Cornwall Film Festival (CFF) was established in 2002 by a group of filmmakers to advance the education of the public in the art of cinematography, filmmaking and other forms of moving images including films in the Cornish language. Our main charitable activities focus on support for the media industry in Cornwall through expand audience choice, developing education and learning and fostering sector development. We aim to promote the enjoyment and diversity in specialised film, celebrating excellence. Our focus is on increasing access, cultural choice and experiences through a year round programme of festival activities, education, events and talks. Benefiting public audiences of all ages by providing opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of film, art of cinematography, filmmaking, and moving image not only as a form of entertainment but as a way of engaging audiences in ideas, dialogue & debate about culture & society. CFF especially targets hard to reach audiences and groups facing social, cultural or economic exclusion from the richness of film culture.
CFF established the community cinema programme in Cornwall, secured the first BFI Cornwall Film Academy programme for ambitious young people and a County wide media skills training scheme. In 2015 launched BEACON media training, awarded 4 national Programme Development Funds, 2 Lottery & 2 EU ESF projects. We represent Cornwall in the Celtic community, South West Film Audience Network and Nationally at media industry events.
CFF are members of the Film Hub South West, a network of members comprised of cinemas, arts venues, festivals and orgnaisations involved with the exhibition sector in the South West, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, led by Film Hub Lead Organisation, Watershed. The Radical Film Network, an International network for individuals and organisations involved in politically-engaged and aesthetically innovative film culture, and The Queer Film Network, bringing Queer film programmers together and developing thriving LGBTQIA+ audiences. In 2018 we were shortlisted for a South West Digital award for the best digital use by a Charity.