Spring is not far off and Newlyn Film Festival (5th-7th April) https://newlynfilmfestival.com/2019-festival/ is beckoning once again for its second year. I am very pleased to say that Lucy and myself have been invited to judge the poetry film strand once again – and we are looking out for your inspiring entries. As the festival notes they are looking for ‘core vision’ for entries of six minutes or less, with a winner’s award and certificate. Please note that the deadline has been revised to February 28th. Last year’s poetry film winner was Dave Richardson with Love’s River of Errors. I interviewed Dave about the film – ‘Unchartered Terrain: The Personal Within’ which you can read in Home Page Screenings.
There are also £100 prizes for: best fiction film judged by Maria Livesey, who has vast experience in all areas of broadcast television; best documentary judged by Cornish-born Martha Dixon, who is both an experienced investigative journalist in the field and producer; and best animation by Morgan Francis (Spider Eye) who has an established career directing highly successful animated short films for major broadcasters. There are also trophies and award certificates for best student film, judged by the talented video artist Martin Rieser (known for sublime interactive installations); and the new and interesting category best short screenplay judged by Dr Martin Kiszko, with award-winning scores and screenplays; there are also categories for best feature film and best Cornish film. Located in the historic Acorn Theatre, Penzance, festival founders Diana Taylor and Anthea Page from Redcliffe Films in Bristol, have set a standard for innovative and yet warm, celebratory screenings with a festival party to remember, so don’t miss the chance to be there!