Haywards Heath Movie Makers

Sussex Film Festival 2017

Members of the club excelled once more at this year's festival with young Jack Butler in particular 'scooping the pool'. Jack not only won the Young Moviemakers Award, but also took away the Drama/Story Award, the Editing Award and the Sussex Challenge Cup for best film in the festival, "Stuck in the Middle".

Other awards were received by David Fenn - Sound Award for "Take the A Road" plus One Minute Award for "The Anniversary", Rod Willerton - Documentary Award for "Mechanical Things" plus Travelogue/Holiday Award for "50 Years On", and Paul Bailey - Commended for "A Year on the Farm".

Congratulations to all concerned.


End of an Era

In August 2016 it was announced that Baldwin's shop in South Road was to close in September. This much loved family drapery business, had traded in the town since 1935 and would be very much missed.

At short notice, and with the permission of owner Colin Buxton, grandson of founder Stuart Baldwin, a small group of club members decided to record this unique business before the closure took place. So it was that a happy morning was spent by Merv Huggett, Roy Langley and Rod Willerton filming in the shop premises. Merv even recruited a friend, Andrea Browne, to act as a customer for the occasion.

In September Baldwin's occupied a marquee in Victoria Park as part of the Haywards Heath 175th Anniversary Weekend and some further footage was taken.

The final edit has now been made and the result can be viewed on our 'Club Movies' page.


Stuck in the Middle

BBC Sound Effects

The BBC have recently made available over 16,000 sound effects to the public for free. This vast library includes effects that have been used by the BBC since the 1920's. Everything from a South American parrot talking and screeching, the sound of the interior of a Belgian post office, or the sound of an inflating rubber dinghy!

The sound effects are available to download in WAV format and may be used for personal, educational, or research purposes.

Full details can be found at http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk

BIAFF 2018

Congratulations to Rod Willerton and Jack Butler for their awards at BIAFF 2018.

Rod's film, "Mechanical Things", received a Five Star award, plus Best Documentary, whilst Jack's films, "Fall of a King" and "Ready Salted", both received Three Star awards.

Albany 2018

The 2018 Albany Competition, which started in 1966, took place in Chichester and was once again hosted by Chichester Film & Video Makers. Our entry, "The Prodigal", received the Greenyer Trophy for best use of sound, and the Runners Up Trophy.

Only four clubs participated this year, but with six films being entered to the theme, 'Elephant in the Room'. Chichester Film & Video Makers won the Albany Trophy for their film, "Cardinal Sin", which was judged to be the best overall entry.


Well done to all of our members who took part in the SERIAC Film Festival, and congratulations to Jack Butler for winning the Youth Award for his film, "The Fall of a King".  Our chairman, David Fenn, is also to be congratulated in winning the SERIAC 60 for the Best 1 minute or less film with "The Holiday".

Other awards were received by Rod Willerton - Highly Commended for "Mechanical Things" and Ron Prosser - Competition Officer's Certificate for "Nelson's Cruises".