SignalsIf you love getting behind a camera and want to learn more about animation contact Colchester-based media arts centre Signals, who are looking for the next generation of young film makers.

If you are nine to 19 and passionate about film, why not join their Youth Film Club. You will have the chance to experience all the excitement and fun of a film shoot, gain new skills in script writing, directing, sound recording, editing and animation.

The Youth Film Club is your chance to meet experts who will pass on their understanding of film, such as the principles of storytelling, film language, and video production and animation, providing you with the basic skills you will need to make your own films.

While at the Youth Film Club you will have the chance to be trained on high quality cameras and sound equipment as well as learning how to use professional editing software. As a Youth Film Club participant you will be able to decide what film projects you want to work on.

Youth Film Club meets every Monday evening: there are two age groups: nine to 13 year olds from 4pm to 5pm (£2.50); and 14 to 19 year olds from 5pm – 7pm, (£3.50). To sign up and for more information contact our education team on: 01206 560 255.

HeadgateAward winners: (left to right) John Howden (Documentary), Bernard Polley (Open), Paul Desmond (Film of the Year and Chairman’s Cup), Barrie Gibbard (Ray Jennings), Brian Salmons (Film Maker of the Year), Bryan Littlewood (Five Minute) and Robin Garton (Achievement).The courage and endurance of families of bomb disposal service personnel, who served in Afghanistan, was the central theme of a short that won the club’s prestigious Film of the Year award. (21 April 2015).

Film maker Paul Desmond focused his camera on stonemason Sue Pengelley as she painstakingly carved an inscription, dedicated to the military families of Carver Barracks, in Cumbrian slate at her Halstead workshop.

The film, “Stone of Courage” also won the Chairman’s Cup, an open competition.

Brian Salmons was awarded the Film Maker of the Year Boudicca, having gained the most points during a season of six competitions.

Brian, who lives in Norfolk, joined the club only a couple of years ago and has quickly established himself as a prolific film maker.

Robin Garton was presented with a special achievements Boudicca for his herculean task of transferring more than 200 club films in different formats digitally for the club’s archive which goes back 55 seasons.

The awards ceremony, staged at the Headgate Theatre, was MC-ed by John Howden, club member and chairman of the North Thames IAC branch. Among the many guests were the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, and club patron David Cleveland.


IACKOFinalCFMC has added another trophy to its growing collection by winning the IAC’s North Thames regional knock out event against stiff competition from ten other clubs.

The club’s 27 minute programme featured John Howden’s The Art of Nat; a club film directed and edited by Henryk Jachimczyk called Ransom Note; Finding Rockzy by Bijunu Padincharayil; and another Henryk short, Horseplay.

The programme received the unanimous decision of the three independent judges at Hemel Hempstead (May 16) and comes close on the heels of CFMC winning a prestigious Diamond award at the British International Amateur Film Festival along with two other top awards for Ransom Note.

Pictured are CFMC Chairman Barrie Gibbard (left) CFMC Competitions Officer Mike Saucede and KO competition organisor Ron Jones.

To watch the winning programme click here.

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Judges comments on the films:

Arts Opportunity for Film Makers

Message received from Benjamin Scarsbrook:


Thurrock FilmI am an organiser of the Thurrock International film Festival, which hosts an open short film competition which anybody can enter.  I was hoping you could help us out with getting filmmakers in your area to enter their films.  Perhaps you have a noticeboard on a website that will reach filmmakers in your area, or a database of artists and art societies that you can email. 

The festival is one of the fastest growing international short film festivals in the world and we receive many entries from several continents, however, our focus is to nurture UK talent as much as possible and we try to reach out to filmmakers across the county in every way possible. 

Below is some text that can be used for a posting or in an arts newsletter if your department has one. Any help in spreading our call for entries would be greatly appreciated. A digital copy of our call for entries poster can be found at this link  in .jpg form.


Thurrock International Film Festival is the largest growing international film festival in the UK. In 2015 it will return for it’s fourth year and is now looking for filmmakers to enter their films to it’s signature short film competition.

Anyone can enter a short film to one of seven categories. The deadline for this year is June 1st,  the entry fee is just £5 for students and Under 18s and £10 for regular submissions to other categories.

Selected films will be screened at the festival in October to an international audience.  There are trophies and professional software on offer as prizes,  nominated films will also be seen by a panel of celebrity judges and industry professionals which in previous years has included Brian Blessed,  Evan Peters, Dean DeBlois and Frances Fisher among others.

In 2015, the Under 18 category has an added bonus. The MMBF Trust have sponsored the award and are offering the winning young filmmaker an additional cash prize, along with opportunities to work and visit renowned film studios and festivals across Europe.

For full details on how to enter a film please visit

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