2018

Returning to Plymouth for the fifth year running, Rebel Film Festival delivered two days packed with world-class short films, networking sessions, special feature screenings, and inspiring Q&As with special guests. Championing emerging voices and celebrating innovative independent filmmaking, the festival featured over 40 short films from filmmakers around the globe. 

The festival also welcomed its first Oscar winning attendee in Roger Deakins CBE, famed cinematographer of such iconic films as Blade Runner, Skyfall and The Shawshank Redemption. Roger returned as a guest judge for the festival, the three-time BAFTA award winning filmmaker also made a surprise appearance, much to the delight of the unsuspecting film fans and offering them an opportunity to watch and discuss films with a celebrated figure in the film industry.

We’re so fortunate to be able meet and spend a weekend with so many talented, amazing people. We want to say a huge thank you to all the filmmakers, especially those that traveled internationally, James and Roger Deakins for their continued involvement and all of the other attendees, staff volunteers who made the festival a truly remarkable event, see you all again next year!

Audience Choice Winners

Award Winners

2017

Our 4th edition already! We can’t believe how fast the last few years have gone. Our 2017 Festival once again saw an incredible standard of both UK and International short film screenings and networking events. Roger Deakins returned to our judging panel to select his favourite film from the festival selection, which was awarded to the beautifully shot BACKSTORY. We we’re also honored to be able to host LA-based indie feature film director, Jerry J. White III, who’s latest film, This is Us, received exceptional feedback from our audiences.

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2016

The 3rd edition of the Plymouth Film Festival opened with a rather boozy networking party at the fantastic Rumpus Cosy to welcome many filmmakers from all over the UK & Europe to the city. With an increase in UK films entered over our submission period the future of British short film looks very promising & it was really exciting to be able to host some of the best of this UK talent over the course of the weekend. We were also thrilled to be able to include a 1 Day workshop with author of the Guerilla Filmmaking Guides, Chris Jones, who delivered an inspirational insight into both short film production & distribution.

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2015

The 2nd edition of the Plymouth Film Festival expanded on a successful inaugural event in every sense, receiving over 500  entrants from around the world, and selling out the majority of the weekends screenings in the Plymouth Arts Centre’s luxury cinema. In addition to an incredibly strong line up of short films the festival programme extended to include a local feature film with Q&A, and an informative and entertaining screenwriting workshop.

52 of the films were selected for screening over the course of the weekend and plenty of the filmmakers walked away with awards, along with a share of the £2000 in prize money. Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins made a very special addition to our judges panel to select his favourite film from our line up. Attending filmmakers were also treated to Half Cut Reel Ale, a specially brewed festival beer, as a part of the awards and networking party thanks to local New Lion Brewery.

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Audience Choice Winners

Award Winners

2014

The Plymouth Film Festival was founded in 2013 by Plymouth University graduates William Jenkins and Ben Hancock, and the inaugural event held in May 2014 at the Plymouth Arts Centre was well received by both film fans and film makers from the South West and further afield. The event surpassed all expectations in terms of interest, receiving over 400 entrants from over 30 countries, and attracting an audience filling over two thirds of the seats in the Plymouth Arts Centre’s luxury cinema during the four screenings (even more impressive when you consider it was the hottest, sunniest day of the year to that point). In addition to the international element we also had a South West category that drew many great films from Plymouth and the surrounding region.

32 of the films were selected for screening over the course of a day and 6 awards were presented during the evening’s ceremony and social event to the winning film makers, along with £1350 in prize money. The response has given us a great confidence that what we are creating is of value and interest, and that there is great potential in future iterations of the event.

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Born to be Mild – Andy Oxley

Best South West Film

Audience Choice Winner

Time on the Hill – Ryan Dean

Best Documentary Film

Dos Caras – Francisco Bendomir

Best Fiction Film
Grand Prix Winner

Timothy – Marc Martínez Jordán

Best Student Film