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Young stars take centre stage at Rob Knox Film Festival

PUBLISHED: 14:50 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:10 15 April 2016

The winner of 2015's Best Actress award

The winner of 2015's Best Actress award

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The festival will showcase a wide range of short films from across the globe

Up-and-coming cinema talent is set to take centre stage in Bexley this month at the Rob Knox Film Festival and Awards Ceremony.

The event, which was set up in memory of the late Harry Potter actor, will showcase a wide variety of short films by aspiring screenwriters and actors from around the world.

An awards ceremony will follow, covering a range of entertainment categories, including best director, best cinematographer, best film under five minutes and best community film.

Promoter Cathy Foster said: “People have flown over from France and all over the world for this event; it has been a really great platform for young filmmakers who are looking to get established.”

The event is organised by the Rob Knox Foundation, which was established following the actor’s murder in 2008, when he was just 18 years old.

Mr Knox studied at Beth’s Grammar School in Bexley and appeared in several TV shows before becoming well known for his role as Marcus Belby in the 2009 film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

The film festival has already provided a platform for promising youngsters to showcase their talents.

Simon Fingleton, who was awarded Best Director at the Rob Knox Film Festival in 2010, was nominated for ‘Best Debut Director’ at the BAFTAs for his film The Survivalist, which was in cinemas in the UK.

Gareth Fient, who previously won the 99% Award, has gone on to secure work in corporate and advertising with the likes of L’Oreal and the NHS. He has also been recently working on a short film with major production marketing company, EZ productions, in Hollywood.

Mr Fient, now a producer and director in Los Angeles, will be at the film festival as another of his short films has been nominated.

Rob’s younger brother, Jamie, will be presenting the awards. The 25-year-old has followed in his older brother’s footsteps and appeared in a number of TV shows and films, including Beneath the Skin (2015), Cold Kiss (2010) and Love Lies Bleeding (2006).

This year’s festival will take place on Wednesday, April 27 at 6.30pm at Cineworld Cinemas in Bexleyheath.

Tickets are available free of charge at the following address: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rob-knox-film-festival-2016-tickets-24149958175

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