The venue for the Cornwall Film Festival this year has been announced, with the event once again taking place at the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay, Cornwall. The festival, which will run from the 8th – 10th November, runs year-round screening events across the Duchy and will be working with Redruth to put on a mini film festival before the main event.
Whilst the festival is regional, it’s gaining international significance and already attracts submissions from filmmakers all over the world. The festival itself brings in visitors from across the UK and provides a range of broad and niche categories.
Cornwall Film Festival is now calling for entries of Cornish feature films and short films, with a brand new competition opening this year for online, interactive digital content (sponsored by KEO Digital). The earlybird deadline for entering films into the festival is 25th June. Details for entering can be found on the website – www.cornwallfilmfestival.com.
Another exciting piece of news is that the festival will be presenting the UK premiere of the hottest new British film, Summer in February, in partnership with Merlin Cinemas in Penzance on 3rd June and with The Poly in Falmouth on 4th June. Metrodome Distribution are giving Cornish audiences the opportunity to see the film 11 days in advance of its UK release on the 14th June.
Directed by Christopher Menaul and starring Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame and Australian actress Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Summer in February focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group of the Newlyn artist’s colony in the years running up to the First World War. Inspired by diaries and adapted from Jonathan Smith’s 1995 novel, Summer In February reveals the tragic consequences of an ill-fated love affair.
The Savoy Cinema will host the premiere screening at 8pm on Monday 3rd June, which will be followed by a Q&A with members of the cast and crew. Tickets are £10 and go on sale on 10th May via www.merlincinemas.co.uk. The screening at The Poly in Falmouth will take place on Tuesday 4th June at 7.30pm, followed by a Q&A with Jonathan Smith. Tickets are available via www.thepoly.org.
Cornwall Film Festival is one of the best film festivals in the UK and is well worth entering and/or attending.