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The Amateur "Ten Best" Competition

The well known UK amateur film enthusiasts' magazine "
Amateur Cine World" (known by many as "The Moviemakers' Bible") launched a competition for amateur films sometime after the second World War around 1948 I think. Originally the prizes were silver plaques, then "Oscar" statuettes, by 1950 the cash prize was 100; in later years other prizes were often provided by cine manufacturers.

To encourage all the entrants, every film entered in any amateur film gauge - 8mm / 9.5mm and 16mm was actually screened to a panel of judges and some measure of grading was obtained by awarding a star rating - gold; four; three; two and down to just one star. (Yes in my youth I did enter a 9.5mm effort a couple of times and got that one star award - better luck next time as they say!)

Many entries were from private individuals, making the film on their own or with friends; other entries were made by cine clubs, involving many of their members in scriptwriting, set construction, make-up, acting and of course the filming itself!

As time went on, many people used the "Ten Best" competition as a means of getting experience in the movie making world, many later even actually working in the real industry. If you read the prizewinners names, many will be familiar as later associated with the actual film industry itself.


The Amateur Ten Best film competition - 31May2015 - not yet complete
(The famous UK annual amateur film competition sponsored by the Amateur Cine World magazine)

Ten Best 1948

Ten Best 1949

Ten Best 1950

Ten Best 1952

Ten Best 1954 -

Ten Best 1955

Ten Best 1956 -

Ten Best 1957

Ten Best 1958

Ten Best 1959

Ten Best 1974

Ten Best 1978

Ten Best 1979 -

Ten Best 1981

Ten Best 1982


Please excuse the untidyness - there may be more to come!
Meantime as someone once said - 'publish and be damned!'

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Created 30Mar2015 ........... Last updated: 15 Feb 2020 .............tenbest.htm ......... Grahame Newnham's Web Pages
03Jun2015 - Ten Best 1948 added / 19Jul2015 -Ten Best 1958 added / 15Nov2015 - Ten Best 1949 added
21Feb2016 - Ten Best 1955 added / 13Mar2016 - Ten Best 1956 added / 10Oct2016 - Ten Best 1979 added
18/19Nov2016 - Ten Best 1981 & 1982 added / 13Feb2017 - Ten Best 1957 added / 15Feb2020 - Ten Best 1974 added