The KFF is one of the longest running interclub competitions dating back to 1974 and returns for its 2019 iteration to be held on September 29th at Powell Theatre, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1QU.

OVFM has been a regular contributor to this event although we haven’t had a winning film for a couple of years now, so maybe this year we can reverse that trend. The closing dates for entry submissions is Wednesday July 24th and you can download an entry form HERE.

For further details, please visit the Kent Film Festival Website whilst please see our very own Ian Menage for tickets which will be available soon.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2019




Celebrating innovation and excellence in filmmaking, the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is looking for emerging and established practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of filmmaking forward to showcase their talent and innovative work to wider audiences at the 2019 event.

Filmmakers can submit their Short Films, Feature Films or VR & 360 works for consideration. ASFF also accepts works across multiple genres including: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video and Thriller. Entries close 31 May.


Prizes Include:

·         £1,000 awarded to the Festival Winner

·         Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay (£1,000)

·         Screenings at a BAFTA-Qualifying festival

·         Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (readership of 400,000)


If you think you would like to enter then visit



Coming hot on the heels of our Diamond Anniversary Show where we looked back over 60 years worth of film from OVFM, we have another film show lined up for this meeting, only this time we’re seeing what other UK film clubs are getting up to.

UNICA is an international film festival for amatuer filmmakers where each country submits a programme of films representing the work from clubs and individual filmmakers in friendly competition for judges awards. This year’s event took place in Blankso in the Czech Republic and the UK did well in a number of categories, including Best Young UNICA Film, although Sweden took home the prize for Most Interesting Programme.  You can read the full results HERE.

On this night, Reg & Annabelle Lancaster will be sharing with us some of the films that made it onto the UK programme from the 2017 UNICA festival (presumably because the 2018 disc is still in the post) which is an hour long collection of the cream of British amatuer  filmmaking. And to top off the evening they will be screening a few films from Croatia’s programme, to give us  flavour of what filmmakers are up to from other parts of the globe.

Presumably this will entail having to read subtitles. Cool people, like me, who watch tons of foreign language films (or hard of hearing people, like me, who have to have subtitles on everything they watch) will be okay – the rest of you’ll will just have to get used to it! 😛

There will be room for discussion about the films seen, which I hope will be as inspiring as  they are entertaining for you.

See you on Tuesday!

OVFM at the Big O Festival 2018 – The Photos

OVFM at the Big O Festival 2018

As you know by now OVFM had a stall at the 2018 Big O Vintage Festival held in Priory Gardens on a sweltering Saturday July 7th and despite the football distracting many people, there was a fair turn out across the whole day to enjoy the various stalls and displays  and partake in the amusements on hand.

Our stall was set in the “community” section of the set-up, which was in the actual garden part of the Priory landscape away from main festivities but still open to many visitors and passers by, including the Mayor of Bromley (seen below with our chairman Jane Oliver)!

A local VIP with the Mayor of Bromley!

Thanks to the efforts of John and Ann Epton who organised this for the club and other members who turned out on the day to help out either with setting up or engaging with the public, OVFM made an impression attracting some interest from the many visitors to the event.

Here are some photos from the day. Click the image for a full size version)

“No wonder I can’t find our gear – this isn’t my car!”


“Does Trevor know Mecca is in the opposite direction?”


“Banner – check! Poster board – check! Dead body – check!”


“Don’t know why I’m electrifying these posters. It’s not like anyone is going to pinch them!”


“I’m not one for talking behind someone’s back but did you know who she was seen out with last week?”


“I know the ‘Mr. Spielberg’ joke is wearing thin John, but did you have to kick him in the nuts?”


“Sorry, when I heard you say ‘Shoot’… “


For more pictures from OVFM’s day at the Big O Festival, visit the new GALLERY with photos courtesy of Hugh Darrington, Ron Williams and Lee Relph!

Kent Film Festival 2018


The KFF is one of the longest running interclub competitions dating back to 1974 and returns for its 2018 iteration to be held on September 29th.

OVFM has been a regular contributor to this event and we hope that members will represent us again this year.

To get an entry form, please visit the KFF Website whilst please see our very own Ian Menage for tickets which will be available soon.

SERIAC 2017 Results

SERIAC 2017 Results


The annual SERIAC film festival took place this past weekend on Saturday April 8th, at the Oast Theatre in Tonbridge.

Filmmakers and club representatives from across the South East were present to watch 42 films compete for the many prizes up for grabs, with the top prize of Best Film going to The Bench by the Sea by South Downs Movie Makers.

OVFM’s entry MEET DEXTER was one of four films to receive a Commendation Certificate.

For the full list of winners please visit the official SERIAC site HERE

If you couldn’t make it to the show and wish to view any of the films you can find some of them on the NTRIAC website HERE

(N.B – the winning film is password protected which I won’t share on  a public forum like this. If you want the password please send me an e-mail)

Kent Film Festival 2015



The annual Kent Film Festival will soon be upon us, taking place on Saturday 26th September 2015 at Canterbury Christ Church University, with doors opening at 10:30am.

OVFM has had a far amount of success at the KFF over the years, our last big win occurring in 2013 while we had a good showing last year, so as ever, this is a great opportunity to not only support OVFM on the day but to maybe also if you’ve entered a film, you could be contributing directly to whatever success we may achieve.

Tickets are on sale from Ian Menage (you know where to find his contact details) – £5.00 for advance bookings/ £7.50 on the door (£3 for students) – while all additional info you need, such as directions to the venue etc. can be found on the KFF website HERE.

Good luck to all who have entered a film on behalf of OVFM.

OVFM Member Wins Big at SERIAC 2014


Congrats to our very own Professor Mike Shaw and his partners in Footprints Productions for their recent big win at this year’s SERIAC Film Festival .

The film in question was Enid Blyton – The Beckenham Years , a seven year labour of love for Mike and his collaborators from Spring Park which received a record four awards!


You can read the full story on the Orpington Community Website HERE

Once again our congratulations to Mike and everyone on the Footprints Productions team!

Frome Five Minute Festival 2014


Frome Five Minute Festival 2014

Report by

Mike Coad


On Saturday, Jo and I went down to Somerset for the annual Frome Five Minute Festival organised by Frome Film & Video Makers. It is now almost as old as I am, being in its 23rd year and is an annual pilgrimage for us.
It began as an internal club competition but soon grew into the ‘open to all’ Festival it has now become. This year, there were even two entries from Australia. There were a total of 29 entries and, no matter how many are entered, they are always all shown.
The entries were projected using ‘Media Player’ and the resulting films looked stunning on the screen.
There are winners and runners up for each category of film as well as an overall winner and runner up. The overall winner was, believe it or not, a Western, and very well done it was too. In the 30 years I have been involved in this hobby, I only remember seeing 2 other Westerns by amateur film makers.
As always, excellent refreshments were provided and we were made to feel very welcome by the Frome club members.
Last Friday was our own Spring Show, next weekend is SERIAC and the weekend after that is BIAFF. The film season has well and truly begun.

SERIAC Film Festival 2014


The annual SERIAC film festival is soon upon us with this year’s event taking place on April 5th 2014 at Oast Theatre Tonbridge!

The closing date for entries is January 31st and the entry form can be downloaded from HERE!

For further information on SERIAC and other film festivals visit their website :

Good luck to all who enter a film!