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Louth Film Club took the top prize at this year’s Film Society of the Year Awards on Saturday 27th September and also won the most important category prize, for its 2008/9 programme of films. The awards ceremony, which took place in Sheffield, was organised by the British Federation of Film Societies, the national body for over 200 film clubs and societies across the country.

We won the first award of the evening, for Best Programming, and the last, the BFFS’s highest honour, the Engholm Prize for Film Society of the Year. In between, we won a Distinction as runner-up in the Best Marketing and Publicity category and a Commendation in the Best Website category.

We are particularly pleased that, in giving us the Best Programming Award, the judges
Award highlighted the variety of the films we show, because this is exactly what we aim for, with films from around the world, old and new, some famous and some little known. We are also thrilled that our marketing and publicity, led by our glossy but informative printed programme, was recognised, as was this website, rebuilt and relaunched earlier this year by our IT wizard, Ian Evans.

And to win the overall Film Society of the Year Award was quite extraordinary, given that we only set the club up three years ago.

The photo shows Louth Film Club being presented with the Engholm Prize. Left to right: Derek Malcolm, BFFS president and film critic of the London Evening Standard; Jan Dunn, independent British film maker; and Louth Film Club committee members Louise Niekirk, Nick Louth and Alex McMullen. Unfortunately, the fourth member of the committee, Mark Merrifield, was unable to attend. Photo: Pixelwitch Pictures.

Louth Film Club committee
September, 2008



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The most famous silent comedy ever made, a brilliant adaptation of a famous children’s story and one of the most beautiful animated films ever made. The line-up for the second Louth Children’s Film Festival, organised by Louth Film Club in association with the Playhouse Cinema and opening on Monday 16 June, has something for everyone, and for adults as well as children.

Once again, the main aim is to give young people in and around Louth the chance to see some great films outside the usual Hollywood fare and to see them in the best environment: on a big screen, in a cinema, as part of an audience. But as well as morning and afternoon performances for school parties there will also be the following evening shows for the public:

· Monday 16 June, 7.30pm: Azur & Asmar - The Princes’ Quest
Arabian Nights style story in a dazzling new film by French animator Michel Ocelot, the maker of Kirikou Et La Sorcière, a great hit at last year’s festival. The English-voiced version will be screened.

· Tuesday 17 June: The General, plus The Scarecrow
Buster Keaton, the master of silent comedy, in his greatest feature film, about the kidnapping of a steam engine during the American Civil War, and in one of his funniest short films, both screened with music soundtrack.

· Wednesday 18 June: A Little Princess
One of the Daily Telegraph’s Top 20 children’s films, a brilliant adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett story directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who made the film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Further details about the festival and the films can be found through the What’s On page and leaflets are available at Off The Beaten Tracks record shop in Aswell Street, Louth, or at the Tourist Information Centre or the Playhouse Cinema.

Tickets, available on the night at the Playhouse Cinema box office (doors open at 7pm), will cost £3 for Louth Film Club members, normal cinema prices (£5 or £4 concessions, including children under 15) for non-members.

All Louth’s primary schools and several from nearby villages have already booked to send parties of children to the daytime screenings, which run from 16-19 June and will also include the animated screen version of Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

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We have just published the programme for our new season, starting in February, and it contains some truly great classic movies (they don’t come any more classic than Some Like It Hot and Casablanca) and some of the most critically-acclaimed recent releases, such as Control, Tell No-One and The Counterfeiters.

Titles and dates are now on the What’s On page. Bear with us while we add the details, images and, where they exist, links to trailers. (This has now been completed - 3/1/08)

Members should receive printed programmes, along with membership renewal forms, in the next few days. Programmes and membership forms will also be available from Off The Beaten Tracks record shop in Aswell Street, Louth, from next Friday, 4th January, and at the Playhouse Cinema.

We have reduced the cost of annual membership by 20 percent, from £15 to £12. And existing members who rejoin before the end of January can do so for just £10, whilst new members who sign up before either of the last two films in the current season, on 7 and 21 January, can see them for the members’ price of just £3.
Happy New Year
Alex, Louise, Mark and Nick
Louth Film Club Committee
29th December 2007


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