The Winners!

The White Elephant Film Festival is part of the year long, Camberley International Festival, taking place at various venues throughout the year. #CIF19

Thanks so much to everyone who attended the White Elephant Film Festival on Thursday 7 March at Camberley Theatre, we had a wonderful evening, including a masterclass, panel discussion and of course, the awards ceremony.

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We started off with Paul Charrise, 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.

This compelling masterclass, ‘Making a Magical Realist 3d Animated Film: Storyboard to Screen’, was an exploration of the process involved in making an animated 3d film and went down very well to an enthusiastic audience.

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Following Paul’s masterclass we had panel discussion, ‘Avenues In The Industry’ featuring Director / Filmmaker Niall Shukla and fellow panellists, Rory Yeung, Joe Madden, Abhi Nandakumar and Naeem Mahmood. Conversation was lively, with lots of questions coming in from the audience.

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Bill’s provided us with delicious fresh finger food throughout the evening.

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Finally, the awards themselves.

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

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Unfortunately our patron, the BAFTA award winning actress, Juliet Aubrey, was unable to attend as she is starring in the Arthur Miller play, ‘The Last Yankee’ at the Octagon in Bolton. She did send us a message from her dressing room, welcoming us and introducing the first award – the International 90 Second Film.

From the shortlist:

Manuel Soro-Futous – ‘Shit’
Aitor Marin Correcher – ‘Sorry’
Jessica Laurent – ‘VAF2018’ WINNER
Sajjad Alavi Manesh – ‘Hitchcock’s Crow’
Enrique Ortega – ‘Checkmate’

The International Winner…’VAF2018′ Jessica Laurent. Here is the winning animation, plus a message from the winners!

Next we had the Best U.K. 90 Second Film (Outside of  the Tri County area of Surrey, Hants and Berks).

From the shortlist:

Richard Miller – ‘The Fight’
Hannah Congdon – ‘HSKT’ WINNER
Jiaqi Wang – ‘English Intonation’
Onysha Lamers – ‘In My Shoes’
Gareth Shoulder – ‘Bethan’s Bear’

Hannah Congdon was unable to join us as she is currently in Berlin. Her parents accepted her award on her behalf though.

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Finally, we sat back and watched the ten shortlisted Tri Counties films. These films are all ten minutes or under.

Andrew Whiteside – ‘A Short Film’
Harry Heath – ‘First Man to Fly’
Matthew Whitmore – ‘John’
Joseph Hargreaves – ‘Hallow Fields’
Jordan Bruton – ‘Disconnected’
Mikel Iriate – ‘Mausoleum’
Geoff Harmer – ‘Selfie’
Charlotte Cunningham – ‘The Unexpected Love’
Mollie Putman Trimmer – ‘Murine’
Prapassorn Smith – ‘Kids With Guns’

We had medals for the best entries for the various categories.

First up – Best Animation. This was presented by one of our judges, Dan Weaver, Creative Director at Fudge Animation.

Winner Matthew Whitmore, ‘John’ (scroll down to see the video – Matthew won more than one award!)

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Another of this year’s judges, Gavin Irvine presented the next award, Best Experimental / Narrative.

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Winner Harry Heath ‘First Man To Fly’

Next, the award for Best Documentary was presented by Senior Media Technician & Industry Liaison at Farnborough 6th Form, Will Devereux. Will has been integral to the smooth running of the awards ceremony, he and his team put all the films and intros together for us. Huge thanks to Will and his team.

Winner ‘Matthew Whitmore ‘John’ – this was Matthew’s second win of the night. Scroll down for his film.

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Jo Bartlett, the organiser of the White Elephant Film Festival presented the Over 25s Award.

WINNER  Mikel Iriate – ‘Mausoleum

Over 25 Years Award accepted by crew member Chris Fergusson.

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Finally, the Over All Winner of the Tri Counties. This award was presented by the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Dan Adams.

WINNER – his third of the evening, Matthew Whitmore for his stunning animation / documentary, ‘John‘.

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Here is the 2019 Tri Counties Winner – Best Animation, Best Documentary and Best Over All entry.

‘John’ by Matthew Whitmore

After the awards, we grabbed a few more photos in the Camberley Theatre bar.

Here with some of this year’s shortlisted entrants, Will Devereux and the Mayor, we have last year’s winners, Callum Jones and Lucy Rebbeck.

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Dan Weaver, Matthew Whitmore, Gavin Irvine and Jo Bartlett.

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Gavin and Jo are joined by Chris Fergusson ‘Mausoleum’

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Tom Campbell, writer / producer of one of last year’s shortlisted films ‘And Nothing Hurt‘ (and sounding board for various ideas for this first White Elephant Film Festival) with Jo Bartlett and Will Devereux.

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Tom, Jo and Gavin are joined by Niall Shukla, award-winning writer and director. Niall organised the panel discussion with young industry insiders earlier on in the evening and has been very helpful with suggestions for the festival.

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The winner of the Tri Counties, Best Animation, Best Documentary and Over all Tri Counties entry, Matthew Whitmore and partner.

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And that was that! Congratulations to all our winners, thanks so much to everyone who entered films and attended on the evening.

We would like to give a huge thank you to our judging panel of BAFTA Award winning actor, Juliet Aubrey, Creative director of Fudge Animation Dan Weaver and multi award winning writer and director, Gavin Irvine. We did have a couple of tie break situations and thanks  goes to last year’s winners Callum Jones and Lucy Rebbeck for choosing the winners when that happened.

Thanks to Paul Charisse for his animation masterclass earlier on this evening and to Niall Shukla for organising the panel discussion – thanks also to the panelists Rory Yeung, Joe Madden, Abhi Nandakumar and Naeem Mahmood.

Thanks very much to Bill’s for providing all the delicious food.

We’d like to extend a very special thank you to Will Devereux and the tech team at Farnborough  6th Form for putting all the films together  for us and helping to ensure a smooth running of everything during the award films playback.

Thanks to Laura Woodrow for all the photos.

Shortlisted Entries Announced!

This is now getting very  exciting! The judges have watched the Longlisted films and have now given us their Shortlists.

Many thanks to Gavin Irvine, Juliet Aubrey and Dan Weaver for all their hard work.

All of these shortlisted films will be shown in the main auditorium at Camberley Theatre on Thursday 7 March from 8 – 10pm. The winners will be announced and presented with their awards. Unfortunately Juliet Aubrey is no longer able to make the event as she is starring in the Arthur Miller play ‘The Last Yankee’ at the Bolton Octagon where the run has been extended. She generously gave her time to help her fellow judges and said she was ‘blown away’ by the standard of film making on offer.

In her place, to present the award for the Over All Tri County Winner, we are honoured to welcome, the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Dan Adams.

Also presenting prizes on Thursday evening, will be the founder of the New Forrest Film Festival, Gary Wronecki, plus White Elephant judges Co founder and Creative Director of Fudge Animation Dan Weaver, and multi award winning writer, director, Gavin Irvine.

There are still a few spaces available if you would like to attend on Thursday, either for the masterclass, panel discussion or the awards themselves. Bill’s will be providing free finger food between 6 – 8pm and the bar will be open.

More details, including how to register (it’s all free and everyone is very welcome) by clicking here.

So, without further ado, here are the 2019 White Elephant Film Festival Shortlisted films and animations.

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90 second UK (Outside Tri County area)

Richard Miller – ‘The Fight’
Hannah Congdon – ‘HSKT’
Jiaqi Wang – ‘English Intonation’
Onysha Lamers – ‘In My Shoes’
Gareth Shoulder – ‘Bethan’s Bear’

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90 second International Shortlist

Manuel Soro-Futous – ‘Shit’
Aitor Marin Correcher – ‘Sorry’
Jessica Laurent – ‘VAF2018’
Sajjad Alavi Manesh – ‘Hitchcock’s Crow’
Enrique Ortega – ‘Checkmate’

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Tri County – Shortlisted 10 minutes or under

Andrew Whiteside – ‘A Short Film’
Harry Heath – ‘First Man to Fly’
Matthew Whitmore – ‘John’
Joseph Hargreaves – ‘Hallow Fields’
Jordan Bruton – ‘Disconnected’
Mikel Iriate – ‘Mausoleum’
Geoff Harmer – ‘Selfie’
Charlotte Cunningham – ‘The Unexpected Love’
Mollie Putman Trimmer – ‘Murine’
Prapassorn Smith – ‘Kids With Guns’

 

Congratulations to all who have entered and been selected both for the Long and Short lists. The films that made the Longlist, but not the Shortlist will be shown on Thursday in the downstairs small studio. Please take time to see these films as they too are of a very high standard.

See you on Thursday at Camberley Theatre!

Long Listed Films and Animations Announced.

As we arrive blinking into the sunlight, we are delighted to announce the various Longlisted entries.

These films and animations are now with the judging panel, who will deliver the Shortlist at the start of next week. They have a very hard task ahead of them – these Longlisted films are all wonderful!

To see all these films, plus attend the awards ceremony, masterclass, panel discussion – all free – please click here for details.

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Tri County (Surrey / Hants / Berks 10 minutes or under)

Andrew Whiteside ‘A Short Film’

 Harry Heath ‘First Man To Fly’

Ross Stringer ‘Mind In Motion’

Luke Whatley – Bigg ‘Iceland – An Iconic Island”

Lauren Sandercock ‘Match’

Graciela Mae ‘Doctor’s Note’

Matthew Whitmore ‘John’

Joseph Hargreaves ‘Hollow Fields’

Catherine Kennedy ‘What Remains’

Jordan Brunton ‘Disconnected’

Gary Wronecki ‘Pull Out The Stopper’

Mikel Iriarte ‘Mausoleum’

Geoff Harmer ‘Selfie’

James Averiss ‘The Daydreamer’

A.J. Spinks ‘Spaceman’

Lily Sullivan ‘Magpie’

Timothy Marsh ‘The Last Napkin’

Charlottoe Cunningham ‘The Unexpected Love’

Daniel Sumner-Myers ‘Bruised’

Mollie Putman-Trimmer ‘Murine’

Abigail Watkin ‘Rugby Is A Womans Sport’

Prapassorn Smith ‘Kids With Guns’

 

 

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U.K. (outside Tri County 90 seconds or under)

 Richard Miller ‘The Fight’

Donovan Swart ‘Anzel’

Hannah Congdon ‘H S K T’

Krystian Garstkowiak ‘Multiple Problems’

Jiaqi Wang ‘English Intonation’

Emeson Nwolie ‘Skywatcher’

Onysha Lamers ‘In My Shoes’

Gemma Rickers ‘HeartEater’

Gareth Shoulder ‘Bethan’s Bear’

 

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International (90 seconds or under)

Manuel Soro- Futous ‘Shit’

Quinceé Kaya Dill ‘Scissors vs Ponytail’

Matthew Middendorf ‘Home’

Aitor Marín Correcher ‘Sorry’

Jessica Laurent ‘VAF 2018’

Shawn Wickens ‘My Daily Commute’

Natasha Sharpe ‘I Feed Her’

Sajjad Alavi Manesh ‘Hitchcock’s Crow’

Ardalan Farhanchi ‘Kind Children’

Alice Reily de Souza ‘I Hate You SO Much’

Max Shoham ‘Sincerely Anthony’

Enrique Ortega ‘Checkmate’

 

Good luck everyone!

 

 

 

 

White Elephant Closed To Submissions!

We are now closed to submissions! Thanks so much to all who have entered.

Please do not disturb us over the next few days – we will be sitting in a darkened room watching all of your great films and animations! We have had over 300 entries, but we will get these all viewed. We made both the International and rest of U.K. (outside the Tri counties) 90 seconds or under this year, so this will make it possible to see them all.

We will be presenting the long lists to the judging panel next week and will let you all know if you have made it to the next stage or not.

Good luck!

There is still time to register to attend the masterclass and panel discussion at Camberley Theatre on 7 March though!

 

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 40 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.

Contact: joe@cavsoc.com

 

 

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 “Tony’s Brain” 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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‘At Bill’s we have built our menu to cater for every occasion and dietary requirement. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or avoiding gluten, we have you covered. We’ve also introduced new Dinner Specials so there is something new to try every day of the week!’

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 11 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!