27th-28th May 2017

Check out our 2016 Festival – featuring clips from some of the amazing films we screened over the weekend.

2017 Festival

We’re excited to be returning for our fourth edition over the bank holiday weekend at the end of May 2017 (27th-29th). As ever, we are striving to make the event the biggest and best yet, and to do so will be building on our short film and parties programme by adding feature presentations with Q&A’s and high profile panel discussions.

Our short film competition is now open for submissions, and we have added a feature film category this year to help us seek out the best indie features. The selected feature films will be given a priority screening slot and invited to join us (expenses paid) for a Q&A session afterwards.

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. A lot of the value we offer comes from attending and enjoying the event, meeting the other filmmakers, and getting the audience reactions to your film. We therefore recommend only submitting your films if you intend to come along. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 event.



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Our History

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. Initially established as a local festival it has rapidly grown to include both national and international films alongside some of the very best filmmakers based in the South West of England. The popularity of the festival has surpassed all expectations, and the programme continues to extend to meet demand.

Transitioning from a single day event showcasing short films in 2014 to a weekend celebration of film; the 2015 event saw a local feature film with cast and crew Q&A, and a fun and informative screenwriting workshop added to an extensive programme of the worlds best short films. The awards party was also livened up by the wonderful New Lion Brewery, based just down the road in Totnes, who allowed the beer to flow freely in the most literal sense.

With the majority of the screenings sold out we continued to grow in our 2016 event. Once again hosted by the fantastic Plymouth Arts Centre, we added an extra day and an extra screen; screening even more high quality short films from all over the world in comfort and style. We also expanded our educational and informative series of Q&A’s, including a filmmaking workshop running throughout the Saturday with award winning filmmaker, and author of the Guerilla Filmmaker Guide books, Chris Jones. Additionally, we added another networking opportunity with the welcome party, where attendees could meet and enjoy a drink and some live music on the opening night of the festival.

The 2017 event promises to be the best yet as we look to make improvements on the strong foundations we have laid over the past 3 years. We’ve got plenty in store for attendees, and we are as excited as ever to be back and able to share more incredible films with such passionate audiences.

The mission of the Plymouth Film Festival is to raise the profile of filmmaking within the South West and to support local film makers both financially and through exposure. Plymouth and it’s surrounding areas are an ideal place for filmmakers, both in terms of locations and creativity, for this reason the Best South West Film Award was created in an effort to promote talent within the region.

The diverse and varied festival programme aims to encourage filmmakers from all backgrounds as well as attracting new audiences to short film, through the increasing range of award catergories and careful scheduling of each screening session we strive to satisfy all cinephile’s palettes.