2ND – 3RD JUNE 2018

We can hardly believe that we’ve been doing this for 5 years already, luckily we prefer handing out laurels to
resting on them. As such, we’re super excited to be returning for our fifth year extravaganza.



We’re super excited to be returning for our fifth year extravaganza. As ever, we are striving to make the event the biggest and best yet; expect the usual phenomenal selection of high quality films, parties and people, plus look out for some surprises to celebrate an important milestone for the festival.

The Plymouth Film Festival is truly a celebration of film, created and curated with the filmmakers in mind. Our festival is about more than just watching films, and we strive to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all attendees to enjoy and discuss between screening blocks in comfortable and relaxed environments.

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£35.00 PER PASS

Get an all access pass to all festival screenings, Q&A’s & networking sessions.


9 am
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10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sometimes life can feel pretty hard going and make you want to break away from the monotony. Whether you’ll make it or not is another question of course; probably best to just stay put and keep spinning that wheel.


Camelia, an escort with a troubled past, is newly employed at an erotic massage parlour in eastern Montreal. Met coldly by her competitive new colleagues, she struggles to establish a clientele while maintaining her dignity.

A man who comes to the cafeteria manages to turn someone else´s world upside down.

Our life is like walking on a tightrope. But silly Sparrow doesn’t know fear, and by playing with him Luba forgets she is on a rope…

You get up at five, eat your vitamins, take some water with your coffee, work for a few hours, eat your omegas and flavonoids, work a little more, get some exercise and then take a shower. But don’t bother trying to wash the sand out of your hair.

Contractor 014352
Real and imaginary worlds collide when a lonely data entry clerk reaches through his computer screen, in search of a genuine connection.

A selection of brief interviews provide the voices for ten meticulously designed CGI clock characters, in a variety of real-world settings, as they respond to a single question: “What does time mean to you?”

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sometimes you can pinpoint an exact moment when a choice you made set you on an unstoppable course. Sometimes it’s just a series of escalating decisions, or a chance encounter. Either way, a ringing phone just has to be answered right?


Funeral Games
Late for a funeral and victims of an unfortunate theft, two undertakers are presented with an unexpected opportunity.

Strangers on the Road
While carrying a mysterious package, Mikel notices he is being followed by a black car. In an attempt to get away, he ends up at a roadside bar where he meets Sara, a girl who doesn't trust easily.

At the height of WW2, a cowardly deserter awakens in a Nazi prison cell alongside a mysterious female prisoner. Unwitting test subjects in a cruel psychological experiment the pair must follow a set of rules if they're ever to escape, but all is not what it seems.

Fighting vulnerability, depression and stereotypes; Piotr’s monologue expresses how MMA and Art harmonise to achieve equilibrium in his life.

One Breath: A Life Without Gravity
An immersive insight into the life of freedivers Eusebio and Christina Saenz De Santamaria as they attempt to set a new world record.

A mid life crisis captured on film as a filmmaker struggles to come to terms with becoming a father for the first time.

The Log
A short film about a long penis.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

How’s life working out for you? Probably alright if you’re here I imagine. Cracks are certainly beginning to form though, and more people are finding themselves falling through them. It’s time to rise up. Damn the man!


A paranoid misfit believes he is on the verge of uncovering an incendiary conspiracy but before exposing the evidence, he meets a wary acquaintance who helps him weigh up the risks.

Hell Visa
An unhappy man contemplates moving to Hell for its great weather, job opportunities, and excitement.

The Sermon
A young woman’s secret rocks an isolated church community in this disturbing folk horror tale.

Susanne and The Man
Susanne endeavors to find her own voice & rhythm when she finds herself in a meeting with the 'King of Mansplaining'.

A homeless teenage girl attempts to find a new place to stay whilst living in her car.

In The System
A woman goes to the unemployment office to apply for benefits, but discovers she is not eligible.

After We Have Left Our Homes.
Under a dictatorship that has banned music, a man hides a recording.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet this year's festival filmmakers for relaxed drinks in the Plymouth Arts Centre bar and cafe.


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Communication isn’t always easy, and intentions can often be distorted - whether an old fashioned letter, or a voice from beyond the grave. Join our heroes and heroines as they attempt to get their voices heard.


Pipe Dream
Richard Wagner Jr. III lives within a prison. But beyond these walls of stone awaits a lucid and fringe dream that seeks out hosts for a short-lived dance of the fantastic.

George the Dog
George is looking for a lady, so he has come to the Speed Dating Agency for help.

A student in her twenties duels with her alter ego as a “cam model”, where men pay to watch her have sex.

Ouija Sex
When a heart-broken man tries to contact his deceased girlfriend, he discovers she wants more than just a chat...

Parting Gifts
Two exes agree to meet up and exchange belongings, only for old passions and argument to resurface - all hinging around one last item neither are happy to let go.

The Letters
Impatient adoptive parents send secret letters to the teenage orphan Zolika, before meeting him in person. While the parents prepare for his arrival outside, Zolika has to find the ultimate solution to make sure his beloved Dori gets free from the orphanage.

Sophie and Henry are trying to locate their grown up son Tom, having lost contact with him for the umpteenth time during his struggles with drug addiction. Sophie will do anything to find her son but Henry knows it’s time to take a step back.

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

When 850 000 bitcoins (half a billion dollars) disappear from Mt. Gox in Tokyo, it's unconventional CEO, Mark Karpelès, is arrested. After a year, he's finally released for lack of evidence. Mark Karpelès is now free and breaks his silence.

Launched as a bitcoin exchange in 2010, Mt. Gox quickly became the world's most popular cryptocurrency trading platform. But by February 2014, the site pulled the plug and filed for bankruptcy. Mt. Gox blamed its huge losses on hackers who had stolen over 8 billion dollars worth of bitcoin, taking advantage of a major security flaw. At the time, Karpelès became the most hated person in the bitcoin world for letting it happen right under his nose, he currently remains held in Japan on trial for embezzlement.

Screening to be followed by a Q&A session with the French directors, Vincent Gonon & Xavier Sayanoff, who'll be sharing their experiences in gaining access to such an extraordinary individual.


10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Another eclectic feast to wash down those buttery croissants and morning bubbly. Time to rub the sleep from your bleary eyes and get stuck in to some more great films.


When Jorge is inexplicably unable to stop playing the drums, Maria develops increasingly creative methods to care for his everyday needs whilst dealing with the complaints of their neighbours.

Karl spins the spoon from his coffee. Something spins even faster inside Tony's head.

Desolation Follows
Designated as areas of outstanding natural beauty, the English moorlands elicit in us a sense of the wild and untamed. A pristine wilderness, untouched by the advances of civilisation. Yet all is not as it seems.

Catawampus is based on the Slavic folk-tale of Baba Yaga. The story follows a little girl who gets lost in the woods during a rainstorm and finds shelter in a seemingly abandoned cabin.

Chippy Tea
Secrets boiling under the surface and an unwanted guest mean that the Railton sister's usual Friday supper is turned on its head, and things emerge that will change lives forever.

The Hex
Greg is convinced his wife has turned into a spider. Panicked, he calls his best friend Joe for help. Only Joe isn't that helpful.

Next To You
A documentary that follows the nomadic, free spirited musician Jamo Hope.

I know I Shouldn't Like It But I Do
Exploring the depravity of the everyday human psyche, and the complex Freudian wants and needs of everyone – whether they like to admit it or not.

All the Worlds a Stage
An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem "All The World's A Stage" narrated by the renowned Shakespeare actor and director Samuel West (Royal Shakespeare Company).

The Girl in the Snow
A day in the life of a foley artist.

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Just because you’re related to someone, doesn’t mean they are always going to have your best interest at heart. These family ties are ones our protagonists would be better off without, but that doesn’t guarantee a happy ending.


Gypsy's Kiss
An elderly widow reasserts her own sense of independence with a surprisingly unconventional yearly pilgrimage to her late husband's grave.

With her husband trapped underground in a cave-diving accident, Sally goes to find out what is happening with the rescue attempt but discovers more about her marriage instead.

The Nephew
In the mid-40s, a young boy is taken to a brothel by his Uncle to 'become a man.'

Hide and Seek
Matyi loves to play hide and seek, but some times he takes it too far & not everyone is enjoying the game.

An emotionally hardened young woman wrestles with difficult memories when her estranged father returns from time in prison.away.

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Ever felt like you don’t belong? Well, you’re not alone, and let’s face it, noone ever did anything great by following the beaten track. This collection of films celebrate difference and creativity.


The Outer Circle
Katherine’s natural elegance and ‘English’ heritage immediately endears her to Daniel's family, but it soon becomes apparent that beneath the warm and welcoming atmosphere, some are not ready as others to accept her.

Eileen & I
By day, Sarah, a shy, anxious girl in her early thirties, struggles to live life as she was always told she should: unannounced, dutiful, obedient. By night she is Eileen, an outgoing, bolshy drag queen whose priority is to undermine everything that Sarah stands for.

The Box
Life in the Box is boring and miserable. Until one day a happy, lively and curious new inhabitant appears. The flat-headed neighbours quickly tire of him, but eventually he literally grows over their heads…

The Catch
Morgan loves fly fishing in the river near her home. She also likes a boy. But boys don’t like girls who fish. Will she have to choose one over the other?

March Fool
Struggling with depression, Louis is dragging himself out to his despicable brother's birthday party with his despicable sister. Tired of being the butt of their jokes, an early April fools' day gag may just be the last straw...

3:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Ruby wakes from a bad dream to find herself in a real life nightmare. She’s trapped in a basement, her legs are broken and she can’t remember who she is or how she got there. Her kidnapper, Tom, tells her she will remain captive until she falls in love with him. Ruby is focused on trying to escape until Tom starts helping her to remember her past, then she begins to question everything.

Screening to be followed by Q&A with cast & crew.


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

As with previous years our 2018 Awards Ceremony will be hosted in the Plymouth Arts Centre’s own bar, where attendees will be able to enjoy a drink and celebrate with this year’s winners. We will be revealing our 2018 Category Winners, alongside the Saturday and Sunday Audience Choice Awards.

Our festival awards have been designed by Deuce Studio, the creators of our brand and marketing. The festival beer will be flowing, courtesy of the awesome Left Handed Giant Brewing Co., so grab a beer, relax and see how your audience choice votes tie up with our judges opinions.

As ever, the party won’t stop here, and everyone is welcome to join us as we head down to the historic Barbican for some late night drinks by the waterside.



The Roger Deakins Award

Roger Deakins returns to as a guest judge to choose his favourite film out of our 2018 selection!

The three-time BAFTA award winner, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2013, the first C.B.E. ever given to a cinematographer, throughout his career he has collected awards from the American Society of Cinematographers in addition to a whole host of Oscar Nominations. When you take a look at his incredible portfolio of work, it doesn’t take long to figure out why, with credits including The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Fargo(1996), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and No Country For Old Men (2007).

Known for creating breath-taking visuals and many successful collaborations with the Coen Brothers spanning just shy of 25 years, the Devon-born cinematographer kindly agreed to take the time to choose a winning film at our 2018 Festival.

It’s a huge honour for the festival to have the support of such an iconic figure within the film industry whose work we have the deepest admiration for and it will no doubt be an amazing accolade for the winner of this award.

Watch the 2017 Winner online



Our Plymouth festival is hosted at the brilliant Plymouth Arts Centre, a nationally acclaimed centre for contemporary art, independent cinema, and creative learning. Who also commission work by national and international artists, working with them to develop a unique, challenging and varied programme of exhibitions.

The Plymouth Art Centre’s state-of-the-art cinema is independent, with a carefully curated programme, hand-picked by programmer Anna Navas, screening the best of arthouse cinema from around the world to those blockbusters that you wouldn’t want to watch anywhere else. They have supported us from the very beginning and their passionate team provide a warm welcome to all of our travelling filmmakers every year, with a special thanks to the projectionist, Gavin Lewarne, who ensures the highest quality playback for all of our films.

We also work with local bakery, Jacka, based just round the corner in the Barbican to provide a buffet comprising of their award-winning sourdough pizzas & pastries, perfectly accompanied by locally brewed craft beer & the exceptional sparkling wine produced by Sharpham Vineyard in nearby Totnes – all available at the Plymouth Arts Centre.

Our 2018 Festival Jury

Anna Navas

Film Programmer

With over 15 years experience as a Film Programmer for PCA, Anna's love for film and keen involvement in community projects has led her to founding and supporting numerous local initiatives promoting art house cinema, grassroots filmmaking and local artists.

Jonny Kurzman

Award-Winning Screenwriter

Jonny has worked extensively in children's television, including Wolfblood, The Sparticle Mystery and MI High. He has a number of TV and film projects in the UK and the US including Armorel, that is scheduled to shoot in 2018.

Kingsley Marshall

Head of Film in the School of Film & Telelvision - Falmouth University

Kingsley specializes in sound design and score, film-making practice, film criticism and philosophical approaches to film. His academic research primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in film, the cinematic representation of historical figures and production cultures in film, music and television. Prior to this he has worked as an entertainment journalist for over 20 years, writing features, interviews, biographies and reviews for over 30 magazines and newspapers in Europe, the US and Japan.

John Sealey

Film Producer at Fabians Films

With a masters in European Cinema and PhD Film by Practice, Johns cinematic knowledge is unquestionable. His love of film has led him from lecturing to create his own production house where he aims to help talented young filmmakers realise their potential.

Lucy Leake

Programme Leader for Film - Plymouth College of Art

Lucy leads the award-winning BA (Hons) Film programme at Plymouth College of Art. She is Secretary for NAHEMI (National Association for Higher Education in Moving Image) Executive, and Associate Editor for Screenworks, Screen Media Practice Research Journal.

Peter Nicholson

Film Writer & Director

A multi award-winning director of documentary, drama-documentary and drama with credits on UK (Channel 4 & BBC) and international television channels and extensive co-production experience, Peter's latest feature, Dartmoor Killing, is currently available to watch on Netflix and achieved great critical success.





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