Donna Anton, chair of the British Federation of Film Societies, is the newly appointed director of the Cornwall Film Festival, which takes place a the new venue of the Falmouth Phoenix Cinema on November 13 to 15.
She is joined by festival assistant Tiffany Holmes and intern Marion Monnier, and the coordination will be overseen by Falmouth-based Event Cornwall.
The 2009 festival will include a number of South West feature film premieres and invited VIPs; a special presentation of the blockbuster climate-change film The Age of Stupid, just ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen; the final vote for the second annual Another Country International Short Film award; and a visiting delegation and programme of short films from this year’s Budapest BuSho Short Film Festival.
Board Shorts, the UK’s only mini-festival dedicated to surf filmmaking, will take place the week before, on Saturday, November 7, at the Stannary Bar on the Tremough campus of Falmouth Univeristy.
Screen Actions, the young persons festival run by and for 8 to 18-year-olds, will take place Friday, November 13. The annual Govyn Kernewek award -a £5,000 commission for the best film proposal to be made in the Cornish language -will be announced following the premiere screening of last year’s winner Skath (Cornish for gig), by Paul Farmer. And the Big Pitcher bidding event for £100 prizes will be back for its fourth frenetic year.
Tributes during the festival will honour the memory of past director Laura Hardman and of executive producer Simon Channing Williams, whose untimely deaths earlier in the year were a huge loss for the local filmmaking community.
Festival chair Ben Read told D+CFilm: ‘The fact that this year’s festival is business as usual, despite the huge challenges thrown at us by the recession, is a testament to the passion of filmmakers and film enthusiasts across Cornwall -and to the generosity of our loyal sponsors and funders, to whom we are most grateful.’
Tickets for the festival will go on sale in October. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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