Cornish Language Film Project Opportunity


Dasserghi Kernewek

Telling the story of the Revival of the Cornish Language

A call for expressions of interest from film makers

As part of the Dasserghi Kernewek project, led by Cornwall Council’s Cornish Language team and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are commissioning a short film to tell the story of the modern revival of the Cornish language.

The focus will be on the colourful figure, Henry Jenner, one of the most prominent figures of the Celtic Revival in the early 20th century.

We are looking for a film maker who can interpret and creatively communicate the story of how Jenner led a movement to re animate the Cornish language and instil in the Cornish people a sense of nationhood and identity that he felt had been lost.

The film can be either documentary or fictionalised drama, and approximately 10 minutes in length.

The film will itself be in the Cornish language.

The resources of the Cornish language team will be available to the commissioned film maker to support this process.

We are offering a fee of £6,000, for this commission.


The Dasserghi Kernewek project is cataloguing the archives relating to the revival of the Cornish language, particularly the letters of Henry Jenner who published the Handbook of the Cornish Language in 1904. Passionate about Cornwall, he was the principal authority on Cornish language and history, the president of societies like the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, the Royal Institution of Cornwall and the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. He resurrected the Cornish Gorsedh in 1928, was its first Grand Bard, and established ‘Song of the Men of The West’ – ‘Trelawny’ – as Cornwall’s anthem.

The film will bring to life the story of his contribution to Cornwall, the revival of the Cornish language and its impact at the time and now.


The principal purposes are to:

Make the story of the Cornish language revival more vivid and accessible to a greater number of people

Raise awareness of the Cornish language.

Create high quality, innovative Cornish language resources


We also expect the film may explore some wider themes:

A different perspective on what people were thinking and discussing in the early 20th century.

Henry Jenner himself was a colourful man involved in the wider political and cultural issues of the day.

The revival is seen as inward-looking, but from the start it was about communication with other countries, using technology and effective use of PR – something that Cornish people are still good at today.

The Cornish revival is seen as a relative success story outside of the UK, but not seen for the community achievement that it is within the UK.

Endangered languages – what does it take to keep an endangered language, what is it like for speakers, what are the shared experiences with other minority languages?


Longer term we are aiming to:

Develop links between the Cornish language and the film making community in Cornwall to develop more resources in the Cornish language

Establish links with media organisations and festivals to create more opportunities to broadcast films made in Cornwall.



We expect the film to appeal to:

Cornish speakers.

People interested in minority languages.

Those interested in Cornish culture, history and language.

A wider public who are made aware of issues relating to minority cultures and small, regional languages.



The content of the film must be based on characters and stories in the revival. The Cornish Language Office will work closely with the film maker to support the selection of material and advise on the archives.

The film should be of a quality suitable for either broadcast television and/or film festivals. The aim is to enter the film into, at least, the two following festivals:

Celtic Media Festival – 2017 as a working project, 2018 as a finished film.

Babel Film Festival (for minority language films), Sardinia – Dec 2017


The Cornish Language Lead can provide advice on the Cornish language and resources, including contacts for translators and speakers.

There will be support with translation from the Cornish Language office, but non Cornish speakers should allow a small amount in their budgets for a portion of the translation costs.

The film must be delivered to the commissioners ready for screening by November 30th.


Expression of interest – deadline July 12th 2017

We are looking for expressions of interest from experienced documentary film makers – individuals or companies – who can demonstrate that they have the experience to fulfil the brief. Being a Cornish language speaker will be an advantage but not essential. We are looking for a film maker who is inventive and exciting and can bring the subject alive. Support in the language will be available.


There is a set fee for delivery of the product outlined in this brief of £6,000, inclusive of VAT if applicable.

The fee must cover all expenses plus any fees paid to other sub contracted practitioners or performers.


Email submissions only: send to

We require:

a statement outlining why you should be considered for this opportunity. The successful applicant will have a good track record of documentary / drama documentary film making, and a substantial knowledge of Cornwall and the context for this film.

an idea of the stylistic and creative approach you might take to the brief

CVs of individual members of the team

links to any films or websites you’d like us to look at –a maximum of 3 please.


We will send an email confirmation of receipt of your EOI.

We will meet shortlisted candidates during the week beginning July 17th to clarify any outstanding questions, and confirm the selected film maker / team by the end of that week.


For any issues of clarification please contact the FEAST office in writing by email: , or phone 01209312502.

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Creative Writing for Adults ** UPDATE **

The first series of writing sessions for adults ran with excitement and enthusiasm.

They were lead by Mac Dunlop and Wyl Menmuir and had those interested in developing their writing skills or dipping their toe in wordsmithing waters intrigued, stimulated and working their hands across paper.

This series of sessions was introductory, immersing those who took part in all kinds of activities and imagination laxatives. Their creative juices were energised and words were flowing. The 3 hour sessions were layered with enthusiasm, disappeared quickly and ended with words and thoughts galore!

‘The Writers’ Block is a unique space and a valuable resource. I won’t say any more as no plot spoilers! If you get the chance to attend a workshop here, grab it. You won’t regret it!’

‘This was brilliant… Wyl’s advice and practical tips were invaluable – and I’d definitely recommend this workshop to others. It will kickstart me into actually doing something!!!’

‘Fantastic and inspiring space – a space for creativity.’

More sessions of inspiration are due to take place from September. Show your interest and we will keep you updated. Sign up to the e-newsletter or contact Betty.

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Dark Skies Bright Stars – Creative Sessions



The Vital Spark is excited to present a series of creative sessions to inspire new artist work and collaborations around the theme of the nights skies of Bodmin Moor past and present.

Sessions are led by Lois Taylor and run 2 – 3.30pm followed by tea/coffee and sharing of ideas for development.

Performance and exhibition opportunities for this project are in the weekend of November 10 – 11th

VENUE: Liskerrett Community Centre, Varley Lane, Liskeard PL14 4AP

COST: £5/£3

CONTACT: Lois Taylor. 07730586306 FB Lois Taylor

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Telltales July 2017: Call for Submissions


Telltales, the Falmouth-based group for writers and listeners, has 3 events coming up in July, and we’re looking for submissions for all of them!

  1. First comes the Penzance Literary Festival. We’ll be at the Admiral Benbow’s (upstairs), Chapel Street, Penzance on Thursday, 6 July, at 7:30.  The theme, for us and for the whole festival,  is Uncharted Waters, as in the unknown, the dangerous, strange and surely exciting!  Please submit your stories, poems, memoirs, scripts by midnight on Thursday, 2 July.
  2. Next comes Telltales’ regular reading on Tuesday, 25 July, 7:30 at Dolly’s Tearoom (upstairs from Falmouth Bookseller).  It’s the same theme, Uncharted Waters, and the same deadline, 2 July.
  3. At the end of the month, we’ll be back, once again, at the Port Eliot Festival, 27-30 July at St. Germans, Cornwall. We don’t yet know the exact date and time on that weekend yet, but we’ll put the news up on our website as soon as we do! If you’d like to be one of our readers—and readers get a ticket for the whole festival! — send us your stories, memoirs, poems, lyrics — along with an indication that it’s for Port Eliot, by midnight Thursday 13 July. Our suggested theme is Detritus—rubbish, waste, junk, debris, things left behind. There may be other mini-opportunities to read poetry at the festival, though, so poets, don’t let the theme be too restrictive!

Please go to our website, to submit your work and learn a little more about us.  Keep the stories for Penzance and Falmouth under 1600 words, and for Port Eliot under 1350. Just two or three poems, please.    

Hope to see you there!

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Update on Enhanced Disclosure DBS check requirements for artists

Updated June 2017.

In September 2012 the government issued a new definition of what is deemed ‘regulated activity with children’. Most school or educational settings will require anyone who undertakes regulated activity with children to have an Enhanced Disclosure with barred list check (formerly CRB checks, now DBS checks).

The new definition of regulated activity relating to children relates both to what activity you are doing and also how often you are doing it:

(i) Unsupervised activities: teach, train, instruct, care for or supervise children, or provide advice/guidance on well-being, or drive a vehicle only for children;

(ii) Work for a limited range of establishments (‘specified places’), with opportunity for contact: for example, schools, children’s homes, childcare premises. Not work by supervised volunteers

Work defined above is only regulated activity if done regularly i.e. carried out by the same person frequently (once a week or more often), or on 4 or more days within a 30-day period, or overnight.

There are three types of check which are undertaken by the DBS:

Standard checks: These are suitable for eligible roles that do not involve regular contact with children or vulnerable groups such as finance or security.

Enhanced checks: These are suitable for eligible roles where the applicant will be working/volunteering with children, young people and/or vulnerable groups.

Enhanced with DBS Barred List checks: These are suitable for roles where the applicant will be working/volunteering in a regulated activity (see paragraph above) with children and / or vulnerable adults.

Practical application of the above: 

If your work with children is paidfrequent and supervised, then you are likely to need an Enhanced Disclosure, but without the barred list check.

If your work with children is frequent and unsupervised then you will need an Enhanced Disclosure with a barred list check.

Note that ‘supervision’ does not necessarily mean a member of school staff will be with you at all times. Supervision must be: regular, day to day, reasonable in all the circumstances for the purpose of protecting the children concerned and carried out by someone who is engaging in regulated activity relating to children.

It is important to note that because schools are listed as ‘specified places’ under regulated activity, they are allowed to request an Enhanced Disclosure without barred list check for anyone who is working in their establishment even if not undertaking regulated activity. It is our experience that most schools do request this.

Useful links and documents:

Keeping Children Safe in Education July 15 – paragraphs 50-55 Safer Recruitment, p30 flowchart on who requires a DBS check and the type, paragraphs 83-89 for volunteers, paragraphs 91-94 for contractors (e.g. artists)

A useful leaflet created for the Disclosure and Barring roadshow is available here DBS Roadshow 2012 leaflet

A DBS elegibility handiguide created by SAFE to help you decide if a role requires a DBS check.

If after reading the above information, you do require a DBS check, KEAP may be able process one for you if you are an artist living and working in Cornwall, the cost is £56. However, it is preferable that the school or organisation requesting that you obtain a DBS check process it for you.

If you require further information please contact Helen Reynolds on


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