Newlyn and Penzance have a unique location at the extreme southwest of the British Isles, with a long tradition of Fishing and Visual Arts. The Newlyn International Film Festival was founded in 2017 by Redcliffe Films, Bristol (Diana Taylor and Anthea Page) and the inaugural event was held in April 6-8th 2018 at the Centre, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall. TR18 5AR. It showed a selection from 126 submitted films in a across the course of the weekend and 4 awards were presented during the final evening’s ceremony and social event to the winning filmmakers . The enthusiastic response has led directly to a second iteration for 2019 which will be hosted at the Acorn in nearby Penzance.


The Prizes will be awarded by a panel of esteemed judges. This prestigious award will be chosen from amongst the nominated films meaning all films entered into any category are automatically eligible.

Engraved trophies and winners certificates will be given to the winners in all seven categories, in addition:

£100 for best Fiction Film

£100 for best Documentary

£100 for best Animation

Judges 2019

Martha Dixon (Documentary)

Martha is a TV and radio journalist with a 20-year-history of working with the BBC. She now combines her time as a freelance filmmaker and radio producer alongside a career as a trainer for international aid missions in developing countries.

She is originally from Penzance and she started life in journalism at BBC South West, moving on to EuroNews in France and BBC World in London. She has been lucky enough to see the world during her career, making documentaries and working as a news producer with the BBC’s top correspondents.

Maria Livesey (Fiction)

Maria has over 25 years experience in broadcast television the majority of which has been spent working on a wide-range of programming including documentary, factual, factual entertainment, live OB, music, science as producer, line producer, production manager on location all over the world including Alaska,Bangladesh, Peru, Thailand, USA and Europe on all formats including 3D.

Martin Rieser (Student Films)

Martin Rieser is video artist. Working across media , including AR and VR, his interactive installations and poetry films have been shown around the world, including Understanding Echo shown in Japan 2002, Hosts Bath Abbey 2006, Secret Door Invideo Milan 2006, The Street RMIT Gallery Melbourne 2008/ISEA Belfast 2009, Secret Garden, Phoenix Square 2012/Taipei 2013 and RUR at Glyndebourne in 2014 for REFRAME at the University of Sussex.

He has developed mobile film artworks using interactive text and image for Leicester, London and Athens and exhibited the Third Woman Interactive film in Vienna, Xian and New York.

Lucy English (Poetry Films)

Lucy English is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. With Sarah Tremlett she runs Liberated Words, a CIC organisation which creates, curates and screens poetry films. She is currently working on an online poetry film project ,The Book of Hours, which will form the creative component for her PhD in digital writing. Lucy co-ordinates the MiX conferences in writing for digital at Bath Spa University.

Sarah Tremlett (Poetry Films)

Sarah Tremlett, MPhil, FRSA, SWIP, is a British poetry filmmaker, poet and published arts theorist/writer. Described as a visual philosopher by Karina Karaeva, (Video Curator, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow), she has been invited to give papers and international screenings on the subject. Author and editor of The Poetics of Poetry Film to be published by Intellect Books, she was commissioned by Filmpoem (Alastair Cook) to make a poetry film in 2017 for one of the commended Poetry Society 2016 National Poetry Competition poems (American poet Sam Harvey’s ‘Claire Climbs Everest’).

Dr Martin Kiszko   (Film Scripts)

Dr. Martin Kiszko BA DLitt. PGCert.Radio, Film and Television has 220 film/tv credits and has released nine albums with Europe’s best orchestras. Award winning scores include BBC’s Realms of the Russian Bear, Dreamworks commissioned by BBC and Steven Spielberg, and a BASCA Composer of the Year Award. He composed and conducted for the BAFTA nominated movie The Killing of John Lennon and has received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Bristol. Martin was co-founder of Bristol University’s MA in the Composition of Music for Film and Television and still teaches on the course.

As a screenwriter he wrote and directed the ITV drama STEPS starring Ron Moody and his first screenplay was nominated as Best British Screenplay to represent the UK for the Hartley Merrill Screenwriting Award. He has written nine screenplays and gives talks and lectures on narrative structure at film festivals and universities and colleges.

His teaching portfolio includes The National Film and Television School,
University of Illinois, University of the Eastern Mediterranean. He has spoken or been a panelist at Wildscreen Film Festival, Jackson Hole Film Festival USA, Encounters Film Festival, BAFTA Cineformation and Cheltenham Music Festival. As a festival judge Martin is a voting member of BAFTA, has judged on BAFTA’S Television Craft Awards, The Pitch, I Will Tell Festival, Satisfied Eye Festival and at the Monaco International Film Festival.

Martin is a passionate environmental campaigner and wrote and performs the one man show Green Poems for a Blue Planet with images by Aardman Animation’s Nick Park.

Martin Kiszko will be judging the film script category, and running a workshop for
the 2019 Newlyn International Film Festival.

Morgan Francis (Animation)

In 1998, Morgan founded Spider Eye, which quickly established its own reputation in commercials and short films. In 2000, Morgan was technical director on Oscar and BAFTA award-winning Father & Daughter (Michael Dudok De Wit), a bittersweet tale which explored the deep bond between a father and daughter. His short film credits include the B.A.A and Annecy award-winning War Game, a 25min TV Special for Illuminated Films/C4), Family Ties – Dreams & Desires, a multi-award-winning short film by Joanna Quinn for Beryl Productions/S4C, A Small Miracle, a 25 minute TV special for Grasshopper Productions/ITV, and The Canterbury Tales – The Squire’s Tale for S4C.


The Newlyn Film Festival is open to everyone, regardless of your age, experience or genre of your film. A specially commissioned etched trophy and a certificate will be given to the winner in the following categories:

Best Fiction Film Prize (under 45 minutes)
Best Student Film (under 20 minutes, open to any genre of Fiction or Documentary film
including Experimental )
Best Documentary ( 45 minutes or less )
Best Poetry Film ( 6mins or less )
Best Animation. (20 mins or less)
Best Short Film Script (30 pages or less)
Best film in the Cornwall section


Please contact us if you are unsure as to your film’s eligibility. All submissions are preferred in standard digital HD format. All films submitted via FilmFreeway.


1. The 2019 festival will take place at the Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall, UK, on the 5th, 6th & 7th April 2019.
The whole theatre will be used for the film screenings, workshops and the festival party.
There will be a special section on Films made in Cornwall or films made by directors living in Cornwall.

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


3. The Festival is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work from low to high budgets. We are also open to feature films released since 2017.

4. The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film for consideration, including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at this Film Festival.

6. Short films must have a maximum duration of 45 minutes including credits. 20 minutes maximum for student films and 6 minutes maximum for poetry films. limited to
Animation films maximum 20 mins.
Scripts no more than 30 pages.

7. Newlyn Film Festival does not require any premiere status , but notes that this may come into consideration during the selection process.


8. Before you can submit your film you will be asked to register your contact and film details. These details will only be shared with Newlyn Film Festival. Newlyn Film Festival ensures this information will NEVER be used for anything other than direct contact from the Festival or one of the Festival’s submission partners and will NEVER be shared with anyone else.


9. There is a submission fee to enter your films to Newlyn Film Festival. These costs equate to the administration of the entries and viewing library facilities. We offer reduced rates for student submissions.

10. Newlyn Film Festival does not have the facility to apply refunds. Discounts and waivers must be sought before the films have been submitted.

11. The cost of submitting a film to the festival for 2019 is £15.or $20 For the student category it is £7or $10. Film Scripts £12.00 or $16.00

12. A separate entry form and additional entry fee is required for each film submission.


13. Please ensure that the digital video file you’re entering is the highest quality copy of your film, if your film is selected you will be contacted to confirm this.

14. For entry by postage please send a clearly labelled data disc (Entrants name and Film Title) with your film in the above file format to:

Redcliffe Films
1 Mill Avenue, Queen Square
Bristol BS1 4AJ

15. Films that are submitted on unreadable discs or files will not be considered for selection, it is up to the applicant to ensure that the preview copy is in full working order. The festival is unable to return any data discs.


16. A film’s success is dependent not on its budget or length, but on its core vision and the creativity/efficiency with which it communicates that vision. Programs consist of these diverse visions assembled in an order and rhythm so that even in contrast each is mutually complimentary.

17. Successful entrants will be notified of their inclusion in the festival by the 21st March 2019.

18. After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically; please provide an email address that is checked regularly and ensure that the user account is permitted to email you.

19. Due to the large amounts of submissions that the festival receives we are unable to give comments on individual films prior to submission or offer feedback for unsuccessful entries.


20. There are no fees for participating in the festival. Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.


21. In addition to the reproduction of stills and clips of selected films (under 1 minute) for all Newlyn Film Festival publications, festival trailer, press and TV coverage, they may also be screened as part of preview screenings to promote the event.


22. Within your submission you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the Terms and Conditions laid out in this document. By agreeing to proceed with your submission you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions and your application can then be processed. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations.

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

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

25. A film that has been selected to screen may subsequently be removed from the schedule prior to the event for the following reasons:
i. Any unresolved dispute as to the films ownership causing potential problems.
ii. Falsification of information on entry form.
iii. Any reasonable grounds for concern over the films screening as determined by the festival organisers.

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

Overall Rating
  • A warm and welcome environment to watch a diverse selection of films, many produced locally. Loved the location in Cornwall, a charming coastal area. It was a great experience.

    April 2018
  • Louis Benoit

    A friendly festival with genuine interest in those attending. Open minded in art of all forms.

    April 2018