Kent Sweeps the board at the London Independent Film Festival

Bob Hoskins and Josiane Balasko in Ruby Blue

Bob Hoskins and Josiane Balasko in Ruby Blue © Medb Films

Kent film makers celebrated a night of Kentish success picking up awards for Best UK Feature Film, Best No-Budget Feature Film and Best Short.

Kent obviously has what it takes, since resident film makers celebrated a night of success picking up three of the nine international awards at The London Independent Film Festival.

The top prize of Best UK Feature film went to Ramsgate’s very own Medb Films for their bittersweet film Ruby Blue, staring Bob Hoskins. Written and directed by Jan Dunn, Ruby Blue has also recently picked up the Grand Jury Prize at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival.

Medb Films also picked up a second award for Elaine Wickham’s directorial debut My Mother. Again, the film’s second Prize after winning Best Director at the European Short Film Festival last year.

Alex Reid standing on a isolated beach

Alex Reid in Jetsam © Simon Welsford

Another big winner on the night was Simon Welsford with his film Jetsam, filmed entirely on the east coast of Kent. The dark thriller staring Jamie Draven (Billy Elliot) and Alex Reid (Life on Mars) picked up the accolade of Best No Budget Feature Film.

Congratulations to all the winners!  It must be something in the Kentish air….

If you want to catch these gems at your local, here are some screening dates:

Ruby Blue

Kino Cinemas Sevenoaks ” 25th April

Vue at Westwood Cross ” 25th April ” 1st May

Hastings Electric Cinema ” 7th May

Kino Cinemas Hawkhurst ” 9th May

Canterbury Gulbenkian Cinema -May 23rd/24th/25th

Maidstone Corn Exchange ” 8th September

My Mother

Will be screened at Hastings Electric Cinema on 7th May prior to Ruby Blue screening.


Westgate-on-Sea on the 10th May at  20.00 hrs as part of the Margate Rocks festival, the film will also have a Q&A session with the director Simon Welsford and an Introduction from Jo Nolan at Screen South.