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 2018 at the Centre, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall. It showed a selection from 126 submitted films across the course of the weekend The enthusiastic response led directly to a second iteration in 2019 which was hosted at the Acorn Theatre in nearby Penzance a larger venue where we had a free video cafe , and a main hall , we showed 177 films over three days on 2 large screens.
With a highly successful festival we are now launching the 2020 festival in Penzance.
The 2020 Festival will be called the Newlyn PZ International Film Festival.

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

Winners certificates will be given to the winners in all nine categories.

Judges 2020

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,

 Annabel Aguirre  (student) .

Annabelle has been making documentary films for 13 years, following early retirement and receipt of an MA in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Falmouth. She makes films in Cornwall and around the world. Her filmmaking is informed by a long career working as an art therapist in the mental health service of the NHS. Her feature documentary: "After Pinochet: the healing of a country"s wounded heart" has been shown at Chile's Museum of Memory and accepted into the museum archive there. and Europe on all formats including 3D.

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’).

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.

Senara Wilson Hodges (Women Directors)

My father spent the 1970’s fishing out of Newlyn Harbour and some of my earliest memories are of setting up mackerel lines and clambering over his bright orange boat - the Heather Armorel.

I left Cornwall to study and see the world and ended up living in London where I spent 15 years working in documentary film production. I directed and produced documentaries for the BBC, Channel Four and ITV and made programmes on subjects ranging from coroners in LA, to medieval kings and John Peel in Germany. Some of the projects I worked on included self shooting and learning how to use a camera gave me the freedom to work on independent projects including a film about the built up to the Iraq war called ‘Life of Brian’ (Commonwealth Film Festival)

When I moved back to Cornwall with my young family, I started working on local projects for Tate St Ives, The Leach Pottery and St. Ives School of Painting.  I’ve made independent films about the potter Warren MacKenzie, home ownership in St.Ives (‘Ghost Town’) and family (‘My Brother Hughie’).

Marie Macneill (Scriptwriting)

Marie comes from St Just, went to school in Penzance and performed at the Minack when Rowena Cade was still alive and at The Acorn when it was the West Cornwall Arts Centre. She trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, ran Bedside Manners Theatre Company for 16 years producing 45 touring shows, and has written and directed for TV, Film, Theatre and Radio. Nominated for a TAPS writer of the year award, she wrote on the series THE TRIBE and REVELATIONS. Marie has been commissioned to write five feature films and has had one feature optioned. In 2010 her low budget supernatural horror, THE DARK SIDE, was selected to be part of the Cross Channel Film Lab development scheme in Brittany and Cornwall. In 2016 Marie was awarded the Katie Fforde Bursary for her novel STRAWBERRY MOON, set in Falmouth. Her second novel, SWIMMING IN THE RAIN, is set in Penzance. She’s currently pursuing publishing deals for both. She is a voting member of BAFTA; on the committee of RTS (Royal Television Society) Devon and Cornwall; a member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (formerly serving 15 years on the Executive Council); Women In Film & Television; the Society of Authors; the RNA (Romantic Novelists Association) and the SRN (Screenwriters’ Research Network). Marie is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Film & Television, Falmouth University. She also works as a script editor and consultant. Her play THE COASTGUARD is touring Cornwall in 2020 including The Acorn on February 23th.


The Newlyn PZ Film Festival is open to everyone, regardless of your age, experience or genre of your film.AnAward certificate will be given to the winner in the following categories:

Best Fiction Film Prize (under 45 minutes)
Best Student Film (under 45 minutes, open to any genre of Fiction or Documentary film
including Experimental )
Best Woman Director. The film must be directed by a woman director and the script must have a female protagonist.
Best Documentary ( 45 minutes or less )
Best Poetry Film ( 12 minutes or less )
Best Animation. (20 minutes 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 2020 festival will take place at the Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall, UK, during the weekend of 24/h /25/26th April 2020.
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 PZ 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 .

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 for documentary and fiction 45 minutes maximum for student films and 10 minutes maximum for poetry films.
Animation films maximum 45 mins.
Scripts no more than 30 pages.

Cornish films section maximum 45 mins but may extend if warranted.

7. Newlyn Film Festival PZ 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 PZ Film Festival. Newlyn PZ 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 PZ Film Festival. These costs equate to the administration of the entries and viewing library facilities. We offer reduced rates for student submissions.

10. Newlyn PZ 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 2020 is
$18 fiction, documentary , animation, poetry ,women directors.
$15.student , scriptwriting.
$12 Cornish films and directors.

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

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
  • We were lucky enough to be selected and we are glad! Sadly we didn't get any news concerning the festival as we are France based and did not attend. Please make sure to communicate a little more with us.

    March 2020
  • Great festival for poetry films in the area. Incredible judges, too. So pleased to have my film chosen as an Official Selection.

    July 2019
  • Shannon Meilak

    I was unable to attend the festival but it seems like a great place to screen your film and meet like-minded people. Communication was pretty poor and although I understand there was not a lot of staff involved in the festival organisation, I believe it is important to keep filmmakers updated. It is vital for filmmakers to know when their film is screening so they can promote the event and organise for someone to be there at the festival. I was unable to have anyone at the festival as I was never told when my film was screening despite numerous emails and messages.

    June 2019
  • Lois Norman

    As a West Country Female Artist, I was delighted have my Poetry Film, The Shell selected and screened by Newlyn: Thank you! I was so sorry I couldnt be there as I was editing, but I hope to celebrate all that is great for West Country Indie film with you all next time! Many Thanks Newlyn - Lois Norman

    April 2019
  • Julia Giles

    It was great to be part of the Newlyn Film Festival. The organisers were extremely friendly and approachable and responded to queries very quickly. The venue was lovely and the sense of hospitality made it easy to participate in Q&As with film-makers. It was a truly international festival with films from many parts the world, and it was great to have a section which specially featured Cornish films and films-makers across all the genres. Maybe there should be a prize for best Cornish film too? I’m looking forward to the next Newlyn Film Festival (though maybe rethink the name if the venue is not actually in Newlyn?). Overall, many thanks to the organisers and all involved in making it possible; it was a very enjoyable and varied three-day event.

    April 2019