It has become tradition at the Cornwall Film Festival over the years that the winners of the annual Short Film Competition are compiled into our Official Selection, to be screened at the Festival – the 2017 edition is no different! This year we’ve had a huge variety of quality entries, locally, nationally and internationally. Some of our returning Judges have called it the hardest year we’ve had – struggling more than ever to reduce the hundreds of entries we have received down to just a handful. One of these shortlisted films will win the coveted ‘Cornwall Film Festival: Best Short Film’ trophy. We are proud to present our 2017 Cornwall Film Festival Official Selection:


THE SHIP | Natasha Price

Part of the Random Acts scheme, The Ship A cautionary tale of nationalism (and the relative merits of pasties), this short Cornish  animation was brought to us by Natasha Price, who studied film at University and now manages business development at Engine House, a VFX studio in Cornwall.


 Billy wakes up in the middle of the night to find a man at his door who wants to come in – and he won’t take no for an answer. This dark, suspenseful personal drama comes from Ross Morin, associate professor at Connecticut College, USA and is so inherently spine tingling we highly recommend it’s not watched alone.


APPLES | Milda Baginskaite

A coming-of-age short drama that follows a story of a mixed-race loner living with his grandfather in a small seaside village in the 1990s. After losing granny, his one protection and human connection, Zac is now ready to discover and develop new relationships. In order to do so, he gets a job at the local apple orchard.


MEMORY | Ilirjan Himaj 

Elder Syla goes out of the house to buy a gift toy for his grandson. Because of Alzheimer disease, facing a cold winter and heavy snow, he fails to remember way back home. Director, Iliejan Himaj explained just how sinister his subject matter is saying, “The feeling of being lost and alone in space is really terrifying, even if it is only a dream. It is even more sad and painful when an elder person with Alzheimer feels lost in his neighborhood.”


NORO | Duncan Roe

Caitlin is having therapy to cope with the loss of her son but is becoming increasingly more paranoid about those around her. A simple accident leads her to a truth that nothing can prepare her for. Director, Duncan Roe said about his short “The ideas in Noro came to me after my son was born. He was a beautiful accident, a life created and then cherished. It got me thinking about where technology is heading in creating new life.”

A MOTION AWAY | Paul Van Dyck

A Motion Away is a look into the deep and repetitive cycles which are found in family relationships, particularly the strong, yet sometimes destructive, relationship between mother and daughter. With little more than a subtle pause, and a choice word, no other person knows just how to tear you apart as a mother does.

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