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The 34th 9.5mm International Festival 2009

The cover of the Programme for the 34th 9.5mm International Festival 2009
(Naturally in French as this event was not only staged in France, but organised by the French 9.5mm Club
- to be fair, the actual programme of events is in French and English!)

The 34th 9.5 International Festival was held from Thursday 21st May to Sunday 24th May 2009, at the Hotel Basque in Ascain (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), France - close to Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

The Cine Club 9.5 of France were the hosts to this year's 9.5 International event, held in the village of Ascain, which is situated about seven miles from St Jean de Luz, a small seaside resort in the Basque region of France. A total number of twenty eight attended , down on previous years. but made up for by the enthusiasm. Four were from the UK, with eleven from the Nederlands, two from Spain and the balance from France. Normally dinner and aperitifs were taken at the Hotel Basque in the restaurant Saint Jacques.

The 2009 9.5mm International contingent - thanks to the French club magazine front cover No.303 dated Oct/Nov/Dec 2009

The Events

During the Festival, a number of visits were arranged into the surrounding countryside. On the Friday a journey into the interior of the Pays Basque went via Espelette onto La Vallee des Aldudes, a village famous for its chilli peppers. Lunch was taken consisting of local products. After a drive via Saint-Jean-de-Port a return was made to the hotel for dinner and then onto the cinema Itsas Mendi at Urrugne for showing the second batch of competition films. (The first nine or so films had been shown the day before - the two shows allowing films made at 18 and 24 frames/scond to be separated)

On Saturday there was a guided tour of Saint-Jean-de-Luz by the little tourist train, then free time followed by a sea cruise. In the evening there were cocktails, the final dinner and the presentation of the prizes.

Finally on the Sunday morning was an excellent outing to La Rhune (905 metres high) by the cog railway followed by a last lunch at the Saint Jacques. The weekend concluded with a visit to Biarritz and free time.

The Films

The 9.5mm film competition was held in the cinema Itsas Mendi at Urrugne. The projectors used were Elf / Eiki zenons 16mm conversions. Showings were split over two evenings with the 18 frames/second films shown on the first night, leaving those shot at 24 frames/second to the second night.

The quaint cinema where the competition films were screened

Our own, the late John Ferrari from Scotland was appointed head of the judging panel. There were sixteen entries for the competition, shown in the orders listed below:

(the films shown on Thursday 21st May - list from the original programme)

(the remaining films shown on Friday 22nd May - original programme)

The winners were announced at the dinner on the Saturday night. As one can see from the sribbled notes on the lists above, Robert Bouffard was given the first prize for his film "Méli-Mélo De Vers À Soie" with Julien Roblès coming second with his film "SK8". Third prize went to UK Group 9.5 member Angus Tilston for his film "The Spirit of 1860". As usual there was also an audience award which was won by Jean Penavayre with his film "Des Toutous Bien Dressés".

Needless to say my film "Cherchez Le Vin" ("Look For the Wine") made in the summer of 2008, didn't get placed, but got a certifiacte which I can display here!

See my film "Cherchez Le Vin" ("Hunt the Wine") on You Tube:
It was shot on Presto 9.5mm colour film - the filmstock that I myself marketed around 2008 - it was actually 100asa Konica E6 35mm slide film, slit and reperforated to 9.5mm by the late John Cunningham. l

We can now look forward to next year's International in Holland, which will be held around September 11th 2010, whilst in 2011 it will be the Uk's turn which is hoped to be held just before (or incorporating the group 9.5 Harpenden Get-Together).

(Most of this material is from a report by the late Roger Spence, originally published in the UK Group 9.5 magazine number 139, dated Autumn 2009, added by pieces from the original programme for the event)

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