Discover all the events on Saturday 11th November at the Cornwall Film Festival


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LOCAL FILMMAKING SHOWCASE book tickets10:00 – 11:45

A showcase of local filmmaking talent from entries submitted to the 2017 Cornwall Film Festival Short Film Competition, bringing worthy filmmakers to regional and national attention. Cornwall Film Festival seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous from filmmakers whose short films manifest stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

                                                                  See the full listing of winners here     


12:00 – 13:45

2017 Official Selection | Competition Winners.  A showcase of National and International filmmaking talent for audiences to discover, support and be the first to watch a new group of talented filmmakers, and provide a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world.Consisting of the best Short Films in our competition as decided by our Jury of filmmakers and media professionals

See the full listing of winners here    

ESF GET CREATIVE skills session


Do you want to feel more confident with your photography skills?

Our get creative session is for you, you will learn the basic techniques of digital photography. Bring along your phones, i-pads and tablets for a free session helping you step by step to improve and master basic photography in a fun and friendly atmosphere.


14:00 – 15:15

The Florida Project Dir: Sean Baker | US | 2017 | 115 mins

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite

Sean Baker’s (TANGERINE) latest film is a candyfloss-coloured drama about life in an extended-stay motel just outside Disneyland.  Starring Willem Dafoe and six-year-old newcomer Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) over the course of a single summer. The two live week-to-week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.  

“a hysterically rude, visually stunning cinematic theme park” Tim Robey, Film Critic – The Telegraph

“it’s a dizzying breath of fresh air, and sets the mood for Sean Baker’s brilliant, buoyant, and ultimately heart-wrenching film”. Emily Yoshida, Vulture

the film digs in its nails on the day-to-day struggles of poor people in America. – Jordan Hoffman, ★★★★★ The Guardian

 EVEN WHEN I FALL  [In the Library]

14.00 – 16.00

Dir: Sky Neal & Kate McLarnon | UK | 2017 | 95 mins 

From the producers of A Syrian Love Story, Even When I Fall is the story of two remarkable young Nepali women, both survivors of human trafficking into corrupt big-top circuses across India. They met as teenagers in a Kathmandu refuge after they had been rescued and it is here that we begin our story – in the often overlooked aftermath of a childhood spent in captivity and forced labour. They were inadvertently left with a secret weapon by their captors – their breathtaking skill as circus performers.

The film traces their journey as they work hard with 11 other survivors of human trafficking to build Circus Kathmandu – Nepal’s first and only circus – following their stories as they face the families that sold them and seek acceptance within their own communities. With Circus Kathmandu they discover a new strength, pride and something more: a sense of responsibility that comes with the stage – to use the crowd’s attention to spread a message, to educate against trafficking.

Receiving it’s World premiere Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017  Even When I Fall transforms individual experiences into a thoughtful, wide-ranging documentary touching on universal themes of the importance of education and the need for female empowerment” Allan Hunter SCREEN Daily

We are joined by the directors Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon and producer Elhum Shakerifar of Even when I fall for our Professional Filmmaker Talk see more here 


Cultivator Film Cluster Masterclass: How to Make a Film the Market Wants 16.30 – 18.30

What’s the point of writing a script that will never get financed or making a film that will never be seen? Give yourself the commercial advantage and a better chance of getting your film made, picked up and distributed. In a whistlestop tour of the international film landscape, we’ll cover all genres including documentary, what drives the worldwide distribution industry and what buyers and festivals are looking for.

Samantha Horley has twenty years’ experience in international film sales (her many credits include Memento, The Big Lebowski, The Blair Witch Project and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), she is a specialist in worldwide markets and audiences and an expert in assessing the commercial viability of scripts and packaged projects. Now, as a scriptwriter represented by United Agents, she puts it all into practice herself.

“Sam’s passion and knowledge of film at all stages of production, marketing and distribution shines through. Listen and learn, you are far more likely to get your film made after one of her seminars.” Beryl Richards, director and former chair of Directors UK.



16.30 – 17.41

The Party Dir: Sally Potter|UK|2017|71 mins

Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall

Having premiered at Berlinale to critical acclaim, British director and screenwriter Sally Potter’s (Orlando, Ginger & Rosa, Rage) eighth feature – a political comedy wrapped around a tragedy about a dinner party gone very wrong – features a spectacular cast including Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Patricia Clarkson. 

Janet (Scott Thomas) has just been appointed Shadow Health Secretary, the crowning achievement of her career, and decides to celebrate by hosting a few close friends. But as the guests arrive her husband Bill (Spall) makes a shocking announcement, leading to a cascade of explosive revelations and unravelling the soiree even before the canapés are served. 

As people’s illusions about themselves and each other – whether romantic, political or existential – go up in smoke. A night that began with champagne ends with blood on the floor. 

Described by Potter as an anti-Brexit statement about a ‘broken England’, it’s a savage satire of the middle-class, exploring the deeper truths behind seemingly liberal convictions with insight and a killer wit.

‘Gleefully nasty, zinger-packed […] Sally Potter’s dark drawing-room comedy is her zestiest work in ages’ Guy Lodge, Variety

‘The most purely fun film ever made by peculiar British experimentalist Sally Potter’, Guy Lodge, Variety

The Party is a short, sharp, funny shock of a movie. Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


Atlantic Gin & cocktails / drinks 18.30 onwards



19.30 – 21.50

Dir : Ruben Östlund | Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark | 2017 | 144 mins

Cast: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss

The Force Majeure director returns with a thrillingly weird study of an art gallery director whose life goes into meltdown after his mobile phone is stolen. Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. Starting  Elisabeth Moss (THE HANDMAID’S TALE & TOP OF THE LAKE:CHINA GIRL), Dominic West & Claes Bang (THE BRIDGE, BORGEN)

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes and Sweden’s nomination for the 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. 

“it sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Östlund’s eye for the subtleties of human behaviour, especially public behaviour, never fails – Emily Yoshida, Vulture