We have some exciting plan coming soon for CFF2020... So please send in your great films, we are starting judging for early entries now. Stay safe filmmakers!

The 19th edition of the Cornwall Film Festival is upon us and the time has come to submit your short films & music video to our competition.

If your film is shortlisted, by our panel of expert judges, it will be screened at the Cornwall Film Festival. The overall winner will receive a Cash Prize, all shortlisted entries receive the Cornwall Film Festival Official Selection Laurels, but also a one-of-a-kind Cornwall Film Festival 2020 Delabole Slate Trophy.

Are industry professionals have included Michael Powell nominated indie director Jamie Adams, actor Craig Russell. Our esteemed Parton Mike Leigh, The Crown actress Marion Bailey. Documentary makers Jeremy Williams, Clare Tavnor, CFF Fellowship awardee Jane Darke & Wildlife Single Shooter Nina Constable. BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Executive Producer, Phillippa Giles. BFI NET.WORK Talent Executive for the South West
Alice Cabañas, filmmakers Dean Puckett, Natasha Price, Georgia Goggin, Alex Kendall Connie Farr from ThinkSync Music, comedy writer James Henry. Prosthetics Designer
Joan Stribling, Sophie Mair and Dan Gitsham, producer Rebecca Wolff & Yazmin Joy Vigus.

This year, once again we will 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. 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. If this sounds like your work, read the FAQs below and submit your short film.

A cash prize for the best overall short.

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 Delabole Slate trophy, a weekend pass including Gala performances, talks, masterclasses and a festival T-shirt.

Our Main Award Categories in the competition are:
Best Student Short
Best Regional Short
Best International Short

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

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 no more than 12 months old by November 2020
- if your short was made between 1st July 2019 - 30th January 2020 please enter the correct category
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
  • Dov Abramson

    We were honored that our animated music video "Jerusalem" won the Music Video award at Cornwall this year.
    The communication was fantastic! The festival website showcased the films and their screening times beautifully, and we received timely updates by email. We were invited to attend - but unfortunately were not able to make it from halfway around the world.

    A great festival with a great vibe! Thanks for making us part of it.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    It was our pleasure to screen Jerusalem!

  • Liam O'Hara

    A very well-established festival that took great care and attention in communicating with us and keeping us informed on our submission. We were thrilled to be selected and be part of an event with Mike Leigh in attendance. Highly recommend entering to anyone.

    November 2018
  • Grace Fox

    Great festival run by very friendly people. Was amazing to have my film shown here. I'll definitely be attending in the future.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Grace it was a pleasure to show your work and meet you, we hope you got a lot out of attending an meeting other filmmakers

  • Bright Young Things Productions

    It was a wonderful small festival in a beautiful location. Many excellent films were presented and the setting was really warm and welcoming. It would have been nice to have a meet and greet for the filmmakers as some of us travelled in from out of town, but otherwise really great!

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind review and your entry! We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!