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by Willy
Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: About Death (Sobre la Muerte)
Replies: 29
Views: 649

Re: About Death (Sobre la Muerte)

That's a very good suggestion, Howard. I think it was not the first time that I watched a professional (read 'commercial) film at BIAFF. It does not happen very often, but it happens. That's my feeling. Michael is right when he says that it is possible that friends form a group to make an extraordi...
by Willy
Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE MOVIE MAKER TEN BEST COMPETITION
Replies: 13
Views: 373

Re: THE MOVIE MAKER TEN BEST COMPETITION

I think I have almost all issues of "Film and Video Maker" from 1999 onwards, Howard. I won "an international medaillon" twice which is actually an equivalent of a diamond award. That was in 2000 and 2001. But I never won a real diamond. Anyway, I am proud to have been very succe...
by Willy
Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF WEEKEND
Replies: 36
Views: 719

Re: THE BIAFF WEEKEND

I had already seen the Belgian film Iconoclasm by Peter Haesedonck and Marcel De Jonghe, Michael. Indeed it was a very good one and it deserved a diamond award. In February it was runner-up in the Belgian national competition. My Scottish film "His Royal Highland Laddie" was the overall wi...
by Willy
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 63
Views: 2902

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

Michael, last year you got only One Star for one of your films. That's not normal. Something must have happened. I am sure you were very disappointed. Let's say that 100 people would give your movie 4 stars, but at BIAFF one of the three judges hates your film for one or another reason. Then you are...
by Willy
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 63
Views: 2902

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

Only the day before yesterday I received the result for "Where Have All My Lovebirds Gone" . It's the story of my crazy years. About 55 years ago I had a girlfriend at the Carribean. After that one in Finland, in the USA, in Holland and in Iran. They were all very sexy. That's all fake of ...
by Willy
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 63
Views: 2902

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

Still waiting here in the EU, but I already have some handkerchiefs with me just in case I have a bad result.
Me too, I know one person who knows his results. He is over the Moon. He is in Heaven. He deserves it. I fear I will have to go to Hell. I deserve it because of my bad behaviour.
by Willy
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: What constitutes an amateur film?
Replies: 39
Views: 1838

Re: What constitutes an amateur film?

Good result or bad result. You are a top-amateur, Howard! You have your specific style. I have seen some movies made by you. They were all gripping. Never boring. I read your article in "Film and Video Maker". You gave us a link to all your films since 2012. https://vimeo.com/howardsmith39...
by Willy
Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: What constitutes an amateur film?
Replies: 39
Views: 1838

Re: What constitutes an amateur film?

Ned wrote: Michael Slowe and Willy Van der Linden regularly produced films superior to the local products and were seen as stealing the awards with superior funding and equipment; untrue of course Actually it is good that I asked many IAC-friends to help me. Peter, Ron, Geoff, David, Mary, Carol, A...
by Willy
Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: What constitutes an amateur film?
Replies: 39
Views: 1838

Re: What constitutes an amateur film?

Someone wrote: the number of people listed in the credits are not reliable indicators. I often have very long credits. I never forget the name of my wife Vera. It must be hard for her to have such a husband. I also mention the names of my friends who accompany me when going on a (filming) holiday. ...
by Willy
Fri Mar 12, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Sad news: RIP JOHN ASTIN
Replies: 8
Views: 607

Re: Sad news: RIP JOHN ASTIN

What a year! Reg, Jean, ... now John Astin! John was an amateur filmmaker "pur sang"... He was always very modest, ... undramatic. His documentaries were uncomplicated, without any pretention. And he used his own voice. Actually it created some charm. I always looked forward to listening t...
by Willy
Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: The Magazine
Replies: 22
Views: 1362

Re: The Magazine

Paula Webster in "Nectar"! Me, too, I enjoyed Paula Webster's film. I enjoyed the drone shots, the interviews, the different birds, the music, the narration, the atmosphere of "Sons of the Savanna". Of course you can always say something about things that could be improved. I lo...
by Willy
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: The Magazine
Replies: 22
Views: 1362

Re: The Magazine

Many thanks for all those kind words. I told Michael Whyman that I thought of saying something on the Forum and in the magazine about Paula's letter. But I changed my mind because it would cool down. In life there are pleasant things and unpleasant things. That's something we must accept. I don't re...
by Willy
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Sad news: RIP Reg Lancaster
Replies: 12
Views: 1152

Re: Sad news: RIP Reg Lancaster

Many thanks for having given us the opportunity to attend Reg Lancaster's funeral ceremony. Now I know why he was a Manchester United fan. I once had a chat with him about the Mat Busby Babes. Reg was born in Manchester in 1935. He was an Englishman, but he also had some Scottish roots I could under...
by Willy
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 - should we even hope?
Replies: 15
Views: 1209

Re: BIAFF 2021 - should we even hope?

I think it would be better to postpone in the hope that the Covid-situation will improve and restrictions on meeting and travelling would have gone. I also share Tim's opinion. I am not against an online festival - it seemed that it was a perfect one in October - but, me too, I prefer a "real&q...
by Willy
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Sad news: RIP Reg Lancaster
Replies: 12
Views: 1152

Re: Sad news: RIP Reg Lancaster

Yes, I already felt excluded, Michael. I was very disappointed. (joking of course). But I was happy to be helped by Dave, a real Scotsman and Europhile. I still can't miss my favourite BBC-programmes. This morning I watched the Andrew Marr show. The BBC-reporter said to Boris something like: "Y...