13th - 15th May at Plymouth Arts Centre

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 at this years event selling out we’re growing again to try to accommodate. We’ll once again be hosted by the fantastic Plymouth Arts Centre but we’ve added an extra day and an extra screen; so we’ll be screening even more high quality short films from all over the world in comfort and style. We’ll be expanding our educational and informative series of Q&A’s, including panel discussions with industry professionals and a networking/awards party. We’re also hoping to be able to bring you another local feature with Q&A as we know it was a highlight for many attendees.



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All photographs courtesy of Alison Burrows, Andy Robinson, Anna Navas & Jim Elton.

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.