receive tragic news from their son’s remote military post. Presenting a ‘fierce nightmare vision of Israel” (Xan Brooks for The Guardian), Foxtrot is gripping, urgent and witty in its exploration of gut-wrenching grief set against a backdrop that is in equal parts desolate and vivid. It’s been denounced by Israel’s Minister of Culture as ‘cooperation with the anti-Israel narrative’ and defended by the filmmaker as a criticism that comes from a place of love for his home country, but Foxtrot is equally effective whether taken as a bruising sociopolitical statement or simply as a well-acted, visually arresting drama.

Foxtrot is one of three films for which we are trialling a ‘sliding scale’ ticket pricing system, with the aim of making film affordable for all. You can either buy a standard price ticket via The Poly, or turn up on the day and tell us whether you want to pay £2, £4, £6 or £8 for your ticket! Find out more here.


Dir Jamie Adams | 2017 | UK | 95 mins | Comedy | Age rating TBC | start 20.30 end 22.30 

Shot on Cornwall’s own university campus in Penryn, Songbird sees Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, Avengers: Infinity War) take on the hilarious role of ex-Britpop rockstar Joanne, who wakes after a wild night to discover she has drunkenly enrolled at university. Intent on giving her millennial peers a run for their money in the partying department, she’s shocked to learn that they’re more interested in yoga and kale smoothies than the rock and roll lifestyle she’s accustomed to. Co-starring Jessica Hynes (Paddington 2, Shaun of the Dead) and Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Adulthood, Doctor Who), and written and directed by Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets, Benny & Jolene), Songbird is a feel good comedy about the search for new beginnings and the realisation that, sometimes, you’ve just gotta rock ‘n’ roll with it!