Welcome to CFF2021, The 20th edition of the Cornwall Film Festival is open for entries from across the globe now is the time to enter your short films & music video to our competition.

In these uncertain and changing times film plays a big part in bringing communities and the world together and we want you to be part of it and are excited to see what you have made! The Short films at CFF2020 were screened both physically and online as part of the BFI backed AMPLIFY! Film Festival.

In recognition of COVID19’s disruption of production the 20th edition of CFF will accept films made between- April 2020 -July 2021 across all categories,

If your film is shortlisted your work will be judged by our by our panel of expert judges, which included in 2020 Andy De Emmony (The Last Kingdom, Four Kids & It), Kate Cheesman (Call the Midwife), Joss Agnew (Poldark), Yazmin Joy Vigus (Mermaids) and many more.

Shortlisted films will also be screened at the Cornwall Film Festival (physically or digitally). With all shortlisted entries receive the Cornwall Film Festival Official Selection Laurels and the overall winner a trophy.

This year we will once again be showcasing filmmaking talent, bringing worthy filmmakers to regional and national attention. As always Cornwall Film Festival seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in filmmaking.

Cornwall Film Festival is fortunate to have British film director Mike Leigh as its patron who regularly attends the festival.

Categories to enter for CFF2021

Short Film- an short < 20 mins made within the UK or anywhere in the world.

Music Videos- a music video < 20 mins made anywhere in the world.

Student Short- a short film made by anyone in full time education- anywhere in the world.

South West Regional Shorts- a short film made or produced by filmmakers in the South West Region of the United Kingdom.

CFF 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.

Please note that at this time we are unable to offer waver codes for any categories .

Awards & Prizes
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 trophy, a weekend pass including Gala performances, talks and masterclasses.*

Our Main Award Categories in the competition are:
Best Student Short
Best Regional Short
Best International Short
Best Music Video
Films selected as part of the official selection will also be eligible for our sub-awards recognises performance and visual talent.

These are:
Best Actor
Best Ensemble Performance
Good Screenwriting in a Short Film
Directors Choice Award
Best Music in a short

*depending upon COVID 19 or other restrictions.

Showcasing filmmaking talent, bringing worthy filmmakers to regional and national attention. CFF 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.


1. All submitted films should be made or edited between April 2020-July 2021.
2. Please ensure that the digital video file you're entering is the highest quality copy of your film. All work should be summited through the online platform, no work will be considered if not summited via this platform.
3. CFF regards a short film as 20 minutes or under and a feature film as 20 minutes or over. Feature films will not be considered in the competition.
4. Work does not need to be a UK premieres.
5. Films that have previously been publicly screened, broadcast or otherwise made publicly available (including online) in Britain will be considered. We will accept Short animation films that have had public theatrical screenings.
6. Films that are available to purchase online are not eligible. This includes DVD/Blu-ray/VHS formats.
7. Promotional films are eligible (e.g. films promoting tourism, charitable appeals, see the categories).
8. Cornwall Film Festival does not have the facility to apply refunds waivers must be sought before the films have been submitted.
9. A separate entry form and additional entry fee is required for each film submission.
10. It is advised that your film is in 24 frames per second.
11. If selected you will be given 14 days to supply your work after notification, CFF reserves the right to withdraw work if not supplied on time.
12. We advise you to supply work in DCP (Digital Cinema Package) format


1. By summiting work, you are giving permission to the Cornwall Film Festival to the reproduction of stills and clips of selected films, for all Cornwall Film Festival publications, trailers, press and TV coverage, and social media channels, and in long-form in a compilation of Festival work that will tour regionally.
2. Cornwall Film Festival agrees to promote filmmakers by listing and advertising the work with the information supplied correctly.


1. The final selection of all films presented at the festival and their placement in the program is the responsibility of the Programmer Manager for the Cornwall Film Festival, the process is overseen by the festival’s Director. The organisation of the event and programming of all other non-competitive elements is the responsibility of the Director and the festival team.

2. Within your submission, you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the Terms and Conditions laid out in this document. The entry of a film is binding and implies the acceptance of these regulations.

3. In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.

4. Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.

5. These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

Overall Rating
  • Keith Allott

    We were lucky enough to be selected for the festival this year and we had a really positive experience. The communication was excellent and the festival is committed to exhibiting work in the best way possible. Great festival, well worth the submission fee. Highly recommend.

    November 2021
  • Owain Astles

    Have had a great time screening with Cornwall Film Festival, looking forward to hopefully more events with them in future!

    November 2021
  • Simeon Costello

    We had a really great time screening with Cornwall Film Festival

    November 2020
  • Richard Wilson

    Had a terrific experience with Cornwall Film Festival (which alongside Cambridge, Film Bath and CineCity Brighton became part of Amplify). They were part of a really innovative online festival (the festival's banded together due to Covid cinema restrictions in the UK) that was exceptionally well run. Lots of great films to watch. They also cultivated a terrific online community, with live Q&A's, reviews and healthy film conversations. The team behind Cornwall were incredibly engaged with the filmmakers, and really supportive of everyone's work. It was a pleasure to be involved. Thank you so much!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Richard. Happy to support short film and filmmakers work.

  • Oskar Willers

    Great festival, fantastic films and communication!

    November 2020