Photographs courtesy of Alison Burrows, Andy Robinson, Anna Navas & Jim Elton.
The 2nd edition of the Plymouth Film Festival expanded on a successful inaugural event in every sense, receiving over 500 entrants from around the world, and selling out the majority of the weekends screenings in the Plymouth Arts Centre’s luxury cinema. In addition to an incredibly strong line up of short films the festival programme extended to include a local feature film with Q&A, and an informative and entertaining screenwriting workshop.
52 of the films were selected for screening over the course of the weekend and plenty of the filmmakers walked away with awards, along with a share of the £2000 in prize money. Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins made a very special addition to our judges panel to select his favourite film from our line up. Attending filmmakers were also treated to Half Cut Reel Ale, a specially brewed festival beer, as a part of the awards and networking party thanks to local New Lion Brewery.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS 2015
Voted for by our audience in each screening block.
CATEGORY AWARD WINNERS 2015
Chosen by our judges panel.
THE ROGER DEAKINS AWARD 2015
GRAND PRIX AWARD 2015
Having taught at the Plymouth College of Art since 2004 Lucy leads the Contextual Practices modules, examining key theories and debates in visual culture, and guiding students towards combining theory and practice, in order to better their development as filmmakers. In addition, she is currently working on a project investigating how family stories are fabricated, gendered and collectively re-remembered in a digital age, and has had her research selected for inclusion at Making Futures, The Aesthetic of Renewal and CREST symposia.
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.
A film studies graduate with over 15 years experience as a Film Programmer for Plymouth Arts Centre, Anna's love for film and keen involvement in community projects has led to her founding and supporting numerous local initiatives promoting art house cinema, grassroots filmmaking and local artists.
Tom Leins spent two years working as a film critic for national movie magazine DVD Monthly. Since the magazine closed down in 2009 he has contributed to a variety of websites, not least Devon & Cornwall Film – which showcases 'Sex, Leins & Videotape' – his excellent weekly DVD column. Tom's short fiction has been widely published over the last decade, and he is currently working on his first novel. To find out more please visit: Things To Do In Devon When You're Dead.
Alexis Kirke is an award-winning composer and filmmaker well-known for his interdisciplinary practice (he has been called “the Phillip K. Dick of contemporary music”). He is a member of the Plymouth University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research in the South-West of England, and is composer-in-residence for the Plymouth Marine Institute. His film work has been featured on BBC TV, NPR, Indiewire, Movies.com, El Pais, The Verge, Filmmaker, Stuff, The Times, Al Jazeera TV, Gizmodo, and Digital Filmmaker. However his proudest moment was a cartoon attacking his opera in the Sunday Times.
Sarah has been a senior lecturer at The University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth since 2010 in which time she has taught various aspects of photography, film and wider contextual and visual culture on degrees in Media and journalism. In September the university has a new degree in Film in Bristol and Berlin aimed at the next generation of independent maker filmmakers. She is currently engaged in a practice-led PhD that examines the visual culture within domestic spaces.