GREAT FILMS TO SEA! 3 DAYS OF MOVIE MAGIC COMING TO THE EMBASSY CINEMA ILFRACOMBE APRIL 2018

OUR PATRONS

2018

ANDREW  COTTON - SURF PATRON

We are delighted to be welcoming back Andrew Cotton as our surf patron for this year’s festival. A well-known big wave surfer and part-time plumber from North Devon, he recently suffered an epic wipeout at Nazare in Portugal. Despite breaking his back, Cotton, now in rehab, maintains he will be back up on a surfboard again. We wish him well with his recovery.

"I’m really stoked to be Surf Patron for the festival for the second year running. Watching surf movies on the big screen is such a privilege, as it seems most of the time we end up watching surf clips on our phones. But to be able to watch surfing so close to home is a bonus and not to be missed."

2016

ANDREW  COTTON

We were delighted to welcome one of the world’s top big wave surfers, Andrew Cotton, as one of our patrons. Andrew is a well-respected local surfer who first took to the waves at the tender age of seven to help combat his asthma. He gained global recognition in February 2014 when he tackled a 60-foot wave at Nazaré in Portugal. We’re dedicating a whole evening to all things surf, with films from filmmakers within the local surfing community.
“I’m honoured to be the surf patron of the Ilfracombe Film Festival,” says Andrew. “It seems nowadays we watch far too much surf action on phones or tablets so watching any surf movie old or new on the big screen is a real treat, I can’t wait for the Friday surf night.”

JOY WHITBY

We felt extremely privileged to welcome television producer Joy Whitby to The Big Film Weekend as our Children’s Patron. Joy joined the BBC in 1956 and has worked in the children’s sector ever since. She started programmes like Play School, Jackanory, Catweazle and The Book Tower. Now, she runs her own independent company which specialises in making animated films based on quality picture books – such as The Mousehole Cat.
“Today there is a glut of choice when it comes to accessing entertainment and it has changed our viewing habits.  Increasingly, we watch or listen alone,” says Joy. “But there is a sense of occasion going to a cinema.  Viewing with others can enhance enjoyment. That is why festivals like this are so important in reminding us of that very special pleasure. The pleasure of shared experience.”