Phil Shingler (Q&A Moderator)

Not only is Phil one of the Cornwall Film Festival Trustees, but he is also a freelance Producer/Director, producer and co-director of the Marlisco award-winning ‚ÄúMarine Heroes‚ÄĚ, and Broadcast Union BECTU committee member and representative. He spent forty years in the media industry and his credits include work for Channel 4, TVNZ, PBS (KQED SF) & BBC South West. Phil will be moderating a discussion around our Local Showcase, which this year features the best of the South West from the 2017 Cornwall Film Festival Short Film Competitions. If you’d like to catch this selection, book tickets HERE.¬†The Local Showcase runs from 10am on Saturday 11th November at The Poly, Falmouth.



Samantha Horley (THE POLY | 4:30pm | Sat 11th)

Sam is a ¬†freelance film consultant, providing script advice, and full project assessment and support, all with a market ‚Äď domestic and worldwide distribution ‚Äď and audience, firmly in sight. Clients include heavyweight producers as well as first-time writers and directors.

She lectures widely to up-and-coming filmmakers about creating films that will get noticed, help launch careers, even get financed and made in the first place, often in association with the likes of the BFI, Ffilm Cymru, BAFTA and The London Screenwriters Festival.

Twenty years in international film sales, marketing, development and production, for PolyGram, Summit and as MD of Salt, Sam shepherded and Executive Produced British, Irish and American features and documentaries towards launch at A-list festivals and worldwide distribution, specialising in the North American market. A filmography can be found HERE.

In 2010, She founded The Vipers Nest, a creative collective to support rising British and Irish filmmaking talent. Alumni include Corin Hardy (The Hallow, The Nun), Kevin Lehane (Grabbers), Adam Randall (iBoy), Rachel Dargavel (Norfolk), Mark Stay (Our Robot Overlords), Deborah Haywood (Pin Cushion), Jonathan Hopkins (Slumber), Valentina Brazzini (Daphne). More about The Vipers Nest HERE.  The Vipers Nest has now morphed into training courses and a busy Facebook page to champion new talent.

She also a screenwriter represented by Sean Gascoine at United Agents.


EVEN WHEN I FALL (THE POLY LIBRARY |2pm | Sat 11th) Satya Films :

Sky Neal

Co-Director Sky Neal has worked since 2006 as a documentary filmmaker and visual ethnographer and has a Masters in Visual Anthropology. She also has a rich background in the circus and performing arts industry and worked professionally as an aerialist in contemporary circus. Founder and director of Satya films, Sky strives to tell human stories in rich and creatively bold ways and has produced a diverse range of films from long and short form documentaries to exhibition films and video art for live performance. She is strongly motivated by human rights and has made several films that relate to human trafficking and child labour issues, including having produced and directed films for Al Jazeera English and the BBC. Sky has worked extensively with vulnerable and at risk youth through documentary and social circus creative education programmes.

Kate McLarnon

Co-Director Kate McLarnon has worked since 2006 as an ethnographer and documentary filmmaker and holds a masters with distinction in Visual Anthropology. Kate’s work has been broadcast in the UK, has been shortlisted for an IMTV Music Video Award and she has had short films shown in galleries and festivals worldwide. She collaborates with anthropologists, journalists, artists, museums and charities, using film in innovative ways to express, investigate and create. As a director of Postcode Films Kate has worked with leading research and arts organisations in the UK, specialising in social policy innovation. She has taught at University of East Anglia, spoken at Queen’s University Belfast and holds a degree in Philosophy and academic awards from Trinity College Dublin.

Elhum Shakerifar

Recently awarded the prestigious BFI Vision, Producer Elhum Shakerifar is a BAFTA nominated producer with an interest in the intersection between the personal and the political. She recently produced multi award-winning BFI/BBC supported A Syrian Love Story (Sean McAllister, 2015), which has also screened in both UK and European Parliaments. Her work has been internationally and screened at festivals including Berlinale, IDFA and Hot Docs, and has been broadcast internationally. Elhum is an advisor for London Film Festival and curator of Shubbak, festival of contemporary Arab culture.

Dr Laura Canning (Q&A Moderator)

Laura has had an interest in broadcast media, and produced and presented a long-running weekly film show on Dublin radio, focusing on independent, art-house and international cinema. She has also been a regular contributor to the Irish national broadcaster on media-related topics.  A lecturer at Falmouth University she has a PhD on quasi-independent American cinema from 1990-2005 from Dublin City University and has also lectured extensively on the Boston University Study Abroad Programme, and taught at the Centre For Talented Youth, Ireland.



DOCUMENTARY DOUBLE BILL (THE POLY | 11am | Sun 12th) The Last Fisherman & The Yukon Assignment

Jeremy Williams (Q&A Moderator)

Jeremy is an award-winning television producer/director (BAFTA, One World Media Award, Gucci/TriBeCa Documentary Fund Grantee) who has worked in broadcast television for twenty years. Working for a variety of the UK’s leading independent production companies, he has made factual output for the BBC, ITV, C4 and C5, producing and directing across the range on current affairs, observational documentaries and history, to factual entertainment and self-funded short drama. He works on the practice side of the BA(Hons) Television and BA(Hons) Film courses and looks encourage students to find their own voices and styles in the output they make at Falmouth.

Leo Kaserer & James Steir

Leo Kaserer, producer of¬† ‚ÄúThe Last Fisherman‚Äô¬† made the film out of a love for the Rame Peninsula, the tradition of fishing and the idea of passing on dying skills to the next generation. The film follows Malcolm as he helps disadvantaged youngsters get back on track as they experience his honest, simple and challenging way of life. Joining us also, is the film’s director, James Steir.¬† James worked for Apple, walked from east to west of the Himalayas, joined the RAF and operated a production company in Sheffield – of which Ronin is a continuation. From 2013-16 he directed two feature length documentaries – The Anholt Project created for Danish television, the second, Last Fisherman, made in a small fishing village in Cornwall.¬† His work provides the privilege of meeting amazing people, travelling to exciting places with the buzz of putting new ideas into the world. His principal role is producing and directing, very occasionally he is allowed to operate a camera or hold a microphone.

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp, the producer of ‘The Yukon Assignment” will also be joining us. Charlie¬†¬†is a former BBC journalist and producer and co-founder of Fieldgrazer Productions. Charlie has nearly 20 years of film making and broadcasting experience. She has also worked on a major health campaign for the BBC World Service Trust in 2002 and was Assistant Regional Producer for BBC Music Live in 2000. She has a strong interest in music.



GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (THE POLY | 2:15pm | Sun 12th)

Patrick Gale & Leo Devine

Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale was born on 31 January 1962 on the Isle of Wight,  at eight he began boarding as a Winchester College Quirister at the cathedral choir school and finished his formal education with an English degree from New College, Oxford in 1983.

He has never had a grown-up job. For three years he lived at a succession of addresses, from a Notting Hill bedsit to a crumbling French chateau. While working on his first novels he eked out his slender income with odd jobs; as a typist, a singing waiter, a designer’s secretary, a ghost-writer for an encyclopedia of the musical and, increasingly, as a book reviewer.

His first two novels, The Aerodynamics of Pork and Ease were published by Abacus on the same day in June 1986. The following year he moved to Camelford near the north coast of Cornwall and began a love affair with the county that has fed his work ever since.

He now lives in the far west, on a farm near Land’s End with his husband, Aidan Hicks. There they raise beef cattle and grow barley. Patrick is obsessed with the garden they have created in what must be one of England’s windiest sites and which includes England’s westernmost walled rose garden, and he deeply resents the time his writing makes him spend away from working in it. As well as gardening, he plays both the modern and baroque cello. He chairs the North Cornwall Book Festival, patron of Penzance LitFest and a director of both Endelienta and the Charles Causley Trust. His chief extravagance in life is opera tickets. (Photo credits :  Dan Hall) See more

Leo Devine was appointed Head of Journalism Production for the BBC Nations and Regions division in September 2006.¬†He has ‚Äď uniquely ‚Äď run four of the 12 English Regions.¬†Most recently he spent two years as Head of Regional and Local Programmes (HRLP) at BBC North West in Manchester from 2004 to 2006 after an 18 month spell running BBC South East region, based in Tunbridge Wells.¬†Prior to that he spent four years as HRLP South West, based in Plymouth, following a year as HRLP West, based in Bristol, in 1998/89.

His broadcasting career began in the Eighties when he worked as a journalist and presenter for the BBC in the East Midlands and London, working for Radio Current Affairs and Magazine Programmes – including You And Yours, Woman’s Hour and In Touch.¬†He was appointed Assistant Editor at BBC Radio Leicester in 1991 and then became Editor of BBC Radio Cornwall in 1995.¬†After a spell as Acting HRLP South West in 1997, he took up the post of Editor, BBC Cambridge, where he was the driving force behind the TV and radio newsgathering operation serving Cambridgeshire and the surrounding counties.Then in 1998 he went to BBC West in Bristol for the first of his four HRLP postings.


WILDERNESS (THE POLY |2:30pm | Sun 12th)

Neil Fox

Neil Fox is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, now based in Cornwall following years making films, directing film festivals and programming cinemas in his hometown of Luton. Following many years creating short films, including the acclaimed It‚Äôs Natural To Be Afraid (2011), Neil used his day job as a Film course coordinator at the School of Film & Television to develop a new model for micro-budget filmmaking, the pilot of which, ‚ÄėWilderness‚Äô. ‚ÄėWilderness‚Äô is his first feature film, made in partnership with his long-time collaborator Justin John Doherty (director/producer/DoP). Neil is also the co-host and co-founder of the esteemed film podcast The Cinematologists, a venture he undertakes with Dario Llinares from University of Brighton. Neil will be hosting a Q&A for Wilderness on Sunday 12th November at 2:30pm at The Poly, Falmouth. Book below to enjoy the film and participate in the Q&A.

Ben Fullman Vloggers session

Ben is a writer and  director he currently works for ShelterBox, a charity in Cornwall, managing their social media, training volunteers and staff on how to capture video in the field and editing videos to post on social. Most recently, recently deployed to the Caribbean to document the destruction of Hurricane Irma and Maria which included interviewing families who were affected. He writes and makes short films and is passionate to share his knowledge of filmmaking.