The English Riviera Film Festival is an independent film festival in the picturesque location of Torbay (English Riviera) in Devon in the UK. Founded in 2015, the festival has grown from a one-day festival / venue to a multi-site festival with international recognition reflected in the winners of the first prizes of the 2017 English Riviera Film Festival.
The Film Festival expanded in 2017 (year 3), with a change of venue for the day’s events at the Riviera International Conference Center , which hosted a dense program of screenings, lectures, booths and Saturday, June 17, 2017. Other venues hosting satellite events throughout the 2017 festival week were the Walnut Blue Cafe and the Torquay Cinema, Paignton Library, The Brixham Edge , Cockington Court , and Paignton Picture House opened. his doors for a visit to one of the most tenderly considered buildings in Torbay.
The 2017 Festival Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress and Audience Award) have been a great success with works from around the world. With winning films from Japan , Canada and locally, with the Audience Award going to Simon Lex, Devon-based director for his film ‘It Girl’ and best actress to Devon-born actress Emily Haigh for ‘Inuring. South Devon College’s Best Director of the Year Award went to five local directors who shared director roles on their award-winning film ‘Run’ (as part of the Festivals mission to support emerging emerging talent). With the 2017 prices hand-made by Our Glass (glassblowers) at Cockington Torquay.