Film submissions are now being accepted for the ninth annual Cornwall Film Festival, scheduled for 5-7 November at the Phoenix Cinema in Falmouth.
Entries are also being accepted for Screen Actions, the young persons’ film festival for ages 8-18, and Board Shorts, which showcases the surf-film genre, though their event dates have not yet been set.
The earlybird deadline for Cornish films and Board Shorts is 12 July -entry is free. The normal deadline is 26 July -the fee is £10 per entry. The late deadline is Monday, August 2 and the fee is £25 per entry.
Another Country, the festival’s international short-film competition, is joined this year by a new category, Your Country, which welcomes short films from across the UK, including Cornwall, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands. Deadlines for these categories are Monday, June 28 (£20), 12 July (£25) and 26 July (£35).
Also new this year is a category called The Edge, which has been created for experimental and non-narrative films.
The Cornish film category has been expanded to include films that have a strong link to Cornwall or Cornish culture by non-resident filmmakers -for example, a film that has been wholly or mostly shot in Cornwall. Previously, entries in this category required at least one creative team member (writer, director, producer) to be resident in Cornwall.
The Golden Chough Grand Prize will be awarded to the best film of the festival.
Festival director Donna Anton told D+CFilm: ‘Receiving a whole new body of creative work by Cornish filmmakers -enhanced this year by our expansion into films with a strong link to Cornwall -is exciting for the entire festival team, staff and volunteers alike,’ said Festival director Donna Anton. ‘There’s a wealth of talent here just waiting to be discovered every single year.’
A full description of categories, eligibility, prizes, deadlines and fees can be found on the Cornwall Film Festival website.
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