OtherRealms the 22nd edition of the Cornwall Film Festival is open for entries from across the globe. Enter the competition now!

OtherRealms combines advances in technology with creativity and imagination to find new ways of exploring our digital world. Over 24 months with a focus programme of 14 days, we played host to exhibits, films, conferences, and experiences encompassing virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and immersive installations, with a year-round programme of participation.

Experience the OtherRealms film program IRL + URL. Every feature & short film will have an in-person screening, films that have opted-in will also have an online screening.

OtherRealms Headliners brings star power, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema.

Narrative competition shorts the lineup of short films across seven competitive sections from local, national and international filmmaking talent, featuring the most innovative and adventurous ideas from filmmakers whose short films demonstrate distinctive and genuine storytelling, stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Big names, big talent The Narrative Feature Competition will feature six previews, six unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Four non-fiction stories that demonstrate integrity, energy and unique voices in the Documentary Feature Competition. Scary, funny, sexy, controversial and provocative after-dark features together with bite-sized bits for night owls and the terminally curious for all of your sex, gore, and funny bone cravings. Core ten acclaimed International standout features from filmmakers from around the world.

Our previous expert judges have included Die Hexen (composer, You are Not My Mother), Andy De Emmony (director, The Last Kingdom, Four Kids & It), Kate Cheesman (director, Doc Martin, Call the Midwife), Joss Agnew (director, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Poldark), Clare Tavernor (director, My Life as a Rolling Stone, Huey Morgan's Latin Music Adventure), Pat Kelman (CEO, 606 Distribution), and many more.

British film director Mike Leigh is the festival's patron.

Please note that at this time we are unable to offer waver codes for any categories.
For bulk discounts please contact the office directly

TECH TOP TIP: When submitting your film please make sure it is at 24 frames per second (fps)

Awards & Prizes
The top percentage of filmmakers in each category will have their work screened at Cornwall Film Festival events in 2023.

Each category winner will receive a trophy, with nominees receiving a discount on a weekend pass, including screening, talks and masterclasses.

Our Main Award Categories in the competition are:
Best Student Short
Best Regional Short
Best International Short
Best Music Video
Best Cornish Short Film
Best South West Experimental Short Film

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


1. All submitted films should be made or edited between April 2022-July 2023.
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
  • Annette Westwood

    Amazing festival! Honoured for our short film to be a part of 2022 festival line-up. Huge thanks to all the festival team

    November 2022
  • 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.