29TH – 30TH JUNE 2019

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 sixth 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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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 (2019 coming soon)

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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