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Project information

Cornwall Film Festival (CFF) Relocation

After 9 years in Falmouth, CFF will celebrate its 10th Birthday in Newquay in 2011, in order to reach a new audience in an under-served area of Cornwall. The project will enable more people to access Cornwall's only major film festival & help foster community cohesion through cultural activity.

October 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: Cornwall Film Festival

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  • Need


    Newquay, which has been without a cinema for 16 years, is in severe need of a cultural 'face lift'. The town of Newquay has developed a reputation as the 'booze-fuelled party capital of the UK', renowned for stag and hen parties, under-aged drinking and anti social behaviour. The existing art scene in the area is largely ignored and there is a desperate need to up the cultural offering in Newquay to change local and national perceptions of this beautiful coastal town and its people.


    CFF will bring a major cultural event to add to Newquay's offering. In the process of organising this event we will be engaging the local community through pre-festival screening events & workshops. We will be working with existing groups to promote cultural activity in Newquay & show a different side to the town. CFF will provide professional development & networking opportunities for local residents, cultivating a new audience, as well as attracting 'cultural tourists' to the town

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Hold the tenth Cornwall Film Festival in Newquay in November 2011


    » Call for entries for Cornish, UK & international short film submissions for screening at Cornwall Film Festival 2011 in Newquay.
    » Promote CFF2011 in Newquay via pre-festival screenings across Cornwall and by launching a new online short film channel.
    » Create an eclectic programme of high quality feature films for a wide ranging audience in Newquay and to attract audiences from further afield
    » Run a number of professional development and skills based workshops for filmmakers, film enthusiasts and for young people at CFF2011

    What success will look like

    Success will be receiving over 1500 attendees during the Festival weekend and reaching a new audience in Newquay and the surrounding area.

  • Impact


    The project will create a more positive image for Newquay, which will be demonstrated through press coverage, audience surveys and by canvassing local opinion. The Festival will grow its audience by 1000 attendees a year over the next three years in Newquay, with a growing economic impact of up to £250,000 on the town by the third year. This will be measured through ticket sales, hotel bookings and audience surveys.


    There is a risk we my alienate CFF's existing, Falmouth-based, audience due to the move to Newquay. We are dealing with this risk by continuing to hold special events in Falmouth & promoting the exciting possibilities offered by our new venue. The is also a risk that Newquay residents will not buy into CFF, resulting in a poor turn out. We have dealt with this by partnering with Newquay Town Council & Newquay BID to work with the town and its residents to create an event they can be proud of.


    Funders will be appraised of this project through regular email newletter updates, which report on current and future activities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £53,829

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,587 wages and staffing Annual cost of Festival staff and Director
      £4,800 Venue The venue hire of the Lighthouse Cinema for the Festival weekend
      £4,700 Workshops & Screenings Filmmaking workshops for a variety of age groups & a range of feature film screenings
      £5,000 Online Tv Channel The development and maintenance of CFF's online Film channel
      £6,942 Publicity & office overhead Producing posters, flyers and a Festival brochure & office overhead
      £2,800 Pre-Festival Screenings Special screening events across Cornwall to promote the Festival

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Newquay Town Council £7,500 Guaranteed
    Cornwall Council £5,000 Guaranteed
    Newquay Town Manager £2,000 Guaranteed
    FEAST £7,800 Guaranteed
    Tim Rice Charitable Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
    Ticket Sales and submission fees £7,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Newquay in a seaside town on Cornwall's north coast and has a domestic population of 22K, which increases to 120K on any one day in the peak season of July and August. Newquay is most famously known as a surf resort and for its nightlife. There is an emerging art scene in Newquay, which is struggling against the perceptions of Newquay as a party town. The stunning vistas and a brand new state-of-the-art cinema makes it the perfect location for unique and growing film festival.


    Filmmakers and film enthusiast from all over Cornwall will benefit from this project, by providing them with an opportunity to showcase their work and watch films that they would not otherwise have the chance to see.
    Residents of Newquay and the surrounding areas will benefit in particular from having this event on their doorstep and with reduced price entry for locals. Newquay is an impoverished area and this event will bring new revenue to the town, out of season.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Cornwall Film Festival has been delivering screening events and filmmaking workshops for 9 years, includingan annual 3-day Cornwall Film Festival event, Screen Actions - a young person's film festival for ages 8-18 and Board Shorts, the UK's only short surf film Festival.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tiffany Holmes

    Tiffany is the Festival Manager and has been working behind the scenes on planning events for the Festival for 2 years and is key to the organisation.

    Donna Anton

    Donna is the Festival Director & the creative brain behind the programming of the Festival, creating an eclectic mix of events & screenings for all.

Cornwall Film Festival 2010