Peninsula Arts Film Commission

About the Film Commission

Peninsula Arts is deeply passionate about supporting new, emerging and established artists in Plymouth, the South West, UK and internationally. The Peninsula Arts film commission takes place annually in celebration of the Plymouth Musuems Galleries Archives partnership, including the South West Television Archive (SWFTA), The Box, Plymouth and other major partners in the city.

Launched in 2016, the commission is now in its second year after a successful inaugural year.

Selection criteria

  • Only one film presentation is selected for each commission.
  • We look for an imaginative response to SWFTA’s film collection with the aim of presenting historical footage that re-enlivens the past and connects to the present. We are open to different styles and approaches, with an emphasis on imaginative interpretation and representation of archive material.
  • A track record of film delivery and an outline of distribution/promotion of the film.
  • Evidence of budget management – producing/presenting film within budgets.


  • 30 September 2016 – launch of Peninsula Arts Film Commission and Peninsula Arts Film Development prizes.
  • 27 November 2016, midnight – deadline for submission to both prizes.
  • 10 December 2016 – notification of selection for each award.
  • 3 January 2017 - mid-April 2017 – production period.
  • The production period includes regular interim progress meetings with both Peninsula Arts and SWFTA.
  • 15 May 2017 – film screening at Jill Craigie Cinema, Peninsula Arts during The Plymouth History Festival 2017.

Selection panel

  • Stacey Anderson I Executive Archive Director, South West Film & Television Archive
  • Dr Sarah Chapman I Director Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
  • Anna Navas I Film Administrator, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University I Film Programmer, Plymouth Arts Centre
  • Dr Kayla Parker I Artist film-maker, and Lecturer in Media Arts, Plymouth University
  • Professor Michael Punt I Transtechnology Research, Plymouth University

Peninsula Arts Film Commission 2017 announces winning artists and curators

Frances Scott and Bryony Gillard have been given the opportunity to portray their take on our changing understanding of history on film, after being selected from a range of regional and national entries as winners of the 2017 Peninsula Arts Film Commission.

Read more about the winners.

Introducing Frances Scott's Diviner (2017)

22 min, 55 sec

Single channel film: 16mm film and betacam video transferred to digital, colour, mono

Diviner is a new film by Frances Scott, structured as a script formed almost entirely from footage found within the South West Film & Television Archive. Diviner meditates on the nature of history, and how we might understand the transmitted image. It proposes that rather than a linear experience, history itself is cyclical and bound to repeat, in which the past is a spectral, contemporary scribe to the present.

Watch the trailer here and see the full film at the Peninsula Arts Film Commission premiere.

A cap, like water, transparent, fluid yet with definite body, 2017

 A cap, like water, transparent, fluid yet with a definite body is a new film work and body of research exploring relationships between landscape, women’s writing, jellyfish, psychological experience, retreat and resistance. The project uses as its starting point, the work of female Modernist poet, H.D, and her experiences of psychic breakdown/breakthrough, retreat and sexual awakening on the Isles of Scilly in the early 20th Century.

In 1919, after a period of severe trauma in her life, H.D withdrew to the Isles of Scilly with her three-month-old daughter Perdita and her lover Bryher. During this time of retreat, she had what she referred to as her ‘jelly-fish experience’ or the over-mind: an awakening or transformation; a coming together of erotic body and mind, rational and irrational thought.

Peninsula Arts
Supporting the presentation of film and cinema

Peninsula Arts run the Jill Craigie Cinema at Plymouth University, named after Jill Craigie (1914-1999) who was the British documentary film director, actor, writer and feminist. Drawing on this association, Peninsula Arts is a passionate advocate for film, recognising the mediums ability to entertain and inspire. Past cinema programmes have supported popular, cult classics and artist films, opening up the rich history of cinematography alongside the latest developments in contemporary cinema to a wide range of audiences. It is the supporting organisation for the River Tamar Project, which launched the highly successful It’s All About the River film festival in Sept-Oct 2015 and regularly partners with other independent cinemas and art organisations to promote the diversity and richness of cinema and film.

South West Film and Television Archive

The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the official regional film archive for the South West of England. It is the largest regional film archive in the UK, a member of the UK Film Archive Network (FAUK) and is recognised as one of the UK’s most significant screen heritage collections. SWFTA is a partner in the BFIs Film Audience Network (SW and West Midlands Hub) and is a key partner in the Plymouth History Centre project.

Through the annual Peninsula Arts film commission awards, SWFTA aims to build a body of work that reflects on Plymouth’s film heritage and looks towards its future.