The Glassworks, Mill Bay, Folkestone CT20 1JG, UK


Violet Pictures is a Kent-based, distribution, programming, and production company. We represent a library of diverse films, including acclaimed titles such as Oscar-nominee Hoop Dreams, Emmy-winner After Tiller, Goya-winner The Silence of Others, and the forthcoming Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project. We help filmmakers devise impact campaigns and enjoy supporting new and established directors.

With our educational partners the Kent Film Foundation and South East Creatives we have had the pleasure of training and developing the next generation of Kent-based filmmakers over the last three years running a series of workshops and screenings. Since 2018 we have run the Folkestone Harbour Screen’s Young Film Programmers group with support from Film Hub South East and we also host and curate the popular monthly documentary club at the Folkestone Quarterhouse.

Our digital and home entertainment partners include Mubi, Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player, Amazon Video, Modern Films, and Dogwoof.


James Collie – Co-founder

James is a graduate of Ravensbourne University and the National Film and Television School. His experience includes producing, programming, and ten years in distribution following his producing debut Beyond Biba: A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki. His cutting edge, hands-on approach to distribution encourages innovation and collaboration, helping independent filmmakers navigate a highly competitive marketplace while elevating the profile of their projects.

Since 2018 he has programmed the Folkestone Harbour Screen and the Folkestone Quarterhouse helping to build a film culture in the region. He is the festival director of the inaugural Folkestone Documentary Festival which takes place in June 2021.

Jan Dunn – Co-founder

Jan is an award-winning director and screenwriter for her debut feature Gypo winning the BIFA for Best Production and a number of other awards. This film is also on the university curriculum for film studies and at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Recent writing commissions have included adapting the best-selling novels Year of Wonders for Creative England (BFI) and Sacred Country for CrossDay Productions. She is currently developing a documentary focusing on Antoinette Powell-Cotton and Diana Powell-Cotton who worked together as anthropologists and filmmakers in Angola and Namibia in the 1930s.

She is also the founder of the Kent Film Foundation which uses a range of after school film clubs to build confidence and aspirations in young people.