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The Times (30/May/1938) - Empire Amateur Film Festival

(c) The Times (30/May/1938)




GLASGOW, May '29

Mr. Alfred Hitchcock adjudicated at the Empire amateur film festival held in Glasgow yesterday. There were 77 entries from all parts of the Empire, and Lord Nigel Douglas-Hamilton, chairman of the Scottish Film Council, presided. Appreciation of the improvement in the standard of amateur film making was expressed by Mr. Oliver Bell, director, of the British Film Institute, and by Mr. Hitchcock.

The premier award, the Associated cup for the best film entered, was won by Herbert J. Arundel, of Stoke-on-Trent, with The Smugglers' Cave, a seaside adventure played by three children who find a chart leading to hidden treasure. Among the other awards were: —

Andrew Buchanan Cup for a film combining drama with realism. — J. A. Sherlock, of Sydney, with Surf Sand, Sunshine.

Glasgow Film Society Trophy for a film by a British subject abroad. — R. D. Pcstonji, of Bankok, with Tang.

Novices' Cup — Miss Joan L. Gray, of Edinburgh with a colour abstract, Witch Craft.

The A. B. Kino Cup for the best film entered from the British Isles. — Ralph A. Cathles, of London, with Song of the Hills.

Three silver quaiches were awarded to John Chear, of Welwyn Garden City, with Birds of the Reeds; E. John Martin, of Leek, with Santa Passes Out; and Maurice R. Anderson, of Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire, with The Fall of the Year.