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.


CCStoneStonewriter Sue Pengilley pictured carving the monument's inscription at her Halstead workshop.Film-maker Paul Desmond won the Chairman’s Cup with a short documentary, entitled Stone of Courage, which featured the carving and unveiling of a stone monument dedicated to the “courage and endurance” of the families of bomb disposal servicemen, who served in Afghanistan. (March 24 2015)  The film won both the external judges’ and members’ votes.


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

KOFinalsColchester Film Makers Club has won through to the finals of the IAC North Thames Knock Out competition.

The club’s 27 minute programme – The Art of Nat, Ransom Note, Finding Rockzy and Horseplay –beat off stiff competition from host club Potters Bar Filmmakers and Bourne End Video Makers at the Wyllyotts Centre on March 19.

The finals will be held on May16 at Leverstock Green Village Hall, Hemel Hempstead when Colchester will come up against Walthamstow, Harrow, and Wanstead & Woodford clubs.