Panel Discussion Industry Insiders…

On 7 March, we have lined up some brilliant activities as part of the White Elephant Film Festival. It is all free to attend, and takes place at Camberley Theatre in Surrey. (GU15 3SY).  Please register here if you would like to attend.

There is plenty of parking at the back of the theatre in the Knoll Road multi-storey car park. Click here to find out –  How to get to Camberley.

Along with this masterclass, ‘Making a Magical Realist 3d Animated Film: Storyboard to Screen.’ Hosted by Paul Charisse, we are hosting a panel discussion, with young industry experts.

We are delighted to announce the panellists:

Niall Shukla

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Niall Shukla is an award-winning writer and director of dramatic and commercial films. His latest project A DOLL DISTORTED has been BAFTA qualified, selected for over 37 festivals and won over 10 Jury Awards including “Best Short” at Rhode Island International Film Festival. His work has been picked for Oscar qualifying SITGES festival, BAFTA accredited Aesthetica and London Short Film Festival. Alongside his film direction, he has also won multiple awards for his Visual Effects and Editing work. He graduated at the top of his class with a degree in Economics & Philosophy. He regularly works as a director, cinematographer and editor on film and commercial productions.

 

Rory Yeung

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Rory Yeung is a highly experienced documentary filmmaker, with a particular focus on science, tech and wildlife documentaries. Originally trained as a geophysicist, he managed to parlay his general tech skills into a post-production technician on films. He was selected for the top Film Training school in the UK: The National Film and Television School. He trained in Science and Natural History Filming. Rory now works with several important clients including Oxford Scientific Films and Mongoose, principally in the areas of post-production and sound.

 

Joe Madden

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Joe is a highly successful director, producer and photographer with over six years in the industry. He is the founder and owner of CAVSOC, a high-end production company that delivers corporate, commercial and narrative content. He learnt his trade on the job as an in-house videographer and subsequently freelanced as a camera operator and editor for prestigious ad agencies and production companies. Joe has travelled the world directing commercials, corporate content and music videos and now oversees production on dozens of projects of all sizes.

 

Abhi Nandakumar

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Abhi Nandakumar began his career on the British Film Institute’s ‘Future Producer’ initiative, where he ran the marketing campaign for ‘Sci Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder’ at the Watershed Cinema in Bristol, UK. He then worked with two Bristol-based directors to produce 14 short documentary films. He was shortlisted for Creative England’s iShorts scheme for and was a member of Creative England’s South West Talent Hub. He joined STUDIOCANAL UK working as the Digital Marketing Assistant for their UK theatrical releases; working on the marketing campaigns for the Studio Ghibli Film Season, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week and the Paddington Franchise. He joined 20th Century Fox and the digital agency Substance Global where he led the EMEA marketing strategy for YouTube in 37 countries. He now is the ‘Marketing Lead’ for Messly, in London.

 

Naeem Mahmood

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Naeem Mahmood is one of the freshest directors emerging in the UK. He is an award winning filmmaker and founder of Trailblazer – a production company set up by young creatives after winning the Prince’s Trust Millennium Award. He is a graduate of the Berlinale Talent Campus and was mentored by Gary Kurtz – producer of Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back. Naeem’s debut feature ‘Brash Young Turks’ was awarded Best UK Movie at the 10th Movie Video & Screen Awards.

The masterclass and panel discussion run from 6 – 8 pm, with the awards ceremony taking place in the main auditorium of Camberley Theatre at 8pm. Everyone is very welcome.

Please register here to attend.

We are delighted that Bill’s will be providing free, fresh and delicious finger food for the evening.

For more details on how to submit a film or animation, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bill’s to Provide Free, Fresh, Delicious, Finger Food!

We are delighted to be working with FilmFreeway to accept film and animation submissions.

If you prefer, you can also e mail jo.bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk a YouTube, Vimeo or similar link of your submission. Please check the flier below for category details.

 

We are very happy to inform you that Bill’s are now involved in the White Elephant Film Festival! See the flier for all the details – more to be announced soon.

To attend on 7th March, simply register here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/white-elephant-film-festival-inc-masterclasses-and-panel-discussions-tickets-54967183325

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Masterclass and Judges Details

We are delighted to be working with FilmFreeway to accept film and animation submissions.

If you prefer, you can also e mail jo.bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk a YouTube, Vimeo or similar link of your submission. Please check the flier below for category details.

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2019 will see the third film and animation festival organised as part of the Camberley International Festival taking place at Camberley Theatre. This year however, we have decided to give it a new name and it’s own place in the calendar, previously held in June, the film and animation festival will now be taking place on 7th March.

It gives us great pleasure to welcome the inaugural White Elephant Film Festival, taking place on Thursday 7 March, at Camberley Theatre. We are delighted that BAFTA Award winning actress, Juliet Aubrey is once again our patron. Juliet will also be part of the judging panel.

From 6 – 8pm we are organising free workshops and panel discussions with industry experts and up and coming filmmakers. From 8pm – 9:30pm the shortlisted films and animations will be shown in the main auditorium and the winners announced. Juliet Aubrey will be presenting the prizes. All masterclass attendees are very welcome to attend the award ceremony.

More being added, so far confirmed –

Masterclass:

‘Making a Magical Realist 3d Animated Film: Storyboard to Screen.’ Hosted by Paul Charisse.

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Paul is senior lecturer in animation at Portsmouth University, and a specialist in facial animation. He has years of experience of animation within the games and movie industry.

The masterclass will be an exploration of the process involved in making an animated 3d film: From idea to storyboard, production design, casting, animation and motion capture, 3d modelling, texture and shader making, directing, editing, cinematography, compositing, sound design, music and Foley.

Paul has worked for a variety of VFX companies over the past 10 years Including work on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy animating the character Gollum. He has also worked as an animator and pre-viz sequence designer on “Prince Caspian“, “Stardust” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”,Zorro II“, “Hellboy II” ,”Brothers Grimm“. He is presently senior lecturer in animation at Portsmouth University and has recently directed a CGI feature film called “Stina and the Wolf“.

Panel Discussions:

Avenues In The Industry’ featuring Director / Filmmaker Niall Shukla plus at least three other filmmakers, all with different backgrounds. This discussion will focus on the different career paths each filmmaker took and what advice they would give new filmmakers, starting the journey.

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Niall Shukla is an award-winning writer and director of dramatic and commercial films. He is of a mixed British / Irish / Asian descent. His latest project A DOLL DISTORTED has been BAFTA qualified, selected for over 30 festivals and won over 10 Jury Awards including “Best Short” at Rhode Island International Film Festival. His work has been picked for Oscar qualifying SITGES festival, BAFTA accredited Aesthetica and London Short Film Festival. Alongside his film direction, he has also won multiple awards for his Visual Effects and Editing work. He graduated at the top of his class with a degree in Economics & Philosophy.

He regularly works as a director, cinematographer and editor on film and commercial productions.

It’s free to attend, please click here to register.

 

We are also now welcoming films and animations for the competition. There will be a cash prize of £200 to the overall winner, with medals awarded to the genre winners.

You can submit your entry through FilmFreeway

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The judging panel is:

Juliet Aubrey

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Juliet Aubrey is a BAFTA-award-winning actress of English and Welsh origin. She has starred in numerous critically acclaimed productions for film (The Infiltrator (2016), playing the female lead opposite Bryan Cranston), theatre (“Ivanov” at The National Theatre, London), and television (Middlemarch (1994), Primeval (2007), Five Daughters (2010), and The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003), to name but a few). Juliet is also the patron of the White Elephant Film Festival.

Gavin Irvine

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Gavin is a multi-award winning Northern Irish writer/director based in London. In 2018 Gavin won the Best Short Film Award at the Brazil International Film Festival, Rio, and the Special Jury Award at the Canada Independent Film Festival, Montreal, for his surreal comedy 2:40 to London, which also won him Best Director and Best Short at the Portugal International Film Festival in 2017 (all Filmfreeway top 100 festivals), and a further 3 nominations – Best Score, Best Comedy and Best Short – at various other film festivals.

Dan Weaver

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Dan is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Fudge Animation Studios. one of the UK’s foremost animation studios, renowned globally for producing memorable characters and entertaining and humorous animated stories.

 

White Elephant Film Festival #CIF19

We’ve decided to change things a little for the 2019 Camberley International Festival, #CIF19. Rather than squeeze so much into a few days in June, we have pulled out some of the genres within the festival and placed them at various points through the year. This means we can really focus on these as stand-alone events, as we continue to grow.

The first of these will be the newly named White Elephant Film Festival which will be taking place at Camberley Theatre on Thursday 7 March.

We have run the film and animation awards night for two years now, so this, although the third, will actually be the debut as the White Elephant Film Festival.

We are delighted that once again, our patron will be the BAFTA Award winning actress, Juliet Aubrey. Juliet will also be part of the judging panel.

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Here are the first details – we are now calling for submissions!

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We will also be introducing the Camberley Comedy Festival on Saturday 25 May and of course, the Carnival will be taking place on Saturday 22 June.

 

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More details of these two events nearer the time, for now, it’s all systems go for the White Elephant Film Festival!

Last catch up on some of the events!

Sorry it’s taken a while to get the rest of these photos up – ‘normal’ life has kicked in a bit post the C.I.F., but here at last are a few wonderful memories from some of the events not already covered that took place across Camberley from 20 – 23rd June 2018.

On Thursday 21st June along with the Film and Animation Festival which took place at Camberley Theatre, we had local writer Joe England host an evening of discussion at The Cabin on the London Road. Joe shared conversation with fellow author, John King. Each talked in general about their themes and then interviewed one and other.

Here’s Joe asking John questions.

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Then a switch round and John is talking to Joe.

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John is the author of ‘The Football Factory’ and Joe’s debut novel will be available soon through East London Press who have also published his football fanzine anthologies PUSH.

Music on the evening was performed by CIF favourite, Will Whisson. Some of the CIF team went down to The Cabin for a post film festival drink at about 10:30pm and were delighted to see Will up and singing a special set to a very rapturous crowd!

Friday 22nd June

Camberley Theatre played host to a sold out crowd who watched adoringly as The Unthanks performed.  The band walked on stage and said ‘We’ve never played Camberley before. Hello’ and the crowd cheered and laughed with delight. There followed two beautiful sets of glorious Northumbrian folk music.

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Two very funny comedians played at The Cabin on the Friday night. A packed bar laughed uproariously (and in some cases looked just a little bit bemused) as Mark Simmons and Matt Rees plyed their craft brilliantly!

Here’s Mark…

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And here’s Matt….

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After the Carnival on Saturday 23rd June it was back over to Camberley Theatre for two events. Upstairs in the studio there was a script reading event. Woking playwright Liz Lennie had the premier of her new play ‘Tinkler!’ and Frimley’s Brightlight Theatre Company shared their play ‘The Fire Stack’.

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While in the theatre’s main auditorium the hilarious and very talented Jon Culshaw kept the audience hugely entertained with his impressions. He actually called a local pizza delivery company in the voice of Surrey Heath MP, Michael Gove!

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Thanks to Laura Woodrow for all these photos – except the script reading ones, thanks to Robin Lennie for those.

We held a few live streaming events over the course of the festival. Thanks to The Peas who performed outside Bill’s on the opening day…

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and to poet Steve Larkin who performed in Schmidt’s on Pembroke Broadway and then did a second set up at the Obelisk!

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We also filmed a live stream from the kitchen of Wagamama’s (‘here comes the sauce!’)and the film and animation industry experts panel at Camberley Theatre.

Thanks also to everyone who took part in the 2018 CIF. Sorry there are no photos of Gregory Norminton and Murray Rowlands who discussed Gregory’s new book ‘The Devil’s Highway’ and Murray’s new book ‘Hampshire at War 1939 – 45’ at Camberley Theatre on Thursday 21st June. That night also hosted the Echoes poetry group with readings also from Daniel Jeffery. Thanks to Jack Mason who performed at the Carpenters Arms on Friday 22nd. Camera ‘phone shot from the audience!

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Thanks to John Peddie who filmed lots of performances – we’ll be sharing his highlights film very soon. Phew! See you in 2019!

 

 

 

Carnival 2018 Photos!

What a fantastic day we had on Saturday – please enjoy some of these wonderful memories of the Carnival. What an amazing end to this year’s Camberley International Festival. Thanks so much to everyone who entered the parade, performed at the Carnival or just came along to wave and have fun! See you next year!

The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Dan Adams chose HATS pantomime as the best parade entry…..

Animation and Film Awards Winners!

We’re playing catch up a little bit with last week’s C.I.F. events – we’ve been so busy organising we haven’t had time to review – so keep your eyes peeled all this week and enjoy some wonderful memories and updates!

On Thursday 21st June we had the animation and film masterclasses at Camberley Theatre. Industry experts travelled to Camberley from London, Bristol, Wales and Farnham. A massive thanks goes out to Robert Doherty (Cake / Disney / ITV / Aardman), Emma Calder (Pearly Oyster Productions), Jason Glenister (Unicorn XP), film director Gavin Irvine, animator Joseph Wallace, animator Andy Wyatt (ToonBoon), and recently graduated animator Harriet Titlow. These wonderful people hosted hugely entertaining masterclasses and the panel discussion.

Here’s Gavin in action.

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The panel discussion. Industry experts provided answers and advice to the audience questions.

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At 8pm we started the Animation and Short Film Awards ceremony.

Camberley Theatre manager, Andy Edmeads was our host for the evening.

Film Festival, Cabin -4This year our categories were – Best International Entry, Best U.K. Entry and Best Tri-County along with two Tri-County Runner Up awards.

We started the evening off announcing the Best International Entry. This year we had 180 International animations and films. Very special thanks also goes to Alex Underwood and Rebecca Fox for helping us through the early stages. An extra special thanks to Kelly Kitsiouli without whom we would still be viewing the films!

Thanks very much also to our judges, Juliet Aubrey, Jason Glenister, Evie Gordon, Francis Cousins and Robert Doherty.

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Winner – Best International Entry – ‘Living Like Heta’ Bianca Caderas, Isabella Luu and Kerstin Zemp.

The directors sent us this ‘thank you’ video which we showed on the cinema screen in the main auditorium of the theatre, along with their winning film.

The next category – Best U.K. Entry.

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Our festival patron, the BAFTA Award winning actress Juliet Aubrey made this presentation.

Winner – Best U.K. Entry – ‘Birds of a Feather’ Dann Parry.

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After these two categories, we all sat back and enjoyed the ten short listed Tri- County Award entries (thanks very much to Will Devereux at Farnborough 6th Form for helping us with the technical side of things here!).

The standard was incredibly high and we know the judges had a tough time deciding.

However, drum roll…..here we go….

The runner ups (in no particular order) were:

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Runner Up – Tri-Counties

‘Memories of You’ Molly Gordon

Here’s Molly receiving her medal and certificate from Juliet Aubrey.

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‘家 (Home)’ – Nozomi Tolworthy 雷希望

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And finally, the Winner of the Tri-Counties Award!

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Winner – Tri- Counties Award ‘Lucy’s Life’ Callum Jones and Lucy Rebbeck

A very emotional film and a very emotional choice! Lucy and Callum made beautiful speeches. Congratulations to a wonderful film made by two very talented young film makers.

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Callum Jones and Lucy Rebbeck; Winners Tri_Counties Award, Camberley International Animation and Film Competition 2018.

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Thanks so much to everyone who participated and attended, the masterclass and panel hosts, the judging panel, the student judges, everyone who entered the competition, the Camberley Theatre staff, our patron Juliet Aubrey and impromptu taxi drivers Kirsty and Danny!

All photos Laura Woodrow (thanks Laura!)

See you all next year!