Industry day at Cornwall Film Festival 2019

If you are media professional looking to update your skills, connect to others or just looking for a bit of inspiration, look no further than Industry day at #CFF19

Book you £10 Industry Day Pass Now!

(get all this including the gala screening)


Script development getting your work off the page with Alex Kendall

Friday 15th Nov |  Start 10.45 – 12.15 | The Library @ The Poly

Alex has created work for Film 4, Creative Skillset, Signature Pictures, DNA Films and Origin Pictures, and his short films have played at festivals internationally including Palm Springs (best of fest selection), Denver Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica, Q! Film Festival, Dam Short Film Festival, Cornwall Film Festival and Fastnet Short Film Festival. In 2012 he also directed an art installation piece for the Jerwood Space.

His short No Pain Whatsoever, based on a short story by Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road) and starring Valene Kane and Henry Lloyd-Hughes, won the Best International Short in 2019.  This was made in association with both Origin Pictures and Signature Pictures. Outside of his short filmmaking Alex works in development and has been part of the team at DNA Films since 2012 and is known for his work on The Starfish (2013), Ex Machina (2014) Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), T2 Trainspotting (2017) and as well as a large development slate in both film and television.

Brought up in Cornwall Alex will talk about his route into the industry developing work for shorts, feature, various productions and how to develop work for the emerging platforms


Joan Stribling Make up for film Q&A demo

Friday 15th Nov | Start 10:30-12:00 |  The Spring Gallery @The Poly
Joan is an award-winning Prosthetics Designer and winner of a BAFTA CRAFT AWARD, DESIGN and ART DIRECTOR’S AWARD from BAFTA and RTS AWARD for Productions.  A BAFTA MEMBER Joan will be demonstrating with some key skills for working with prosthetics all makeup for the screen. Suitable for all high and low budget productions.


Ben Lofts Props master (Postponed)

Friday 15th Nov |13:15- 14:45 | The Libary @ The Poly

This session focuses on production design with established props master Ben Lofts.  He explains and shows just what it takes to work in prop and set design! This session includes a visit to the props van, an Aladdins cave of wizardry for Film and TV.

Ben Lofts has worked in the film and television industry within the art dept for 35 years, holding various positions such as prop master, standby props, art director, set dresser, set construction and researcher. He has an extensive filmography in a variety of genres which includes live broadcasts, film, stage and studio. Currently working as the standby prop man and art director on the Rosamunde Pilcher films that are made here in Cornwall for German television. A selection of his credits include: Spooks, Vicar of Dibley, Fraggle Rock and Harry Potter

Digital Casting for Filmmakers & Actors

Friday 15th Nov |13:30- 14:30 | The Libary @ The Poly

Self-tapes are now normal for most productions, many big shows casting roles entirely from tapes. We will talk about the advantages and challenges for actors, casting directors and productions working today.
This session will be delivered digitally via the platform in The Poly library.
Hosted by the CFF team, we will be joined online by Richard, an actor from the West Country and co-founder of WeAudition based in Hollywood, California. The session will focus on UK actors living outside of London and how there are opportunities opened up by digital casting, as well as how filmmakers can extend their reach for projects.
We will talk about different types and levels of productions, the differences between auditions in the UK and in Hollywood, and how video chat is being used and at what part in the audition process it fits in.

BFI NETWORK  – Show and Tell – South West funded films

Friday 15th Nov | 13:30- 15:30 | Cinema @ The Poly

 Join us to find out more about some of the Cornwall and South West based projects that have received BFI NETWORK funding in the last year.

 BFI NETWORK offers production funding of up to £15,000 for short films in the South West, and the funds are encouraging more regional voices to apply.

This event will cover applying for funding, the pre-production and production process, and distribution plans through looking at recent case studies of funded work.

Confirmed speakers Sophie Mair and Dan Gitsham | Rebecca Wolff | Yazmin Joy Vigus 

Phono: The truth about true stories

Friday 15th Nov | 16:00-17:30 | Cinema @ The Poly

A ride through the magic and jeopardy of factual storytelling. From interactive shorts to live shows and feature docs, Dave and Clare at Phono are interested in how you can innovate, experiment (and get paid!), while staying true to your story, and true to yourself.
Directing arts documentaries has led Clare Tavernor through a mind-boggling range of subjects and locations, from the druids of Stonehenge to the balafon players of Mali, via David Lynch, Keith Richards and Big Narstie. For her most recent work she travelled across Puerto Rico, New York and Brazil to create an immersive journey into Latin American music for BBC Four.
Clare often shoots her own films, through which she’s learned how important it is to get close to people in their home environments, resulting in rich character-led stories you can almost touch and smell. Dave Waller is a freelance writer who works regularly with Falmouth’s Stranger Collective.
He loves the magic of the process: following a question out into the world, listening to people and building something out of what follows, whether that’s for the page, screen or live audience. Clare and Dave are now in the process of launching Phono, a vehicle that pulls these skills and curiosities together in Cornwall.




BFI NETWORK networking and reception 

Friday 15th Nov | 18:30-19:15 | The Poly Bar

Available to all Industry pass holders, a great chance to networking and get into the festival spirit.



GALA The Cliff Top Sessions – Premier with Director Q&A

Friday 15th Nov | 19:30-22:00 | Cinema @ The Poly

Dir Martha Tilston | 2019 | UK | 95 mins | CFF PG | Music, Doc

On a wild winters night in a secret clifftop cottage in deepest Cornwall, nine musicians and a camera crew collide. Cult songwriters from around the UK were invited to play their best song; no backing band, audience or music industry – Just a house on the edge of a cliff, roaring fire, guitars, grand piano and the invisible magic of song that was palpable that night. To watch this film is to open the door on that late-night music session that most of us rarely get to see. The art of song captured like never before on film.