Violet Pictures is a Kent-based, distribution, programming, and film educational 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 currently 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 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. We ran the Folkestone Harbour Screen’s Young Film Programmers Panel from 2018-20 and we now currently run the Deal Film Club’s Young Film Programmers Panel with support from Film Hub South East. We also host and curate the popular monthly doc club at the Folkestone Quarterhouse.mm Following the success of the doc club, we are currently planning the first Folkestone Documentary Festival in November with support from Creative Folkestone.
Our digital and home entertainment partners include Mubi, Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player,mazon 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.
From 2018-2020 he programmed the Folkestone Harbour Screen and the documentary strand at 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 November 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. 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.