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.

We are delighted to be working with FilmFreeway to accept film and animation submissions.

If you prefer, you can send jo.bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk a YouTube, Vimeo or similar link with your submission. Please check the flier below for the criteria.


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 – 10pm 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.

This is all free to attend, to register, please click here.




‘Making a Magical Realist 3d Animated Film: Storyboard to Screen.’ Hosted by Paul Charisse.


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 four 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.

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.

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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.

Contact: joe@cavsoc.com


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.

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.

We are delighted to be working with FilmFreeway toaccept film and animation submissions.

If you prefer, you can also send jo.bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk a YouTube, Vimeo or similar link of your work. Please check the flier for criteria.


The judging panel is:

Juliet Aubrey


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


Gavin is a multi-award winning Northern Irish writer/director based in London. In 2018 he won the Audience Award at the Making Waves Film Festival, Portsmouth, Best Short Film Award at both the Germany International Film Festival, Munich, and the Brazil International Film Festival, Rio, and received 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


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.

Photos and details from the 2018 Film Awards and Masterclasses.


The 2017 film and animation festival.


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