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MARCH 4th 2018

Guest Speaker - John Roberts

We are extremely disappointed to announce that we have been forced to cancel the March meeting with John Roberts as our speaker.

We hope to invite John to still come up to SAM for his talk so watch this space.

Please don't go to ECVS on Sunday as it will be closed. Any questions - get in touch using the contact form above


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 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 - Michael Gough FACI(m)

October 1st, 3pm. ECVS, Edinburgh

The Art of Judging

We've are very excited to announce that Michael Gough FACI(m) is coming to SAM!! Michael is an internationally renowned film competition adjudicator and is bringing his very special presentation to SAM. Offering a special insight into the art of judging, it promises to be an enlightening meeting which should not be missed. Please show your support for SAM and, of course, Michael and be there early!

To read how well Michael puts together his own documentaries, there's an excellent write-up on the IAC's page where he divulges the story behind one of his many films - "After the Bus Had Gone"


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Winner of 2016 Strathclyde Competition - XDL Films
Strathclyde Entry Form One Minute Entry Form

Strathclyde Film Event

November 5th - 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 2017 competition is "Never Again" 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 Christmas Social Event

December 3rd - 2:00pm, Lovat Hotel, Perth

SAM's take on a traditional Christmas Dinner!

With an emphasis on fun, frolics and good food, members will be entertained with a hand-picked selection of films, a fun quiz and of course, a tombola with lots of prizes - you'll have the best pre-Christmas afternoon Dinner possible!

We've managed to keep the price for this event to a very low charge of only £12.50 for dinner

Christmas Social Booking Form

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Five Minute Entry Form Enterprise Entry Form


Five Minute Film Competition

February 4th 2018 - 3pm, Parklands Centre, Alva

also with SAM Enterprise Competition

Judge: Doug Collender FACI

Well, how did you get on with your Five Minute Film?

Come along to see what members and affiliated clubs have come up with - any theme, any genre - any style!

We are also very pleased to announce that our new competition "The SAM Enterprise Competition" takes place at the same time as the Five Minute.

This new competition is open to any SAM member, Affiliated Club or members of an affiliated club - who have NOT had their entry shown at any SAM Competition this season.

The aim of the competition is to hopefully get people out making films! It's open to any genre of film as long as the running time is less than 10 minutes. It can't be entered into any other SAM competitions this season.

The prize? £25 and the winner will announced on the day. Entry forms have been sent out to SAM members and affiliated clubs with their SAM News but you can also get an entry form here - Entry Form

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Guest Speaker - John Roberts

March 4th 2018 - 3pm, ECVS, Edinburgh

"An Afternoon with John Roberts"

John Roberts - Dizdoz Purple Productions

John began occasionally making films in the late 1980's after a friend loaned him a camcorder. He was already an established musici//an with local bands and owned a small recording studio, but John realised that the camcorder allowed another dimension to be added to audio and it wasn't long before he bought his own. Along with his brother Derek they founded Dizdoz Purple Productions, a somewhat quirkily named production house, and started to produce films.

John will be bringing a selection of films - some old, some new, seen and unseen for his amazing presentation - see you there!

More details to follow

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Members Entry Form


Members Competition

April 8th 2018 - 2:30pm, ECVS, Edinburgh

also Novice Competition

Judge: Bob Lorrimer FACI(M)

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. Our adjudicator is Bob Lorrimer, who put on an excellent programme of his own films last season. He has many years of film-making and we're looking forward to his critique.

Sadly, Bob won't be at the meeting but will be sending us all his comments.

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Annual Workshop

May 12th 2018 - 9:30am, Parklands Centre, Alva

Change of Date & Venue!

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

Our guest presenter this year is Geof Cauldwell, chairman of CEMRIAC and a well known amateur film-maker.

The subject will be music based - more details to follow as soon as we get them, so follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date.

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

The price of the workshop has been kept to a very low £20 per person. 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

June 3rd 2018 - 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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    Michael Gough FACI(m)

    The Art of Judging

    October 1st 2017 - 3pm

    ECVS - Edinburgh

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    Strathclyde Film Event

    & One Minute Film Competition

    November 5th 2017 - 3pm

    St Andrews Church Hall, Carluke

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    SAM Christmas Social Event

    Turkey and all the trimmings!

    December 3rd 2017 - 2:00pm

    Lovat Hotel, Perth

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    Five Minute Competition

    & SAM Enterprise Competiton

    February 4th 2018 - 3pm

    Parklands Centre, Alva

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    John Roberts

    An Afternoon with John Roberts

    March 4th 2018 - 3pm

    ECVS, Edinburgh

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    Members & Novice Competitions

    Open to all Members

    April 8th 2018 - 2:30pm

    ECVS, Edinburgh

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    SAM Workshop

    Our Annual Workshop

    May 12th 2018 - 9:30am-6pm

    Parklands Centre, Alva

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    Annual General Meeting

    AGM & Presentation of Trophies

    June 3rd 2018 - 3pm

    ECVS, Edinburgh

Meet the SAM Committee

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Daphne Barbieri

SAM Chairperson

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


Enjoys making Documentaries but specialises in Safari and wild life films.

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Frank Ramsay

Deputy Chairperson

Honing skills in procrastination!


Enjoys all sorts of film-making but most importantly, the team camaraderie.

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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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Dorothy Borrie

Committee Member

So many talents!

The Organiser

Keeps us all on the straight and narrow!.

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Committee Member

We need your skills!


As you can see, we are a mixed bunch of talents - but we need you to join us and help SAM take those next steps.

About us....

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