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 Highlights from our 2013/14 season

Our first ever Film Festival was held in March 2014 with a range of films and workshops. 

Our Christmas Family Special on December 15th 2013 was The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists and very exciting it was too -" me hearties"

Tom Barnes from Aardman gave us a really interesting talk about the making of the film with some models - pictured here with the Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) and Charles Darwin (voiced by David Tennant).   We had over 70 people attend with lots of children enjoying the show as well as the adults!


News from the Engine Room in Bridgwater

Last February we were delighted to present Deb Richardson from Somerset Film down at the Engine Room in Bridgwater with a cheque for £1000.  Deb came  back on 12th October to update us and show a short film "Two Lost" produced by SF for the cultural Olympiad.     For more about their work see their website 

Flash Film Competition

Flash Film requires entrants to select a short story of no more than 250 words from the winners of the Flash Fiction competition, which was held in November, and adapt it into 60 seconds of film.
There’s a prize of £500 for the overall winner, and £100 for the youth prize. In addition to this, filmmakers will have the opportunity to discuss their films at a special screening at the festival itself, which is located in the historic market town of Bridport, Dorset, in April 2012.

So if you want to showcase your talent for filmmaking or want to try a new challenge, enter the Flash Film competition! But be quick, the entry deadline of 23rd March is fast approaching!

To find out more about Flash Film, follow this link:


And to view the films from last year's competition, follow this link:



"Roadwater Community Cinema in North Somerset provides an example of BFFS members helping their neighbours get off the ground.
Founding member, Christos Yianni visited Shipham, commended as a 'Best New Film Society' in 2010, for advice on the equipment that
Roadwater plan to buy for their new venture. " .  A quote from Brian Clay, President of the South West Branch.  

We received so much help and support from the BFFS when we started up so it is good to be able to help others.

Last year the British Film Institute (BFI) launched one of the great film heritage projects of recent years – the restoration of all nine of Alfred Hitchcock’s surviving silent films.  These films are urgently in need of restoration so that they can be brought back to life on the epic scale that they deserve, be seen again on the big screen as close as possible to Hitchcock's original vision, and be preserved for future generations. This is arguably one of the most important and high-profile projects that the BFI has undertaken, and we need your help.
This ambitious campaign has set out to raise £2 million to restore all nine silent films and to present them in 2012 with newly commissioned scores from today’s finest composers. With over £1 million still to raise, the BFI is counting on the support of film fans across the country. 
You can support the project by making a donation, and all the information on how to do so, as well as more details about the campaign, can be found at www.bfi.org.uk/saveafilm

A four day festival of films, live soundtracks and special events that takes place in Jersey, Channel Islands, 22nd - 25th September.  We turn beautiful and unusual locations across the island into one-off, atmospheric screening locations. 
As an example of some recent great art-house feature films and documentaries that will be showing at the festival over the weekend, we are screening:

Cannes winner Of Gods And Men (screening in a monumental Catholic church) / Le Quattro Volte / A Separation / The Arbor / Oscar-winner Inside Job / Pina (with a live dance performance in the Jersey Opera House) /Archipelago / Oscar-nominated Restrepo, screening in the Field Squadron's barracks /  Benda Bilili! / Project Nim (by Man On Wire director James Marsh), and our Closing Gala is The Great White Silence with a live soundtrack performed by Simon Fisher Turner and the Elysian Quartet. 

Screenings and events take place in chapels, barns, churches, a record shop, a surfboard factory, the Jersey Opera House and many more venues, and we have many special guests attending to do Q&As after screenings, including directors, producers, actors and journalists.
For more information take a look at their website www.branchagefestival.com
BFFS Film Awards - Sept 2010
We entered Shipham Community Cinema into the British Film Federation Film Awards for 2010 and were really pleased to be awarded Commended in the Best New Film Society category.   Awards were presented by Francine Stock of the Film Programme and Derek Malcolm, Chairman of the BFFS.  Here is a picture of us with Derek!   A big thank you for all our audiences for their support. 
We were delighted to have Ken Loach join us for a question and answer
session before a showing of his film "Looking for Eric"  

Ken spent some time discussing the art of film making as well as responding to audience questions



Cinema Shipham Hall,
17 May 2011, 07:04