2016 Official Selection | Competition Winners

The results are in!

This year, Cornwall Film Festival has been overwhelmed by the response to our annual Short Film Competition. We received more entries than ever before in the festival’s 15-year history, with the vast majority of them so high-quality that the competition’s bar has been well and truly risen. Hosting two categories this year, General Shorts and Student Shorts, we received entries not only from the home-county but from as far away as Viet Nam and Saudi Arabia.

Such an influx of entries required an expert jury, and our judges this year have worked tirelessly to review and rate every single film. We are trilled to announce that we have selected our final winners, who will feature at the 2016 Cornwall Film Festival as our official selection. Not only will all of our winners be screened in November (final dates and schedule TBA) but one from each category will be presented with our award for Best Short Film and Best Student Film at the festival itself.

Congratulations to those who have been selected, and thank you to all those who entered. A final thank you to our jury, without whom this competition could not be possible. On behalf of the Cornwall Film Festival Team, it has been a joy to watch all of the fantastic, artistic and compelling films that have been submitted this year.

Short Films

Break by Nick Moss

A deeply affecting and beautiful drama starring multi award winning, and twice Oscar nominated actor Sir John Hurt, which deals with difficult and pertinent issues. Not without wry humour, this uniquely lyrical drama is bound to move it’s audience in a profound and visceral way, across all generations, as it’s themes resonate equally with both young adults and those in the twilight of their lives. A wonderfully human film with a huge heart.

Witches (Masciarae) by Serena Porta & Domenico de Ceglia

‘Masciara’ in the southern italian countryside is a witch, a marginalized, outcast woman. “Masciarae” brings you back to an old childhood season, under the sun of the italian countryside, dried and sunburnt. Among the fields of olive trees, five children play when, through the branches of a fig tree, they see a witch carrying a package in her basket. Curiosity, malignity, superstition and fear of odd become the elements related to the world of magic. Witches, prisoners of an unwanted myth, found themselves to be something the others had decided them to be.

Pardon the Intrustion by Louise Galizia

Housebound after a stroke, elderly Betty Wallis receives her basic needs through carers, who visit briefly each morning and night. Soon however, Betty finds she is not alone, as an intruder inhabits her home.

Two Feet Tall by Andy Robinson


Two Feet Tall follows the story of ‘Our Woman’ (Becky Rich) at floor-level, as she negotiates the daily struggles of office life – which include the unwanted attentions of a male colleague, and exclusion by a group of female office workers. Will she learn to stand on her own two feet..?

Litter Bugg by Amber Jo Weedon

Dustin Bugg constructs his entire life from litter, including his best and only friend Morris. When ‘normal’ society sees fit to take this away, Dustin embarks on a surreal and perilous journey to claim it back.

The Cost of Living by Pamela Falkenberg


Inspired by Polaroid stills and short poems by Jack Cochran, The Cost of Living is the first film produced by Jack and recently reconnected filmmaking partner Pamela Falkenberg. Cost is an experimental personal film mashup that ranges from everyday situations and individual biography (such as meeting a girlfriend’s parents for the first time, finding a used condom on the front curb, or overhearing a conversation in a coffee shop) to modern problems and cultural challenges (such as the place of love in hookup culture, using new vocabularies as insulation against harsh post 9/11 realities, or finding beauty in a broken world). Found footage, animation, special effects, and a collage of audio sources combine with live action footage in ways perhaps not possible before the ubiquity of the internet and the affordability of high quality HD video equipment. While having something in common with the personal documentary, the experimental collage, the biographical narrative, and the essay film, Cost is comfortable as an outlier, a freewheeling melange whose quirky visual style resists any single genre or category.

Student Shorts 

Follow this link to find out our shortlist for the 2016 Award for best Student. The Winner will be screened at Cornwall Film Festival 2016 on 12th November along with the Official Selection.

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