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 festival is a chance to come and watch some amazing short films, and for filmmakers to showcase their work and be rewarded and recognised for it. 

Building on the huge success of the 2014 festival the 2nd edition aims to be bigger and better in every way. Due to the fantastic response to last year’s festival we’ve decided to extend the programme from an one-day event to a full weekend, once again it will all be taking place in the Plymouth Arts Centre on the 16th & 17th May 2015.

With the addition of two brand new categories, Comedy & Animation, we’ll be screening even more high quality short films from all over the world in the Plymouth Arts Centre’s luxury 62 seater cinema. We’ll also be introducing an educational and informative series of Q&A’s, panel discussions with industry professionals and a networking party on the opening night. 

Please take a look at our 2015 Festival Programme here 



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Photographs courtesy of Andy Robinson, Anna Navas & Jim Elton.

The original intention of the Plymouth Film Festival was to raise the profile of filmmaking within all its forms in 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.