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

Niall Shukla

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


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


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


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.



















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

Nozomi saying a few words

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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!! 🙂


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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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 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



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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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