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Thalia Goblet and certificate for the winner.

19 March   Competition Evening

The evening where the members judge members films.

Details on the Competitions web-page

       (any subject, max 10 minutes)

The winner will receive the Jack Baker Trophy and a certificate.

2 April  Paul Holbrook – Shunk Films  

Local filmmaker Paul Holbrook will show us some of his films and invite a Q&A after each.

Paul has a website:

15 January A Stunning Mix

How we might get music specially composed for our films.

19 February Annual General Meeting and a premiere of the Society's latest production.

5 March HORIZON: Behind the scenes

5 February Documentary filmmaker Frank Bond will show his film, “Strong to Save”.

Members will recall that Frank was awarded a special Best Local Documentary for his film, Strong to Save in our recent ANNUAL TROPHY COMPETITION.

Frank writes..

“This is the story of the greatest of lifeboat in the history of the RNLI.

Henry Blogg served as coxswain at the Cromer station for over 40 years, through two world wars. He is credited with saving nearly 900 lives.

As a young man the crew rowed out into the treacherous North Sea in an open boat. They could be out in all seasons for two days. He finally retired aged over 70, some years after the second word war ended. He was awarded the George Cross, three RNLI gold medals (the lifeboat VC) and throughout remained a reserved humble unknown hero. “

Frank will talk us through the production process:

We invite guest speakers Simon Pearce and Paul Dudbridge, the writers and producers of the award-winning sci-fi web series HORIZON, to take us behind the scenes of the series.


16 April  Planning the Mini Epic.

7 May  A Film from Stills + Simple Animation

Making a film from stills. The Ken Burns effect. or even simple animation – the old Captain Pugwash method of animation. Plus the chance to try some animation.

21 May  Practical Skills

A hands on evening.  We practice filming and sound recording with help from experts.  

Outside if weather permits to take advantage of the light evenings.

In the age of You Tube - writing the very short documentary.

Look at the viewing numbers on You Tube and see that if you want an audience for your films then a short production on You Tube may be worth considering.

It is hoped that this evening might lead to some new films being made by individual members and groups of members.

18 June  Filming the Mini Epic.

2 July  How Are Professional Documentaries Made?

How a professional documentary is put together. Orientated to the organising and scripting side rather than the filming and technical side.

6 August  John Howden – The Quiet Boffin  

(computer animation and CGI)

We review the amazing animation and CGI work of the late Doctor John Howden.

16 July 180 Minute Challenge


A 30 minute discussion item and an update on the

Current BFVS productions

20 August  Hands on Filmmaking

We will work together to shoot two short films, one in the club room, the other outside.

An opportunity for everybody who attends to get really involved.

Tonight is the closing date for entries in the forthcoming Annual Trophy Competition (September 17th)

Download entry form HERE

3 September  TBA

JUDGED IN ADVANCE by a professional filmmaker this competition is the BIG one.

Eagerly fought for every year since 1965.

Rules and Entry Form HERE

The RAY BUCKLAND CUP for Best Composition and The DON SMITH TROPHY for Best Narration and/or Spoken Word can also be awarded.

The Don Smith Trophy The Ray Buckland Cup The Annual Trophy

54th Annual Trophy Competition

Any subject

No limit in duration

This can be a group or individual effort

ANNUAL TROPHY and certificate for the winner

THE BURRIS CUP for the entry placed second.

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The Burris cup

17 September  Annual Trophy Competition

‘The first Bristol Cine Society Annual Trophy was fought for in April, 1965 when nine entries competed.

The trophy, a magnificent "Greek Urn" type of cup, was reputedly found by Reg Middle on a refuse dump and restored to more than its original glory.’

4 June  The Very Short Documentary

Meetings start at 7.30pm and finish around 10.00pm

Due to professional commitments, visiting speakers may need to change dates. Please check before travelling long distances

1 October  TBA

15 October  TBA

5 November  TBA

19 November  TBA

3 December  TBA

17 December  TBA

Pitches and Presentations: Possible club productions we might make

in 2019 - documentary and fiction, long and short.

'Grand Premiere' of the edited films shot on the December Fun Evening.

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