Film Challenges

Film Challenges

Alongside producing our own work, o-region is also dedicated to encouraging the creativity and innovation of others.

Since the early 2000s we have hosted a series of annual film making challenges that are open to all. We choose a theme and encourage aspiring filmmakers of all ages and abilities to create their own response in the form of a short film.

We then curate a shortlist of films which are showcased to an online platform and/or a live public screening (traditionally at Truro’s WTW Plaza Cinema). The films are shown to a selected panel of industry experts and audiences are also invited to vote for their favourite. Cash prizes are awarded to the winning filmmakers and the films are promoted and screened through our dedicated YouTube Channel.

Since 2015 The Roughcut Film Challenge has been sponsored by Falmouth University and supported by FILM FREEWAY and WTW Cinemas.

From humble beginnings where our film challenges primarily attracted entries from the local Cornish film community, we have steadily grown in reach and scale. In 2020 we received an incredible 618 entries from 75 different countries.

Our film challenges are free to enter and open to anyone with an interest in making films.

The 2021 60 Second Film Challenge

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For 2021, o-region is pleased to announce our latest film challenge In association with the School of Film & Television at Falmouth University.

This year's film challenge is on the theme of Home. The rules of the competition are simple; make a film no longer than 60 seconds (including credits).

The film can be any style or genre as long as it fits the BBFC’s classification for a 12A audience ( and relates in some way to the chosen theme of Home. Best of all, it’s completely free to enter!

Cornwall based filmmakers will receive two complimentary cinema tickets if their film is selected for the final shortlist.

This year's judges

Our judging panel this year is as follows:

MarBelle -Senior Film Critic, Directors Notes
Dionne Walker – BAFTA / BIFA nominated Writer -  Director / Producer
Sofia L. Stocco – Production Designer
Laura Canning  - Course Leader of Film at Falmouth University
Bethany Lyne – Board Member of o-region / Project Manager Cornwall 365
Johnny Fewings – Producer, Universal Pictures
Phil Gibby  - Area Director, Arts Council Southwest.
Matt Humby - Manager, WTW Cinemas

Watch the films and vote now!

The 2020 60 Second Film Challenge - Winner

The theme of 2020's competition was Secrets. We had over 618 entries from all around the world!

The winner of the top £1000 prize was Grace, a brilliant animation written & directed by Peter Kimball.