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2014
Up against stiff competition, Bracknell Film Society won the
Best Film Programming Award at the annual
Film Society of the Year Awards
ceremony on 27 September 2014.

The Awards recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of volunteer-led community cinemas and film societies, and were presented by film journalist, and co-host of BBC’s Film 2014, Danny Leigh. They were hosted in Sheffield by Cinema for All (formerly known as the British Federation of Film Societies).

Bracknell Film Society’s programme was described as: “a prime example of how good strategy can lead to a finely balanced programme. Using a range of themes and different strands, the programmers ensure a great mix of films from across the world and throughout the history of cinema. Though recognising the importance of taking reactions and suggestions from their audience, Bracknell Film Society is careful not just to give the audience what they want to see, but to introduce them to new films that challenge and inspire – showcasing some of the best and boldest films cinema has to offer.”

Accepting the Award, Film Society Chair Julia Vickers, paid tribute to the Society’s committee for their dedication and creative programming ideas and to the loyal members and audience who regularly attend the Society’s screenings at South Hill Park arts centre in Bracknell




Julia Vickers(centre) David Maxwell (left) Bracknell Film Society with Danny Leigh


2003

FILM SOCIETY OF THE YEAR

The Engholm Prize

The top award is made to the society considered by the judges to be vigorous and dynamic in providing all of the qualities outlined for the individual categories, showing matchless customer service, creativity and sometimes progression in unfavourable circumstances

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Winner - Best Website, Best Programme Notes & Best Film Programming

2004

Best Film Programme

Highly Commended

2004

Best Website

Highly Commended

plus

Best Programming Notes (Winner)

2005

Best Programme Notes

Distinction

Whether they have used handouts on a screening-by-screening basis, a glossy catalogue or new media, the winning society will be one that has put exceptional time and effort into educating the membership with literate, accurate and assessable information.

2005

Best Film Programme

Distinction

This award recognises the society that demonstrates that they are delivering a premium selection of films. Their members are fortunate to receive breadth, intelligence and freshness. Seasons under consideration may be themed or streamed but all should offer choice and quality.

2007

Best Programme Notes

Winner (joint)

Whether they have used handouts on a screening-by-screening basis, a glossy catalogue or new media, the winning society will be one that has put exceptional time and effort into educating the membership with literate, accurate and assessable information.

2007

Best Programming

Commendation

This award recognises the society that demonstrates that they are delivering a premium selection of films. Their members are fortunate to receive breadth, intelligence and freshness. Seasons under consideration may be themed or streamed but all should offer choice and quality.

2008

Distinction

Best Programming

This award recognises the society that demonstrates that they are delivering a premium selection of films. Their members are fortunate to receive breadth, intelligence and freshness. Seasons under consideration may be themed or streamed but all should offer choice and quality.

2008

Winner

Best Programme Notes

Whether they have used handouts on a screening-by-screening basis, a glossy catalogue or new media, the winning society will be one that has put exceptional time and effort into educating the membership with literate, accurate and assessable information.

2009

Commendation

Best Film Programming

This award recognises the society that demonstrates that they are delivering a premium selection of films. Their members are fortunate to receive breadth, intelligence and freshness. Seasons under consideration may be themed or streamed but all should offer choice and quality.

2010

Distinction

Best Film Programming

This award recognises the society that demonstrates that they are delivering a premium selection of films. Their members are fortunate to receive breadth, intelligence and freshness. Seasons under consideration may be themed or streamed but all should offer choice and quality.

2011

Winner

Best Film Programming

Bracknell Film Society was honoured in 2011 to be joint winner of the Best Film Programming Award [with Forest Row Film Society]

This award recognises the society that demonstrates that they are delivering a premium selection of films. Their members are fortunate to receive breadth, intelligence and freshness. Seasons under consideration may be themed or streamed but all should offer choice and quality

2011

Our nomination of Hugh Devonald was recognised by his receiving the Award for 'Outstanding Contribution by an Individual' category.
The citation for Hugh was: Hugh has been the treasurer of Bracknell Film Society since its inception 51 years ago. Now in his eighties, Hugh was a founder member of the society at the inaugural meeting in 1959 and has provided a seam of reliability and consistency. Hugh's wisdom and pragmatic approach have helped BFSl weather many storms and it is a credit to his hard work that the organisation remains solvent and sustainable.


SOUTH HILL PARK FILM QUIZ

DECEMBER 2009

Two members of the BFS committee were on the team (The Unusual Suspects) that won the Film Quiz this year. The webmaster's daughter was on the team too.
It was a close run thing, needing a tie-break. But 2 wins out of 2 entered for a mixed film soc/non-film soc team is an amazing achievement.


17 December 20
08

A very entertaining evening event was held in a crowded Atrium Bar.

Put together by Chris O'Shea, the Cinema Manager, the clips and questions tested the knowledge of a very sharp bunch of film buffs.

The group representing the Bracknell Film Society managed to secure victory by ONE point.