The mission of the Newlyn Film Festival is to raise the profile of filmmaking within the South West and to support local filmmakers through networks and recognition. Newlyn and Penzance in West Penwith form a unique environment for filmmakers, both in terms of locations and local talent and creativity. The varied festival programme aims to encourage filmmakers from all backgrounds as well as attracting new audiences to short film. We aim to cover the full possibilities of creative filmmaking through the range of award categories and careful scheduling of each screening session. From animation and poetry films through to documentary and short fiction formats, the festival aims to promote the best locally, nationally and internationally.