JERSEY CAMCORDER CLUB

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SPRING 2006
On the 8th October, 2005 I and my wife Maureen boarded an Aurigny “Joey” heading for the Guernsey Lily International Amateur Film and Video Festival.  It was a beautiful day, blue sky, sunshine and great views of the other Channel Islands.

The Festival was held at the La Villette Hotel, St Martin’s only a short taxi journey from the airport. Annette and Frank came by boat to the Festival and then drove to the hotel.

There were 115 entries in the festival from 18 other countries including Austria,
Belgium, France, England, Australia, Spain, Malta and the USA.

Films were shown to appreciative audiences over two days in one hour sessions with a 30 minute break for tea, coffee and biscuits, very civilised. The standard of films was very high covering a wide range of topics from animation, documentaries, comedy and drama. Films were rated as Very Highly Commended, Highly Commended or Commended and each received a certificate.  Saturday evening was the award winners show. The major award films were shown and certificates and trophies presented to the film makers.

This was when I received the Channel Television “Best in the Channel Islands” award for my highly commended film JSAD. The trophy was presented by Gordon de Ste Croix and what a size it was, a large crystal vase which was so heavy to lift it nearly gave me a hernia! This was my first entry into an international competition and a very proud moment for me and the Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled. The show was followed by dinner and the odd glass of wine to celebrate, very nice.

On Sunday I had the challenge of bringing the trophy back home without breaking it. I boxed it with plenty of protection and it sat on my lap during the flight home. No one else was going to get their hands on it! The trophy is now sitting proudly on a cabinet in my lounge. It is a pity I have to send it back next year, well that will be another challenge.

I would like to thank Annette for persuading me to enter the festival. I gained lots of useful tips for the future and was impressed with the quality of amateur films on show. So come on other Jersey Camcorder members have a go and enter next year’s festival. If I can do it so can you, and you will enjoy the week-end in Guernsey.
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We were very pleased with the quality of all the films entered for the 9th Annual Club Competition, which was judged, as per tradition, by all those present voting First, Second and Third for ‘Entertainment Value’. The only rules are that the film must be no more than 15 minutes long, and have been made during the last 12 months. And members cannot include their own entry when voting!

This year the actual entries were down slightly at 6, but an extra film was also seen, sent in by overseas member Andy Rodgers and at 17 minutes too long to be officially included. This video has been ‘reviewed’ in Andy’s News on page 10.

All the videos shown were of very high standard, and it was remarked as to how the work of members had improved over the years.

After some nail biting, the final winner was announced as Annette Lowe with ‘Pushkar’, and she was presented with the lovely Tony Brown Trophy. Annette’s film had been taken at the Pushkar Camel Fair, an extremely colourful annual event which she had attended when on holiday in India, and comments were made as to the fact that some interesting camera angles had been used.

Two videos were judged jointly as second: ‘Denmark’ by Carol Thebault, in which Carol demonstrated how she had improved the pacing and delivery of her most informative voiceover. The other ‘second’ was ‘Gossip and Nag’ by Alan English – certainly a most entertaining film capturing a humorous historical re-enactment which took place in Bermuda.

Other entries were ‘Mauger’s Garage’ by Derek de Gruchy, in which Derek road tested a Subaru four wheel drive, as well as advertising
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The Annual Film Show was again much enjoyed by those who attended, although the numbers were smaller than usual, as we decided not to give the event any special publicity, but to hold it in our new regular meeting room, which does not hold a large audience.

However the films shown were much appreciated, as they were chosen as the best of those made by members during the year. Two had not been shown at club before, and one of these was a promotional video made for Samares Museum by Carol Thebault. This film is actually in use at Samares, being shown to the Museum visitors preparatory to their tour and showed how well Carol’s work has developed recently.

The other ‘new’ video was an abridged version of Annette Lowe’s Creating Circassian 11. Although a preliminary version of the film had been seen at club in January, this had only shown the building of the boat up to the hull stage, and the final video had followed progress to the point of sailing the finished yacht. The complete film as commissioned by the Maritime Museum – for boat building enthusiasts – is 42 minutes long, but the version shown this evening had been cut to a more manageable 18 minutes!