The Cornwall Film Festival will be holding its 12th edition between the 8th and 10th November 2013 at Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay. We will be announcing the full programme on the 16th October, but here is a preview of our exclusive film screenings and special guests!
This year we have a special line-up of prestigious guests, with directors and producers who will come for Q&As after the screening of their films, and with industry professionals who will present workshops and panel discussions.
We're very excited to be welcoming the UK's foremost film critic, Mark Kermode, who will be discussing Cinema Past / Cinema Future in a Q&A as well as perfoming a live musical accompaniment to scenes from silent films with The Dodge Brothers.
Exclusive Feature Film Screenings
Cornwall Film Festival will be screening some of the best feature films that have been shown at the most prestigious film festivals in the world (Berlin, Venice, Cannes, Toronto, Sundance) and which would not otherwise reach the big screen in Cornwall.
Here is a sneaky preview of some of our most exciting films!
The Great Beauty (2013, Italy, dir. Paolo Sorrentino, fiction)
The Great Beauty was part of the official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival and was also shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. A portrait of today's Rome, it is the story of an aging writer who recollects his passionate, lost youth.
Acclaimed British filmmaker Mike Leigh, Patron of Cornwall Film Festival, hand picked this film for the Festival saying: "The Great Beauty is an epic, cinematic, rambling, sexy, exotic, human study. It is moving and shocking, and will certainly bring a little welcome spice to a cold Cornish winter."
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013, UK, dir. Mike Lerner & Maxim Pozdorovkin, documentary) + Live Q&A
An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award, the film tells their story of the Russian Feminist art collective Pussy Riot who were detained by the Russian authorities after they held a protest.
With exclusive interviews and unprecedented access to courtroom footage, the film highlights the forces that transformed these women from playful political activists to modern-day icons, exposing the state of Russian justice in the modern era.
The screening will be followed by a Live Q&A with the producer, Mike Hewett.
We're very excited to be showing one of the films that has been talked about the most on the festival circuit in the last year: an experimental documentary about fishing, the Edinburgh Film Festival described it as "a film that looks and sounds like nothing you have ever experienced."
The film won the Michael Powell award for best British feature at the Edinburgh festival, and it was described by the jury as: "an original and imaginative documentary which observes the brutal routine of deep-sea fishing in a way which completely immerses the watcher in its story".
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012, dir. Felix Van Groeningen, Belgium)
Sweeping awards in categories at both the Tribeca and Berlin film festivals and selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Oscars, "The Broken Circle Breakdown" is about a stormy and passionate love story between 2 musicians.
“The film’s barn-stomping blue grass concert footage and enthralling love story are delightfully reminiscent of the grand old days of American country music.” – Berlin Film Festival
The Unbelievers (2013, dir. Gus Holwerda, USA, documentary) + Skype Q&A
The Unbelievers (2013, dir. Gus Holwerda) is a refreshing documentary in which great scientists explain their atheist position. The film follows evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak publicly to sold-out halls, advancing a thoughtful dialogue about the importance of science and reason in the modern world.
The film includes interviews with Ricky Gervais, Cameron Diaz, Stephen Hawking, Woody Allen and Werner Herzog, all fans of the scientists.
The film will be followed by a skype Q&A with the physicist Lawrence Krauss
This year’s selection will include 22 feature films, 100+ short films, a special workshop day for young people, live Q&As with directors and producers, industry talks with professionals from the British Film Institute and Sheffield Documentary Festival among others, gala receptions and other exciting events, so keep your eyes peeled and check out our website on 16 Oct when we announce the full programme!
Cornwall Film Festival are really excited to be working with Carn to Cove this year on an exciting new project funded by FEAST and Creative Engand to bring the cinema experience to rural communities across Cornwall - C Fylm!
Carn to Cove has been instrumental in the formation of successful community cinemas now running across Cornwall in Bude (Bude Community Cinema), Launceston (FLIC: Film Launceston in the Community), Carnon Downs, Stithians and many more of the 85 communities who are part of the live Carn to Cove performing arts network.
As part of this new initiative, C-Fylm is offering to support community venues to screen a season of films for their local audience; offering people across Cornwall the chance to watch great films in their own community, in the company of friends and family, at an affordable price.
Communities who are part of the scheme will be able to access:
- Support from C-Fylm to establish a film club to suit their local audience, whether it be with mainstream Hollywood releases or special interest cinema, art-house or foreign language films.
- Advice on programming, marketing and on creating a social event for the community
- Use of projection equipment and technical support.
- Access to the Motion Picture Licensing Company blanket licence for public screening of films
C-Fylm is a members-only film club, but membership only costs £5! Members of the community film club will benefit from:
- Free entry into three C-Fylm screenings (30 screenings across Cornwall) and a reduced monthly membership of £3/£2concession thereafter.
- Free entry to a special screening at the Cornwall Film Festival in November
- Invitations to the Cornwall Film Festival opening night reception and VIP events
- £1 discount on all Carn to Cove events.
Film licence restrictions
- The performances must take place in the premises notified by the Licensee
- No specific titles, characters or producers names can be used to advertise to the general public
- No admission fee will be charged to the audience
- Only film titles produced and/or distributed by MPLC-affiliated companies may be shown
If you are passionate about film and want to set up a film club in your community, all you need is a space to screen the films, energetic volunteer support (friends and family will do), some bright ideas for programming and bringing in audiences and C-Fylm will help to make it happen.
- Visit www.cornwallfilmfestival.com/c-fylm for more information and to sign up for the scheme or call 01209 204655.
- Let us know the films you are interested in screening
- Let us know the dates you would like the screenings to take place
Cornwall Film Festival is thrilled to be presenting the UK premiere of the hottest new British film release, SUMMER IN FEBRUARY, in partnership with Merlin Cinemas in Penzance on 3rd June and with The Poly in Falmouth on 4th June.
The 2012 Cornwall Film Festival kicks off on Thursday 8th November and runs throughout the weekend until 11pm on Sunday 11th at Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay. There are more feature films in this year's programme than ever before as well as wonderful short films from our very talented Cornish filmmakers and a wide selection of international films.
There are a number of special screenings at this year's festival, including UK and South West Premieres of new feature films with Q&As, such as Sightseers, with Producer Andy Starke, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding with director Donald Rice and Producer Teun Hilte and Trap for Cinderella, sponsored by Cher Varya, with director Iain Softley and producer Robert Jones.
Visit the Cornwall Film Festival website to see the full line-up at this year's festival, including the workshops and talks on offer. There is a special reduced rate on the Stereo 3D Camera workshop to £25 until Midnight on Sunday.
See what top UK film critic Mark Kermode has picked out as his highlights for this year's Cornwall Film Festival! Mark Kermode's Pick of CFF2012 from Cornwall Filmfestival on Vimeo.