Camberley Carnival 2019 Photos

The sun shone, the crowds came, the people smiled. Camberley Carnival 2019 was a wonderful day, the community spirit was out in force. Thank you Camberley!

Here’s the parade.

The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Robin Perry and the Mayoress, Jill Boxall took part in the parade in a beautiful cream Rolls Royce Cloud III and then judged the parade entries.

The winners were the 8th Camberley Scouts, Beavers and Cubs group – congratulations!


There then followed an afternoon of live music, gymnastic and dance displays, children’s theatre, retro computer games, food, drink and laughter.

Children’s theatre came in the shape of ‘Chores’ from Australia – they were brilliant!

See you next year! We’ll start inviting people / schools / organisations / businesses /community groups to join the 2020 parade in a few months – please keep Saturday 20 June in your diaries – we’d love you to join in, the more the merrier!

Saturday’s Carnival Timings & Details

Roll up, roll up it’s the 2019 Camberley Carnival on Saturday! Yes, 22 June is nearly here, so we thought you might like to see all the wonderful things we have in store for you. The theme this year is CIRCUS.

The parade will leave from outside the council offices on Knoll Road at noon. (It’s not too late to enter by the way  – click here if you are interested. You can also see the parade route here.)

Anyone who would like to make something to wave along the parade route, we are hosting a FREE art workshop at Camberley Theatre from 10:30am. Hosted by the Big Art who will then have their tent at the Carnival.

From 12:30pm we have our fantastic afternoon of free entertainment at the London Road Recreation Ground (behind the Arena), here, hot off the press are the timings:

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The live music starts at 12:45pm with Helen The Vintage Singer, followed by local band Kodiak Island, here’s their current single, ‘Sugar Song’.

Bluegrass by way of Bristol comes in the shape of Old Baby Mackerel

Finally, from Camberley a 12 year old who has already chalked up over 12 million views on YouTube – Cole Lam –

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Chores, all the way from Australia!


We are also very happy to welcome the Traveling Light Circus with their Playground of Illusions




We welcome back the retro computer games tent, the Big Art tent and the Cookie Bus!



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plus of course the bar, food stalls, bouncy castle and walk about entertainment!


The weather is saying sunshine too – see you on Saturday! X

For photos of the 1018 parade and carnival click here.

Camberley Comedy Festival 11 May 2019

Thanks so much to everyone who attended our sold out first ever Camberley Comedy Festival on Saturday! It all took place inside a gorgeous tipi in Camberley Park.

Here’s a breakdown of the day, starting with the empty park……







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The first children arrive for the Kid’s Comedy Workshops at 10am



We had wet weather in the morning but the generator (and tipi) was dry!


Will from The Cabin and Natalie from Camberley Theatre after the children’s workshops, getting ready for the comedians.



2:45pm The audience start to arrive..



The Cabin’s pop-up bar is in action.




More people arriving…the sun started to shine.

image000283pm First up, the very funny Mark Simmons. Mark was working on ideas for Edinburgh, we were treated to some hilarious one liners.


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Relaxing in between the acts.

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4pm Next, Anil Desai, brilliant quick-fire impressions. He had us in stitches with his Robert De Niro before he even spoke!



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All over by 5pm! See you next year! 🙂


Next up – the Carnival on 22 June! #CIF19

Comedy Clips!

With ten days to go until the Camberley Comedy Festival we thought we’d share a couple of clips of the two comedians we have!

First up, here’s Mark Simmons from his 2017 Glastonbury performance!



and Anil Desai at Chortle’s Fast Fringe


You can see either of these comedians for £4 or both for £6 (plus £2 transaction fee)! All in the gorgeous surroundings of our lovely tipi. Rustic chairs and fairy lights inside the tipi, along with Camberley’s award winning watering hole, The Cabin will be providing a pop up bar, selling snacks, tea, coffee, wine and beer. It’s a cash only bar so please come prepared!

Tickets for Mark Simmons

Tickets for Anil Desai

Camberley Comedy Festival!

And so we move on to the next part of our year long, Camberley International Festival.

We are delighted to bring you the first ever, Camberley Comedy Festival!

On Saturday 11 May we will bring a beautiful 40 capacity tipi to Camberley Park, behind the theatre and will be hosting a day of comedy.

First of all, we are hosting two children’s comedy workshops. One for Primary School aged children and the other for Secondary Children. These are both free to attend. 1 ticket will get you the child’s entrance plus a chance for two people to attend the mini show cases.

Spaces are very limited – to get your tickets please visit the Camberley Theatre website.


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After the children’s workshops, we have two hilarious stand-up comedians. The Cabin will be providing a pop-up bar all day, serving drinks and snacks.

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Tickets for all three events can be found by clicking here.

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.



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!