South East Region of the IAC
The Albany Competition began in 1966 after a suggestion by film making enthusiast and Albany Cine Club Chairman, Syd Mitchell . He suggested a competition to find the best film between Sussex clubs. This film had to be set to a theme, chosen by a representative of the clubs involved. After he died, the Albany Cine Club unfortunately folded but, thanks to the enthusiasm of the other Sussex clubs, the competition was revitalised and continues today as a tribute to Syd.
Initially open to all Sussex clubs, the competition has now been extended to closer clubs in East Hampshire, Surrey and Kent with a maximum number of fourteen club entrants. If there are insufficient entries, participating clubs can submit a second movie.
The competition judged live in the past is to be judged in 2020 by Spring Park Film Makers and winners congratulated on the day of the Sussex Film Festival. The movies entered must not exceed 15 minutes running time and the club that wins will host the following year's event, with the proviso that the venue must always be in East or West Sussex.
New entry form will be available
The competition is judged live and the results announced at the end of the event. The movies entered must not exceed 15 minutes running time and the club that wins will host the following year's event, with the proviso that the venue must always be in East or West Sussex.
"A special relationship" by Haywards Heath
Best overall film and best edited.
"Did you" by South Downs FVM
Runner up trophy and Syd Mitchell Trophy for best comedy.
"Cards of destiny" by Surrey Border
Best use of sound.
A Special Relationship
Theme for 2022
Haywards Heath Moviemakers 2022
It has been decided that we will not hold the Albany next year as it is going to be difficult, if not impossible, to make any films in time.
The next competition will be in 2022 to the theme of ‘Nothing Ventured’
And in 2023 will be "Value for Money".