Discovery | 16th edition | Cornwall Film Festival | 10th – 19th November

The theme for the 2017 Cornwall Film Festival is Discovery. ¬†We aim to encourage both the visual, theoretical and practical exploration of ideas through film culture. We hope to open up new possibilities to rethink personal & political spaces, investigating new meeting points in film that are positioned outside the boundaries of any clearly defined place, characteristic, jurisdiction and control. ¬†With masterclasses, speakers, director Q&A’s and an International film programme as well as our own home grown talent we invite you to discover a wealth of new experiences.

On The SATURDAY 11 & 12 November 2017 we will return to The Poly, Falmouth for a packed programme of Galas, screening showcases and talks. Starting at 10.00am with a showcase of local filmmaking talent from entries submitted to the 2017 Cornwall Film Festival Short Film Competition, bringing worthy filmmakers to regional and national attention. The programme will including the public premier of SINK from the participants on the prestigious BFI Cornwall Film Academy. Followed by 2017 Official Selection | Competition Winners.  A showcase of National and International filmmaking talent for audiences to discover, support and be the first to watch a new group of talented filmmakers, and provide a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. 

Afternoon Feature on Saturday is¬†The Florida Project¬†Sean Baker’s (TANGERINE) latest film is a candyfloss-coloured drama about life in a motel just outside Disneyland, starring Willem Dafoe and with an incredible central performance by six-year-old Brooklynn Prince. ‚ÄúThis is a near-perfect film, and a heightening in every way of everything that was great about Baker’s last movie,‚ÄĚ Vulture ¬†Followed by The Party having premiered at Berlinale to critical acclaim, British director and screenwriter Sally Potter’s (Orlando, Ginger & Rosa) feature – a political comedy wrapped around a tragedy about a dinner party gone very wrong ! – features a spectacular cast including Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Patricia Clarkson.

On Sunday our afternoon feature is Wilderness.¬†Filmed & written in Cornwall. John is a touring jazz musician who has never met a woman like Alice. That’s because there aren’t many women like Alice. Their love is urgent and physical and they have made heady declarations of their devotion to each other. Co funded by the Film & Television School at Falmouth University. ¬†Followed by another regional premier of the much anticipated¬†The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a¬†psychological thriller-horror film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster), reuniting him with Colin Farrell and also starring Nicole Kidman.¬†won another Cannes Film Festival prize with this (Best Screenplay award). Eminent surgeon Steven (Colin Farrell) bonds with a fatherless 16 year-old, but things turn sinister after he introduces the boy to his family.‚ÄėAn excellently crafted movie, with great scenes, music, performances and a huge debt to Stanley Kubrick,‚Äô ¬†The Independent

At the Saturday evening we will be toasting the festival with a very special Atlantic Gin, the event will feature an awards presentation with Falmouth University, Film & Television School and a regional premier of The Square, winner of the 2017¬†Palme d‚ÄôOr at Cannes and¬†Sweden‚Äôs nomination for the 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West and Claes Bang. Ruben √Ėstlund The Force Majeure director returns with a thrillingly weird study of an art gallery director whose life goes into meltdown after his mobile phone is stolen. Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian comments¬†‚Äúit sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds‚ÄĚ

If documentaries is your interest then from the producers of A Syrian Love Story, Even When I Fall transforms individual experiences into a thoughtful, wide-ranging documentary touching on universal themes of the importance of education at Circus Kathmandu ‚Äď Nepal‚Äôs first and only circus. Where we will also¬†be joined by Cornish born co-director Sky Neal. ¬†A local double bill treat, The Last Fisherman features¬†Malcolm, the last traditional fisherman in the Rame Peninsula, fishing with handmade pots, a wooden boat and nets. At over 70 years old, the sea is etched into his face, his hands, his soul. ¬†A¬†lovely documentary that is a celebration of one man‚Äôs life and a poem to the strength of community. ¬†Screened together with¬†The Yukon Assignment, a breathtaking exploration of one of the Earth‚Äôs last wildernesses and the story of how adventure can sometimes bring us together, irrespective of age.¬†

The 2017 British Breakthrough Filmmaker award¬†God’s Own Country has been picking up awards left and right, including a best director prize at Sundance and the prestigious Michael Powell award at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Francis Lee’s remarkable debut feature tells a story of Johnny Saxby, a taciturn young man, who lives on a failing Yorkshire farm with his father and grandmother. ¬†‚ÄúSensual, surprising and incredibly affecting‚ÄĚ ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ Little White Lies. ¬†We are delighted to be joined on stage by the acclaimed writer Patrick Gale, author of the new BBC drama, Man in an Orange Shirt¬†to discuss the impact of the Gay Britannia season and the importance of queer content on our screens in 21st Century Britain.¬†

In 2017 we will open the window for audiences to experience behind the scenes with a Cultivator Film Cluster Masterclass from Industry expert Samantha Horley discussing How to Make a Film the Market Wants, a whistlestop tour of the international film landscape.  If you need to brush up on your camera skills we have free workshop thank to the European Social Fund and a vloggers  workshop for young people. In association with the BFI Film Academy and BAFTA we are delighted to host a day of masterclasses by industry professionals, plus the popular Screen Actions returns for Truro & Penwith College and Cornwall College students.

Finishing with an Gala film the rousing, crowd-pleasing Patti Cake$, acclaimed at Sundance earlier this year, features a heroic performance by Australian actress Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role as indomitable, if unorthodox aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski: aka Killa P, aka Patti Cake$.

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2017 Cornwall Film Festival news : updated 29th October 2017

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