Cornwall Film Festival Press Release

Cornwall Film Festival Press Release

For Immediate Release

The Cornwall Film Festival is delighted to announce TERRITORY the 14th Edition of the Cornwall Film Festival in partnership with the Merlin Cinema Group. November is fast becoming the film month in Cornwall, with events across the County.  Audiences will gather at the Regal Redruth cinema on the 14th & 15th November for the best International, Independent, World and Cornish film making talent. This year the festival includes a fantastic selection of classic films in the  BFI LOVE Season; starting on Sunday 1st November with Casablanca and continuing at various venues until mid December.
Cornish talent is drawn together in the winners of our competition screening of the Official Selection in addition to LOVE Up short films. This year sees a new collaboration with artist film groups in Redruth, CineStar, Back Lane West and CRM with artist film screenings and young peoples’ heritage projects inspired by early cinema, the history of film and light-making technologies. Industry networking events, event around the County, C-Fylm community cinema clubs screenings, talks and the new BFI Cornwall Film Academy module it’s going to be a busy time for film lovers!

Festival Producer Michael Roberts said:

“The Cornwall Film Festival continues to be the best!  It encompasses all that is great about film: New and cutting-edge talent, enthusiastic and engaged audiences, and a warm and welcoming vibe. It’s a must for filmmakers and movie enthusiasts alike and there is nothing like it in the County.“

Cinema highlights include Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders (Le meraviglie) with terrific performances from the ensemble cast that brings warmth and insight to this Cannes Grand Prix winner about an alt-lifestyle family eking out a breadline existence as beekeepers in the Tuscan wilds. Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival comes Jafar Panahi’s Taxi Tehran. As taxi driver is driving through the vibrant streets of Tehran he captures the spirit and contradictions of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive.

Two great documentaries, the unlikely hit Gabe Polsky’s entertaining documentary the Red Army chronicles the rise, fall and struggle for personal freedom within one of the most awesome sporting dynasties ever seen – the USSR national ice hockey team. Also The Fear of 13, In competition at the London Film Festival 2015 this is one doc not to be missed!

This year we see a series of new events with the artist film groups CineStar, Back Lane West, the former Druid’s Hall and Redruth’s first cinema in 1910! and CRM, with a free programme of screenings, talks and events. In Murdoch House, William Murdoch experimented with coal-fired gaslight and innovations which led to the aniline dyes; still used for tinting analogue film today. At the Cornwall Studies Library there will be a showing of animated film by Pennoweth primary school inspired by the story of Murdoch and lighting innovations in Cornwall. On Saturday 14th at Murdoch House there will be a programme of handmade 16mm films from artist-run, DIY moving image labs in Europe. Films will be projected in their original form, giving a chance to enjoy the special character of analogue film.

Director of Cornwall Film Festival & Beacon media educations projects Louise Fox says

“By bringing communities together we aims to encourage the exploration of ideas through the language of film. We hope to open up new possibilities to rethink personal & political spaces, technologies, objects, economies and their constructions. The festival provides a multi- layered environment of plural narratives, which audiences read differently in relation to their own experiences, offering audiences the unfamiliar and unpredictable, Avant–guarde and occasionally provocative viewing experience.  Connection, diversity and quality sit at the heart of the festival, not as a means of exclusion but in the dual benefits of providing a platform for the work of cutting-edge filmmaker, whose work is exposed to a wider audience base, and also of valuing the audience, by providing aesthetically challenging and finely crafted work.”

Autumn is the perfect time to cosy up with a series of classics movies at the festival for LOVED UP a major BFI Blockbuster season that will re-kindle audience passions for film with the most enduring love stories. The power of love is cinema’s most seductive illusion, making our hearts beat faster and shaping our dreams and longings. Truly an affair to remember part of the UK-wide season that includes classics such as Blue Velvet, Brief Encounter, Casablanca, A Matter of Life and Death and Gregory’s Girl.

Stars of the future will line up at the Regal for an industry day of screening and talks on Tuesday 10th November for Screen Actions.  Selected Truro & Penwith and Cornwall College students battle against each other for the coveted Matthew Martino Rising Star Award. Sponsored by MMBF Trust a cash prize will be given and a chance to work on film sets around the UK with a professional film crew. Students will present work that deals with news, current affairs or social issues in a documentary or reporting style, live action narrative fiction including drama and comedy, promotional film or sketch shows, animation and music video.

The festival will also welcome for the first time the new BFI Cornwall Film Academy participants.  Cornwall Film Festival Beacon, media education and training projects have teamed up with BFI, School of Film & Television at Falmouth University and Truro & Penwith College to deliver professional filmmaking workshops to young people in the region. Cornwall Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. At the festival they will review films, meet Directors and work on their Arts Awards.

Events around the County include Jazz Cafe at the Movies in Lostwithiel, with an evening of live Jazz with the Michelle Saacks Quartet and selected short films. Jazz Cafe at the Movies we’ll be showing award winning films both silent and talkies; a short documentary about an all female jazz band from the 1940s, Anita O’Day, Buster Keaton and a dash of Metropolis. In partnership with the film society Lost In Film based in Lostwithiel. Doors Open 7.00pm Start 7.30pm at the Church Rooms, Church Lane, Lostwithiel. Tickets ÂŁ10 including a glass of glass of wine on arrival and a free programme, with profits from the evening will go to The Lostwithiel Community Centre development fund. Available from Watts Trading on Fore Street, Lostwithiel or via email on

If you are interested in starting a community cinema club then come and enjoy a screening, meet the team and learn about the scheme to bring cinema to village halls and community centers across Cornwall. Cornwall Film Festival and Carn to Cove C-Fylm community cinema screening on Thursday 19th November at Gwithian Church Hall, Churchtown Road, Gwithian of Luc Besson The Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu).  

On Wednesday 11th November at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Penzance Nr Gulval, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8YL.  The Railway Man teams teaming two of the screen’s most popular stars, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, in a heartbreaking footnote to World War II organised as a charity fundraiser for the Cornwall Freedom from Torture group.



Cornwall Film Festival is a registered charity no.1126161. Company Registration No.5186603 (England and Wales)

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Contact – Cornwall Film Festival Office, G19 Tremough Innovation Centre, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9TA Tel 01326 618115  mobile 07791 747902

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