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The Amateur "Ten Best" 1981


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 a fancy presentation at the National Film Theatre, South Bank, central London.



June 1981 Movie Maker magazine



June 1981 Movie Maker magazine


June 1981 Movie Maker magazine



Movie Maker magazine June 1981



Movie Maker magazine July 1981



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