Teenagers encouraged to enter growing film festival

PUBLISHED: 16:28 29 September 2010

Rob Knox murder scene

Rob Knox murder scene


Organisers of a film festival held in honour of a murdered Harry Potter actor are appealing for schoolchildren to enter their own films for next year’s event.

The third Rob Knox Film Festival is due to be held in June next year, and reflects the aims of the Rob Knox Foundation to support the education of young people in citizenship, respect and street violence awareness and to support young people in drama.

Rob Knox, 18, was murdered in Sidcup in May 2008, and appeared as the character Marcus Belby in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.

This year judges say they will be looking out for more entries from local schools — along with the usual submissions from clubs, film enthusiasts and those from further afield.

Gareth Feint, 16, sixth form student at Cleeve Park School, Bexley Lane, Sidcup, is one of the youngest members of the organising committee. He said: “The film festival is a wonderful opportunity to find new talent in and around the borough.”

He is also a member of Pointless Taxi Productions, Bexley’s film production club for young people aged 13 to 19.

Community councillor Katie Perrior said: “The festival is fast becoming a very special event in Bexley’s calendar and rightly so.

“Each year I have been impressed by the expertise of some of our local filmmakers — young and old — as well as the entries from further afield. I would encourage anyone interested to look out for future publicity when the key dates and categories will be announced.”

This year’s festival, which was held at the Cineworld in the Broadway, Bexleyheath, in June, received a special message from Hollywood A-list star actor Tom Cruise. He said: “I wish everyone involved great success. It is a very worthy cause.”

Over 50 films were shown across Bexley over nine days in a bid to raise awareness of knife crime as well as highlight filmmaking opportunities in Bexley.

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