The 18th 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 16th edition of the Cornwall Film Festival. The overall winner will, like all shortlisted entries receive the Cornwall Film Festival Official Selection Laurels, but also a one-of-a-kind Cornwall Film Festival 2019 Delabole Slate Trophy.

The Cornwall Film Festival (CFF) was established in 2002 the first festival screened 63 shorts and two feature-length films. Since then, the festival has steadily grown to include a range of skills workshops, educational events and professional development opportunities.

In 2018 we welcomed two times 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 Network Talent Executive Alice Cabanas, filmmakers Dean Puckett (The Sermon), Natasha Price (The Ship), Georgia Goggin (We Love Moses) and Alex Kendall (No Pain Whatsoever) Connie Farr from ThinkSync Music and comedy writer James Henry.

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.

The top percentage of filmmakers in each category will have their work screened at Cornwall Film Festival events in cinemas across the county. The winner of each category will win a Delabole Slate trophy at a festival award ceremony.

The International Selection get a weekend pass including Gala performances, talks, masterclasses and a festival T.

Regionals get a festival T day pass and tickets for short selections.

New for 2019, three sub-award that recognise performance and visual talent. These are:

Best Actor, Best Ensemble Performance supported by WeRehearse

Strongest Cinematography.

Good Screenwriting in a Short Film supported by The Writers Collective

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 2019.
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. CFF is particularly interested in new work but films including Short Animation films do not need to be 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 on 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. Please upload your film in 24fps.


1. By summiting working you are giving permission to the Cornwall Film Festival to 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. Entry of a film is binding and implies 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
  • 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!