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 was well received by both film fans and film makers from the South West and further afield. The event surpassed all expectations in terms of interest, receiving over 400 entrants from over 30 countries, and attracting an audience filling over two thirds of the seats in the Plymouth Arts Centre’s luxury cinema during the four screenings (even more impressive when you consider it was the hottest, sunniest day of the year to that point). In addition to the international element we also had a South West category that drew many great films from Plymouth and the surrounding region.
32 of the films were selected for screening over the course of a day and 6 awards were presented during the evening’s ceremony and social event to the winning film makers, along with £1350 in prize money. The response has given us a great confidence that what we are creating is of value and interest, and that there is great potential in future iterations of the event.