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|The British International Amateur
Film Festival 2009 took place from Thursday 23rd to Sunday
26th April 2009 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, hosted by CEMRIAC region at
the Chesterfield Hotel.
The event proved very popular and the Chesterfield Hotel was soon sold-out, but delegates were found places in other nearby hotels. People came from all parts of the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands and South Korea.
|Thursday featured an afternoon guided town walk on the theme of the railway engineer George Stephenson, including his burial place in Holy Trinity Church, and the Civic Theatre Museum. In the evening delegates enjoyed presentations by award-winning Midlands film-makers Geof Caudwell and Clive Atkins.|
| Friday thanks
to sponsorship from Chesterfield Borough Council and NE Derbyshire, there
was a fascinating workshop led by Alan Atkinson on bluescreen/chromakey
Among Alan's best known works are the fantasies Extinction Event and Heatwave featuring midlands pig-farmer Arthur Ruddles saving the world - both of which make extensive use of blue screen techniques.
|In the afternoon delegates had a choice of excursions. One group went
to a 19th century Barrow Hill to see steam, diesel, electric and gas turbine
locomotives in the country's last operational Railway Roundhouse. Saved from
demolition by enthusiasts, Barrow Hill received Best Event Award in the 2008
Derbyshire Heritage Awards. The other group visited Revolution House, which
three centuries ago was the scene of a meeting between three local noblemen
that led to the overthrow of King James II.
In the evening winning A-V sequences from the IAC/Geoffrey Round Competition were shown.
|Saturday four mini-cinemas
showed a large selection of movies from the IAC International Film and Video
In the evening came a Gala Dinner, during which Ivor Rose and Sir Paul Holden were presented with FACI fellowships . Then Phil Martin was presented with an FACI(M) master-moviemaker fellowship and a UNICA Gold Medal in recognition of his contributions to UK programmes at the UNICA Festival.
The after dinner speaker was the voice-over artist Colin Day, who presented a light-hearted "listen" to the work of him and his colleagues, including hilarious out-takes from recordings by people like Orson Welles and Tom Baker.
|Sunday - the Award Winners
Show featured the top films in the IAC International Competition interspersed
with the Competition Manager's choice of short films to make up an entertaining
and often thought-provoking presentation.
Many delegates chose to stay over on Sunday evening to round out the weekend discussing the event and movies with friends.