This year the Cornwall Film Festival’s 2015 Short Film Competition has received much attention. Our judges have reviewed dozens of quality entires and we are thrilled to announce that the winners of our all-new ‘Green’ category will be screened as part of our Green Film Festival running in St. Ives from September 16th-20th.

Porthmeor Studios will play host to our Official Selection of environmentally aware short films which will take place over three screenings on Saturday 19th September at 11:00-12:30, 13:00-14:30 and 15:00-16:30. Check out our Screenings List page for more information on our Green Film Festival Schedule.

And the Winners are…



Dir  Kayla Parker &  Stuart  Moore | UK | 2014 | 3 min 30 sec | Animation, Experimental | Art | Short


Animation created by burying 16mm filmstrips in the mudbanks of the tidal River Tamar in Cornwall “The river will make the film – we will be there to navigate to its completion.” The people who live along the Tamar form a close relationship with the river; each affected by the other. Artist film-makers Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore used this idea of symbiosis to create Reach. By laying raw film in the silt of the river, they have created a work which has been shaped by the river: its organic emulsion changed by the tides’ ebb and flow, by physical abrasion and the organisms living in the alluvial mud. The imagery is created by burying 16mm filmstrips in the mud of the banks of the Tamar, allowing the river to ‘make the film’ through the movements of its tidal waters and the action of biota.


Frankie and Tony

Dir Dave Young | UK| 2015 | 5 min 20 sec | Documentary


Frankie and Tony are mad about apples — really mad.

Frankie and Tony love apples. A peek into the world of the septuagenarian couple on their cornish orchard.


The Pilchard Works and the industry today with Nick Howell

Dir Ray Bird | UK | 2015 | 3 min 51 sec | Documentary Environmental


Adapted from Pilchards: A brief history of the Cornish Sardine, we join Nick Howell, owner of the Pilchard Works who discusses why he started his company and how the trade and industry of sardine fishing has developed in Cornwall over the last couple of decades.


Living without Plastic

Dir Bryony Stokes | UK | 2015 | 12 min 38 sec | Documentary Environmental


Could you do it?

This is the story of Matt and Marigold’s challenge to give up plastic for a month. They find out if it is even possible to survive in a plastic-wrapped world without starving – and give us some tips on how we can each consume less and limit our plastic footprint.


Une passion d’or et de feu (A passion of gold and fire)

Dir Sébastien Pins | Belgium, 2014 | 6 min 0 sec | Documentary | Drama, Environmental

Une passion

A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school. A passion of gold and fire which definitely helps our environment to keep on living.


Bottle Tops

Dir Tom Turner | UK | 2015 | 5 min 0 sec | Documentary, Environmental


A dramatic protest in favour of marine conservation, and a powerful visual testament to the power of collective action Rame Peninsula Beach Care, in collaboration with groups from across Cornwall, England, collected over 65,000 bottle tops from local beaches to highlight the dangers that litter poses to marine life. This is what they did with them…



Dir Johannes Richard Voelkel | Germany, 2014 | 4 min 52 sec | Documentary, Narrative fiction, Human rights


A wealthy business woman discovers the human cost of conflict minerals. Two raw material traders have a negotiation of prices on the phone. Little by little they get disturbed in a strange and unexpected way.


Dive Against Debris | Lansallos

Dir by Tom Turner | UK |  2014 | 11 min 0 sec | Documentary, Environmental


Fifteen divers descend on Lansallos Cove in Cornwall to clear the sea bed of debris that poses a significant risk to marine life. Fifteen divers and several volunteers descended on Lansallos Cove in Cornwall. With the support of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s SeaSearch programme, The National Trust and Kernow Divers, they were able to remove over 1600 pieces of debris from the sea bed – debris that posed a significant risk to marine life. This video documents not only the valuable work that was done that day, but the great time that was had by all in the process.


GYRE: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean

Dir J.J. Kelley & Josh Thomas | USA | 2013 |  22 min | Documentary, Environmental, Art

In 2013 Cornwall based artist Andy Hughes was invited to join an expedition journey along the wild Alaskan coastline. The Gyre Expedition was a close-up look at how garbage impacts our planet. A team of scientists, artists, and educators journeyed 500 miles into the Alaskan wild to study and gather marine debris and carrying out an intensive cleanup of Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park, a remote area with an influx of debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami. What they collected will become part of a 2014/5 traveling exhibit that seeks to bring the environmental harm of trash into perspective.


Sans Plomb (Unleaded)

Dir Emmanuel Tenenbaum | Canada, France, Netherlands, 2015 | 7 min 0 sec | Other | Comedy, Environmental, Thriller


An environmental activist has a plan against an international oil firm.

PARENTAL ADVISORY NOTICE contains strong language & some violent scenes

Total Runtime 82 mins


Thank you to all who entered our 2015 Cornwall Film Festival and to all of our supporters, patrons and judges, who put in hours of work so that this project could be run.