Film Shows from SDFM

South Downs Film Makers Film Show


We offer entertaining film shows to all types of clubs and societies in West and East Sussex and have varied programmes of films produced by the club, made up of drama, comedy, documentary, travel and local interest.

The programme usually runs for an hour, but we can adjust the timing according to your requirements. We provide all necessary equipment including projector, tripod screen, amplifier and loudspeakers. All we require from you is a table, two chairs, a 13 amp power outlet and for the room to be darkened. For setting up, we need access to the room thirty minutes prior to the show start time.

The cost is just £35 for a show within a travelling radius of eight miles from Worthing. For distances in excess of the eight mile radius, please let us know your location by using the contact form below and we will advise you of the price.

Many of our films have won awards in local, national and international amateur film festivals and, in addition to showing the films, we give a short talk on the background of our club and an insight into the making of the films.

Comments from our audiences include:

‘Lots of laughs and all professionally presented’

‘A thoroughly entertaining show’

‘Can’t wait to see some more!’

If you feel a show would be of interest, please contact us here.



SDFM Triumphs at The Sussex Film Festival

SDFM triumphs at The Sussex Film Festival


The Sussex Film Festival is an annual competition, open to amateur filmmakers throughout Sussex and attracts a wide range of productions from filmmaking clubs and individuals. This year’s festival was held – not at Cannes or Venice but at Wivelsfield Green Village Hall, near Burgess Hill on Sunday 9 October.


Twenty one films were entered for the competition, including five from SDFM.


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Alan and Bob receiving award for “The bench by the sea”



The Bench by the Sea, a film by Alan Cross and Mike Spanton, won no less than four awards: Best Acting, Best Drama, Best Film in the Festival and a new award, the Mike Coad Trophy for the audience vote. This was a terrific achievement for two of our club’s newer members.

Howard and Bob receiving their award for "Are you sitting comfortably"

Howard and Bob receiving award for “Are you sitting comfortably”



Are You Sitting Comfortaby? – a documentary by David Allen, Ted Forman, Jim Anderson and Bryan Cox won awards for the Best Documentary and Best Club Entry. This film has enjoyed enormous success, having also won top awards at the SERIAC Festival and BIAFF this year.





Night Shift, a drama directed by Paul Webster and Brian Meetens, also won a commendation.


Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in the making of these films.


Bob Summers


October reflection

October reflection


This month marks the culmination of nearly two years work for our club in what has become known as the Ferring 1250 project. Towards the end of 2014, we were approached with the idea of making a film to commemorate the 1250th anniversary of St Andrew’s Church, Ferring. Executive Producer, Eileen Godfrey, initially held meetings with the PCC to discuss an outline for the film. As well as focusing on the church’s anniversary year, it was decided to invite the numerous clubs and social groups in the village to participate, thereby creating a lasting visual record of the local community in 2015.


Some 30 community groups expressed interest and throughout the year, film crews were assigned the task of filming them in action, as well as documenting the various church celebrations. These included a special service of thanksgiving, attended by the Bishop of Chichester.


The resulting two films – one covering the church year and the other depicting village life in 2015 – are scheduled for public screening at Ferring Village Hall on 28th and 29th October. DVDs are also being made available for purchase with part of any profits made being donated – at the church’s request – to local charity, Ferring Country Centre.


This has been a massive but interesting and worthwhile undertaking. It has provided a great opportunity for our members to get involved and I would like to thank everyone who has participated. Well done to you all. I am confident that it will be well received by the local community.


Bob Summers, Chairman



Production News – October 2016



by Brian Meetens, Film-making Co-ordinator

October 2016


Filming for the drama thriller, The Picture has completed on schedule and the film has moved into post production.the-picture-pic-2-john-g-brian





Vivienne McCulloch’s comedy drama ‘Missing’  has finished filming and is in post production.

Jim Anderson as Head of State Security, Sir Percy Thro-Upp, in John Lovell's new comedy 'I Spy' now in production.

Jim Anderson as Head of State Security, Sir Percy Thro-Upp, in John Lovell’s new comedy ‘I Spy’ now in production.




Another film in post production is John Lovell’s comedy I Spy.






The 1250 Anniversary films will be screened to the public at Ferring Village Hall on Friday 28th & Saturday 29th October with the programme commencing at 7.00pm on each evening.



Please keep Production News informed if you are making films of any genre including Hot Shorts, or if you would like assistance, crew or acting members.

Also, if you have any ideas, stories or scripts you would like to offer to the Film Making sub-committee, we’ll be delighted to receive them.


Ferring 1250 Premiere

Ferring 1250 Premiere


During 2015 the club was kept very busy shooting a lot of footage for “Ferring 1250”, a film specially commissioned to celebrate the 1250th anniversary year of St Andrew’s Church Ferring.


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Scene from Ferring 1250 

This is one of the clubs most ambitious projects so far, and shows not only a year in the life of of St. Andrews church but also the work done by many of the 80 community and voluntary groups in the village.

This mammoth undertaking has now been edited and compiled into a special commemorative film of ninety minutes duration.


The film will be premiered for members of the village at Ferring Village hall on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October starting at  7 p.m.. 



Tickets are available now for just £5 from The Henty Arms, 2 Ferring Lane and Symonds Reading, 86 Ferring Street or call Eileen on 01903 501656.

Scene from Ferring 1250

 Scene from Ferring 1250



A commemorative video will also be on sale on the two nights.