The 2020 60 Second Film Challenge

The Roughcut 2020 Film Challenge


After a staggering 618 entries to the 2020 Roughcut 60 Film Challenge - we are pleased to share the five winning films with you here.

First place overall and the £1000 prize went to Peter Kimball for his smart, dark and very funny animation Grace. The runner-up spots and prizes of £250 went to Matty McCabe for the surprisingly unnerving There’s No Such Thing as Monsters and The Big Secret by Fin Wallace.

In the Young People's Competition, our judges chose Lisa Salova's brilliant stop-motion animation The Beauty of Life as the overall winner. Congratulation Lisa, £250 is on its way to you!

Finally, in the Audience Award we received 2416 votes. The clear winner here was Sahil Yadav for his animation Acceptance, which received 605 votes. Sahil also wins £250.

You can watch the five winning films below - and if you'd like to view all fifty that made this year's shortlist, you can still watch them here.

We'd like to extend a huge thanks to our judging panel, the School of Film & Television at Falmouth University and WTW Cinemas for supporting this year's film challenge.

We'll be back next year with another film challenge. In the meantime, keep shooting - and support your local cinema!

Watch this year's winning films

About the 2020 film challenge

The winning films were chosen by our panel of industry judges:

  • Mark Jenkin - BAFTA award winning Cornish Writer / Director of BAIT.
  • Phillippa Giles - Cornwall based TV Producer, known for her Bafta award winning work on Luther, Silent Witness, Emma and Jane Eyre.  Now runs Bandit television (Delicious) and is the chair of Screen Cornwall.
  • Nema Hart - Senior Manager Arts Council England with a specialism in creative media and strategic partnerships
  • Kevin Brownridge - Chair of o-region, Experienced Arts and Business Consultant
  • Toby Haynes - Director Brexit :The Uncivil War, Black Mirror, Dr Who
  • Connie Farr - Music Supervisor, Founder of Think Sync Music (Military Wives, Only You, Greed)
  • Matthew Humby  - Manager The Plaza Cinema, WTW Cinemas
  • Laura Giles - Independent Producer (The Tape) Programme Lead Screen Cornwall, o-region (Board)
  • Andy Joule - Head of Animation, Prosthetics and Effects Falmouth University - Over twenty years experience as an animator and Director.

They awarded the following prizes:

  • BEST FILM - £1000
  • RUNNER UP - £250
  • RUNNER UP - £250

The Audience Award was conducted by a public online vote, with the film receiving the most votes receiving the prize of £250.

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