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One of my passions as a film maker is to raise the profile of Devon Film in the UK and Internationally , through supporting local established film makers , new film -making talent and raising the profile of Devon Film .
Over the last 24 months I have talked and worked with colleges across the South West and spoken to business leaders / councillors, promoting ways to move Devon Film forward. In 2017, I officially became Director of The English Riviera Film Festival , for which I instigated the first Film Festival event in 2015 and organised the Devon Film Day in 2016.
In early 2017 I gave a masterclass on 'filming in Torbay' to students at South Devon College . From this we've created the first 'Young Film Maker of the Year' Award 2017, selected from films from students from South Devon College .
2017 was the Best Year yet ( Press Release Below ) :-
Torbay can now count itself officially on the movie-making map, following a successful week for the English Riviera Film Festival and the inaugural English Riviera Film Awards.
At Saturday’s main festival day on June 17th event at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay, festival-goers enjoyed screenings of short film entries from all over the world and Directors and Producers flew in from London and Milan to attend the awards ceremony. As is de rigeur on such occasions, international directors from as far away as Canada and Japan that were unable to attend the awards were present via video films of their acceptance speeches. And local film and media students waited with baited breath to hear who cult British Director Peter Richardson would announce as South Devon College Film-maker of the Year and receive one of the beautiful hand crafted glass award trophies especially created for the festival by Our Glass of Cockington ( which this year for shared by five students for their co Directed film ‘Run’ ).
The awards provided a climax to a whole day’s worth of interviews, talks, exhibits and interactive workshops that brought together film-making talent on both sides of the camera from across the south west and beyond. It came at the end of a whole week of festival activities that Festival Director John Tomkins believes provides a strong basis for an even better and higher profile festival in 2018.
“It’s been a steep learning curve this year and we knew we’d set ourselves a challenge in programming a week of events, but several of those events have sold out and the general feedback I’m getting is that everyone who came along wants more!”
The English Riviera film Festival is a not for profit concern which has been supported by local businesses and the cultural community in Torbay, with a percentage of the ticket receipts from the Saturday event going back to the community in the form of a donation to the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network. Says Tomkins of the philosophy behind the event: “This is a festival that has been built and will be grown by the Torbay community for the good of the whole English Riviera. My abiding ambition is always to shine a light on the wealth of talent on our own doorstep and let the movie industry at large know that our beautiful bay is open for film-making business.”
You can see a full run-down of the English Riviera Film Awards nominations and winners on the festival Facebook page / englishrivierafilmfestival with behind scenes photos and videos . Plus update on the official website . www.erfilmfest.co.uk
main Photos by Mike Alsford (C) 17