The 16th edition of the Cornwall Film Festival is upon us and the time has come to submit your short film to our competition.

Last year’s 2016 short film competition saw not only an international influx of truly talented entries but unforgettable local gems as well. This year we expect even more entries that continue to raise the bar. Not only is the Cornwall Film Festival Short Film Competition an excellent opportunity to experience the vastness of the universe of both local and international short films, but for filmmakers it is an unmissable chance to showcase your work at a the county’s only major film festival event. If your film is shortlisted, by our panel of expert judges, it will be screened at the 15th 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 2017 Delabole Slate Trophy.

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.

History

The Cornwall Film Festival (CFF) was established in 2002 by a group of enthusiastic Cornish filmmakers as a platform to screen short films made in Cornwall and to develop an audience for film.
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 and, in 2008, became a registered charity. The Cornwall Film Festival charity is managed by a board of trustees who oversee the governance of the organisation, with a steering group providing support.

In 2014 the board appointed Louise Fox as director to create a sustainable creative vision for the future of the work of Cornwall Film Festival. CFF mission The Cornwall Film Festival is an organisation of cultural exchange that aims to promote engagement, enjoyment, diversity and participation in specialised film. One of its core functions is to develop audiences for the diversity of film ranging from specialised British and world cinema to archival and repertory screenings and events. The focus is on increasing access, cultural choice and experiences through a year round programme of festivals, seasons, screenings and talks.

Awards & Prizes

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.

Rules & Terms

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.

CORNWALL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
& TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. All submitted films should be no more than 12 months old by November 2017.
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.

PUBLICITY

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.

SUBMISSION AGREEMENT

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.