The week-long Festival will culminate in the English Riviera International Film Awards. The Festival is proud to announce that the 2021 awards are sponsored by CVP, one of the largest independent suppliers of production equipment for the Media and Entertainment sector in Europe. As in previous years, the beautiful awards trophies themselves – the ‘Rivieras’- will be handcrafted by Our Glass of Cockington.
The Awards Screening and ceremony will take place on Saturday 6th November at the South Devon College Hi Tech & Digital Centre state of the art Cinema.
We have grown from a single day’s event in 2015 to a week-long programme of film related content comprising screening events, industry workshops, panels and networking, all culminating in the English Riviera Film Awards. Previous award winners have hailed from the USA, Canada, Italy, Netherlands and Japan . With festival films – film makers going on to feature on TV and Cinemas internationally.
Directed by Simon Pearce
Best Film : Simon Pearce and Emily Haigh
Best Director : Simon Pearce
Best Actor : Joseph Altin
Best Actor : Ben Turner
Directed by Lana Bregar
Best Actress : Draga Potocnjak
Best Cinematography : Ziga Planinsek
An adolescent girl tries to dream about memories of Mother while having to be physically present in the surrounding farm with grandmother.
Directed by Katie Beard and Naomi Turner
Best Film ( Devon ) Katie Beard and Naomi Turner
WAKE is a short dance film which explores and responds to modern attitudes around loss and grief, taking inspiration from different rituals and funeral traditions from around the world. Filmed on the stark and shifting terrain of Dartmoor, WAKE steers us through one’s woman’s journey of grief.
Directed by Julien Scherliss
Best Film : Julien Scherliss and Chris Donaldson
Best Director : Julien Scherliss
Best Screenplay : Julien Scherliss
Best Score : Benza Maman
When Calvin is told by his older brother that all the magic in the world lives in his last baby tooth, he comes up with a plan to make sure he never loses it. Can he prevent the inevitable, or will the magic disappear forever?
Directed by Amanda Bluglass
The film was commissioned by Torbay Culture
Best Film ( Devon ) : Amanda Bluglass and Karen Marshall
Best Documentary : Amanda Bluglass and Karen Marshall
The English Riviera was the home to Agatha Christie, the best-selling writer of all time. Come visit Agatha’s swim spots with us, and take a glimpse into historic ‘bathing’ and resort life. Find out why wild swimming was a tonic then, and remains a tonic now. Come in, the water is delightful.
Directed by Nicolas P. Villarreal
Best Animated Film : Nicolas P. Villarreal
Endless distractions threaten to destroy creativity.
Directed by Bridget O’ Driscoll
Best Film : Bridget O’Driscoll and Claire Chassagne
Best Director : Bridget O’Driscoll
Best Cinematography : Boubkar Benzabat
Best Actor : Theo Augier
Best Actor : Jerome Bidaux
Best Score : Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen
Best Screenplay : Bridget O’Driscoll and Jerome Wiciak
Gaspard, 17 years of age, relentlessly records everyday sounds in the hope of waking up his comatized mother. But for his father, these experiences isolate him more and more from the outside world, and jeopardize the fragile balance of the family. Will Gaspard’s obsessive determination pay off?
Directed by Keith Allott
Best Actor : Michael Muyunda
A reclusive sci-fi enthusiast develops an unexpected friendship with a customer service representative.
Directed by Cinzia Angelini
Best Animated film : Cinzia Angelini
MILA is a war story that takes on a child’s perspective. Inspired by World War II stories from the director’s mother, the character of Mila represents the best of humanity. Although she has lost everything – her family, her house, her peace – she still clings to hope.
Directed by Stefan Georgiou
Best Film : Stefan Georgiou
Best Director : Stefan Georgiou
Best Cinematography : Keidrych Wasley
Best Actor : Mat Laroche
Best Score : Harry Brokensha
David arrives in London with dreams of becoming a somebody, but when things don’t go to plan he starts to slip between the cracks of the city he loves so much.
Directed by David Yorke
Best Actor : Ethan Higley
Best Score : Alex Ellerington
A young boy struggling with depression navigates through his daily routine, while being followed by a grey cloud.
Directed by Paul Ashton
Best Actor : Joe Johnsey
Best Actor : Michael Shon
Best Screenplay : Joe Johnsey
Barry and Larry dig deep into society.
Directed by Lewis Carter
Best Documentary : Lewis Carter and Kate Beasley
In the build-up to New Year’s eve, two resilient families seek to put a troubling year behind them by participating in a famous road race steeped in legend.
Directed by Sitoh Ortega
Best Actress : Amada Santos
A civilization of the future has managed to unveil the secrets of quantum physics, to the point of traveling to the micro-universes but so much advanced technology cannot avoid the dangers that threaten its planet …
Directed by Fay Lomas and Zoe Hunter Gordon
Best Actress : Frances McNamee
Best Actor : Graeme Dalling
At the height of the first UK lockdown two recently separated parents desperately try to connect. Screens, homesickness, and missed communication – SOME KIND OF WINDOW is a film about the loneliness of the digital.
Directed by Arturo Duenas
Best Documentary : Arturo Duenas
Best Cinematography : Alvaro Sanz Pascual
Life is going on in Dakhla, one of the Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Algeria, forgotten for 45 years. The celebration of a film festival, the Fisahara, breaks the monotony. The event ends, life (and oblivion) continues.
Directed by Ruben Garcera
Best Animated Film : Ruben Garcera
A series of crimes is devastating the city and there is only one person who is capable of finding the culprit: Toni Clues. When Mr. and Ms. Mendoza are murdered, their family decides to hire him. But time is against him as new victims begin to appear and the police are nowhere to be seen.
Directed by Melanie Stockton- Brown and Amy Tatum
Winner ( To be announced a brand new ERFF Award )
A film reimagining Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, celebrating her feminist, literary, and copyright legacy. This is a queer feminist retelling, using puppets.