About Us & Join Us

About Us

Bourne End Film Makers (BEFM) is an amateur video makers club and members meet on a regular basis to discuss and produce films.  We are a very friendly club, set up to share knowledge, experience and help each other improve our film making skills and techniques.  Meetings involve practical exercises, competitions, production meetings and talks by external speakers.  Several social events are also held during the year to which friends and family members are cordially invited.  The full meetings programme can be found on our Programme Page.

We make a variety of films including storyline, documentary, general interest and personal films.  Films are made by individuals, or collaboratively in groups, and can be entered into internal competitions.  They may also be considered for entry into external competitions. Major club films are also produced, involving as many members as possible.

We have been successful at wining competitions against other local clubs, Staines Video Makers and Reading Film & Video Makers.  BEFM is also a member of the IAC and we enter films into the annual IAC North Thames Region Knockout competition, formerly known as the Triangle and 4x4 competition.  In recent years we reached the final round twice but in May 2017 we were declared the overall winners when we won the final knockout round.  Click here for more information about the IAC and the IAC North Thames Region which provides a very informative on-line newsletter.

The History of Bourne End Film Makers
A short film created by Derek Miller for the 50th Anniversary of the club.

President
John Barlow

We are very fortunate to have as our current President, John Barlow, who spent most of his working life with the BBC as a Cameraman and eventually became Head of the BBC Film Unit based in Ealing.  After early retirement John made films for various charities and became heavily involved in many local Advisory Groups and Review Panels.

John is a Founder member of the Institute for Training in Television Production and a Fellow and ex-Chairman of the Guild of Television Cameramen.  His advice, guidance and support, since he became President in 2010, has been invaluable.





The officers of the club are:-


Except for the month of August, we meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at:-

                      The Target Room,
                      Bourne End Community Centre,
                      Wakeman Road,
                      Bourne End,
                      Buckinghamshire.
                      SL8 5SX


Meetings run from 7:30 pm until 10:00 pm but discussions and debates often continue in the comfort of the Community Centre bar over a pint or a glass of wine.

Join Us

The Club welcomes film makers of all levels of experience whether beginners, enthusiasts or professionals.  Come and join us if your interested in any aspect of film making whether it be:-

script writing - storyboard - animation - lighting - sound - filming
green screen - directing - production - editing - costumes - make up

You can use your smartphones, DSLR or Camcorder, professional equipment is not neccessary.  If you don't have any equipment don't buy anything until you have talked to one of our knowledgable members.  If you are interested in joining then email our Club Secretary, Bob High, at enquiries@BEFM.club  Alternatively, why not come to one of our regular meetings (free for the first two meetings) and meet some of our members.  You would be assured a very warm welcome.  Our annual Membership Fees are:-


Single Adult - £25.00
Joint Adult - £30.00
Full Time Student - F.O.C.
Members attending a meeting pay a nominal charge of £4.00 (full time students £2.00) towards the cost of venue hire and refreshments.