2018 CIF Film!


Only a week to go! Here’s everything that going on, please come to as many events as you can!!


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



Live Streaming….Animation and Film Discussion

We are organising several live streams of events during the CIF period, #CIFLive.

Some will be surprise ‘pop up’ events from Camberley between 20 – 23rd June, so keep watching our social media spaces!

Others will be publicised in advance – including the Panel Discussion with industry experts on June 21st at 7pm. This is part of the animation and film evening at Camberley Theatre.

Tune in via our Facebook page from 19:00 GMT on June 21st and ask any of our guests any questions you might have about ‘How To Get Started and What’s Hot Within The Industry Right Now?’

Our panel guests are:

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


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


Jason has over 25 years experience in all aspects of  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


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.




Animation and Film Free Masterclasses

Calling all film and animation people!

Thanks very much to all who have entered the CIF short film / animation competition! The deadline for entries has now passed. Long lists and short lists will be announced soon. We had over 180 International entries and 100 UK entries!

The Awards Ceremony will take place at Camberley Theatre on 21st June 2018. All are very welcome to attend. Prizes will be presented by the BAFTA Award winning actress Juliet Aubrey.

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Juliet Aubrey

The awards will go to:

Best International Entry medal

Best U.K. Entry medal

Tri-County Winner £100 plus Winner’s trophy

2 x Tri-County Runners Up  £50 each plus a runner’s up medal.

(Tri-County means Surrey / Hampshire / Berkshire)

To start things off on the evening of Thursday 21st June from 6pm, we will be hosting free to attend masterclasses and panel discussions with industry experts. These are perfect for anyone considering a future in creative media / animation or film making. Even if you are just curious to see how animations and films are made, please feel free to come along. See below for more details.

Please e mail jo.bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk if you would like to attend the masterclasses or awards ceremony, or both!

For more details on the masterclasses please click here and scroll down



Jason Glenister

At 8pm everyone is invited to attend the ten shortlisted Tri- County competition entries plus the Best UK and the Best International entries. These will be shown in the main auditorium. The Tri-County award winners will then be announced and presented with their trophies by BAFTA Award winning actress and C.I.F. patron, Juliet Aubrey. The theatre bar will be open all evening, so please come along and have a fantastic film filled night! There will also be drinks in the bar after the awards have taken place with plenty of networking opportunities.

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Rob Doherty


We are delighted to let you know that The Unthanks concert at Camberley Theatre has now sold out of tickets!

There are still tickets for the wonderful Jon Culshaw on Saturday 23rd June and of course lots of free events including the film and animation festival at the theatre on Thursday 22nd June and plenty of other events around Camberley including the Carnival on Saturday 23rd June.

Click here to see the full programme of events.



A Chance To Be Involved – Script Reading and Drama at Camberley Theatre

Saturday 23rd June at 7:30pm in the upstairs studio.

On the last day of the C.I.F., we have script reading and drama in the upstairs studio at Camberley Theatre which is free to attend.

In fact, we are actually looking for people to help us – local playwright Liz Lennie invites you to script read in small groups (a part for anyone who wants one) before staging a repeat performance by volunteers as if on the radio.

Liz Lennie

 ‘Tinkler!’ A spirited elderly mother is faced with leaving home for ‘a home’. Disparate daughters disagree and a grandchild gets an unusual inheritance….

The play itself lasts approx. 20 minutes and this script reading event will last about an hour.

Please e mail jo.bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk if you are interested in taking part.

There will be an interval in which the downstairs bar will be open, followed by:

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Brightlight Theatre Company present The Fire Stack, a new play by award-winning local playwright Jamie Lakritz. A barman, a man drinking away his sorrows and a woman on a blind date are in a bar… But that’s where the joke stops. An explosive drama about secrets and lies and who we become when consumed by guilt. Nominated for Best New Play at Woking Drama Festival 2017. Running time 50 minutes.



60’s French Pop!

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Here’s another of the wonderful musical treats we have lined up for the Carnival on Saturday 23 June at the London Road Rec (behind The Arena).

This year we have added an live acoustic music tent. We’ve already announced the fantastic Jess Morgan, now how about these little bonbons!

Yé-Yé is a Surrey-based French/British band performing covers celebrating 60s French Pop, including songs by Françoise Hardy, Sylvie Vartan, France Gall, Serge Gainsbourg, Sheila, Pussy Cat and more.

Mais oui!

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