Stroud Community TV Awards for 2015 films


‘Oscat’ awarded to winners

As part of the Stroud Film Festival, Stroud Community TV once again celebrated the best of Stroud films at The Crown and Sceptre pub on Wednesday 9th March.  Below we list the winners in section one, all the nominations in section two and our judges in section three. You can see more about the amazing evening at:

Background: From 1st January members of the public have nominated their best films in one or more of the categories below. The films for nomination have to have been uploaded during 2015 to Stroud Community TV. The films with the most nominations are  listed below and went to our team of local judges (also listed below). We announced the winning films on 9th March at The Crown and Sceptre pub. Our film night was part of the hugely successful Stroud Film Festival. You can also find details of the Young Film Makers evening which Stroud Community TV supported here.

See previous winners and nominations – for 2014 here, 2013 here and for 2012 here. As always huge thanks to local artist Russ, for the cartoons and ‘Oscats’. Plus big thanks to James Banks for photographs on the Awards evening; you can see his website full of great photos here.

1. Winners 2015


Still from the film

Best local film 2015

Callum Bonner getting Oscat from Archie Cox (Photo by James Banks)

Callum Bonner getting Oscat from Archie Cox (Photo by James Banks)

Best Local film

‘Autos’: a film by Callum Bonner of Nailsworth looking at the feelings and difficulties of being on the Autistic Spectrum and how it can be overcome. Callum wrote of the film: ‘At the time of making this I developed a fascination and hobby for photographing and filming different forms of reflections. I used this method to create a film in order to use the reflections as a visual metaphor for talking about one’s self.’ See:


best campaign film 2015

Reg Cobb from GDA receiving Oscat

Reg Cobb from GDA receiving Oscat from Philip Booth (photo by James Banks)

Best Campaign film

‘Dave The Signer’ by Reg Cobb, Ceilidh-Jo Rowe, Hannah Ede and James Banks for GDA. Reg Cobb said; “Booking a fully qualified British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter is imperative in certain situations – financial in particular. Without a qualified BSL interpreter vital communication can be missed and a deaf person left bewildered and confused as to the best options available to them are. Deaf people want to be independent and take control of their own lives, having a BSL interpreter at appointments is just one way that their independence can be achieved. We hope our series of Deaf awareness films, including  ‘Dave the Signer’ encourage more organisations to make their services more accessible for Deaf people. The response to the films has been fantastic and this award is the cherry on top of a very big cake”. See:

best stroud music 2015Best Music Film

Hattie Briggs receiving Oscat from Pip Heywood

Hattie Briggs receiving Oscat from Pip Heywood (photo by James Banks)Best Stroud Music film

Hattie Briggs with Tilly’s Song – the award was a hat-trick for Hattie who has been three times winner of Best Music Film with Stroud Community TV:




best community event film 2015

OPENhouse and Marah with Oscat

OPENhouse and Marah with Oscat (Photo by James Banks)

(Photo by James Banks)

Best Community Event film

‘Rough Traders’; sleeping out in Stroud. Film by Rob Evans with OPENhouse and Marah. See:



Best Local Business film 2015

Kieran and 'friend' receiving Oscat

Kieran and ‘friend’ receiving Oscat (Photo by James Banks)

Best Local Business film

Kieran Powell ‘Ventriloquist Showreel 2015’:




Best Community project film 2015Best Community Project Award

Stroud Valleys Project and Museum getting Oscat (Photo by James Banks)

Stroud Valleys Project and Museum getting Oscat (Photo by James Banks)Best Community project film

‘Walled Garden at the Museum in the Park’ by Nikki Simpson with Stroud Valleys Project and The Museum in the Park – see picture left of Clare, Ann and Katherine picking up the Award:



Best ‘Green’ film green cat

Chris Uttley of Stroud District Councillor receiving Oscat from Philip Booth

Chris Uttley of Stroud District Councillor receiving Oscat from Philip Booth (Photo by James Banks)

Best ‘Green’ film

Films that highlight environmental and/or social justice issues.

A film about Rural Sustainable Drainage. Chris Uttley, the Rural SuDS Project Officer at Stroud District council who commissioned the film was able to share how the film came about and answer questions about how well the measures are working to reduce flooding in the Frome catchment:


Audience Award

Sophronie getting Oscat after audience votes her track the best (Photo by James Banks)

Sophronie getting Oscat after audience votes her track the best (Photo by James Banks)

Audience Award

Three music videos had received a similar numbers of nominations by the public; Ryan Devine, Sophronie and Clear Conscience. The three films were shown during the evening and the audience at The Crown and Sceptre asked to vote on their favourite to gain the Audience Award. Sophronie with Eyes Wide made with Ragged Moon Studios in Stroud was the winner:



2. Nominations for Awards for 2015!

We will announce winners on 9th March 2016.

2015 Nominations-Best Music FilmBest Music Film

Here are the six films nominated by the public:


Thee Ones:

Hattie Briggs:

Casimir Greenfield:

Clear Conscience:

Ryan Devine:


2015 Nominations-Best Local filmBest Local film


Stroll on the Common:

Girl Who Lost Her Smile:

Worst TV Show:

Balloon Dance:

7 Miles of Pinkness:

Purton’s ship graveyard:


2015 Nominations-Best Campaign filmBest Campaign film

Become more Deaf Aware:

Protect the Daneway:

Fracking at the Mad Hatters Tea Party?

Sick of e-petitions:

Save the NHS:

Dear Tim: Echoes of Death Row:


2015 Nominations-Best Community Event filmBest Community Event film

Wassail 2015 :

Sleeping out in Stroud:

Stroud Community Choir:


2015 Nominations-Best Local Business filmBest Local Business film

Bubble Footy Fun;

Mushroom farm in Merrywalks:

Five Valley’s Music Centre:

Therapeutic art:

Kieran Powell, Ventriloquist;

Artist Swarez:

Whole woods:


2015 Nominations-Best Community project filmBest Community project film

Walled Garden at the Museum in the Park:

Stroudwater Dream:

Stroud Memory Walks:

Edible Stroud project at Stratford Park:



2015 Nominations-Best ‘Green’ filmBest ‘Green’ film

Alternative to Javelin Park:

Advantages of Small Hydropower:

Rural Sustainable Drainage:


3. Team of Judges this year

Andy Freedman, Stroud Film Festival Organiser and previously Head of Cirencester College Media Department

David Pearson, award-winning Arturi films, Oscar Shortlisted, BAFTA Nominated and winner of British Independent Film Award for feature film Mugabe and The White African

Faye Hatcher, BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Saturday Morning Show

Ben Newton, aged 15, Peoples judge

Emma James, local film and tv producer who runs the Cotswold Film and Location Office (credits include Cider with Rosie and The Casual Vacancy)

Camilla Bassett-Smith, Assistant Producer on many BBC programmes including the ‘Great British Garden Revival’

Niks Patel, Ragged Moon Music Studio

Megan Titley, Reporter at Stroud News and Journal

Helen Royall, Musician and Event Organiser for Transition Stroud

Ine Christensen, Peoples judge

Charlotte Saunders, film maker/media student

Peter Richardson, Director, Stroud Community TV

Vicky Temple,  Stroud Life


Special thanks

Once again big thanks to our local cartoonist Russ for the great logos and ‘Oscat’ trophy’s. Also big thanks for helping plan and organise Stroud Community TV Awards evening goes to Steve Hurrell, photographer, Stroud Town Councillor and television documentary producer and media producer.