Annual film festival in memory of Rob Knox

Many Potter fans will no doubt remember when the news broke in 2008 that Rob Knox had been tragically murdered. The young actor portrayed Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and was just 18 years old. However, his memory continues to be honored.

Every year, the Rob Knox Film Festival takes place in remembrance of the actor. This year has proven to be the most popular yet, as the festival received more than 2,000 entries, which were narrowed down to just 13. These short films, directed by independent filmmakers, will be shown at the festival in Bexley, London, on June 3, before the festival finishes with an awards ceremony.

The festival lists its aims as:

To raise the profile of positive behaviour by young people.
To provide an opportunity for locally made films to reach a wider audience.
To provide an opportunity for young people to see independent films from around the world.
To provide learning opportunities for young filmmakers.
To identify films that tackle social issues or that could be used in an educational context.

This year’s entries includes “On a Knife Edge, “which explores the aftermath of a stabbing and stars Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Misfits), and “Bridge over Blue,” by award-winning director Edilberto Restino and starring Ed Cooper Clarke (Downton Abbey, Whitechapel).

Will you be attending the festival? Let us know what you think in the comments!