13th Parish is a new Film & Music Festival based in Jersey, Channel Islands, in partnership with our neighbours in every direction.

Winners of Script Competition Announced

The Parish is pleased to announce the winners this year’s Jenny Lecoat Scriptwriting Award 2020. The competition, which is established to encourage female screenwriting, is supported by Soroptimist International, Jersey and adjudicated by established local author Jenny Lecoat.

First prize of £300 has been awarded to Germanophobia by Fran Greenwood.

Jenny  says of the work:

“This is a touching study of vulnerability and courage. Set in a lesser known, rarely explored period of island history, it uses detail and subtlety to tell a simple but poignant story of defiance against prejudice – themes that resonate strongly with contemporary events.”

Runners up prizes of £100 were awarded to The Curse of Old Bluebeard by Kathryn Webb and Teresa Mae by Emma Norton

Jenny says that “The Curse of Old Bluebeard weaves together imagery from religion, mythology and horror to create a disturbing, dark tale, whilst Emma’s Teresa Mae is a warm exploration of human connection and female friendship.”

The festival was pleased that despite the postponement of the 2nd festival due to the pandemic, we were able to continue with both of our competition projects. The ‘Opening Shots‘ competition is still open for entries this year – we’d love to see what you’ve been working on over the last strange months!

Jenny Lecoat


Due to the covid-19 epidemic it will not be practical to hold our full festival as planned this Spring.  However we are happy to announce that 13th Parish no.2 will now take place on May 13th-16th 2021. We look forward to seeing you there and we thank our supporters for their continuing faith in the project.

We can also announce that our two main competitions, the Jenny Lecoat Screenwriting Award and the Opening Shots Cameraphone Competition have been continuing despite lockdowns. Please visit the relevant pages on this site for more details.

This is a frustrating time for all involved in every aspect of the film business, and we would like to apologise to all film-makers who had submitted to 13th Parish and had hoped to see their work at the festival this year. We can assure them that all selected films will be retained for our next festival event.

New submissions for 2021 can be made here.

If you would like to find out about getting involved with 13th Parish in a practical way, through sponsorship or partnership we would be very glad to hear from you.  All queries should be made here.


About Us

The 13th Parish Festival of Independent Film and Music is a not for profit organisation. It’s core purpose is to make a positive contribution to Jersey’s cultural environment.  It does this by presenting exciting international film, encouraging the local film-making community and providing a platform for musicians and other media arts on the island. It is run by a voluntary board of experienced artists, arts administrators and festival professionals.

13th Parish aims to hold a main festival event each Spring, with other musical and audiovisual projects planned throughout the year.

The festival has established a membership scheme to foster community engagement and participation. Members are encouraged to take an active role in the organisation and contribute towards its artistic direction.

All queries should be directed to info@13thparish.org.je

Looking forward to hearing from you!

The Parishioners

Our fabulous founding Parishioners: Bruce Labey, Phill Hogben, Una Feely, Martin Greene and Tony Langlois


The first 13th Parish Festival took place last May at the Jersey Arts Centre and was a great success.  We would like to offer sincere thanks all the generous festival angels, sponsors, partners, members and audience for such excellent support. Starting something new can be risky and the team has been delighted with the feedback we’ve had from all quarters. So THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!

In case you want to see what you missed, our first festival programme can now be downloaded HERE.


Kindly supported by our Founding Sponsors