For our Fifth Anniversary we have opened up the English Riviera Film Festival Awards to even more films and more Awards . Now meet the judges .
English Riviera Film Award*
Best Comedy Film
Best Animated Film
* all awards open to Film Makers worldwide except the English Riviera Award which will recognise a Devon UK Film / Film Maker .
Winning entries will receive a English Riviera Award
and Certificate of Winning . Plus will be featured on the Official website , social media and press releases about this years Winners .
Awards Sponsored by South Devon College and Boyce Hatton
Enter now via Film Freeway
I’m an award-winning Writer/Director & Editor. Recent work includes ‘Fort Box’, a bittersweet family drama which screened at over twenty festivals and aired on Sky TV and ‘The Silent’ (Dir. Karen Turner) which features Star Wars and Game of Thrones actor Oliver Ford Davies. I try to create memorable stories which often focus on family relationships and look for visually interesting sets and images. I’m part of this years BFI BAFTA Network crew scheme and in partnership with D&C Film have recently launched SW FilmMail, an email mailing list sharing the latest films and casting/crew calls in the South West.
My name is Grace, I have been involved in film and photography in some capacity for 10 years. I have worked alongside my dad through multiple arts films and photography shoots. Recently my efforts have been supporting Artizan Galley, with their documentary videos and event photography. I am super excited to be involved with the film festival judging and looking forward to what the incredible talent has to offer.
Alex left university in London in 1999 with a 2:1, and wasted no time in finding his first job in a post production house making tea. From there, he moved into working in a variety of roles on feature films, television series for BBC and ITV, advertisements, documentaries and pop promos. He now works at South Devon College, teaching directing and producing at FE level. Alex remains active in the industry whenever other work commitments allow, and over the past couple of years has worked on roles involving crews from the USA on films for Facebook with director Geoff Moore, a documentary on the Calais Jungle with twice Emmy nominated Stephanie Meurer, and on music videos with a visiting LA based director and photographer Ra Dreyfus.
Hello I am Molly-Mole, I did a film degree in London some decades ago! I’ve been involved in reviewing movies both in the UK and USA, and for the past 15 years I have been teaching media studies and workshops with teenagers with a focus on building confidence. As a mum of three teenage boys and working with teens for many years I feel strongly about developing young people’s self-esteem and run classes looking at emotional and mental health support. Using creative arts is a great way to express feeling and I’d love to see more young people encouraged to do this rather than bottling up emotionally issues and not feeling like they have an outlet for them. I love to nurture new talent in the film industry and being a judge will be a great opportunity to discover some creative new work.
Paul Trainer has worked variously across the voluntary and public sectors in press and marketing roles as well as writing and co-producing for Perpetual Theatre on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Latterly, for Torbay Libraries in partnership with the Torbay Bookshop, he was instrumental in programming and interviewing for Sleuths!, the English Riviera Festival of Crime Writing. His own writing credits include dramatic monologues The Rape Fields and Fine and plays Descent and Hum.
Nigel runs Moonstone Theatre Company and is an Award Winning Theatre Director . Also he works for Plymouth University managing a European skills project across Devon . He has served as a Director and Trustee of the Exeter Phoenix, as well as a judge on the Two Short Nights film festival.
At the 2019 ERFF he also will be representing Equity Devon and Cornwall General Branch which he is Deputy Chair .
His previous work background includes handling European money for the Learning and Skills Council and subsequently the Regional Development Agency. He also plays melodeon and looks after Phoenix Barn Dance Band, a folk rock ceilidh band concentrating on English music.
Since then, Daniel has worked extensively as a CG Generalist, and has gained experience and knowledge working in different creative roles for studios which include Paramount Pictures and Aardman.
Daniel has been fortunate to work on many varied projects, including Sherlock Gnomes and Black Mirror and other popular TV shows which have aired on major channels such as the BBC, ITV, Netflix and Sky.
As well as freelancing around the larger studios, Daniel has also set up Yellow Mouse Studios Ltd an animation Studio in Exeter. Creating 2d, 3d and stop motion animation for film, music videos and corporate campaigns.
Helen is a very established tourism professional on the English Riviera, currently Sales & Marketing Manager for The Osborne Apartments Resort in Torquay, an exclusive location for high quality self-catering holidays.
She is also a Board Director for the English Riviera BID Company, giving her an influence on destination marketing for the area. The ERBID Company is the Official Destination Management Organisation for Torbay and oversees the successful delivery of its 5 Year Business Plan focussing on driving up year round footfall and occupancy.
Helen also has an undoubted passion for the arts. A very good French speaker, she founded Le Club Franglais Torbay’ in 2014 bringing the English Riviera’s Francophiles together to share their love of the language and culture. The following year Le Film Club was also born! Le Film Club is a monthly French Cinema which she runs at the Blue Walnut, showing a variety of titles of varying genres.