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!


Copyright Rules

  Are YOU a thief?  Do you add music to your films without permission? Do you use pictures from   other sources such as professional films, magazines or the Internet? Then more than likely you are breaking somebody’s copyright protection, and that’s illegal! Don’t assume that it really doesn’t matter because nobody will know about ”little […]


The annual OVFM Top 10 Competition  is now under way with the eventual winner to be announced at the Oscars ceremony in 2012! To learn more about the Top 10 click HERE. Meanwhile here are the results of the individual rounds. Be sure to check back as the competition progresses.   ROUND ONE RESULTS (held […]

OVFM Club Meeting Tuesday July 5th 2011

For the next club meeting on Tuesday July 5th we shall be showing films from other film making clubs. The clubs who have bravely submitted their work for our delectation are Newcastle ACA Film & Video. This club is celebrating it’s 80th anniversary this year and is apparently the longest running amateur film making club […]

An Audience with Reg Lancaster

Saturday, 11th June 2011 – Oast Theatre Tonbridge Pretty much everyone who’s anyone in the amateur film making world has heard of our Reg, and his innumerable anecdotes and stories about the films that he’s made over the past 150 years. Approximately. This is your opportunity to spend some time watching his outstanding collection of […]


The OVFM’s main annual competition has been running since 1985 under its original moniker “The Knockout” until 2003 when it became the Top 10. The concept is fairly straightforward – club members submit their films for scrutiny and critique by their peers (well, the other club members) then points are awarded for the various technical […]

Saved his life with Magic!

I publish or layout books for authors and get involved in marketing the end product. One project was a book “Surviving By Magic” by Fergus Anckorn, a resident in the Sevenoaks area and a POW of the Japanese in WW2.  He worked on the Thai-Burma railway.  He survived this grim ordeal, partly thanks to his […]

OVFM Club Meeting May 24th 2011

Just a reminder that tonight’s meeting will feature guest speaker, radio & TV comedy scriptwriter Nick Thomas, who should provide us with an insight into the dos and don’ts of scriptwriting for us budding scribes! More info on Nick can be found on his website here: http://www.nickrthomas.co.uk/ Usual time and place! See you then!! 😛

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