2020 Short Film Competition is open !

Get ready ! The Cornwall Film Festival short film competition is now open

The 19th edition of the Cornwall Film Festival is upon us and the time has come to submit your short films & music video to our competition.  If your film is shortlisted, by our panel of expert judges, it will be screened at the Cornwall Film Festival. The overall winner will receive a Cash Prize, all shortlisted entries receive the Cornwall Film Festival Official Selection Laurels, but also a one-of-a-kind Cornwall Film Festival 2020 Delabole Slate Trophy.

short film comp

This year, once again we will be showcasing filmmaking talent, bringing worthy filmmakers to regional and national attention with a South West regional category for shorts under 10 mins. As always Cornwall Film Festival seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in filmmaking. It is especially interested in filmmakers whose short films manifest stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché. If this sounds like your work, read the FAQs below and submit your short film.

A cash prize for the best overall short. The top percentage of filmmakers in each category will have their work screened at Cornwall Film Festival events in cinemas across the county. Each category winner will receive a Delabole Slate trophy, a weekend pass including Gala performances, talks, masterclasses and a festival T-shirt.

Film Freeway logoSub-awards recognises performance and visual talent. These are:


Best Actor

Best Ensemble Performance


Good Screenwriting in a Short Film

Directors Choice Award

Dates & Deadlines

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