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The Amateur "Ten Best" 1948

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, later "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!)

The 1948 "Ten Best" annual amateur film competitiion was I think the first one

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