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The Amateur "Ten Best" 1978

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 before the second World War, around 1936 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!)

By the 1970s, the "Amateur Cine World" magazine, had morfed into a more 'coffee table' style monthly magazine, now owned by publishing group Model & Allied Publications, but with manager editor the well known cine journalist Tony Rose. The "Ten Best" competition continued, this year with the first presentation of the "1978 Ten Best" on Saturday 2nd September at the National Film Theatre, South Bank, central London.

What a surprise! The first prize (the 'gold' oscar) was won by a standard 8mm film "Launch Into Life" made by Tony Foister from Chichester, Sussex. Dr Foister made this film about the first sixteen months of his baby daughter's life. Six other oscars went to Super 8mm entries.

June 1978 Movie Maker magazine

June 1978 Movie Maker magazine

June 1978 Movie Maker magazine

July 1978 Movie Maker magazine


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