Stroud’s ‘Oscats’ evening!

Audience waiting for evening to start: photo by Theseus Lythgoe

The sixth year of our Awards – the iconic orange cat of the Stroud Community TV logo, lends it’s name to the awards – Stroud’s Oscats evening. It was an evening of outstanding local films – the audience of over 120 people got to see 40 short films or clips of films all with links to Stroud. See links to the winning and nominated films in seven categories below.

Philip Booth introducing the Festival: thanks Hubstroud for photo

To qualify the films had to be among the 370 films that have been uploaded to Stroud Community TV during 2017. As in our previous five years the films with the most nominations have go ne to our team of experienced local judges. The evening was part of the Fourth Stroud Film Festival and offered an opportunity to hear from local filmmakers and see films from the Stroud 60 Second Film Challenge. See Film Festival blog here or more about the Film Festival  here.

Philip Booth being interviewed by Faye Hatcher for BBC Radio Glos: thanks Steve Hurrell for photo

Philip Booth, from Stroud Community TV, said: “Wow an evening of inspiring, thought-provoking, tear-jerking films with more than a dash of Stroud quirkiness. A truly wonderful celebration of our Five Valleys”.

Certificates were award by a host of special guests including David Drew MP, BAFTA and Oscar nominated David Pearson, Cllr Sarah Lunnon, the BBC’s Faye Hatcher, Cllr Steve Robinson, Prince Albert owner Lotte Lyster and the SNJ’s Sarah Phaedre Watson.

We also heard music from the Stroud/Gloucester group Black Canvas before the evening started; they hope to release single later this year. See their Soundcloud here.



One of our mugs: photo by Theseus Lythgoe

Picture: Leonor Zavala Platt

On this page below find:

  1. The winners

  2. Comments about the evening

  3. Nominations

  4. Thanks



1. The winners:

Shirley Wood (SDC Tourism) and Nick Turner (film maker) receiving their award for Best Local Film ‘Discover Stroud District’. Award presented by Lotte Lyster, local businesswoman. Philip Booth (Director of SCTV and the evening’s host) says ‘I can’t believe they managed to cram Stroud into just 3 minutes!’ Picture: Leonor Zavala Platt Caption: Heather Wood

Best Local film – Discover Stroud District

The Stroud District film was commissioned by the tourism department at Stroud District Council, produced by award-winning, local film-maker Nick Turner and edited by Five Films. Nick Turner used techniques such as shooting aerial footage by drone and time-lapse to show the area off at its absolute best.

Best Local Film; photo by Theseus Lythgoe

Nick Turner, Film Producer says: “We were delighted to win the best local film award. Being a local resident, it has been a privilege to produce this promotional film showcasing the highlights of the Stroud District and to be part of enticing visitors to come and experience this beautiful part of the Cotswolds. There really is so much to explore!”


Sam Cavendar from the Diocese talking about how he made the film and the campaign ‘liedentity’: photo by Theseus Lythgoe

Liedentity’s Sam Cavendar (film maker) receiving the award from BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Faye Hatcher (BBC). With Philip Booth Director of SCTV and the evening’s host). Picture: Leonor Zavala Platt

Best Campaign film – Does social media affect how we feel about ourselves?

See the report by the Diocese on the evening here.







Best Music Film joint winners Sophronie (2nd from left) and Lotte Lyster collecting the award on behalf of her good friend, Emily. The Award was given by David Pearson. Picture: Leonor Zavala

Best Stroud Music film – Joint winners;

For teh first time we have joint winners in a film Award – here they are:

Emily Barker – Sweet Kind of Blue


Sophronie – Photographs



Best Community Event Film went to the Paganhill Community Street Party. Receiving the award from Cllr. Steve Robinson (SDC Chair Community Services and Licensing) are members of the event team and film maker Philip Booth. The community believed there was a lack of communication throughout the area and thought a street party was the perfect way to bring people together. Picture: Leonor Zavala Platt Caption: Heather Wood

Best Community Event film – Paganhill Community Street Party 2017

Cllr Steve Robinson presenting Award to Paganhill residents: thanks Hubstroud for photo










Kate Lewis (Asparagasm) with Philip Booth, Maria Stengard-Green (Filmmaker) and David Drew MP: photo by Theseus Lythgoe

Best Local Business film – Asparagasm & Cashewbert







Citizen’s Advice Bureau’s Elizabeth Hall (centre) receiving the award for Best Community Project Film from (on the left) Sarah Phaedre Watson (SNJ) and Philip Booth (Director of SCTV and the evening’s host). Picture: Leonor Zavala Platt Caption: Heather Wood

Elizabeth Hall accepting the Best Community Project film Award for Citizen’s Advice: photo by Theseus Lythgoe

Best Community project film






Mission LifeForce’s Jojo Mehta (centre) receiving their award from Cllr. Sarah Lunnon (STC) for Best Green Film. Entitled ‘Law Is Upside Down’ the film is an animation about law, activism and the environment. Picture: Leonor Zavala Platt Caption: Heather Wood

Best Green film – Mission LifeForce – Law Is Upside Down



Film Festival programme and details of the 60 Second film challenge at:





Andy Freedman talking about the Film Festival and 60 Second Challenge: thanks Hubstroud for photo

2. Comments about the evening

‘Thanks to you and your team of volunteers for organising such a great evening it really was great.’

‘Lovely top see such a range of community projects and films…keep the film festivals coming!’

‘Thanks for running such a brilliant event – there was some amazing diversity and quality of films on show and I really enjoyed the evening, lots of inspiration!’

Folk making the movie Cahoots; photo by Theseus Lythgoe

‘It was a really wonderful evening and it’s given me loads of ideas…you were a superb host and your passion for films and the work you do for the community, is infectious ! I was blown away by the standard of films.’

Interval: photo by Theseus Lythgoe

‘It was a wonderful evening. Everything ran so smoothly. And the atmosphere was amazing. Which can only be achieved by fantastic organisation and teamwork. It was lovely meeting you and all the other volunteers. (we both) were made to feel so welcome. It was a privilege to be there. I am looking forward to watching past and present work on the website. And will be encouraging others to follow and contribute as well.’

David Drew presenting Award to Asparagasm: thanks Hubstroud for photo

‘It was inspiring to see such local talent – made me proud of this lovely, exciting and creative town’

‘Very informative, moving, fun, made me want to get more involved in Stroud. Great evening.’

Andy Freedman, David Pearson and Sarah Watson: thanks Steve Hurrell for photo

‘The diversity and quality of local films shown has really blown me away! Really moving content :)’

‘Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved. It was a fantastic evening with such a variety of wonderful films. (We both) walked away very inspired. I’m ashamed to have known so very little about Stroud Community TV before you contacted me recently. You clearly are a beacon and an integral part of the Stroud and the Five Valleys communities!’

Andy Freedman with Robyn Pete: thanks Steve Hurrell for photo

‘Could not believe (almost) the wonderful diversity’

‘Totally brilliant’

‘It is really nice to see all the different films and the other aspects of Stroud life’ age 13

‘Local and fantastic variety of all kinds of films…Stroud is hopping – the Film festival is a jewel in our calendar’

Cahoots talking about their feature length film that is due for release soon. Picture: Leonor Zavala Platt

‘Thank you and the team at Stroud Community TV for putting on such a great show last night. (We both) left really inspired and wondering what more we could do to emulate for (our town). So many fascinating insights in lives and various projects – I could have joined up with 10 more things after last night! It was well hosted by your good self and very fun and friendly, lots to absorb and think about. Well done for all you have achieved….very grateful to be part of something so varied and astonishing at times.’

Faye Hatcher announcing the Best Campaign film award: photo by Theseus Lythgoe

3. The nominations from public:

Best Local film

Andy Freedman introducing the 60 Second Challenge: photo by Theseus Lythgoe

Best Campaign film

Billy, one of the Flies Theatre group volunteers announcing the nominations: photo by Theseus Lythgoe

Best Stroud Music film

Philip introducing one of the Awards: photo by Theseus Lythgoe

Best Community Event film

Audience waiting for evening to start: photo by Theseus Lythgoe

Best Local Business film

Mugs! Photo by Theseus Lythgoe

Best Community project film

Picture: Leonor Zavala Platt

Picture: Leonor Zavala Platt

Best Green film

4. Special thanks to all who made the event possible:

Stroud Film Festival team – what a great group led by Andy Freedman and Jo Bousfield

Stroud Town Council for support towards hall hire

Lansdown Hall – Will, Ollie and Jennie who have all been just great at helping sort us out

Russ for our original cat logo and cartoons on our website

Joe Ward for designs of our Award mugs

Picture: Leonor Zavala Platt

Stroud Subscription Rooms for red carpet

Theseus Lythgoe for photography this evening

Leonora and Heather, work experience students from the college who are with Lansdown Hall doing an article on this evening

Philip Booth being interviewed by Faye Hatcher after the event: thanks Steve Hurrell for photo

Our 12 judges and the folk who announced winners (see above)

All those who helped get the evening ready with chairs and welcome people at the door especially Joyce, Richard, Ian, Lisa, Peter and Ingelin

Billy, Toby and Jasper for help in reading out the nominations on the evening

BBC’s Faye Hatcher interviewing Cahoots: thanks Steve Hurrell for photo

Joel, Elliot and Dan from Seamless Creative Content who shared news of their feature-length film Cahoots

Tim Martell from Transition Stroud who spoke about the work of TS

And all the other wonderful folk who came to watch, share their films, pick up awards etc etc