Orpington Video and Film Makers



OVFM started in the days of cine-film, formed by Ian Dunbar in 1958, but we have progressed a long way since then with members keeping up to date with the latest filming, editing and projection technologies. Now we have 40 members, aged 16 to 86, and all are welcome either to learn or to pass on their knowledge to others, or most importantly to make and show us their films

Meetings are held from 8 – 10pm on alternate Tuesdays at the Barnard Room, St. Augustine’s Church, Southborough Lane, Petts Wood BR2 8AT

You can attend for a couple of ‘free’ visits and then we hope you will want to join.

For contact information, please visit the JOIN US page and CALENDAR will tell you what is happening throughout the year. MEMBERS ONLY is the protected section for members only.

Social Events: As well as Club evenings, we also hold social events such as the Summer and Christmas Socials, and the Annual Dinner. All members can contribute to our Newsreel of interesting events in the Bromley Borough which is shown at our Spring and Autumn Film Shows in a larger venue to over 100 friends and family, or our specialised film shows we put on for other clubs and organisations.

Club films are made by groups including experts and “novices”, we run annual in-house competitions but also encourage members to take part in regular Films to a Theme project which are not competitive, along with one night practical evenings, based on an idea or particular filming technique, like green screen or improvising with props.

We are affiliated to the IAC, the film and video institute – www.theiac.org.uk, and enjoy meeting fellow enthusiasts at inter-club, regional and international film festivals.

OVFM often does well at the Kent Film Festival www.kentfilmfestival.com

We have Tutorial Evenings in the winter and have some Practical Evenings but more knowledge is probably passed around between members. So many different cameras and editing equipment are used that someone will have ideas about any problems that you need to be solved.


We always say, it’s the FILM MAKER and not the equipment that makes a good film!!

So, whether you learned about OVFM from friends, the ‘Net or local newspapers and magazines, please visit the JOIN US page for more information.


We have members from Bromley, Orpington, Chislehurst, Petts Wood, Bickley, Sevenoaks, Ashford, Otford, Knockholt and Kemsing! So wherever you live, we're your local film or video making club!


My Favourite Films – Cherie Hamlet-Smith

  CHERIE HAMLET-SMITH   Presented in chronological order and not in order of preference:   1. All Quiet On The Western Front (Dir. Lewis Milestone 1930) WW1 drama. An award-winning film portraying the tragedy of warfare during the ‘War to End All Wars’.   2. This Happy Breed (Dir. David Lean 1944) From one of […]

My Favourite Films – Bob Wyeth

  BOB WYETH   In no particular order:   1. Mutiny On The Bounty (Dir. Frank Lloyd 1935) Starring Charles Laughton as the tough Captain Bligh of HMS Bounty, set in 1789 tells the true story of the mutiny on the ship led by Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable). Bligh is set off on a long […]

My Favourite Films – Mike Coad

how to get back with my ex girlfriend   MIKE COAD Looking through my list of top ten movies, it soon becomes evident that there is a strong bias towards musicals. This has been my favourite genre of film from an early age and I never tire of watching them. My taste in TV programmes […]

Rambling On

In anticipation of the OVFM ramble on Sunday 21st August Deborah and I were out at the weekend boldly going into the unknown (well!!) on your behalf. We were soaking up the sights, breathing in the fresh air and indulging in a little cream tea action for your benefit. It's a tough life in the OVFM!

My Favourite Films – Mike Shaw

  MIKE SHAW Some films are great to watch – several times – and some make a real memorable impact that puts them into a prime ‘favourite’ list.  The films in my list aren’t all ‘classics’ – in fact many of the so-called ‘classics’ I have never seen or want to see (Gone with the […]

My Favourite Films – Chris Coulson

CHRIS COULSON I’ve agonised over this, and I can’t come up with a definitive list of my top 10, so I’m going to list a few films in no particular order that have great significance to me, and you have to watch before you die. I’m afraid they’re all entertaining films, so you’ll see no […]

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