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The 4th English Riviera Film Festival – October 27th to November 8th 2018

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The world comes to Torbay for the 4th English Riviera Film Festival  ( Photo Highlights of 2018  Film Festival  the Biggest Festival yet !! ) 


The English Riviera’s very own film festival is back – and attracting the international attention of producers and directors from around the world. The introduction of the English Riviera Film Awards have brought a new dimension to the festival, with last year’s event seeing winners from Canada and Japan and representatives from Italy attending the awards ceremony.

The festival’s Director, John Tomkins, coordinates the festival with a small team of volunteers. He is coordinating the big festival opening day at the Palace Theatre, but stresses that the festival wouldn’t exist without the participation of other venues such as Torquay Museum, Artisan Gallery, The Blue Walnut Cafe and The Lucky Seven Club.

“Each venue brings something unique to the festival, adding depth and variety of content to create a broad based arts festival. We’ve got multi-media artist Lee Fletcher bringing his photographic exhibition to Artizan Gallery, whilst spoken word artists Samantha Boarer and Robert Garnham will be joining forces with film animator Jamie Harry Scrutton in their Big Poetry event at The Blue Walnut. We’ve also got a great talk by Dr Kevin Dixon uncovering the surprising history of Torbay as a film and television location and children’s fancy dress mask and puppet making workshops at Torquay Museum.”

Film highlights at this year’s festival include:

  • The second English Riviera Film Awards taking place at The Palace Theatre, with films submitted from across the globe vying for nomination.
  • The long-awaited full screening of Ashley Thorpe’s acclaimed live action and animation feature Borley Rectory starring Reece Shearsmith and Julian Sands.
  • John Tomkins’ latest short, Beard Envy, fresh from festival success in New York.
  • Of particular interest to anyone interested in local history is writer Chris Robillard’s War Stories, comprising interviews with local heroes involved in great escapades and acts of courage during the second world war, recently featured on he BBC and national press.
  • Squircle Arts, Emberlense Productions & Torquay Museum are proud to invite you to the World Premiere of a new Spanish Flu Documentary which was made by young film makers (aged 11 to 16 years old) on the first Documentary workshop for young people at Torquay Museum.
  • The premiere of a film from Los Angeles based film director Ra Dreyfus produced working with South Devon College film students  ( Event taken place in Nov date TBC)
  • LVM Productions’ Daddy’s Letter. This screening is in aid of Paignton charity Children and Families in Grief. The film is inspired by an event in the life of stage and television actress Liz Smith and promises a theatrical and immersive experience alongside the screening( Event postponed until Jan 18th due to circumstances beyond are control)


Please take a look around the website with highlights from the last few years of the festival,  especially the  new Media Page with Photos and behind the scenes videos . 

Photos by Mike Alsford (1)

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Photos Above from the 2016 Festival

Launch Video of the 2017 Festival


Highlights of the 2016 Festival’s Celebrating Devon Film Day