NEXT OVFM CLUB MEETING – Tuesday July 16th


Okay folks we are ready for the first round of the TOP TEN 2019 competition!

The Top Ten is open to everyone in OVFM to submit a film, no longer than 20 minutes on any subject, style or genre, which will be judged and graded by their peers. The ten films that have accrued the highest scores by the end of the five individual rounds will be entered into the final in January 2020 and the winner will be announced at the Oscars in March.

Due to the number of club members taking a slight drop over the last year due to ill-health and some unfortunate passings, the committee have decided to maximise the number of responses for this year’s competition by holding just two rounds, which means more entrants per round.

The scoring sheet has also undergone a change for this year, which you can read and download HERE.

Last year Sam Brown was our Top Ten winner with Beyond The Sunset making him our defending champion for this year’s competition. Will Sam reign supreme for a second year in a row or will someone else claim the trophy at next year’s Oscars?

Here are the club members who have been selected at random to participate in this opening round:


Ron Williams

Graham Sinden

Andy and Marian Watson

Jim and Fran Morton-Robertson 

Brenda and Roger Wheatley 

Trevor Rogers

Ian Ménage

Walter McKenna

Jane Oliver

Lee Relph

Mike Graham

Hugh Darrington

Anna  Littler

Laura Child

Maria Alexander 

John Bunce 

Harold Trill


Remember if you have a film ready and it is not your round yet please let us know below and bring it with you to the meeting – it will help make up any shortfall in submissions.

As always we ask you to PLEASE reply to this post in the comments below, if you have a film ready and letting us know the following important information :


Run time

Format (DVD, Blu-ray, USB)

Picture ratio (4:3 or 16:9).


Similarly please reply below if you can’t make this round and we’ll accommodate your film in a future round. It is very important and helpful to know these things ahead of time to ensure we have the right equipment for playing your films and so we know in advance how much time we have to discuss all the films shown if there is a huge response.  It’s a simple courtesy we are asking of you and it only takes a few seconds to comply.

And that is it. Join us on Tuesday for the opening round of the 2019 Top Ten!

Thank you for reading and good luck to everyone who enters a film!

14 Replies to “NEXT OVFM CLUB MEETING – Tuesday July 16th”

  1. I’m due for round 2 but I have a 13 minute film ready that I’d like to enter on 16th July if possible.


  2. I am hoping to have my film completed for next week.

    *EDIT* – It is now complete!

    Title – “Lost Smile” 4 mins 6 secs, on USB, 16:9, 1080p MP4.

  3. Barbara Darby
    I have changed places with Jim and Fran MR as they are unable to come to the meeting.
    My film :-
    The world garden

  4. I am due to show in August but will bring my film with me on 16th in case there is a shortage of entries

    “Lanzarote – a different view”
    9 minutes
    DVD- HD
    Aspect ratio 16:9

  5. I’ll have a film ready to show
    Film “Anything Goes”
    Runtime 3 mins

  6. I will have a film.
    “Brick Lane Beat”
    16:9, USB
    RT around 10 minutes but still editing it so not sure.

  7. Last saw an interesting start to the 2019 Top Ten, in that we had 8 entries yet only 14 (or 15, the jury is still out on the final number) people showed up.

    As you all know, for the feedback part of the evening we need impartial commentators, but with over half the audience having submitted a film (therefore are ineligible to comment on their own films), and mot people reluctant to speak up, the pool for commentators was rather limited. But we got there in the end…

    The first film was my own latest effort “Lost Smile”, the only drama of the evening, followed by another look into the history of our humble town in “General Election Orpington” by David Laker, who is certainly getting his money’s worth out of those old maps! 😉

    Next we took a trip to Brighton to see the new British Airways “i360” attraction courtesy of Trevor Rogers, then it was off to Lanzarote for “A Different View” with our MC for the evening Brian Pfeiffer, this alternate view being from underwater!

    Wally McKenna provided something different with “Anything Goes”, a still photo rendition of a performance of the titular song from the Cole Porter musical, whilst the musical theme was loosely continue with “Brick Lane Beat” from Graham Sinden, as he takes for a walk down the old London street with it’s variety in music an ethnic culture.

    Closing the evening was “World Garden” from Barbara Darby, about the vast horticultural display in Lullingstone Castle, created by Tom Hart Dyke whilst he was facing death in a Panama prison.

    Those of you able to count will have noticed there are only seven films listed – this is because we ran out of time, due to the length of of the films and the blu-ray player being uncooperative. The last film will be shown at the next round in August.

    Check back on the site for the results of this round, which should be up soon. 🙂

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