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!


Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to all our new visitors and club members! Please take a moment to have a look around the new website, which now features articles and news items written by members of OVFM concerning the latest club happenings or handy tips and advice to help improve your film making as well as a selection of […]

OVFM wins at Staines!

Congratulations to Lee Relph, whose film Writers Block won the Silver Salver for Orpington Video and Film Makers at the 38th Inter-Club Competition at Staines Cine & Video Society. This picture shows him being presented with the Silver Salver by the Mayor of Spelthorne!

Welcome to OVFM

  Our Club started in the days of cine-film, 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 over 70 members, aged 16 to 86, and all are welcome either to learn or to pass on their […]

The Write Stuff

Greetings dear readers (and you less expensive ones). For the benefit of those who don’t know me, as I’m a relative newcomer to OVFM, my name is Lee, the writer/director of the multi-award winning film “Writers Block”, and the big ugly brute in black who is usually blocking the view of short people at the […]

How to post an article

Click Edit Posts at the top of the right sidebar (assuming you”re already logged in) enter your username and password. that will take you to the dashboard. look down the left side and click Posts. then click add new. Now you can add a title, and type away. have a play with BOLD, and ITALIC […]

Pinnacle Studio User Group

The possibility of members working together to share experience and issues with specific cameras or editing software has been mooted for some time. In the discussion after the AGM I offered to set up a group for users of Pinnacle Studio editing software. The idea is that this would be a forum to raise queries, […]

Funding available for Club Films

Funding available for Club Films   As announced at the AGM, the committee has decided that we should provide funding to encourage members to make more club films, especially dramas.  Therefore, as long as club finances permit, a grant of up to £100 per film up to a total maximum of £300 per year will […]

Frome Five Minute Festival

Hi All, As always, it was a most enjoyable event with an excellent turnout. There were 39 films entered and as is Frome’s policy, all 39 were shown. This was down on last year’s total of 47 so we got out before midnight this time. Quite a number of natural history and wildlife films but […]

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