With four months to go until the ninth annual Cornwall Film Festival – scheduled for November 5-7 at Falmouth’s Phoenix Cinema – plans are afoot for screenings and workshops for Cornwall’s film fans – including premieres, Palme d’Or winners and artistic endevours.
As well as offering a feast of Cornish films, the festival has also managed to secure, three weeks before its UK release, the third film in the wildly popular Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. The first film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, had its premiere screening to a packed audience at the Cornwall Film Festival in 2009.
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The festival will also present Mike Leigh’s acclaimed new film, Another Year, which competed for this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
An exciting and unique event for this year’s Cornwall Film Festival is a painting-on-film workshop, delivered by Unravel, the winners of the Royal College of Art’s Deutsche Bank Award for Art 2010. This collective of RCA graduates aims to create a hand-painted 16mm film that will correlate in length with the 874 miles between John O’Groats and Land’s End.
Members of the public, including families and children, will be invited to help paint the 16 hours of celluloid at workshops across the UK, culminating at the Cornwall Film Festival in November. These workshops will be free of charge and will run from noon to 5pm at the Falmouth Art Gallery on Sunday, November 7.
And Board Shorts, the Cornwall Film Festival’s surf-film extravaganza, will be taking place on Saturday, September 25 this year at Brea Farm in Sennen. Truro College is sponsoring this day-long event, which will include all manner of surf-film related treats, live music, food stalls and Skinners beer, as well as overnight camping.
If you have a film you would like to share with a Festival audience at the Cornwall Film Festival or Board Shorts, perhaps to win one of the great prizes or awards on offer, there is still a chance to enter your film before the earlybird deadline on Monday, July 12. Visit the festival website for submission details.
(images: Cornwall Film Festival logo and still Mike Leigh’s Another Year)