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Violent Violet Films is the British film production company of Jo Tidbury.

I graduated from Southampton Solent University with a 2.1 degree in BA Film Studies (Hons) in 2002 and afterwards decided to focus on making short films. Soon after graduating I was assigned £5000 by the Millennium Commission to create a 5-minute film using local cast and crew. 'Between the City and the Sea' was one of a handful of films that launched the BBC Film Network in 2004 as well as being chosen by Shooting People, the UK's leading community of independent filmmakers, as part of their very first Mobile Cinema, which toured around the UK.

My films have previously shown at Harbour Lights, Southampton; Cinematheque, Brighton and the Cube in Bristol; the Northern Lights Festival, Newcastle; as well as being part of an OMSK night in Limehouse, a retrospective at the BFI/NFT, and at various art house venues and festivals in France, United States, Hungary, Germany and Italy. Brighton based company Final Cut released one of my films ('Midst of Paradise') on DVD and I have been favourably reviewed in Aesthetica Magazine (Summer 2006), which you can download here and in Film Int Issue 29 (Volume 5 Number 5), read it here.

In late 2006 I was awarded £10,000 by the Film Council as part of Screen South's Digital Shorts annual scheme to make 'Bird Feeder', a short film about hope, selected viewings include 7th Hull International Film Festival, Split Focus at the NFT/BFI and the Glastonbury Festival 2009 as part of a BBC Film Talent showcase, as well as Italy's 4th Opere Nuove/No Words film festival and Cine City, Brighton. In the spring of 2011 I directed my music video for breakbeat/dubstep act Specimen A for their song "Chasing Shadows" featuring David Ivan.

I've just started putting some of my photographs on Flickr, and I tweet (@ViolentViolet0). I'm currently studying a MA Film degree at the University of Southampton while in pre-production for my debut feature "A Second Before Midnight/Triptych" (working title).


To contact me, please go to my Vimeo channel vimeo.com/jotidbury.

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