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Bradford in the Frame & Centenary Square
10 October 2022

This evening at 8pm, our short film Bradford in the Frame was shown on Bradford's big outdoor screen at Centenary Square. The film by Judith Simpson, Produced by Dave Marshall and Edited by Ian J. Simpson, tells the history of the Bradford Cine Circle (1932) through to the present day, now called Bradford Movie Makers. Our members met at the Weatherspoons Pub at 7:30pm, giving just enough time to get drinks in before going outside to watch the big screen at 8pm. We would like to thank David Wilson (Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film) for organising this screening.

Bradford in the Frame - Centenary Square Screen
Photo by Ian J. Simpson

Club Members watching the Film
Photo by Andrew Cockerill

To watch Bradford in the Frame, click Here.

1 Minute & 5 Minute Competitions
26 September 2022

So tonight was our one minute and five minute film competitions. The entries were varied and entertaining with more one minute films than expected. The one minute film winner was 'The Water Pooches' by Craig Sands and the five minute film winner was 'Knaresborough' by Harry Nicholls. The Judges were Keith Wilcock and Jeremy Norman.

A Bunch of Amateurs Premieres at Sheffield DocFest
24 June 2022

So today was the World Premiere of A Bunch of Amateurs, the feature length documentary made about the Bradford Movie Makers. To my mind, this is too big a subject to be covered in a small news piece and deserves it's own article, which I will write soon.

UPDATE: I've written the article named 'The Big Premiere' and completely from my own point of view. To read it, click Here.

See the Trailer for A Bunch of Amateurs below.

Annual Dinner and Awards
25 April 2022

To see photos click Here

So, tonight was the Bradford Movie Makers 2022 Annual Awards Dinner, hosted at the Midlands Hotel in Bradford. Like the Oscars, lucky film makers, crew and actors await to see if their talents have been recognised and their films chosen for an award. We would like to give special thanks to our judge Richard Bray for his hard work and feedback. We would also like to thanks to Marie McCahery for organising the Midland Hotel Venue.

The winners of this years award were:-

Annual Competition

Category Winner Film
Best Script Jim Walker & Joe Ogden Halt!
Best Cinematography Harry Nicholls The Bronte Connection
Best Sound Andrew Cockerill Halt!
Best Visual Effects Ian Simpson The Spider
Best Editing Ian Simpson The Spider
Best Actor Peter Whitley (as Harold) Halt!
Best Actress Catherine Bailey (as Jenny) Halt!
Runner Up / Best Fiction Jim Walker Halt!
Film of the Year Ian Egglestone Made in China

Standard Competitions

Category Winner Film
Edit in Camera Ian & Judith Simpson The Companion
One Minute Film Judith Simpson Beginners Guides to Tits
Five Minute Film Ian & Judith Simpson Blue Skies in Faringdon
Ten Minute Film Ian Egglestone & Phil Wainman Walk Tall
Film to a Theme - Twist Harry Nicholls Oklahoma
Film to a Record Phil Wainman Zero
Holiday Film Ian Egglestone Autumness

New Competition Trophies
25 March 2022

Here are the five new technical trophies for the Annual Competition. Having similar merit, they include Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing. The metal sculptures came from Germany. Wooden plinths from America. Assembled in Leeds, England, incorporating metal nameplates dating from when this category-based procedure came into force. Nameplates include first and surname of winners, rather than merely initial and Surname. The three trophies (not shown here) for Film of the Year, Runner-up Film, Novice have not been replaced.

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Holiday Film Competitions
14 March 2022

So tonight was our annual Holiday Film Competition. It was an entertaining night, with a good selection of films, including family days out at Blackpool, 40s Weekends and Vintage Railways. The winner was Ian Egglestone (pictured right) with his film Autumness, which had excellent cinematography, with vibrant striking colours. We would like to give thanks to our judge, Actor Steven Holt (pictured left).

Fund your first Feature Length Film

Are you a writer based in England with an exciting, bold idea, particularly if you’ve not teamed up with a producer yet? The British Film Institute's (BFI) Early Development Funding is available to help budding writers and film-makers fund their first feature length film. But be sure to read the fine print, as they do require you to have worked on a short film or theatre project which was Professionally Produced and gained Industry Recognition. The deadline for applications is the 2nd May 2022 at midday.