CFMC’s new season got off to a flying start with veteran film maker Bernard Polley’s well researched film, The Stour Valley Painters, winning the Open competition (29 September).

Runner up in the competition, which attracted five entries, was Chobe, an African adventure, by Bryan Littlewood, and third was Spirit of Thailand by Brian Salmons.

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.

Result Annoucement:

Judges comments on the films:

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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.