Club Meeting 19th April 2017

 Club meeting on the 19th April 2017
At the Club meeting on the 19th April 2017 the competition theme was ‘Holiday’ films of which eight were entered.
The joint winners were Irina Pitman with her excellent film about her trip to Iceland and the other being an interesting documentary about Malta by Bob Summers.
In second place was a documentary about Madeira made by Roy Powell.
In third place was ‘Ian’ in Benidorm a film by David Allen.
The evening concluded with a short film by John Fisher made in 1986 and transferred from 8mm on to DVD about the good old days going on holiday abroad including the car breaking down, engine repairs and plenty of food and drink.
We now look forward to our next meeting which is a Challenge on the screen against Chichester Film and Video Makers on May 10th at Chichester at 7-30pm.   See calendar here

South Downs Film Makers – awards April 2017


Can it get any better?    

Seven trophies for South Downs Film Makers in a weekend  !


Congratulations to those members responsible for producing these films.


 Results from SERIAC Film Festival 8th April 2017

Bench by the sea:

Makers of Bench by the Sea at Seriac
Director Alan Cross, Producer Rebecca Simmons Camera Mike Spanton


Regional Shield for best film in the festival

Kent Cup for best film from an IAC affiliated Club

Marina Trophy for best drama / story film

The Baynes Trophy for best photography

Alan Cross- best film in Festival









Alan Cross & Mike Spanton.

Results from the Albany Film Festival 9th April 2017

Travel Companion:

The Runners up trophy.

Roy Powell receiving the runner up trophy at the Albany for’ Travel Companion’ on behalf of the film makers

The Syd Mitchell Editing Trophy for Best edited entry

Story: Irina Pitman.

Directed: Alan Cross.

Camera: Mike Spanton.

Sound:  David Allen.



The Greenyer Trophy for Best use of sound

The Picture

John Guile receiving the trophy for ‘The Picture’


Writers: Chris Hodson & Brian Meetens.

Producers: Brian Meetens & John Guile.

Director John Guile; Cameras: Richard Stockwell & Keith Poley.

Sound: David Allen.





by Brian Meetens, Film-making Co-ordinator

April 2017



‘Parlez Vous’ a saucy comedy from David Allen is being developed for filming this year.

Pre-production has commenced on a thriller with the working title ‘Dead on Time’ to be directed by Paul Webster.

A club comedy written by John Guile entitled ‘By Any Means’ is being considered by John, for filming during the summer.

Howard Johnson has written a comedy sketch entitled ‘Cold Calling’ which is in preparation as a project for filming this year.

Alan Eyles is looking at various projects with a view to producing one or more films during the year.

Alan Cross will be producing a ‘promo’ for the club and is also developing a drama written by Nadya Henwood entitled ‘Tragedy’ as a future project.

A storyboard ‘model’ version of the challenging true story adapted by Vivienne McCulloch as ‘Up, Up & Away’ is being produced by Vivienne to determine the practicalities of the full project.

Do you have any stories or scripts that may be suitable for filming? If so, we’ll be delighted to hear from you. Also, please let us have any of your ideas that could be developed into a film script or let us know if you’re interested in directing films or being involved with the production process.


Brian Meetens        



To celebrate the launch of a new book about 120 years of film in Worthing and Sussex – ‘Electric Pictures’ (published by the History Press), Worthing WOW will be hosting a special book launch together with a film screening of the classic British film ‘Wish You Were Here’ at the Dome Cinema at 12.45pm on 23rd April 2017. The comedy drama starring Emily Lloyd and Tom Bell was shot in and around Worthing and in the Dome during 1987.


The film will be introduced by its esteemed director David Leland – who has also written the Foreword to the book – and after the film there will be a Q&A with him about his glittering Hollywood career and what it was like to film in Worthing 30 years ago.


Written as part of the Worthing WOW festival celebrations, ‘Electric Pictures’ commemorates 120 years of film in the Sussex coastal towns of Worthing and Shoreham, capturing the region’s rich cinematic legacy and its place in British film history.


From filmmaking pioneers through to blockbuster films and key events in the film history of the coast, this volume draws on research from film archives and local history resources to tell the story of the south coast film world.

Richly illustrated and featuring contributions from local historians and film and theatre specialists, this book also includes an additional Heritage Trail guide that reveals key filming locations and the towns’ cinemas.


The book was due for publication on 2nd March and can be ordered on-line from at £12.99 or as a Kindle edition at £4.35.



This screening event will also be linking in with Worthing’s new ‘Wish You Were Here’ festival, an Open-Access, Performing Arts Festival, which is taking place over the same weekend – Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd April. The bfestival will showcase a range of performance makers in pub venues around Worthing, including, theatre, comedy, film, spoken word and music. The weekend promises to be a celebration of Worthing, the arts and the good old British seaside.


Worthing WOW, which is a registered charity, is organizing this event for the community of Worthing to celebrate creativity, to inspire our younger generation and to raise funds for future festival events.


Brian Meetens

March News

Well, February really was ‘Competition Month’. What with the ‘Ferring Cup’ on the 1st and the ‘Newcomers Challenge’ and ‘Hot Shorts’ on the 15th, we were indulged with great club members’ films to watch and admire. (12 films entered for the Ferring Cup + 10 for the Newcomers Trophy)


So for the results and presentations:

Alan Cross receiving the Ferring Cup trophy from Bob Summers

Ferring Cup

Alan Cross with the Ferring Cup trophy


Winner – ‘Brighton Beach’ by Alan Cross

Runner-up – ‘Meet Roy Powell’ by Bob Summers

3rd place – ‘Moscow 2016’ by Irina Pitman



Ken Grainger looking quite surprised at his win, with head judge Ted Foreman. (Irina Pitman was the other judge for the Newcomers Competition).

Newcomers Challenge Trophy

Winner – ‘The Fabulous Colours of Yellowstone’ by Ken Grainger

Runner-up – ‘Wassail at Tarring’ by Alan Cross

3rd Place – ‘Late Autumn’ by Roy Powell





Howard Johnson congratulating Brian Meetens on his win.

Hot Shorts – 1 minute

Winner – ‘Turn it Up’ by Brian Meetens





Howard congratulating Michael Boddington on his win.

Hot Shorts – 2 minute

Winner – ‘Eggsplanation’ by Michael Boddington







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.


Alan and Bob receiving awards for "The  bench by the sea"

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