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English Riviera Film Festival

Paignton Picture House is confirmed as one of the new partners in the ‘bigger and better‘ English Riviera Film Festival 2017, bringing Torbay’s historic cinema into play alongside the acting and directing hopefuls of tomorrow.

The Film Festival has moved up a gear in what is now its third year, with a change of venue for the main day’s events to the Riviera Centre, which will play host to a packed programme of screenings, talks and interviews on Saturday June 17th.  Other venues hosting satellite events throughout festival week will be The Blue Walnut cafe and cinema in Torquay, Paignton Library, The Edge  Brixham Cockington Court, Torquay’s Artizan Gallery and Paignton Picture House, which will be opening its doors to interested parties for a tour of one of the most fondly regarded buildings in Torbay.

Festival Director John Tomkins, himself an independent film maker, says he has been thrilled by the positive response to the project.  “The 2017 event really will be the English Riviera’s own Film Festival, a community partnership bringing together diverse organisations, individuals and businesses. There’s a genuine enthusiasm and will to bring the festival together and although 2017 really will be bigger and better than last year’s event, it will also, in a sense, be closer to home because of that collaboration from the Bay-wide community.”

John has always wanted to help promote the wealth of creative talent in Torbay and the independent film sector in Devon as a whole, which is why a highlight of this year’s Festival will be the inaugural English Riviera Film Festival Awards (including Best Film, Best Director , Best Screenplay , Most Promising Actor and the first South Devon College Film maker of the year Award) , with special trophies crafted by Our Glass of Cockington.  The awards are the result of Tomkins’ collaboration with South Devon College.  “I’m really pleased that this particular aspect of the festival has come to fruition, because it will enable raw film-making and acting talent to gain the wider exposure it deserves.”

Another example of the community aspect of this year’s festival is a focus on Brixham. Tomkins is working with South Devon College and some of Brixham community  to produce a film about the fishing town and the surrounding coast and countryside.

The Brixham film Premeires at the Edge in Brixham on June the 12th  and the English Riviera Film Festival Awards  will take place at the Riviera Centre on 17th June, and a full programme of events throughout the seven days of the English Riviera Film Festival available now on the website .  You can keep up to date here on the website or by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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