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by Howard-Smith
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 62
Views: 1876

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

You make some good points Tim. I suppose I was thinking of certain highly talented filmmakers who deserve to hit the heights but are never awarded more than 4 stars. Take for instance the late John Astin who was a really excellent and prolific documentary filmmaker. He never won a BIAFF Award above ...
by Howard-Smith
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 62
Views: 1876

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

Tim says: “Good point made by Howard about the number of diamonds being fixed.” I wasn’t actually making any point about the fixed number of Diamonds. I totally approve of giving Diamond Awards to the “top 8 films of the whole festival” regardless of how many entries there are. Tim has demonstrated ...
by Howard-Smith
Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 62
Views: 1876

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

Yes John, this means of course that only 17 of the 168 entries this year were deemed to be worthy of 5 stars (obviously with 8 of them being upgraded to Diamonds). It makes me wonder whether we judges are sometimes too hesitant, too cautious, about nudging more of the 4 star films into the 5 star ca...
by Howard-Smith
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 62
Views: 1876

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

One week to go before BIAFF 2021 launches at 5.00 pm on 16th April! Hopefully the full results will appear online any day now. My friend Martin Evans from Aberystwyth, who joined the IAC about 3 years ago on my recommendation, is busy working on the online interactive programme. I thought he did a b...
by Howard-Smith
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Bill & Dorothy Every
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Bill & Dorothy Every

Some of you may remember a couple of long-term members of the IAC from Kidderminster, Bill Every FACI and his wife Dorothy. They were both members of the Kidderminster Videomakers group for many years until the group disbanded a couple of years ago. Sadly I’ve been told by a mutual friend Paul Bye t...
by Howard-Smith
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE MOVIE MAKER TEN BEST COMPETITION
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: THE MOVIE MAKER TEN BEST COMPETITION

I bitterly regret having thrown out all my Movie Maker Magazines in 2002 when I was at a low ebb and was having a massive clear-out. If anyone happens to have a collection of them (as complete as possible) that they'd be willing to sell to me, let me know. I remember the first edition I bought from ...
by Howard-Smith
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE MOVIE MAKER TEN BEST COMPETITION
Replies: 5
Views: 75

THE MOVIE MAKER TEN BEST COMPETITION

I've been sent this link by a forum user: http://www.pathefilm.uk/amateurfilm/tenbest.htm On this site it shows Ten Best programmes for selected years, together with complete lists of entries and their star ratings for the years in question. It's a pity that there are many years missing. It's fascin...
by Howard-Smith
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 62
Views: 1876

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

Criteria for awarding 1 star at BIAFF: "One Star means... ​Work at this level shows little understanding of the basics of film-making. It may for example have unsteady photography or problems with exposure, obvious distortions of sound or unattractive abrupt changes. It may lack understanding o...
by Howard-Smith
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Phil Martin
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Phil Martin

Oh dear. I found the following two posts from late 2020 with regard to Phil Martin. Post by Willy Van der Linden » Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:54 pm ... On the IAC-web I noticed "A Gentle Woman" by Phil Martin. 4 stars at BIAFF 2011. I wanted to see that "old" one, too. I met Phil at BIAF...
by Howard-Smith
Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 62
Views: 1876

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

No John, I didn’t read into Mike’s comment that he meant that a boring film may deserve a high mark, but I have my own opinion on this. (See below.) What he’s saying is that an audience may well disregard certain aspects of ‘incompetence’ in the filmmaking if they are enjoying the storytelling. And ...
by Howard-Smith
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 62
Views: 1876

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

While we wait for all the results to be released online, here are some thoughts about BIAFF judging from the late great filmmaker Mike Shaw published on the forum in March 2015. (I loved his film ‘Talking Pictures’ from some years back.) Mike said this. “ You have to remember that the 'first round' ...
by Howard-Smith
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 62
Views: 1876

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

Well Michael, I was actually correct in saying that I was not aware of any of the festivals supplying written comments, but thank you for making me aware that there’s at least one! Regarding BIAFF first round judging, it’s straightforward when a panel of three are unanimous with their suggested star...
by Howard-Smith
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 62
Views: 1876

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

The festivals that supply written comments, other than BIAFF, seem to be just the IAC related regional and club festivals and competitions. (I’ve just had the pleasure of judging the Potters Bar Film of the Year competition and have just finished doing the write-ups for the 23 entries.) I personally...
by Howard-Smith
Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Phil Martin
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Phil Martin

Yes John I did send Phil a message via his Vimeo page a few days before posting on here, but I haven’t received a response. I had a decent chat with Phil at one of the BIAFFS and would be interested to know if he’s still around and still making films. I remember saying to him that whoever I heard th...
by Howard-Smith
Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Phil Martin
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Phil Martin

A week has gone by since I asked about Phil Martin but there has been no response yet. In addition to IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST, Phil also submitted the following films to BIAFF: A GENTLE WOMAN I JUST KNEW THE PRODIGY SECRETS His films were entered up to about 7 years ago. I enjoyed them all and just...