A showcase of local filmmaking talent from entries submitted to the 2017 Cornwall Film Festival Short Film Competition, bringing worthy filmmakers to regional and national attention. Cornwall Film Festival seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous from filmmakers whose short films manifest stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.
Dognapped | Lena Karsten | 06:30 // Cornish editor and now short film director, Lena Karsten gives us this fine dog drama. Bob the mutt wakes up to find his mate Nelly gone and ventures out to save her.
On Location | Kayla Parker | 12:30 // A hybrid form of landscape cinema, this film observes a year’s cycle of seasonal changes along an unnamed hollow that forms the stream bed for several springs in a remote area of rural mid-Devon.
Boi | Dionne Rayner | 10:00 // The trans community has come on by leaps and bounds over the last few years, however, there is still so much that needs to be done. This documentary focuses on how far the community has come over the last half a century, and what hinders its progression by interviewing three men who are in different stages of their transitional journeys. (Falmouth Uni)
Lost and Found | Peter Bruteig Henriksen | 09:00 // Lost & Found is a short film about meaning, purpose and the value of human connection. We follow our protagonist as they embark into a new age, where the need for human labour has been rendered redundant. In a society where we are defined by our jobs, the film poses the question: what is left for us in a world without purpose?
Life Time | Adam Drake | 10:00 // Faced with the cold reality of cancer, Patrick and Madeleine have to draw on all their strength as a couple to overcome the most challenging time of their lives. In an honest and moving account, the pair each describe the struggle from their different perspectives, from the shock of diagnosis to devastating effects of treatment,. Their experience causes them to contemplate the prospect of death and reassess the important things in life. (Falmouth Uni)
Siffre | Henry Crisp | 10:00
Siffre is a short film about the French speleologist Michel Siffre. Based on a true story, in 1962 Michel spent 63 days living 375 feet below ground in the French-Italian Maritime Alps. With no access to clocks, living with no natural daylight Michel perseveres, then one day a cave-in causes his record player to break - leaving his mental health and sanity hanging in the balance. (Falmouth Uni)
As We Get Older | Barbara Santi | 05:00 // Barbara Santi gives us a contemplative short film on aging, dancing, and friendship.
Longwave | Cain Popovski Smith | 09:30 // Cain Popovski Smith provides a film which shows us a decaying world in which a lone man wanders through a strange landscape looking for the ghostly echoes of humanity. (Falmouth Uni)
Buddha of Superposition | Alexis Kirke | 10:00 // Laura is a Buddhist and young aspiring dramatic-singer. She is also living with psychosis. This fictional film uses innovative sound and visual design to take the audience inside Laura's mental illness and tell the story of her attempts to medicate through technology, imagination, and religion.
Sink | BFI Cornwall Film Academy | 04:00 // Produced by the team of students who applied for Cornwall Film Festival’s BFI Cornwall Film Academy, the 2017 students have produced a short drama about a troubled man left dealing with the personal struggles from his past that continue to haunt him even now.
Fantastic Day | Charlie Fripp | 04:00 // Fantastic Day is a promotional video crafted by Charlie Fripp. Sporting some stunning cinematography, it exhibits the sheer beauty of a small coastal village, Porthtowan.