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Small Axe radical short film awards - Call for Entries

posted 25 Apr 2015, 11:29 by Ben Edwards   [ updated 25 Apr 2015, 11:30 ]

SMALL AXE a short film competition with something to say.

No film can be too political. We accept everything - from direct polemic, to experimental film, from original fiction to observational documentary from complex discussions to 30 second virals.

We want opinion, analysis, personal stories, ideology, vision and fresh perspectives. In short, any film that will contribute to a culture of positive social change is welcome. As long as it is short (under 30 minutes).
Deadline for entries: 15 June 2015
Full details and entry form:

Awards in the following categories:
Activists and full time film-makers:
Best Factual Film
Best Fiction Film
Best Fiction Film
Best Factual Film

Part of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival:
17th - 19th July 2015

Bristol CND’s Competition for young people is now open for entries

posted 4 Apr 2012, 01:38 by Ben Edwards   [ updated 4 Apr 2012, 01:41 ]

“What does nuclear disarmament mean to you, to the world, or to our future?”
Show us, in a film 30-120 seconds long. You could think about:
The cost: 200,000 died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The risk: Human error has repeatedly put us within minutes of a first strike
The scale: There are over 23,000 nuclear warheads in the world
The price: £100 billion for a Trident replacement


There will be £1000-worth of prizes awarded - the prizes in the Young Adult (19-25) age category being cash, and a mixture of cash and film-making equipment being offered in the younger age groups.

Prize-giving and showcase event  

(part of FreshFlix 2012, presented by Encounters Film Festival and Watershed)
Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

This free-of-charge event, scheduled to be held in November, will showcase the best entries on the ‘big screen’, with an opportunity for the young film-makers to introduce their work, before judge David Sproxton (co-founder of Aardman) announces the winners and presents the prizes.  A panel discussion will follow, providing a unique opportunity to ask questions of David and a panel of other distinguished film-making professionals.

NOTE: We would also urge all entrants who complete their film by 9th July  2012 to also submit their film to ‘DepictT!‘ (, for which it will also be eligible.

Please contact us at if you have any questions, or would like leaflets.
With thanks for support from CineMe

8 days - documentery about newspaper jurnalist who 'cracked videojournalism in 8 days'.

posted 8 Feb 2012, 04:51 by Ben Edwards   [ updated 8 Feb 2012, 05:05 ]

The story of the first newspaper journalists in the UK to turn to Video journalism. They brought no visual or technical skills with them, but a passion to learn, patience to understand, and a need to know how.  In the ensuing months their video journalism skills would reap huge rewards. They'd also begin to break national stories. Their trainer and veteran video-journalist, David Dunkley Gyimah, one of the first video-journalists in the UK in 1994 tells the story of how they cracked video-journalism in 8 days. Something you could do too.

Films official wesite is @

"David Dunkley Gyimah is an international award winning videojournalist, independent filmmaker and future of news designer.

His career spans 25 years working for the likes of for BBC e.g. Newsnight, BBC World Service, ABC News, Channel 4 News, ITN/ London Tonight, Channel One, and several other creative outlets and dot.coms.

He regularly contributes to the media either through reports and his acclaimed blog or presentations of media ideas; more recently to BBC World Service Executives, BBC Journalism college, and as a panelist at the Sheffield Documentary Festival.

Previous work and collaborations include: The Financial Times, UK Press Association, Nato, Chatham House and Fortune 100 companies.

APPLE calls him A One-Man Hurricane and Channel 4's Jon Snow says he is an original. Based in London, he is also a senior lecturer in digital journalism at the Universty of Westminster, and an artist in residence at London's cultural milleau, The Southbank Center.

He produces the award-winning online magazine, is a director of the UK's governing body linking universities and broadcast institutions, and has been a member of London's foreign policy think tank, Chatham House since 1994."

Licensing Local Television - Stakeholder Event - 3/2/2012

posted 27 Jan 2012, 01:46 by Ben Edwards

Ofcom are planning to hold a public event for potential applicants for local television (L-DTPS) licences and/or the multiplex licence during the consultation period, to provide an opportunity for us to answer any questions on the consultation.

More information @

Bristol Radical Film Festival, 27th Feb - 4th March

posted 27 Jan 2012, 01:42 by Ben Edwards

The Bristol Radical Film Festival screens some of the most socially and politically engaged documentary films from around the world. Taking place over the course of a week, the festival hosts screenings in a variety of community-based venues, culminating in a weekend of screenings, talks, workshops and debates at the entirely volunteer-run and not-for-profit cinema, The Cube. The variety of venues reflects the festival's aim to bring this kind of cinema out from the shadows and in the community.
Despite being used since its inception as a tool to educate, agitate and inspire action on some of the most important social, political and economic issues facing society, the vast majority of audio-visual media today is dominated almost entirely by the profit motive. Consequently, the majority of our screens are filled with a cinema which, when not entirely reactionary, gleefully reproduces the status quo and the social, political and economic values that go with it.

The Bristol Radical Film Festival showcases a radically different kind of cinema. In the wake of the recession and the unnecessary and unjust attempts to make ordinary people pay for it, recent months and years have seen an explosion of protest, resistance and solidarity. The fight back is on. Come and see what cinema can do to help. 

For more information, visit, or see our Facebook pages here: here: here:!/events/260720467326820/ and here

Local Televisions Time Has Come (December 2011)

posted 18 Jan 2012, 06:05 by Ben Edwards   [ updated 25 Jan 2012, 13:45 ]

Local Televisions Time Has Come. This article assesses the bidding process for the new licenses as it stands and examines what a successful local television channel might look like.

First 20 locations set to receive local TV are unveiled

posted 17 Dec 2011, 06:38 by Ben Edwards   [ updated 17 Dec 2011, 06:44 ]

Bristol will be one of the first 20 Cities.  The 20 towns and cities across the UK which are expected to be the first to have their own local TV stations were announced today by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The first ‘pioneer areas’ are expected to be: Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Southampton and Swansea.

MyStreet film compotision - make a short documentary film about your "street"

posted 9 Nov 2011, 17:29 by Ben Edwards   [ updated 3 Apr 2012, 01:04 ]

My Street is many things... It's where I live, it's where you live, it's an idea, it's your hood, your locale, your community, your neighbours, it could even be your corridor or your lift.

Now it is 2 more things: it's a nationwide (UK) competition for you to make a short documentary film about your "street" and it is a new website where your film will be seen, telling your nation's stories, street by street ... by you. Anyone can take part. From any country. Professional, amateur, journalist, animator, young, old, activist, artist. You can make a new film or perhaps you already have one.

Each year the shortlisted films will be showcased at the OPEN CITY London Documentary Festival (June 21-24 2012). The submission deadline for this year is May 8st 2012. Films submitted after this date will be eligible for the festival in 2013.

Films must be between 90secs and 9mins. Films made any time in history can be uploaded onto the website, but only those made after 30th May 2011 are eligible for MyStreet competition in Open City 2012.

They will be judged by an acclaimed international jury.

For more information and terms click here or to watch the films that have been submitted already click VIEW in the menu.

Rough Guide to Location Sound Recording Released

posted 9 Sept 2011, 04:02 by Ben Edwards   [ updated 9 Sept 2011, 04:05 ]

Rough Guide to Location Sound Recording

This introduction to location sound recording assumes no prior knowledge of film or video sound. It covers both solo shooters and those who have a sound recordist. Although it is aimed at beginners, those with more experience may also benefit from it. As well as those involved in the sound department it should also help others understand and best work with sound recordists, which is to everybody's benefit.

New framework for Local Television

posted 19 Jul 2011, 01:47 by Ben Edwards   [ updated 5 Sept 2011, 02:30 ]

"A new framework which will allow local television services to be created across the UK was published yesterday by Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt.

The Government is committed to acting to address the technical and commercial barriers to developing new and thriving local TV provision broadcast on Freeview – the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform. To make it feasible, Mr Hunt is announcing that a package of geographic interleaved spectrum will be allocated and managed by a new licensed multiplex company. This company will be obliged to build and operate the necessary multiplexes to carry separately licensed local TV services. The number of services that will emerge is subject to spectrum coverage and commercial sustainability. Ofcom will lead the licence award process for each."

For full article see

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