OVFM returns to the club hall of the Barnard Rooms for our next meeting, which will be a mix of filming and discussion to see if we have the seeds for a new project or something to bolster our coverage of the upcoming Jubilee celebrations for the special bonus newsreel we hope to include in our Autumn film show.


Per our chair Jane Oliver:


We’d like to try something different.  We’re asking members to film something ahead of the meeting whether on phone or camera and either bring their SD card along or download some clips onto a flash drive/memory stick.  Those who prefer to use a camera and take stills can bring some stills along too (on SD card or flash drive/memory stick).  There’s no need for it to be edited.


It would be good if clips could relate to the jubilee; there’s lots of bunting and decorations in Orpington High Street and it is likely to be the same elsewhere. On Saturday, Pratt’s Bottom have their fete from 11.30am to 4pm and there’ll be stalls and May Queens from across the Borough.  Anything goes really,  anything red, white and blue, a crown, The Queen’s Head, maybe a picture you’ve drawn, a red telephone box (if you can find one), a pillar box (good if it has a ‘topper’ of a crown or something similar),  corgis or decorations in shop windows; Bromley is having a competition for shop that best captures the Jubilee spirit with eye-catching window displays, so some shops might have started early.


During the evening we will watch some of your clips and have a general discussion and see where that takes us.  If any of you don’t have time to film ahead of the evening, there will be an opportunity for you to slip out at the beginning of the meeting and capture something locally should you wish, so please bring your camera or phone if you want to do this. This is a really good opportunity for you to see something of yours on the big screen which might be a first for some of you.


We hope to draw the evening to a close at about 9.30pm.


It will be good to see as many of you as possible;  I’m sure we are all at the stage where we’d like to get back together again in person….. and please feel free to wear a mask if you are more comfortable doing so.  Equally, those who don’t like wearing masks, there is no requirement for you to do so.  It is an individual choice that we will all respect whatever you choose.


As an adjunct to this, there are other local events happening this weekend, so do please consult this post HERE for information if you are short of ideas or something to film.


Thanks for reading and we’ll see you on Tuesday evening!



Student Films Showcase


This week’s meeting will once again be held via Zoom but is a slightly different in its content.


OVFM was contacted by Bromley College to watch and give comments ton films made by students of their Media Studies course.  The remit of this project was to produce a 2-5 minute film on one of two subjects:


A topical local news item 

A film with the theme ‘Signs’


Five films were submitted and we shall be viewing them all on Tuesday evening. The total run time of all five films is 20 minutes, so we propose to spend around 10-15 minutes discussing each film, looking at it from every aspect and providing constructive comments for these young filmmakers as to how and where their films could be improved, as well as what they did right. We shall also be using a specially modified version of our scoring sheet for the Top Ten competition, which you can download and print off in Excel format HERE. The amendment to the form is in the final question “Has the brief been met?”, to be scored out of ten, referring to whether the film fits the remit of its theme or topic.


Another purpose of this exercise is to help club members get used to speaking up and sharing their opinions on films as well as learning how to be constructive and tactful in delivering feedback, knowing when to bring up a negative point without causing offence, or how to articulate opinion on a technical issue. All too often when hold film  screening evenings that require members’ feedback, it is the same few people speaking up and we want to encourage everyone to have the confidence to share their thoughts, and this is the perfect opportunity to test the waters so to speak. 


Naturally, if you aren’t comfortable with speaking up that is fine too, there is no pressure; however we would like you to still record your scores and comments on the scoring sheet, to give you a point of reference in comparing and contrasting with the thoughts of others. But we do hope to have a substantial turn out for this meeting and that a many members as possible will find this a helpful exercise to participate in – it is about getting everyone involved and helping us help each other.


The Zoom link for the meeting will be sent via email by club secretary Barbara J. Darby shortly before it is to take place so please look out for that, and we hope to see as many of you as possible on Tuesday for what should be an  interesting session.


Thanks for reading.







Time for another project to get your creative juices going! The theme for this one is “70” which has a number of possibilities and connotations, not in the least the fact that Her Majesty The Queen is celebrating 70 years on the throne this year.


We’ve already posted some of the local events happening to commemorate this occasion to go towards a special  Platinum Jubilee newsreel for the Autumn Show in October, but this also makes it easier for you to film something for this project too. 


But don’t limit yourself to just this idea, “70” could mean much more – it might be yours or someone else’s 70th birthday this year; or you may have memories of when you turned 70; perhaps something significant happened in 1970 you might want to share with us; You could even go further back in time to a century that has a special year 70 in it.


Maybe you are a collector of something unique and have it the number 70; maybe you live or once lived at a house which was Number 70; perhaps this was the bus you took to school or work once upon a time and you have memories of that; Did you ever releases a pop single and it only got to number 70 in the charts? Tells us about it. You never know – perhaps the film you make might for this could be your 70th one overall! 


The screening of these films is scheduled for the club meeting on Tuesday August 9th which may seem like a long way away but time has a habit on creeping up us and before you know it, the deadline has arrived.  So get your thinking caps on, your cameras or phones out and see what you can do!


Thanks for reading and have fun filming!



One of the key annual events in the OVFM calendar is the Triangle Competition, which we have won on many occasions and maybe this year, we will win again.


For those who aren’t aware, the concept is that three film clubs submit a programme whilst a fourth club judges them and declares the winners for Best Programme and Best Film. Those clubs are OVFM, Epsom, and Spring Park with judging by Staines Movie Makers. This will be the first year the competition has run without Shooter’s Hill, which disbanded last year, who were the fourth club, but we are grateful to Staines for stepping up for us this year.


Each programme is 30 minutes long meaning 90 minutes of films in total. Epsom and Spring Park have already seen the films so we are the last club to see what they (and we) have submitted. The winners have already been decided but we won’t know the result until the end of the evening whilst judges comments and feedback will be shared for our own elucidation.

The meeting will take place via Zoom, the link for which will be sent out via email by secretary Barbara Darby prior to the event. There will be a short break between the second and third programmes. The complete line-up of films from all three competing clubs is available for download HERE.

We hope to see you all on Tuesday for the event and fingers crossed for another OVFM victory!



One of the more important and serious nights on the OVFM calendar, the 2022 AGM is the one night of the year where club members get to air their concerns, ask questions and share their ideas for future programmes, so please don’t let this opportunity pass you by if you have something to say.


In keeping with the current climate, this year’s AGM will be held via Zoom, so look out for an email with the link from Barbara J. Darby soon, along with a copy of the agenda for the meeting and any other relevant documents.


Also at the AGM, we elect our Committee. Every year they work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure the club keeps running, projects are conceived, outings and events are organised and all of the perks and treats you get to enjoy on a regular basis are taken care of.


Every seat on the Committee is temporarily vacated – including the position of Chairman – so anyone can who has been nominated or has decided to stand can find themselves as the newest member. While we appreciate everything they do for us, like anything an injection of fresh blood can make all the difference, which is why this opportunity is there for the taking.


You all should have received a nomination form via email a few weeks back and if you planned to stand or support someone wanting to stand then these should have been filled out and sent back to Barbara J. ahead of this meeting.


Incumbent chair Jane Oliver is now entering her fifth year in charge and has had to navigate the club through some unprecedented choppy waters over the past couple of years, but has kept her head and held the steering wheel as firmly as possible, whilst continuing to represent the club at externally and public events.


A reminder of the current committee as it stands is as follows:


Chairman – Jane Oliver

Vice Chairman – Vacant

Secretary – Barbara J. Darby

Treasurer – David Laker

Competitions Officer – David Roman-Halliday


Ordinary Members:

Annabelle Lancaster (FACI)

Andy Watson

Trevor Rogers

Mandy Carr

Brenda Wheatley 


Press Officer – Vacant


And remember it is not just the Committee who determine the future of the club and the projects that help us stay active creatively and socially – this is YOUR club so YOUR ideas and suggestions are equally valid and welcome. The club needs films to survive and we thrive on having great ideas to make those films, so please have a think about concepts and themes for future project evenings or other club events.


To download the minutes from the 2021 AGM please click HERE


Remember this is about your voice, your views, your club!


Thanks for reading and see you on Tuesday.



This coming Tuesday we are back in our old haunt of the Barnard Rooms for our first in-person meeting for a while, as we jump into our time machine and take a trip into the past for a look into the OVFM archives!


The evening will be split into two halves – the first features films chosen by Brian Pfeiffer, so expect to see films set abroad and in far off locations, whilst Brian also has an update on his granddaughter who works at a wildlife conservation in South Africa.


For the second half, David Laker has been digging deep and found a few films that haven’t seen the light of day for many years, and some have never even been shown at any of our annual film shows! For some of our longer standing members this will be a trip down memory lane whilst our newer members will be given a chance to see what Orpington looked like 30+ years ago and just how far we have come as filmmakers and editors as well as the equipment we use and the stories we tell!


A reminder that COVID precautions will be in effect so feel free to wear a mask and note that there may not be a full tea break but basic refreshments will be on hand on and a quick “comfort break” will be permitted.


We hope to see as many of you a possible for this delve into the archives for a fun and rewarding retrospective evening.

2022 Annual Competition


The Annual Competition is back after a two year hiatus, which means your chance to put your film up for consideration to be judged by an external panel and be eligible for an award at the OVFM Oscars, which will be on Tuesday March 22nd 2022. This year we are indebted to members of Teign Film Makers Club for agreeing to judge our films.


Because we are still operating remotely due to the current pandemic restrictions, we are forced to do things a little differently this year. First, everything will be handled online which means instead of a physical copy of your film, you submit a digital version. Your film needs to be in MP4 format only and send it to DAVID LAKER either via WETRANSFER or FILEZILLA by no later than FRIDAY 28th JANUARY !!


Secondly, as it is all being done online the usual £2 entry fee has been waived. You still have to fill out an entry form which again will be online via Google Docs, and should have already been sent to you by David Roman-Halliday by email.


A reminder of the rules can be found HERE.


Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone who enters a film.





Coming up in the next club meeting on January 25th we have the screening of the films you made to the theme of Signs as first revealed to you HERE.


Hopefully you’ve taken advantage of the nebulous scope this rubric has as we explained but if you still need to add some finishing touches or need some last minute inspiration then be sure to check out the “Resources” links on the front page of this site where you will find links to site which have FREE stock images and videos clips for you to use; our chair Jane Oliver also submitted to other links for  FREE images to sites I’ve used a lot for my Photoshop manipulation compositions Pixabay and Pexels.


The meeting will be held via Zoom per the current situation with Omicron, the links for which will be sent out by Barbara J. Darby a couple of day before it takes place with a reminder on the day.


Now the important part – if/when you have your film ready please ensure it is in MP4 format only and send it to DAVID LAKER either via WETRANSFER or FILEZILLA by no later than FRIDAY 21st JANUARY !!


Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing your films on the 25th!