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21 February


Frank Bond won FIRST PRIZE with "Brothers in Arms" - a visit to Ypres in 2004 for the 11 November Remembrance Service.

Frank writes:

I heard of one story amongst thousands. It concerned twins who had enlisted together, and perished by the same shell in Flanders. Through the awfulness of human conflict, the film ends with a hope for the future, in the form of an epitaph left under a cenotaph…


"Whilst many of our forefathers could not imagine you as friends, we cannot see you as our enemies."

14 January


We were pleased to see Geoff Stock win our skittles match. Geoff is one of our actor friends and has taken part in many club productions.


Vice Chairman, Tim Belsten (right) presents the trophy.

23 February


We entered "Vernon's Permutation" in the Melbourne Movie Makers Club International Amateur Movie Festival (their "Ten Best") and it's been judged as one of the TOP TEN !!

Offers of congratulations, bouquets, money, pints of lager and unbridled respect should be heaped upon ..

CLICK for a brief synopsis.
Members may borrow a free DVD copy

20 May


130 people attended our Premiere on 12 May. It was our way to say THANK YOU to all the cast, crew and helpers for their hard work during the 2 years of production.

A special edition of our Spring Newsletter has been prepared. It explains how the film was made and there's a page about the chroma key special effects that were used.

CLICK HERE to read it.



Our latest production CLARKSON was awarded a special prize at the 4th International Festival of Non-professional Film Makers held in Tallinn.

CLICK HERE to review the film

19 December


It was standing room only for the screening of the 2006 Annual Trophy Competition at the clubroom. Nine videos were shown and after each one the judge, producer and director Keith Sheather, gave his critique. Results were announced and Keith awarded prizes and commented on the very high standard of entries.

WINNER was David Knowles with his entry,
"Svalbard Explorer"

SECOND PRIZE went to Roy Hopkins for,
"TV production in the Making"

19 December 2006


Bob Bennett has been a member for very many years, and not only given much of his free time but also shared his expertise as a photographer to help those who are taking their first steps in our hobby. We are delighted to present him with this award, with our thanks for all that he has achieved.

The Mike Wertheim Trophy was given to BFVS by his widow, to be awarded to someone who had done something special for the Society. Mike was a very popular member, who was taken from us prematurely.

7 September


Bob Bennett writes..
'In the summer of 2005 club members had the opportunity to work alongside director Stewart Mackay and a professional crew on his production 'Pigeon Post'. Premiered on September 16th it stars Peter Benson and Derek Fowlds from TV's 'Heartbeat' and Diana Hoddinott from 'Yes Minister' and will be entered in festivals and competitions throughout the world.'

5 December

Members shoot an 'assassination'
Filmed in one evening in and around the clubroom.

The script contained no dialogue. The challenge was to tell the story purely in visual terms.

25 March


Frank Bond (right) receives his award certificate from Trevor Biggs, Chairman of Frome Film and Video Makers, for his video, "Brothers in Arms".  Frank came second in the Festival's Open Class.

Details of the Festival and a list of winners can be found on Frome's website..


RUNNER UP was John Howdens's video called, "Ad Break"

John writes:

Ad Break is a spoof TV advertising break complete with end titles from the previous programme. Typical 'soap opera' credits object when they are compressed and speeded up to make way for a 'coming shortly' title and a 'title fight' ensues.

The adverts include a 'Phone Zapper' box which lets the owner dish out appropriate punishment to unwanted phone callers

The various gadgets and the scrolling titles were created using Blender, open source 3D animation software (see www.blender.org ). Other artwork was prepared with The Gimp, another free program ( www.gimp.org ).