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:
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 & Mike Spanton.
Results from the Albany Film Festival 9th April 2017
The Runners up trophy.
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
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
‘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.
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 www.amazon.co.uk 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. wywhfestival.co.uk
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.
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:
Winner – ‘Brighton Beach’ by Alan Cross
Runner-up – ‘Meet Roy Powell’ by Bob Summers
3rd place – ‘Moscow 2016’ by Irina Pitman
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
Hot Shorts – 1 minute
Winner – ‘Turn it Up’ by Brian Meetens
Hot Shorts – 2 minute
Winner – ‘Eggsplanation’ by Michael Boddington
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.
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.
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.