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Cornwall Film Festival Award Winners

The award winners from this year's Cornwall Film Festival.

The award winners from Cornwall Film Festival short film competition. Local, National and international filmmaking talent, featuring the most innovative and adventurous ideas from filmmakers whose short films manifest stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

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Main Awards

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NO ENTRY

Best Student Short
Kaleb D'aguilar
12m 30 | UK

Against the backdrop of the Windrush scandal, a Jamaican mother, Valerie Powell, struggles to keep her relationship with her son Eli intact. She suffers in silence as she battles with the government's hostile environment tactics, as she keeps the threat of deportation a secret, her psychological state begins to deteriorate as she grapples with the fear of losing her son and the country, she calls home.

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Yummy Mummy

Best Short
Gabriela Staniszewska
14m 30 | UK

Ignored throughout her pregnancy, Lilith senses her identity is being smothered by her burgeoning motherhood. Her anxieties begin to have physical manifestations - then she starts to fall apart - literally.

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Hunros Jorna

Best Regional Short
Mickey Smith and Allan Wilson
19m 07 | UK

An experimental Cornish language film by Allan Wilson & Mickey Smith. Translated & voiced in Kernewek by Gwenno Saunders. Across two decades a clan of curious misfits illuminated the frost bitten frontiers of North Atlantic salt. A pack of strays with a rare eye for heavy water, a halcyon era of exploration & camaraderie in the cold. From the supernatural alchemy of Kernow to the raw majesty of Eire, ‘HUNROS JORNA’ recalls a lifetime of human hearts bewitched by the endless sea.

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Murder Tongue

Best International Short
Ali Sohail Jaura
17m 38 | Pakistan

It is May of 1992. The state sanctioned “Operation” has put the city of Karachi at constant unrest. Abdul Aziz Ansari wakes up at night and is informed by his daughter in law, Naseema that his son hasn’t returned home. As a knock on their door later at night summons them to the hospital, what they witness along the way is known today as the most brutal chapter of the city’s history, a sentiment of hatred towards their race, deep rooted beneath the system.

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KESTAV (Contact)

Best Cornish Short
Christopher Morris
15m 32 | UK

A Cornish speaking alien returns to earth with the mortal remains of a 10th Century pilgrim. The alien comes with a warning, a gift and a proposition.

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GRZANEK (You Will Be Mine Tonight) 

Best Music Video
Sebastian Juszczyk
5m 10 | Poland

What will a man do in the name of desire? „You will be mine tonight” is a metaphysical insight into fascination for a woman, not a mere love story. The song is about desire bordering on insanity starring „the devil”, who hides in every one of us, waiting, whispering and tempting. The pact is made in our minds. But when you finally sign it to get what you want, what price is there to pay for it. What will happen to your soul?

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The Great Dog, Pan

Best South West Experimental Short
Toby Parker Rees
9m 29 sec | UK 

A film about rewilding yourself and living with things – panic and animals in particular. An anxious woman must explain the strange and possibly Faustian relationship she has with her therapy dog. Shot in two continuous long takes, with cuts between angles dictated by which lens the performer looks into. Featuring cameraless 16mm hand-processed in a foraged elderberry developer (panpipes were traditionally made with hollow elder twigs).

More Awards

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The Paranoid Android

Screen Stars of Tomorrow Rising Star Award
Charlie Wilson
3m 45 | UK

Coming soon

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The Electricity in Me (Ellora Torchia)

Best Actor
Matt Sheldon
10m 25 | UK

Years after giving up her newborn son for adoption, a woman confronts her trauma and memories of the man she calls 'my monster’.

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All Girls

Best Ensemble Performance
Anastasia Bruce-Jones
14m 40 | UK

Four teenagers head off on a practice walk for an inter-school competition. If they break the record, all their dreams will come true. But none of them are prepared for the consequences of Heather's ruthless ambition.

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Bugbear

Best Cinematography &
Best Music
Matt Smith
9m | UK 

As a desperate man tries to raise the money he owes a dangerous criminal, he finds something in the woods that will change him forever

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The Wanting

Best Screenwriting in a Short
Alexandros Mattei
17m 59 | UK

Adam goes to his estranged father’s wake, avoiding his own estranged daughter’s birthday. There, he meets his step-family for the first time and, getting a different vibe than expected, he wonders whether the old bastard has any more lessons for him.

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Yummy Mummy

Director's Choice Award
Gabriela Staniszewska
14m 30 | UK

Ignored throughout her pregnancy, Lilith senses her identity is being smothered by her burgeoning motherhood. Her anxieties begin to have physical manifestations - then she starts to fall apart - literally.

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Murder Tongue

New Wave Jury Prize -
Best International Short
Ali Sohail Jaura
17m 38 | Pakistan

It is May of 1992. The state sanctioned “Operation” has put the city of Karachi at constant unrest. Abdul Aziz Ansari wakes up at night and is informed by his daughter in law, Naseema that his son hasn’t returned home. As a knock on their door later at night summons them to the hospital, what they witness along the way is known today as the most brutal chapter of the city’s history, a sentiment of hatred towards their race, deep rooted beneath the system.

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Aftersun

First Feature
Charlotte Wells
1h 36 | UK

The stunning debut from Scottish writer-director Charlotte Wells, Aftersun juxtaposes a hopeful coming-of-age story with a poignant, intimate family portrait that leaves an indelible impression. Eleven-year-old Sophie (newcomer Frankie Corio) and her father, Calum (BAFTA winner Paul Mescal, Normal People), vacation at a Turkish beach resort in the late 1990s. They swim, play pool, and have fun in each other’s company. As they enjoy their time together, layers of melancholy and mystery ripple through Calum’s behaviour. Twenty years later, the memories take on new meaning as Sophie tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.