Cornwall Film Fund: a blockbuster year!

Cornwall Film Fund today announces 32 new awards of funding bringing the total number of awards this year to 38. The total sum awarded to date is £355,500 and the total value of the projects (CFF money plus the applicants’ match funding) is in excess of £1,000,000.

The Fund’s Director, Colin Rogers, says: “The range of projects we are funding just confirms what we expected – that Cornwall is rich in underused talent in the media sector. Currently we are not funding full-scale feature film production, though we hope to shortly. The present funding goes to screenplay writing, project development and short film production. In this batch we have scripts for thrillers, for family films, for comedies; we have feature films and tv series in development based on successful novels and on original ideas; we have a terrific set of short films – some comedies with broad appeal, others at the cutting-edge of film-making – all of which will serve to showcase Cornwall’s talent and skills.”

Applications to the Fund are considered by an Advisory Board chaired by Charles Denton (formerly Head of Drama, BBC TV, former Chair of the Arts Council/Lottery Film Panel and currently a member of The Film Council). The other members are Caroline Norbury (Chief Executive, South West Screen), Jenefer Lowe (Arts Officer, Cornwall County Council), Dan James (Cornwall Enterprise) and two representatives of Cornwall’s film-making community – Beatrix Wood (Aurora Films) and Andrew Edmonds (a director of Cornwall Media Resource and of the Media Centre for Cornwall

The Fund opened for business four months ago and is funded by the European Union through the Objective One programme and by a partnership of Cornwall County Council, Cornwall Enterprise and South West Screen.

Chair of the Fund, Charles Denton says: “By the end of this year, we expect to have allocated all of the current funding since the work we support has to be completed by the end of 2003. However it’s already clear that there is still huge potential to grow the media sector in Cornwall even further and it is vital that we muster all the support we can to continue our work through to the end of Objective One in 2006 and beyond.”

Caroline Norbury, Chief Executive of South West Screen, says: “Cornwall is a very important part of our plans for developing film and video in the whole of the South West. There is clearly a significant body of talent in Cornwall but it needs support not only through script and project funding but also through the development of creative, technical and business skills. It’s this support that South West Screen (which is one year old this month) is working hard to provide.”


Editors notes:

For further information contact:
Colin Rogers or Miranda Halse on 01872 322886
e-mail director@cornwallfilm.com

Stills available via Cornwall Film as above.


Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388