South Downs Film Makers pick up 3 awards with our film “Travel Companion” at the 48th Sussex Film Festival, held at Wivelsfield Village Hall on Sunday 8th October, winning awards for Acting, Comedy and the Best Club Entry.

Read all the details here. Watch the film trailer here.

Photo shows club members David Allen and Howard Johnson receiving the awards from Mike Wyman, IAC Chairman.


An Introduction to South Downs Film Makers


About the Club

SDFM has held its meetings at Ferring Village Hall since 1990. Today, we have around 50 members who meet twice monthly at this venue throughout the year, usually on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. We try to provide an interesting programme of activities for our members. (See Club Calendar for programme details)

The club’s aims are:

  • To encourage interest in film making as a hobby (Drama, Documentary & Comedy
  • To help increase the knowledge and technical ability of our members
  • To have fun and build friendships


The club is fortunate in owning two semi-professional Panasonic cameras and tripods, which are available for use in club productions. We also have a range of other equipment – including portable lights, microphones, royalty-free music, all of which are available for members’ use, free of charge


Several competitions are held throughout the year to encourage film making amongst our members. Some competitions are internal and others external where club films are entered into competition against those of other clubs, both regionally, nationally and even internationally

External Film-shows

The club regularly provides film-shows to local groups – WI, church and social groups etc. – in the community

Our club magazine – ‘Freeze Frame’

Our club magazine, ‘Freeze Frame’, is published bi-monthly and contains information on current affairs in the club, details of productions in progress and news of up-coming events.

New Members

Potential new members are always welcome to come along and join us for an evening. For more information please call Roy Powell, telephone: 01903 266606


Subscriptions (20116/17)

Annual subscriptions are currently:

Full membership – £45 per person / £70 per couple.

Associate membership – £18 (restricted)