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 "Oscar" statuettes, after 1950 also with a cash prize of £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 Ten Best Films 1957 - - from the
Amateur Cine World magazine - May 1958
I have scanned the whole double page spreads - sorry if you have to move across and up/down the screen, but it is all legible this way!
The Ten Best 1957 Star Awards - from the Amateur Cine World magazine - May 1958
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