A showcase of the best South West filmmaking talent, bringing worthy filmmakers to national attention. This selection represents the most innovative and adventurous work from filmmakers who display a stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.
Quiescent | Dir Aaron Massie | 02:35 | UK
It’s a film about a period of reflection before a big change, a longing for somewhere/something. A visual love letter to the beautiful county of Cornwall.
An Tarow | Dir Jonny Dry | 17:16 | UK
When his daydreams become inextricably woven with reality,a quiet young boy finds enough courage from his mother’s Cornish tales to confront this abusive father.
Nut Pops | Dir | Lucie Eckersley | 09:16 | UK
An employee at Nut Pops, a cereal company call centre, has the dullest and most mundane life you could ever imagine. After another uneventful day, he begins to experience vivid fantasies about a more exciting life.
Liskeard Unlocked: The Children’s Strike | Dir Matt Thornhill | 06:45 | UK
This short film gives a glimpse of the lives of Victorian children working in local mines, juxtaposed with the lives of modern-day children performing the promenade play and taking part in the Global School Strike for Climate Change in 2019.
Swivel | Dir Lois Norman | 6:39 | UK
Swivel is a short gender-fluid dance story, a brave leap of faith, that moves to express the courage it takes to explore sexuality and self with true equality, acceptance and compassion.
It Rains More Than The National Average | Ben Ward | 5:39 | UK
A poem about a child growing up in Cornwall. It explores both the affable and the awful realities behind growing up Cornish, seen through the didactic lens of both the confessional and the social commentary.
This is Depression | Denise Harrison | 4:45 | UK
A short, dark, animated true story of spiralling mental health, homelessness and addiction.
BLUE | Dir David Smith | 2:51 | UK
Three years on, John, a local fisherman, continues to struggle with the loss of his son.
What Is Grief? | Dir Aj Lornie, Pete Morgan | 04:30 | UK
A short scripted narrated documentary, told in the first person, exploring the journey of grief. A raw and introspective piece, created with a vision, to resonate with those who have experienced loss and can relate to the notion of Grief.
Closed Until Further Notice | Jason Gregg | 9:45 | UK
Conspiracy theories, love and turmeric! A family cut off through isolation comes together via a conference call. Created remotely from home, on a zero budget, during the Covid 19 lockdown.
So Far | Dir Hannah Baxter-Freeman | 4:05 | UK
So Far is a short film exploring connection in a time of separation. It was filmed and edited entirely in isolation.
Slow Burn | Dir Louise Brett | 6:26 | UK
Slow Burn is a short artists’ film about the dark and earthy material of charcoal and its transformation from wood, a process that has changed little in 30,000 years.
Anoraks | Zoe Alker | 5:53 | UK
Anoraks is a comedy short film following an unlikely pair’s pilgrimage to a reenactment near King Arthur’s birthplace, Tintagel. These misfits must put aside their sibling differences to travel to the heartland of their obsession.
The Before Times | Dir Jake Martin Graves | 10:00 | UK
A contributor-driven short that follows people descending into mindless ruts during the lockdown. Created over 6 weeks, the montage captures a moment in time for dozens of individuals living in Europe and the USA.
Stitch | Dir Rosie Baldwin | 1:30 | UK
A woman under lockdown takes the opportunity to improve herself with unintended results…
Hydra | Dir Adie Allen | 3:00 | UK
An experimental short film about self-portraits.
Man Spider | Dir Tom Oxenham | 7:57 | UK
Spiderman story: man gets bitten by spider, gets spider powers, becomes hero. But radioactive metamorphosis is a two-way street. So what about the spider who bit Peter Parker? Whatever became of him?
Lockdown | Dir Barbara Santi | 7:00 | UK
A remotely made film with Cornish inclusive dance theatre company, Shallal.
Frayed Edges | Dir Luke Hudson | 4:57 | UK
A reflection on a Cornishman’s connection to Cornwall; the beauty and brutality of land & sea.
Bubble | Dir Sam Beamish | 10:00 | UK
Two friends realise how important they are to one another whilst navigating the ups and downs of lockdown.
Mistakes | Dir Kit Kelsey | 5:00 | UK
A young man comes to terms with a fatal decision.
Shuttlecock | Dir Tommy Gillard | 13:20 | UK
Carl is forced to confront his idea of masculinity when an obsession with a mysterious member of his badminton club spirals out of control.
Cornwall Film Festival and the Fish Factory are excited to launch a new Documentary Hub in Penryn, Cornwall. An opportunity to bring filmmakers and audiences together to screens documentaries made by independent filmmakers addressing a wide range of cultural, political, and social issues. Curious people together for screenings, discussions good food, and a few beers. Join us!
This event and all CFF’s audience facing work is generously supported by the BFI South West Film Audience Network funded by The National Lottery.