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 a YouTube, Vimeo or similar link of your submission. Please check the flier below for category details.



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 –


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


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.


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

White Elephant Film Festival

The judging panel is:

Juliet Aubrey


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


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


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.


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