Final winner announced in Stroud Community TV Awards 2012

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By Spacy | Thursday, February 14, 2013, 08:36

Stroud Community TV has announced the final winner in its SCTV Awards 2012, revealing that Beyond Goodbye has scooped the Best Local Film prize.

This powerful film was produced by Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris, the parents of 22-year-old Josh from Chalford, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in Vietnam in 2011.

Josh's dad, Jimmy, said of his son, who worked for the Ministry of Sound in London at the time of his death: "Josh was 22 when he died in a road accident while traveling in South East Asia.

"That was two years ago. Since then we have found ourselves responding to his loss and to our grief in a number of creative ways. 

"Our first task was to record his funeral and make a film of the event. This is Beyond Goodbye and is hosted on our website of the same name.

"Josh's mum Jane and I are very honoured to receive this award - especially as it helps us to continue a conversation, not only about Josh, about also about death and bereavement in general; a social taboo which we have at times found almost as difficult to accept as his death itself."

Andy Freedman, head of Cirencester College media department and a judge in this category, said of the film: "It is profoundly moving - unique, original and a significant piece of work. 

"A range of skillful techniques have been used to create an extraordinarily affecting film."

David Pearson of award-winning Arturi Films and a judge for SCTV, said: "This is a brave and compelling account of something most people avoid discussing. 

"It is everything good documentaries should be: revealing, effecting, moving and making the viewer see something from a different perspective."

Philip Booth, a director of Stroud Community TVcommented on the award, saying: "This is an extraordinary film documenting Josh's funeral, and an example to all of us who might want to play a larger part in the grieving journey  – or, as funeral director James Showers says in the film, 'helping people to reclaim their farewell'."

Domonic White of Suscito Films and a judge in the awards, said: "Various films stand out in this year's Stroud Community TV Awards - especially in the category of Best Local Film.

"Two films particularly come to the fore in my view, namely Beyond Goodbye and Letting Go

"They are very different in their styles and format, but both are remarkable and will undoubtedly leave their audiences moved."

Second in the Best Local Film was a short made by Stroud resident and Eastenders and Doctorsactor, Seán Gleeson, called Letting Go - Seán's first short, about Joe who is grieving the recent loss of his wife, Kathleen.

The film was made locally and features local actor David Hargreaves.

Seán said: "I was attempting to capture the point where the confused denial and shock at losing someone meets the acceptance of it. "

WATCH BEYOND GOODBYE HERE

WATCH LETTING GO HERE

And the winners are..

The final winners in the Stroud Community TV Awards have now been revealed, and they are...

Best Stroud Music Film

Stroud Life by Wilderspin

Best Community Event Film

Frocester Beer Festival 2012 by Tim Pellatt of Cordial AV

Painswick Art Couture 2012 by Rob James

Best Local Business Film

Kitchen Garden Foods by Tim Pellatt of Cordial AV

Best Community Project Film

Ark House by Tim Pellatt of Cordial AV, Young Gloucestershire and MediaBox

Audience Award

Stroud Goodwill Evening 2012 by Philip Booth

Best Campaign Film

Carers Gloucestershire

Best Local Film

Beyond Goodbye by Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris

What are the Stroud Community TV Awards?

Stroud Community TV was started last March by volunteers as a not-for-profit organisation, and has more than 700 films online which, over the past few weeks, have been attracting between 200 and 270 viewers each day.

Members of the public were asked to nominate films in seven different categories from those on the Stroud Community TV website: Best Business, Best Local Film, Best Campaign, Best Community Project, Best Community Event and Best Stroud Music Video and an Audience Award category for the film which received the most nominations overall.

The nominations came in thick and fast and people voted in their droves for their favourites.

The films which received the most votes then went in front of SCTV's panel of judges, who decided an overall winner in each category.

Philip Booth, a founding director of Stroud Community TV, said: "I did not expect to have more than 700 films with a Stroud connection uploaded in less than a year. 

"We have an incredible range: skateboarding, local business, music, Forest Green Rovers, poetry, community events, stories and so much more. 

"Some of the films are beautifully filmed and edited, while others might be more rough and ready, but capture a corner of Stroud that is totally engaging.

""The awards are a way of celebrating Stroud and the Five Valleys, but also encouraging more people to get involved in the SCTV project. 

"We want more films, more local people making films, to develop our Facebook and tweeting, and we want to run courses to help people learn filmmaking and community-reporting skills."

Fellow founding director of Stroud Community TV, Peter Richardson, explained: "SCTV is part ofTransition Stroud - a voluntary group which is working to strengthen local community links and help people move towards a more locally-focussed, low-carbon lifestyle.

"SCTV is about encouraging people to learn about and participate in their local community - and everyone can be a part of SCTV, either by watching and commenting on films, or by making local films and sending us their YouTube links."

"We've been really bowled over by how many people have nominated films for the SCTV Film Awards. We received dozens of nominations - and most of the credit for the success of these film awards lies with Philip, who did such a great job of organising the whole process.

"We'd also like to thank our great judges and all the wonderful people who nominated films, of course!"

The judges

Each of the nine judges on the panel have experience in film. None voted in any of the categories in which they had film entries themselves.

The panel

David Pearson: award-winning Arturi films, Oscar-shortlisted, BAFTA-nominated and winner of British Independent Film Award for feature film Mugabe and the White African.

Domonic White: Suscito Films

Camilla Bassett-Smith: CSV outreach manager at BBC West and consultant on the BBC community gardening programme, Flowerpot Gang. CSV creates opportunities for people to take an active part in the life of their community.

Seán GleesonTV director and actor in BBC's EastEnders and Doctors.

David Watkins: Film producer of Mr Wiggles

Andy Freedman: Head of Cirencester College Media Department.

Jason Chare: Stroud Life editor.

Chris Gardner: Stroud Theatre Company.

Peter Richardson: Director, Stroud Community TV.

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