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.

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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.



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’


90 second International Shortlist

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


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!

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!

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!

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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…


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


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!


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… 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!