The Albany Competition

Several South Downs Film Makers members attended The Albany Film Competition on Saturday 24th June, in the Wesley Hall at Haywards Heath Methodist Church, which was hosted by Haywards Heath Movie Makers (HHMM) this year.

The Albany Competition began in 1966 after a suggestion by film making enthusiast and Albany Cine Club Chairman, Syd Mitchell . He suggested a competition to find the best film between Sussex clubs. This film had to be set to a theme, chosen by a representative of the clubs involved. After he died, the Albany Cine Club unfortunately folded but, thanks to the enthusiasm of the other Sussex clubs, the competition was revitalised and continues today as a tribute to Syd. Initially for clubs based in Sussex, and until recently has been held annually, the competition is now bi-annual, and open to clubs in Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire.

A re-edited version of “Seeds for Life” by HHMM won the competition, and their entry “Are You There Mum?” was runner up. (Didn’t they do well!)