In June this year we held our annual Alvin Awards night at the Helensvale Cultural Centre. We had a great turn out of around 70 people.
Videos played on Alvin Night are viewed prior to the night by 3 independent judges, Narelle & Leith Lather, Kathryn & David Fennell and Eric Summers. Each video is assessed on objective and appeal of the video, camera work, editing and sound. This year we had 17 entries.
The winners of the night were Jorg Fedler with his film called "Michael", a short documentary about Michael Ward - Liqueur Maker from Tamborine Mountain. Jorg also took out the prize for best documentary and audience appeal prize. (94 points)
Second place was Colin Usher with his documentary video "Australian Artist - Robert Lovett". Robert Lovett is famous for his "Man from Snowy River" paintings reflecting on his life as a world-renowned Australian artist. (89 points)
Third place went to Heather Hayward for her documentary titled "Kangaroo" a combination video/time-lapse of a Danish Recycle Artist showing how he recycles wooden pallets into a kangaroo. (87 points)
"Both Colin and Jorg's videos have featured on the ABC Open site, ABC Facebook page and the 24 Hour ABC channel.
Congratulations also go to Joe Davies for winning best travel video called "The Kimberly Experience", and Lorraine Lutz for winning the best audio/visual video called "Port Stephens Revisited".
Congratulations to all who entered the competition on a job well done and thank you to the judges for their time and effort.
The Federation of Australian Movie Makers Limited is the umbrella organization for many of this country's independent and non-commercial moviemakers. FAMM
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In February 2016 FAMM held their National Convention in the Hunter Valley, NSW. At the convention the GCVCC was awarded the Australian Federation Shield for scoring the highest points in the 'Five Best Competition'.
First place was "Jess" by Colin Usher. Colin chanced upon Jess Irwin while visiting the Central Coast of NSW. Wheelchair bound Jess was born with cerebral palsy. Jess communicates via her ipad and mobile phone. With the help of carers she leads a very active life. She runs her own web design and photography business and is a graphic artist. Jess's love for life and her positive outlook is an inspiration to others. Visit Jess's YouTube channel to view the film You Tube
Coming in, in 4th place was "The Amazing Honey Bee" by Garth & Glenda Threlfall, an interesting video about the life of the honeybee. Australia has its own native bees, but the English honeybee was introduced to Australia. The video shows how they collect pollen to make the honey and how valuable they are to our food production. It also shows us how they take honey out of a hive and a new invention taking amateur beekeepers by storm where the honey flows out of the hive without having to disturb the bees.
Congratulations also go to Jorg Fedler "She Is Wonderful", Jean-Pierre Checillot "Australian Mailboxes" and Heather Hayward "Inked Up". The combined points scored by the five movies allowed our club to win the award for the "five best" at the convention.
I was lucky enough to receive an award for being one of the 4 Most Improved Moviemaker.
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