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.

 

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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Runner Up – Tri Counties

‘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!

Film Festival & Literature last night

Here is a little photomosaic catch up from some of the events we had on last night. #Cifestival18

The film and animation masterclasses at Camberley Theatre, literature at The Cabin,  animation and short film competition. We’ll go into more details about all the winners, and stories from the night early next week – right now we’ve got to head off to the London Road Rec and start setting up for tomorrow’s Carnival, before going to the theatre tonight to see The Unthanks and The Cabin for some brilliant comedy. Phew! See you over the weekend!! 🙂

 

Live stream from animation and films

Camberley International Festival – Animation and Film Panel Discussion

We will be live streaming the panel discussion with industry experts as part of our animation and film festival this Thursday 21st June at 7pm. There are still some spaces left for the masterclasses at Camberley Theatre along with the animation and short film awards. Please check here for details.

For anyone who is unable to attend, this is the perfect opportunity to tune in and take part! We will be taking questions live, via our Facebook along with audience members at Camberley Theatre. Simply post your question in the comments below the live stream and we will ask the panel to answer it live.

https://www.facebook.com/CamberleyInternationalfestival

 

7 – 8pm GMT Panel Discussion featuring industry experts, including Q&As with audience members. The theme – ‘How To Get Started and What’s Hot Within The Industry Right Now?The panel is made up of:

 

Robert Doherty

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Rob is VP Production for Cake Entertainment and has 25 years experience in the children’s television and animation industry. He has worked in every format of animation and in many countries around the world, as well as on both sides of the production/broadcast divide; working for ITV, Aardman, Disney, M2 Films, Endemol, Initial Productions, TVC Cartoons, Grand Slamm Children’s Films, Kindle Entertainment, Nexus Productions, Larkshead Media and now Cake Entertainment as VP Production.

He also started and runs festivus, an animation social and networking event that has been going for over 12 years, and regularly sits on advisory boards and panels.

 

 

Emma Calder

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Emma was born in London. She studied Graphic design at The Royal College of Art. She has worked as an Animation Director, Artist, Graphic Designer and Lecturer and has written, designed and illustrated books, for both adults and children. She co-founded Pearly Oyster Productions making many successful and award winning aniumated films, including The Queens Monastery (BBC). She is currently working on her first feature length animation.

Emma lives in London with her partner and two children.

 

Jason Glenister

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Jason has over 25yrs experience in all aspects of the film & TV, writing, advertising and the creative industries.

He began his career writing & directing music videos and documentaries. From music videos, he moved into writing and directing TV commercials and more recently into digital content creation.

He’s currently Creative Director and founding member of new digital Innovation agency Unicorn XP. He describes this role as helping ‘humanise’ the digital world.

His combination of film, scriptwriting, commercial and digital experience – learnt over 25 years – has naturally led Jason to delivering rich narrative-based content and campaign ideas.

 

 Harriet Titlow

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Harriet graduated from Middlesex University BA Animation in 2014 and went on to work as a Character Design Assistant on ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ children’s television series. She now works at Middlesex University as a Graduate Academic Assistant, helping students progress and learn new techniques and assisting lectures in their teaching. She also works on her own personal freelance practice, on music video projects and illustration.

Tri-County Shortlisted Films!

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We have had an incredibly high standard of films and animations entered into the competition this year; the judges have had a very hard task to pick the short list. However, after much talk and debate, they have indeed selected these wonderful films.

We are delighted to announce the 2018  Tri -County shortlisted films

‘Transplant Twins’ – Penny Eastbury

‘Paper Cut’ – Matthew Ryder

‘Lucy’s Life’ – Lucy Rebbeck and Callum Jones

‘Winter’ – Courtney Knight and Iesa Khan

‘家 (Home)’ – Nozomi Tolworthy

‘Memories of You’ – Molly Gordon

‘The Outward Show’ – Gary Boller

‘Butterfly Effect’ – Paula Martinez de Anguita

‘Zack and the Rainbow’ – Natalie Priest

‘And Nothing Hurts’ – Tom Campbell and Gav Hoare

All of these films will be shown in the main auditorium from 8pm on Thursday 21st June. Our patron, the BAFTA Award winning actress, Juliet Aubrey will be announcing the winners and presenting the trophies and prizes. Please feel free to attend – these are great works, all films are ten minutes or under.

We will also be announcing and showing the Best International and Best U.K. entries.

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

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! We had over 180 International films, 90 UK films and 50 Tri County films entered into the competition this year.

 

Hopefully see you on Thursday.

Don’t forget – if you would like to attend the masterclasses and panel discussion, they start at 6pm. Details can be found here.

All of these events are free to attend.

Film Competition Longlists Announced!

We may have already mentioned we were blown away by the volume and talent of the film entries for our film and animation competition this year?

We had over 180 International Films, Over 80 UK films and over 50 Tri-County (Surrey / Berks / Hants) films.

Our jury members have been locked away in darkened rooms viewing, taking notes and compiling our long and short lists.

Very special thanks go to Alex Underwood and Rebecca Fox for helping us through this stage. An extra special thanks to Kelly Kitsiouli without whom we would still be viewing the films!

These lists have now been sent to the judging panel, Juliet Aubrey, Robert Doherty, Jason Glenister and last year’s winners Evie Gordon and Francis Cousins.

The Awards ceremony will be taking place at Camberley Theatre on Thursday 21st June at 8pm. It’s free toattend and all are very welcome. The bar will be open all evening and the awards will be presented by BAFTA Award winning actress and C.I.F. patron, Juliet Aubrey.

So without further a do here are the lists:

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Tri- County Longlist:

‘Empowered’  Lea Winchcombe

‘And Nothing Hurt’ Thomas Campbell

‘Transplant Twins’  Penny Eastbury

‘Cats and Rats’  Graciela Mae

‘Paper Cuts’ Matt Ryder

Documentary by Callum Jones and Lucy Rebbeck

‘Blesma Inspirational Stories’ by Thomas Morgan, Duncan Fay, Lara Mepham

‘Winter’ Courtney Knight and Iesa Khan

‘The Outward Show’  Gary Boller

‘The Butterfly Effect’ Paula Martinez de Anguita

‘The Art of Money’ Daniel Czibulka

‘Veggie’ Becky Neville, Yasmin Green, Antonia Hutcheon

‘Coyote Wedding’ Jane Glennie

‘On The Rocks’ Conor Riley

‘家 (Home)’ Nozomi Tolworthy

‘The Closet’ Eric Garson

‘Open’ Kieran Black

Zack and the Rainbow: Making Friends’ Natalie Priest

‘Memories of You’ Molly Gordon

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International Longlist:

‘Lisboa, Saudade, Luz’ Eduardo Correia Pinto

‘Moody Booty’ Kathrin Kuhnert

‘Brechen’ Ara Jo

‘The Grandson’ Jan Van Gorkum

‘The Blue Helmet’ MJ Kaur

‘Stay With Me’  Hektor Hornsleth

‘The Benefits of Sleep Deprivation’ Anish Golecha

‘Gilles’ Wander Thuenis

‘No War’ Abedin Mohammadi

‘Peace Carpet’ Zibz Arzhang

‘Two Angels’ Ramazi Baronov

‘ Living Like Heta’ Bianca Caderas, Isabella Luu and Kerstin Zemp

‘With My Own Two Hands’ Michael Barocas

‘Thirsty Children’ Rizgar Huseein Ahmed

‘See the Shadows Straighten’ Martin Baptiste

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UK Shortlist

‘Birds of A Feather’ Dann Parry

‘BERT’  All4OneStudios

‘Wrestling A Dream’ Luke Walters

‘First Kiss’ Ali Ascham

‘The Death of the Author’  Frederica Pacifico