As December rolls around, everything turns red, white, and green around the world. The harbinger of hope and goodwill, Christmas time is the perfect opportunity to support the local creative community in Cornwall.
Be they students, first-time filmmakers, or professional directors seeking financial assistance, the film community in Cornwall provides an ever-growing supply of fresh new voices. Here we highlight only a few of the filmmakers currently crowdfunding to begin or complete their film projects.
In the 20th edition of Cornwall Film Festival, audiences had the chance to watch the third instalment of the Cornwall Climate Stories documentary series, Living on the Edge. More and more filmmakers are directing their attention to local environmental issues. For example, a new documentary called From the River is highlighting the changes underway at Sailor’s Creek. After years of neglect, a group of passionate environmentalists are now dedicated to the repair of this wildlife haven and director Paul Mulraney is keen on presenting their unique process via film. Read more about the documentary here and support the filmmakers by donating to the film’s official crowdfunding page here.
But it’s not only documentary filmmaking that’s thriving in Cornwall. Filmmakers are exploring a diverse range of genres including fantasy, comedy, and historical drama. Students especially are launching numerous short films with the goal of finalizing their productions before the 2022 film festival run. Working in association with the School of Film and Television in Falmouth University, Zoe Theil and her colleagues are crowdfunding This One’s On Me, a narrative short film tackling masculinity issues in a historical drama taking place in the 1960s. Learn more about their project and donate here.
Cornish filmmakers are also committed to portraying their heritage in film. Falmouth University students Ben Clingan and George Murray are raising funds for their third-year project, Lost Excalibur. The film is a retelling of a Cornish folklore tale and will be shot at local sites including Kresen Kernow and Tintagel Castle. You can read more about the film and donate to the campaign here.
Similarly, a group of women filmmakers currently enrolled in the Film and Television MA programme at Falmouth University are developing The Wolf and the Lamb, a modern take on the Grimms’ Brother classic Little Red Riding Hood. Due to the pandemic, the filmmakers couldn’t work on the film over the past year but are now restarting the pre-production process. Support their film’s crowdfunding campaign here.
Many more filmmakers are seeking donations to make their films, check the full list of crowdfunding campaigns for Cornwall-based film projects here.