Stroud Community TV Awards 2012 Winners

Posted on 13. Feb, 2013 by in Featured, Newsletters

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The winning films in Stroud Community TV’s first Film Awards have been announced today. Members of the public nominated their favourite films on SCTV from the more than 700 films available then local expert judges voted on the shortlists. The winning films cover topics ranging from bereavement and homelessness to fashion and beer festivals. You can view all the award winning films and nominations plus see a list of judges and some of their comments at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/awards-2012/

You can here a podcast of SCTV Director Peter Richardson being interviewed last Friday on Stroud FM: http://podcasts.stroudfm.co.uk/index.php?id=1150

Below are the winners and some of the comment sent to the local press

Best Stroud Music film: Stroud Life by Wilderspin

See Stroud Life at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/wilderspin-stroud-life-musical-response-to-bbcs-country-file/

Best Community Event film: Joint winners in this category were Frocester Beer and Painswick Couture Festivals

See Frocester and Painswick films at:
http://stroudcommunity.tv/painswick-art-couture-2012/  
http://stroudcommunity.tv/frocester-beer-festival-2012/

Best Local Business film: Kitchen Garden Foods

See it at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/taste-of-gloucestershire-food-and-farming-awards-2012-contribution-to-food-development/

Best Community project film: Ark House

See it at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/ark-house/

Audience Award: Stroud Goodwill Evening 2012

This award goes to the film with the most nominations by viewers. See it at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/stroud-goodwill-evening-2012/

Best Campaign film: Carers Gloucestershire

See 1 in 10 at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/1-in-10-carers-gloucestershire/  

Best Local film: ‘Beyond Goodbye’

See ‘Beyond Goodbye’ at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/beyond-goodbye-very-moving-and-inspiring-film/

Background to SCTV and Awards 2012

Stroud Community TV was set up last year by volunteers as a not for profit organisation and has over 700 films online and in the last weeks over 200 to 270 viewers each day. Members of the public nominated films in seven categories from any of those on the website; in each category a team of three or four judges scored the films.

Philip Booth, a founding Director of Stroud Community TV, said: “I did not expect to have over 700 films with a Stroud connection uploaded in less than a year. We have an incredible range; skateboarding, local businesses, music, Forest Green Rovers, poetry, community events, stories and so much more. Some of the films are beautifully filmed and edited, while others might be more rough and ready, but capture a corner of Stroud that is totally engaging.”

“There really is something for everyone on SCTV, whether your interests are history, nature, campaigning, music, sport or anything else,” said Philip. “We want to have a place to tell good news stories about all the amazing projects and events in Stroud and encourage even more of those to happen. It is about showcasing the creative talent here, nurturing more, supporting local organisations and businesses and giving a voice to those less often heard.”

Jimmy Edmonds, Film Editor/Photographer/Film maker based in Chalford Hill said: “Stroud Community TV is a brilliant initiative and I’ve spent many an hour wandering around its selection of local films and videos, a great antidote to much mainstream telly! But more than that SCTV provides a wonderful platform for such a variety of voices throughout the Valleys and as such is the best resource we have for a real picture of real people in Stroud.”

Peter Richardson, another founding Director of the popular new Stroud Community TV channel explained, “SCTV is part of Transition Stroud,  a voluntary group who are working to strengthen local community links, and help people move towards a more locally-focussed, low carbon lifestyle.  SCTV is about encouraging people to learn about and participate in their local community – and everyone can be a part of SCTV, either by watching and commenting on films, or by making local films and sending us their youtube links.”

“We’ve been really bowled over by how many people have nominated films for the SCTV Film Awards,” said Peter.  “We received dozens of nominations – and most of the credit for the success of these Film Awards lies with Philip who did such a great job of organising the whole process.  We’d also like to thank our great judges and all the wonderful people who nominated films, of course!”

Philip Booth added: “The awards are a way of celebrating Stroud and the Five Valleys, but also encouraging more people to get involved in the SCTV project. We want more films, more local people making films, develop our Facebook and Tweeting and we want to run courses to help people learn film-making and community reporting skills.”

View all the award winning films and nominations at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/awards-2012/

Domonic White, of Suscito Films and a judge in the Awards, said: “Various films stand out in this years Stroud Community TV awards, especially in the category of ‘Best Local Film’. Stroud is well known as a highly creative town inhabited by wonderfully thoughtful, imaginative, caring and fun people, and that is truly born out in several of the entries….I would like to thank all the film makers for sharing their work with the community. It is a significant achievement to make any film, and it can be a brave step to then offer your work up for judgement by others.”

Next year we hope to repeat and grow the Awards – any suggestions or help would be very welcomed!

‘Stroud Life’ kindly covered the awards saying ‘forget the Baftas and Oscars – the ‘Stroscars’ are here – see their article here.

About Philip

Director and Co-Founder of Stroud Community TV

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