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November 24th 2019

SAM's 70th Celebration

It's not every year that we get to celebrate a milestone birthday but this year SAM reaches the grand age of 70!

We're having a birthday bash at the Stirling Court Hotel and you are more than welcome to come along and join us!

There will be an opportunity to see a SAM Film Presentation as well as plenty of time to chat & mingle with some new and old friends before we have a terrific meal to finish off the day.

And if that's not enough, we'll also be having a photo booth for you to have some fun with all the props. Tickets for the event are £35 per person and we also have access to reduced price rooms if you want to stay over.

Full details are available in SAM News or in the 70th Leaflet but drop us an email and we'll send them to you.


A Brief Introduction to SAM

Born 1949

A wee bit about Logo

We are an association of amateur film-makers and affiliated film-making clubs from all over Scotland, the Borders and Carlisle. We meet monthly, usually from October through to June in locations throughout the central belt and sometimes further afield.

Our membership is made up of clubs and individuals and has a wide range of abilities and technical know-how. What we may sometimes lack in skills we make up for with our warm welcome and willingness to share our knowledge and passion for making films.

We are also an affiliated club of the IAC and the "Scottish Region of the IAC"

Whether you want to make or learn to make films, show your work, enter competitions or simply watch other peoples films we have something for everyone.

SAM organises many events designed to provide an interesting, informative and entertaining syllabus for our members.

Please feel free to come along to one of our meetings, and give us a try. We guarantee you won't be disappointed and our SAM teas are legendary!

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2017-2018 Syllabus

The SAM Committee prides itself on bringing our members the very best Films
and amazing Guest Speakers to fill our Syllabus every year.

Download a copy of the Syllabus as a PDF A4 Poster

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Guest Speaker - Andrew Anderson

October 6th 2019, 3pm. ECVS, Edinburgh

An Afternoon with Andrew Anderson

We've are very excited to be announcing that our speaker for the opening meeting of ther season is Andrew Anderson a BBC journalist who quite literally has to think on his feet! Whether in fron or behind the camera, or even gathering the story and putting elements together - it's a constant shuffling of resource gainst all the elements, quite literally sometimes!

Andrew will give a presentation on the trials of "Life - Both in Front and Behind the Camera!" highlighting the dual nature of today's reporting and the versatility expected from reporters.

It promises to be a fantastic insight into the world of television reporting and we're sure our members will enjoy it. We're hoping for a full house at ECVS so please be early to make sure you get a good seat!


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Winner of 2018 Strathclyde Competition - Perth Film Makers
Strathclyde Entry Form One Minute Entry Form

Strathclyde Film Event

November 3rd 2019 - 3pm, St Andrews Church Hall, Carluke

Scotland's Inter-Club Film Competition

& the One Minute Film Competition

This long-running competition is based on a set theme which has been picked from the previous competition.

The theme for the 2019 competition is "I Didn't Expect That!" and all clubs affiliated to SAM are invited to take part.

It's sure to be an entertaining afternoon and you don't have to be a member of a Club particpating to come along and see the entries.

Voting is in the style of the Eurovision Song Contest with Clubs that have entered giving their results - and can sometimes be tense!

The winner of the One Minute Film Compeition will go forward to represent SAM in the Mini Mermaid Competition, at the IAC AGM Weekend.

SAM 70th Celebration

November 24th - 3:00pm, Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling

SAM's 70th Celebration

The day commences at 3pm with a welcome introduction followed by a SAM Film Extravaganza!

We'll be having a break before the evening meal which will be an ideal opportunity to chat with SAM friends from near & far.

Why not take home a keepsake picture in the photo booth with your friends!

Booking Form

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SAM Social Afternoon

January 12th 2020 - 3pm, ECVS, Edinburgh

And the January Meeting is back AGAIN!

Come along to the January meeting and bring along a film! It's a non-competitive meeting and all about the friendships we've all made in SAM.

Get welcomed in with a warm cuppa and have a blether with friends. Then we'll be showing some films from friends and members but in a purely non-competitive way so dig out that wee film that hasn't been seen for a while and hopefully we'll get to show it.

Shorter films will have a better chance of being shown - and while we might like to see your 45 minute documentary about spiders in Outer Mongolia, short films rule for this event!

If you can't make it to the meeting - why not send your film in to be shown? It's bound to be a very entertaining afternoon.

There will also be the infamous SAM Tea at the break!


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Guest Speaker - To Be Confirmed

February 2nd 2020 - 3pm, ECVS, Edinburgh

Watch this space as we are waiting on confirmaiton to bring you a terrific speaker.


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Guest Speaker - Vicki Brown

March 1st 2020 - 3pm, Parklands Centre, Alva

Documentary Filming

Come along to hear Vicky and be inspired to get out there making documentary films.

Vicky works with Velvet Wolf Productions and has had much of her work shown on BBC - Not to be Missed!


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Pictured - Frank Ramsay SAM Chairman (left)
presenting the W.S. Smith Trophy to Hugh Trevor.

Members Entry Form


Members Competition

April 5th 2020 - 2:30pm, ECVS, Edinburgh

Members Competition with Novice & Five Minute Competition

Judge: TBC

The one we've all been waiting for! Make sure your entry is in nice and early.

NOTE! The earlier start time of 2:30pm We want to show as many entries as possible.

This competition attracts the best films that have been produced over the year.

Come along and see what other Clubs and indiviual film-makers have been up to this year.

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Annual Workshop

May 2nd 2020 - 9:30am, Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling

Change of Date & Venue AND format!

The date & venue might have changed but this is going to be a terrific workshop!

There will not be a guest presenter this year but there will be more time to go out and about to make a short film.

The films subject will be based on a tried and tested format - some props and a line of dialogue! All yo have to do is think on your feet to make a film.

Final details are still being ironed out but this is sure to be a popular event.

The price of the workshop will be kept to a minimum and announced as soon as we have more details. Members of affiliated clubs are welcome to come along as well.

9:30 prompt - if you want coffee!

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Annual General Meeting

May 17th 2020 - 3pm, ECVS, Edinburgh`

AGM and Presentation of Trophies

The end of another season.

Every year the Committee try to put together an exciting, informative and competitive syllabus - but we do need some help to acheive this!

Organisations, like SAM, can't succeed if there's very little input from its members. Getting involved couldn't be easier - Just come along to the AGM!

You can volunteer for the Committee, or if that's not for you, but you have ideas that you think the Committee should be exploring and possibly adding to next years Syllabus - speak up and let us know! You can also write articles for the Newsletter about your filming or your Club or help out at the Events!

None of the events "just" happen, there is alot of discussion and plannng that happens behind the scenes - why not be part of it?

There will also be a presentation of award certificates and trophies to the all the winners from the season, followed by a showing of the winning films.

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    Guest Speaker

    Andrew Anderson BBC

    October 6th 2019 - 3pm

    ECVS - Edinburgh

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    Strathclyde Film Event

    & One Minute Film Competitions

    November 3rd 2019 - 3pm

    St Andrews Church Hall, Carluke

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    SAM 70th Celebration

    Friends & Films

    November 24th 2019 - 3:00pm

    Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling

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    SAM Social Day

    It's All About Friends & Films

    January 12th 2020 - 3pm

    ECVS, Edinburgh

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    Guest Speaker

    To Be Confirmed

    February 2nd 2020 - 3pm

    ECVS, Edinburgh

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    Vicky Brown

    Making Documentaries

    March 1st 2020 - 3pm

    Parklands Centre, Alva.

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    Members Competition

    Inc 5 Min & Novice Awards

    April 5th 2020 - 2:30pm

    ECVS, Edinburgh

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    SAM Workshop

    Our Annual Workshop

    May 2nd 2020 - 9:30am-6pm

    Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling

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    Annual General Meeting

    AGM & Presentation of Trophies

    May 17th 2020 - 3pm

    ECVS, Edinburgh

Meet the SAM Committee

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Frank Ramsay

SAM Chairperson

The Boss. If you don't ask....

Top Man

Keeps a tight ship and guide SAM for the next 2 years

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Daphne Barbieri

Deputy Chairperson

Deputy Boss!

Deputy Chair

Daphne is the Attenborough of SAM!

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Phil Walker

Honorary Secretary

Always on the keyboard

Always Busy!

Active in all of Perth Film-makers clubs productions.

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Hugh Trevor

Honorary Treasurer

No Ordinary Scooter Enthusiast

I Love Scooters!

Enjoys making quirky travelogue films.

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Pat Mahon

Website & Newsletter

One day Rodney.....


One Half of XDL - Passionate about fiction films.

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Sandra Heap

Committee - Catering

Enjoy your Cuppa!


You can't keep Sandra away from the Rapids!

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Alistair Biggar

Committee Member

A Sound Man

Sounding Off!

A Sound Guy with some great ideas!

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Dorothy Borrie

70th Orgnaiser

So many talents!

The Organiser

Looking after our 70th Celebrations!

The Committee....

As members of the SAM Committee, we are all passionate about SAM and all its activities.

Whether that's one of our own putting on a film presentation or entertaining our well-travelled guest speakers.

Our resources allow us to bring the very best amateur film-makers to Scotland for our members to learn related skills such as lighting, sound, filming techniques - and we always attract the very best there is.

Being in the Committee is not an arduous task - with only a couple of meetings to attend (usually in Edinburgh or via Skype) and we would love to have some new faces on board.

But there's other ways you can help SAM. Helping to set up meeting rooms, assisting with the catering or even just letting us know of an idea you have for an event or a guest speaker - we'd want to hear from you!

If you'd like to volunteer to help, even if in an unofficial capacity, please get in touch or mention it to one of the Committee at the next meeting.

You won't regret it and you'll find it very rewarding!

It couldn't be easier to join SAM!

Why Join SAM?

Why not come along and join SAM? It's a Bargain - it'll honestly be the best thing you ever do!

You're welcome to come along to any meeting and see what we have to offer before committing to a membership. You're first meeting is free (only pay for your tea!) and we're sure that you'll enjoy the experience so much that you'll want to join.

Joining Scottish Association of Moviemakers couldn't be easier. We have meetings in various parts of the country to encourage as many members as possible to attend - and we also have a regularly produced Newsletter, with film-making articles, which is delivered to all members and Clubs. Membership is only £28 per season for individuals or Clubs. Click the button and we'll send you full details!

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tick Value for Money - we have a very reasonable membership fee of only £28 per season.
tick Competitions for both Clubs and Individual Film-makers.
tick Varied Syllabus - Our meetings attract the very best UK Moviemaking speakers.
tick Annual Workshop - with the very best amateur film-making practitioners.
tick Meet Like-minded Enthuisasts from other Clubs and individuals.
tick Our Famed Teas! At every meeting you'll get to sample some delicious sandwiches and cakes!
tick Regular Newsletter with reports of meetings and film-making related articles

For Scottish Amateur Moviemakers

Film-Making Competitions

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Competitions for both Individuals and Clubs.

Value for Money

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Our Annual Membership fees are very reasonable.

Exciting Syllabus

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Our meetings attract the best Guest Speakers

Annual Workshop

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With talented film-makers taking the helm!

Regular Newsletter

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Receive a copy of our regular Newsletter.

Christmas Social

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End the year with the SAM Christmas Event.

History of SAM

SAM organises many event designed to provide an interesting, informative and entertaining syllabus for our members

Who are we?

We've been around a while, in fact, you might be surprised to hear that we've been around a long time and we have always supported the aims and ambitions of amateur film-makers.

Founded as "The Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers" (SAAC) in 1949 by a group of cine enthusiasts, mainly for the purpose of sharing experiences and possibly holding a festival or competition.

After a preliminary meeting the SAAC was formally constituted on the 17th December 1949 with Frank Marshall, a well known businessman and enthusiastic filmmaker, elected as Chairman. Right from the start the membership was to include individuals and corporate members such as clubs, societies and groups - a practice that continues to this day. The subscription was set at ten shillings (50p) for individuals and £1 for the corporate members. Accommodation was provided by the Scottish Film Council (SFC) at their premises in 16 Woodside Terrace in Glasgow.

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SAM News - the Online Version!

"SAM NEWS" - The newsletter for SAM Members

You have to be a fully-paid up member to receive a hard copy of our SAM News - but we have decided to make our 200th edition available as an online copy.

Check back soon as we are working on releasing all the previous issues of SAM News!

Click on the image to open the newsletter in a new page

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Contact SAM

We love to chat at Logo

We're a friendly bunch and welcome your questions and comments.

Because our meetings are all over the Central Region in Scotland we don't have an "office" - so hopefully this will make it easy for you to contact us using the enquiry form above or if you prefer, send us a letter to the address in Edinburgh - but be warned snail mail is the slowest method!

Postal Address:
Scottish Association of Moviemakers,
c/o Edinburgh Cine & Video Society,
23A, Fettes Row,
Edinburgh. EH3 6RH

© Scottish Association of Moviemakers.

Registered as a Charity in Scotland No. SC 014975