A Night at the Oscats

Orange cats, street parties and asparagasms... SFF signs off with the 6th annual Stroud Community TV Awards

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It was the sixth year of our Stroud Community TV Awards - the iconic orange cat of our logo lends it’s name to the awards - Stroud’s Oscats evening. And once again we were part of the wonderful Stroud Film Festival.

It was an evening of inspiring, thought-provoking, laughter-making, tear-jerking films with more than a dash of Stroud quirkiness. The films reached into parts that bigger movies might not - a community recorded and represented in it’s own way!  A truly wonderful celebration of our Five Valleys. The audience of over 120 people got to see 40 short films or clips of films all with links to Stroud. The films included the winning films in seven categories, an opportunity to hear from local filmmakers and some of the films from the 60 Second Film Challenge. 

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Philip Booth, who compered the evening, commented: "In order to build community resilience and a low carbon future we need to build stronger communities. Stroud Community TV tries to support this by telling stories of our community, inspiring others to get involved and celebrating many of the wonderful things that are going on in our amazing town. I doubt anyone would have been disappointed by the many inspiring films that were about people coming together and making a difference."

Among the winners were a great film with Bishop Rachel about how social media impacts on young people (i), a film promoting Stroud District (ii), the Paganhill Street Party that won Best Community Event film (iii) and an animation urging us all to become Earth Trustees (iv).

See more about the evening including the full list of winners and nominations at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/awards-2018/


(i) Best Campaign Film - Does social media affect how we feel about ourselves?

Bishop Rachel joins different year groups from Stroud High School to discuss the impacts of social media on their lives, and how it has affected their self-esteem.

(ii) Best Local film - Discover Stroud District

Commissioned by the tourism department at Stroud District Council to promote local enterprises, activities, our landscape, art, music and the creativity in the Five Valleys. Produced by award-winning local filmmaker Nick Turner and edited by Five Films. 

(iii) Best Community Event film - Paganhill Community Street Party 2017

Paganhill Community Street Party, Saturday 17th June 2017 at Archway Gardens. A community party organised by and for local residents who are hoping this will lead to more conversations about what can happen in the neighborhood. Special thanks to Jacqueline Smith who was one of the key organisers.

(iv) Best Green film - Mission LifeForce – Law Is Upside Down

Started by folk in Stroud and growing rapidly. Right now dangerous industrial activity is legally permitted, while resisting it is criminalised.  #MissionLifeForce campaigns to fund a law to protect our planet, our communities and all those who take action as conscientious protectors.



Stroud Community TV Awards took place Saturday March 17 at Lansdown Hall, Stroud

Andy Freedman