A Hollywood-style awards evening comes to Colchester on Tuesday April 8 when Colchester Film Makers Club stages its prestigious Film of the Year competition.
The venue is the Headgate Theatre in Chapel Street North (CO2 7AT).….. And the show is open to the public.
Known as the Boudicca Awards, the programme is a showcase for the best films of the current season made by club members.
A panel of three independent judges will be tasked with finding the overall winner.
In addition, there will be a newsreel of public events in and around Colchester during the past 12 months.
Tickets for non-member are £4, concessions £3: please use the Contact link below to order your tickets from the Club Secretary.
An enchanting story of a young brother and sister’s search for their missing cat caught the imagination and support of the three independent judges of the Chairman’s Cup, voting “Finding Rockzy” best film in the six-sided competition.
Film maker Bijunu Padincharayil shot the seven minute movie during a brief visit home to Kerala, India in December after persuading his nephew and niece Ashwin and Aiswarya to take on the starring roles. Rockzy is the family pet.
Bijunu also came second with a delightful short about Colchester Zoo, “Back to the Wild” (two minutes). Third was a beautifully shot travelogue, “Iceland” (10 minutes) made by Brian Salmons.
Bijunu said: “The film was all about having some fun with my nephew and niece, Ashwin and Aiswarya, while exploring the local area with a loaded camera and to introduce them to the process of filmmaking.
“The ideas mostly came from the children and my job was to shape them into a story. And, of course, there was a hidden agenda to rekindle some of my childhood memories and to capture the fast disappearing scenic beauty on camera.
“Though they were facing the movie camera for the first time in their life, the kids really surprised me with their acting skills. As in the movie, we ended up finding so much more than what we were looking for.”
Members of the host team share a light hearted moment with colleague Brian Pearce (right) who sadly passed away two days after the competition. Brian, a former chairman of the club, will be remembered with great affection.
CFMC has won through to the semi-finals in the runners up category of the IAC 4X4 competition.
The club hosted the qualifying round B of the newly renamed competition, formerly the IAC Triangle competition, on 15 March. Also taking part were Mid Suffolk Video & Camera Club, Potters Bar Film Makers, and Wanstead and Woodford Movie Makers.
Latest Films - Short
"Finding Rockzy" by Bijunu Padincharayil
"Back to the Wild" by Bijunu Padincharayil
"Iceland" by Brian Salmons
"A Tudor Weekend" by Maurice Newbolt
"The Making of Music" by Brian Pearce
"New Years Eve in Funchal" by Maurice Newbolt