We may not have been at our usual venue and we may have been down on numbers due to health reasons but were we downhearted? Take a look at the photos and you can decide as in a departure from the norm club members were asked to take their own presentation photos – or ‘Selfies’ as I believe the youngsters say!
Last night, March 17th, OVFM held their annual Oscars awards ceremony at the All Saints Church in Orpington. A capacity crowd filled another venue while some of the OVFM faithful showed up to receive their awards and see their peers be rewarded for their creativity and hard work over the past year.
As ever our Competitions Officer Brenda Wheatley put in another sterling effort in arranging a smoothly run night and we thank her and everyone else who helped out, including our esteemed chairman and MC for the evening, Simon “Snapper” Earwicker.
On to the awards, and while some winners were unable to collect their awards in person, those who did show up took “Selfie” photos via Simon’s camera which I am sure we will see in the website gallery soon.
So, to the winners and first the awards as judged by the members of OVFM:
Kath Jones Cup (Joke film under five minutes)–Winner: Par For The Course by John Bunce
Vic Treen Cup (Film set to music) – Winner: Building The Dream Boat by Mike Shaw
Mike Turner Plate (Film under sixty seconds) – Winner: Sam by Mike Shaw
The 2014 Top Ten Competition –
Runner Up: Steaming Back To Metroland by Sam Brown
Winner: Illusions by Mike Shaw
We then moved onto the Annual Competition Awards as judged by Staines Video Makers.
Jubilee Shield (Film under five minutes) – Winner: Hahndorf by Jim Morton-Robertson
Raasay Trophy (No special category) – Winner: Celebrating 30 Years Of Care by Ann & John Epton
Alice Howe Trophy (Documentary) – Winner: Lakeside Weekend by Reg Lancaster
Reg Lancaster Trophy (Funniest Film) – Winner: Bad News For Mrs. Smudge by Hugh Darrington
Heyfield Trophy (Sound) – Winner: Census by Bob Vine
Rene Morris Penguin Plate (Photography) – Winner: Sunday Night In Central Park, New York by Jim Morton-Robertson
Vincent Pons Shield (Fiction) – Winner: Census by Bob Vine
Priory Trophy (Editing) –Winner: The Bells Of St. Barthomolew’s by Barbara Darby
Arthur Woolhead Trophy (Animation or Visual Effects) – Winner: The Gang Broke Up by Ann & John Epton
Orpington Trophy (Best Film Runner Up): Illusions by Mike Shaw
Ian Dunbar Cup (Best film) – Winner: The Bells Of St. Barthomolew’s by Barbara Darby
Rounding The Horn by David Laker
Hamilton Landscapes by Mike & Jo Coad
Commendations: Valedictionby Colin Jones & John Epton
So there we have it. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees and thanks to everyone who showed up last night!
Those American impostors may have got there first but our annual film awards show is still the best.
Tuesday March 17th sees the biggest event in the OVFM calendar in which the hard work and creativity of OVFM club members are rewarded with polished up bits of shrapnel with the names of previous winners carved into them. As ever club members who entered their film into the Annual Competition will be on tenterhooks as the results are read out while the rest of us will sit on chairs like civilised human beings.
The many awards being contested include:
Ian Dunbar Cup
Vincent Pons Trophy
Mike Turner Plate
Kath Jones Cup
Freddy Beard And Moustache
We’ll also give a hearty slap on the back to whoever was voted the runner up to Barbara “Cakes” Darby in the 2014 Top Ten competition.
This year we are thankful to Tim Stannard of Staines Video Makers for kindly judging the films on our behalf and we believe he might be joining us on the night, so if you don’t know who Tim is, he’ll be the one who is either surrounded by grateful club members or being beaten up by those who didn’t win an award!
And as ever, with this being a special night we expect attendees to dig out their best clobber or be a bit creative with some fancy dress if that floats your boat, either way it would be nice if you do make an effort and not just turn up like the scruffy tyke you usually are.
Last year’s big winner was our extinguishable chairman Simon “Snapper” Earwicker who bagged an impressive six awards! Can he do it again this year or will 2015 be someone else’s year of triumph?
Much like the February 17th meeting this event will take place at All Saints Church in Bark Hart Road, Orpington. If you need a reminder of how to get there please consult this map:
We hope to see you all on Tuesday March 17th for the 2015 OVFM Oscars!! Unless you get a better offer of course…
Hello and welcome to the annual OVFM Oscars Results report.
The 2014 OVFM Oscars took place in front of a bored audience at the Barnard Room, St Augustine’s Church on a somewhat chilly night but that didn’t stop them dressing up in their best glad rags for the events. Actually it did stop a few of them – names have been noted and the lads will be round later to “have a word”….
We were fortunate enough to be joined by two of the judges from Haywards Heath Movie Makers Ron Prosser and David Fenn while third judge Rod Willerton clearly had something better to do. Hope those toenails are now nice and neat Rod! Ron and David seemed to enjoy themselves – assuming banging your head against the wall screaming “get me out of here” is a Haywards Heath way of expressing pleasure that is!
As is the case in many awards ceremony one film or filmmaker will often dominate the voting usually leading to commensurate rewards. This year it was our chairman Simon “Snapper” Earwicker who was the big winner, taking home almost every award except for Best Hair, Best Costume, Best Use Of A Pineapple and Best Film Not In The Martian Language.
So onto the results which look like this, starting with the awards as voted for by us lot at OVFM:
Kath Jones Cup (Joke film under five minutes)–Winner: ATM Wobbler by John Bunce
Vic Treen Cup (Film set to music) – Winner: Sundays Down The Lane by Basil Doody
Mike Turner Plate (Film under sixty seconds) – Winner: Stop Motion by Simon Earwicker
The 2013 Top Ten Competition – Runner Up: The Artist by Mike Shaw
Winner: The Village Mosaic by Barbara Darby
We then moved onto the Annual Competition Awards as judged by Hayward’s Heath Movie Makers.
Jubilee Shield (Film under five minutes) – Winner: Two Little Words by Lee Relph
Raasay Trophy (No special category) – Winner: Stop Motion by Simon Earwicker
Alice Howe Trophy (Documentary) – Winner: Cakes And Onions by Ann & John Epton
Reg Lancaster Trophy (Funniest Film) – Winner: The Artist by Mike Shaw
Heyfield Trophy (Sound) – Winner: Stop Motion by Simon Earwicker
Rene Morris Penguin Plate (Photography) – Winner: Memories Of Costa Rica by Barbara Darby
Vincent Pons Shield (Fiction) – Winner: Power Corrupts by David Laker
Priory Trophy (Editing) –Winner: Love And War by Simon Earwicker
Arthur Woolhead Trophy (Animation or Visual Effects) – Winner: Stop Motion by Simon Earwicker
Orpington Trophy (Best Film Runner Up): Love And War by Simon Earwicker
Ian Dunbar Cup (Best film) – Winner: Cakes And Onions by Ann & John Epton
High Commendations: Campdowne by David Laker
Killer Hand by Barbara Walker
Commendations: High Street Funby Ann & John Epton
I’m Not A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here” by Hugh Darrington
And that is it for another year. Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners and we’ll be doing it all again in 2015 to see who will reap the rewards for the next twelve months of film making
Well they have nothing compared to the luminescence of the OVFM Oscars, especially those Yanks who are trying to steal our thunder by hosting their thrupenny bit knockoff version two days before ours!
The biggest event in the OVFM calendar arrives on March 4th where the hard work and creativity of OVFM club members are rewarded with fetching little trinkets that have had a load of names and dates scratched into them. With bated breath (or fresh breath if you use mouth wash) many of use are on tenterhooks wondering if our names will be added to those which have already caused a huge devaluation to the resell worth of said trophies!
As ever we have many awards being contested including:
Ian Dunbar Cup
Vincent Pons Trophy
Mike Turner Plate
Kath Jones Cup
Peggy Parmenter Knife & Fork
We’ll also find out who has come second to Barbara “Cakes” Darby in the 2013 Top Ten competition.
This year we are thankful to Rod Willerton, Ron Prosser and David Fenn of Haywards Heath Movie Makers for kindly judging the films on our behalf and we believe Messers Prosser and Fenn might be joining on the night, so we can thank them personally (or beat them up if we don’t anything).
And of course it wouldn’t be an award ceremony without the display of high fashion and glamour so members are encouraged to expel the mothballs from their Sunday finest and dress up for the occasion, or if you are so inclined you can indulge in a bit of fancy dress. Last year long time member John Alford came dressed as an empty chair but was devastated when no-one noticed. The moral of this tale? Choose your costume wisely!
Last year’s big winner was Colin “Colin” Jones who took home seven awards although he only actually won five, followed by Mrs. “Cakes” Darby who won three. Who will be the triumphant winner(s) this year?
The only way to find out is to join us this Tuesday March 4th at the Barnard Room, St Augustine’s Church for the 2014 OVFM Oscars!!
Erm…doesn’t quite work does it? Anyway last night was the Oscars and a good time was had by most – specifically Colin “Fox Whisperer” Jones and Barbara “Cakes” Darby who took home five and three awards respectively. I didn’t win anything but I have the judges names, all I need now is their addresses….
Speaking of the judges the three men from Epsom Film Makers, to whom we are grateful for taking the time to watch, comment and grade our films, are Norman Bull, John Gannaway and Ron Everitt, who were also in attendance last night and presented the top two awards of the evening. So a big thank you to them.
Up first were the three awards voted for internally (i.e within the club).
Kath Jones Cup (Joke film under five minutes)–Winner: Legal Tangle by Colin Jones
Vic Treen Cup (Film set to music) – Winner: Finger Licking Good by Colin Jones
Mike Turner Plate (Film under sixty seconds) – Winner: Traditions by Harold Trill
The 2012 Top Ten Competition – Runner Up: More Than Steam by Sam Brown
Winner: Master Craftsman by Barbara Darby
We then moved onto the Annual Competition Awards as judged by Epsom Film Makers.
Jubilee Shield (Film under five minutes) – Winner: Village Secrets by Sue Ward
Raasay Trophy (No special category) – Winner: Autumn In Greenwich by Colin Jones
Alice Howe Trophy (Documentary) – Winner: Master Craftsman by Barbara Darby
Reg Lancaster Trophy (Funniest Film) – Winner: Legal Tangle by Colin Jones
Heyfield Trophy (Sound) – Winner: Fun With The Ancestors by Annabelle Lancaster
Rene Morris Penguin Plate (Photography) – Winner: Autumn In Greenwich by Colin Jones
Vincent Pons Shield (Fiction) – Winner: Why I Stopped Playing Golf by Hugh Darrington
Priory Trophy (Editing) –Winner: Fun With The Ancestors by Annabelle Lancaster
Arthur Woolhead Trophy (Animation or Visual Effects) – Winner: Wildfowl Waltz by Mike & Jo Coad
Orpington Trophy (Best Film Runner Up): More Than Steam by Sam Brown
Ian Dunbar Cup (Best film) – Winner: Master Craftsman by Barbara Darby
Commendations: Eastbourne by Mike & Jo Coad
The Second Day by Chris Coulson
So there you have it. Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations but a hearty pat on the back to everyone who was nominated or entered a film.
Thanks again to the guys from Epsom Film Makers and perhaps next year we can chose judges who aren’t members of Colin’s family! Just joking Colin! 😉 and of course to Brenda Wheatley for another excellent job as competitions organiser!
It’s time to raise the curtain on OVFM Oscars night
Once again the biggest event in the OVFM calendar is upon us as we hold our very own Oscars! Over the past twelve months we’ve all (well some of us have) been hard at work making films and improving our skills and this is the night where that hard work is recognised and rewarded.
The many trophies and awards contested include the Ian Dunbar Cup, the Orpington trophy, the Jubilee Shield and the Mike Turner Plate and judging by the quality of the films entered these will all be tightly contested categories. We shall also be announcing the winner of the top 10 for 2012, one of the few awards based on club member votes.
Last year Simon “Snapper” Earwicker swept the board with four prizes. Can he do it again this year or will we crown a new King or Queen of OVFM?
As always the Oscar night is meant to be a fun time for the club as much as it is an evening of celebration so members are encouraged to either put on their gladrags or be a bit creative and indulge in a bit of fancy dress. Who can forget last year when our beloved vice chairman Mike Turner dressed up as a banana to help promote Anna Littler’s Blitz & Bananas?
So, let’s hope no-one trips up when going up to receive their award or we don’t have to endure any embarrassing skits or songs about seeing certain parts of the female body as those pretenders in Hollywood did last week. This is the OVFM Oscars – about a classy as you can get (for Orpington anyway…)!!
Yes thanks to the tireless efforts of our club press officer Lady Annabelle of Lancaster, OVFM had pride of place on the front page of the Bromley and Orpington Times (click thumbnail for larger image):
Thanks to David Laker for the image!
**EDIT** – In the 17th of May edition of the Bromley Times this article appeared:
If anyone knows the identity of the mystery man in the banana suit please let the police know as he could be very dangerous!!
You’ve pestered, you’ve begged, you’ve fretted, you’ve sweated. but in spite of all that I’m not going to be stopped!
So Film Fans, I give you…THE OVFM OSCAR NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHS!
Please! Thank you, settle down, mind what you’re doing with that monopod missus, where’s me wash board, I didn’t come here to get insulted…I could have stayed at home!
Anyway On With The Show. But first I must be serious for a moment. We now live in a highly litigious society where health and safety concerns dog our every move. For some the arrival of conker season doesn’t bring joy but a fearful rush for hard hat and goggles, and fetching something down from the top of the cupboard requires a safety net and padded suit!
But here at OVFM we’re not like that, we laugh in the face of danger…ha ha. Only last week I heard of an OVFM member who didn’t flinch when he dropped his ginger hob nob he just calmly reached down, picked it up and carried on as if nothing had happened. Brave? You bet yer!
And what about the OVFM member who recently took up rollerskating? Determined to fulfil a lifelong ambition and do something adventurous he didn’t hesitate to get out there and have a go. (The doctor says he’s doing fine and the cast can come off in about six weeks).
However after vetting my article the OVFM lawyers (Fleeceham, Grabbit & Runn) have insisted that I preface it with a warning to protect those of a sensitive disposition.
So here goes…
WARNING the following contains images of a grown man in a banana costume, if you are offended by such images (and those of unconstrained handshaking and back slapping too) please look away now. In fact why not look at Reg’s Favourite Films article which has had some really fascinating posts added to it recently.
Then sit yourself down, take a deep breath and we’ll begin!
For the full selection of photos visit the gallery.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls and Miscellaneous – dust off your glad rags as it is once again time for the annual OVFM Oscars!!
Those lowlifes in Hollywood had the audacity to pinch the idea of awarding films with prizes and statuettes some 50 plus years before OVFM came up with it but that hasn’t stopped the club from showing them how it should be done!
On Tuesday March 13th at the Barnard Rooms, St Augustine’s Petts Wood the crème de la crème of the work created by the talented members of OVFM will be rewarded in a gala evening of epic proportions that will razzle you, dazzle you and – if you play your cards right – bejazzle you!
Last year young Reg “Reg” Lancaster walked away with four prizes (but had to give them back until he was officially awarded them) for his epic drama “Finnish Foibles” followed by the debut outing by someone unknown lump of gristle called Lee Relph, whose contemplative paean to the survivors of the great authors cull of 1922 “Writers Block” bagged three awards. For the full list of winners from last year please click HERE (but not until you’ve finished reading this page!).
So who will reign supreme this year? Can Reg Lancaster score big two years in a row? Who will take home the Mike Turner Plate? Did anyone successfully put a film to music in an award wining style? Which nine films were not voted winner of the annual Top Ten competition? Do you care? If you do then join your affable (or is it flammable? I forget which) host Chris “Cats” Coulson as he guides us through the murky waters of the 2012 OVFM OSCARS!!