Yes folks the Top Ten 2017 competition is officially on!

Marking the first year under the aegis of our new Competitions Officer Hugh Darrington, 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 2018 and the winner will be announced at the Oscars in March.

Last year Barbara Darby made history by becoming a SIX time winner of the competition! Can she make it to seven wins or will someone else take the trophy this year?

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


John Alford
Charlie and Nellie Caseley
Barbara Darby
Ron Darby
Malcolm Goodwin
David Laker
Reg Lancaster
Ian Menage
Peter Mitchell
Peggy Parmenter
Mike Shaw
Alan Smith and Cherie Hamlet-Smith


Unfortunately Hugh is a bit miffed, as despite emailing everyone whose name has been drawn, so far only one person has replied to say they are putting in a four minute film.  Ouch. Could spend the whole evening staring at the floor then. Alan, Cherie and Reg have let Hugh know they can’t manage it and  David Laker is away. But come on guys,  don’t let him down on his first time on the job…

Maybe someone else has an early film ready drawn for later rounds.  If so let Hugh know via e-mail or reply to this post in the comments/reply section below, letting us know the film’s run time, format (DVD, Blu-ray) and 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.

Also, just to remind you, the scoring sheet marking advice has been revised as follows to help you with your scoring:


Titles: Are the titles easy to read?  Do they reflect the content of the film? Do they show additional creativity?  Has the same attention been paid to them as the rest of the film?

Visuals: Look for focus, exposure, steadiness and lighting in photography.  Also note degree of difficulty and originality.

Editing: Does the film flow smoothly?  Should some of the shots be removed, shortened or rearranged?  Should there be more cutaways?  Are zooms and pans smooth and necessary? Look out for special effects.

Sound: Was the sound crisp and clear?  Was there any distortion?  Was the music appropriate? Was the narration well written and delivered? Was it mixed well with the music?  Were the background sounds appropriate and was the whole well balanced together?

Structure: Has the film got structure? Did the author seem to know what he or she wanted?  Has it got a beginning, middle and end? Has the author made the best use of material?

General Appeal: Regardless of technical merit, how much do you think the film will appeal to a wider audience apart from yourself?   Did it hold the audience throughout? Was it the right length? Would you like your name on the credits?


So there you have it. Will we see more than one film this Tuesday? You’ll have to be there to find out!

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


PS: Hugh informs me he has a secret surprise fill in for the evening. You won’t want to miss this.

4 Replies to “OVFM CLUB MEETING TUESDAY JUNE 27th 2017”

  1. Thank you for the update, Lee.
    Reg might be able to add 60 seconds to the programme!

  2. Well, Hugh’s first Top Ten round as as Competition Officer got off a flying start as we actually had FOUR films and not just two as he had been previously informed – come on folks, communication is important!

    Anyway to the films and we kicked off with an entry from Charlie Caseley (which I think is a first in my seven years with the club) entitled “At Flatford Mill” which presented a very brief look at the career of painter John Constable.

    Next up was Jim Morton-Robertson’s real life World War II story “Hampden P1344” about the fighter plan his father was in that was shot down during the war the wreckage of which exists to this day. Unfortunately Jim’s film was 1 minute and 26 seconds over the 20 minute time limit so it will have to be disqualified! Just kidding Jim! 😉 😛

    Barbara Darby followed this with her “1940’s Showreel” showing highlights of an annual 1940’s festival and the evening came to a close with Reg Lancaster’s “the Juggler” featuring a talented otter!

    So that was the first round. The second is taking place on August 8th so make sure you all have your films ready please people 🙂

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