A collection of short films made in and about Cornwall and in the Cornish language will be presented at the Plaza in Truro on Monday, June 21. And along with the free entry there’s a glass of Polgoon’s Raspberry Aval (Cornish champagne-style cider, winner of Taste of The West Gold Medal 2009).
This special event launches the second in Awen Productions’ series of DVD compilations, Tyskennow Kernow. The DVD includes the first-ever Cornish-language film drama and a gleaner’s sheaf of award-winning films from the Celtic Media Festival, Lodz International Mediaschoo” Film Festival, Poland, and the Cornwall Film Festival.
A preview screening of selected short films will be followed by the theatrical premiere screening of Skath -The Cornish Pilot Gig, winner of the 2009 Govyn Kernewek award. This thrilling Cornish-language documentary, with English subtitles, charts the progress of Cornish poet Pol Hodge as he battles to get into shape in order to compete, with no previous experience, in the World Pilot Gig Championships in Scilly.
‘Skath was hard to make,’ Paul Farmer, the film’s producer and director told D+CFilm. ‘But it is the best film I have been involved in. It took nearly eight months to shoot but I enjoyed every second, even when I was freezing cold and soaking wet!’
The evening’s finale will be the announcement of the 2010 Govyn Kerewek award. The winner of this competitive annual commission will receive £5,000 to make a short film using Kernewek, the Cornish language.
This special event will be held in Screen 2 of the Plaza from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are free, but contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance if you wish to reserve a seat.
DVDs of Tyskennow Kernow 2 will be for sale at the event at a special discounted price of £10. All profits will go towards supporting the annual Govyn Kernewek award.