Biography of 'Scottish Amateur Film Festival (SAFF)'

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Amateur film festival organisation

SIAFF had its origins in the Open Competition for cine enthusiasts organised by the Meteor Film Producing Society, held in Glasgow in October 1933. By 1934 it had been launched as an annual competition named Scottish Amateur Film Festival, becoming Scottish International Amateur Film Festival in 1970.

The Festival went into abeyance during the Second World War, resumed in 1948 as an annual event, until 1978, with only three festivals 1981, 1983 and 1986 to follow. Festival historians claim that it was the first competition of its kind to be organised in the world and the first of the three major amateur competitions in Great Britain (citing Institute of Amateur Cinematographers and Amateur Cine World as others).

The SIAFF was unique for its adjudication system and the appointment of a professional from the film industry as Adjudicator. These industry contributors have included John Grierson, Alfred Hithcock, Michael Powell, Paul Rotha, Sidney Furie and Alan Parker. The Festivals were organised by the Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers from 1949, in association with Scottish Film Council. The public presentation of prizewinning films was made in the Cosmo Cinema in Glasgow.

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AFRICAN ANIMALS [0147]

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Shows animals in Kruger National Park near Johannesburg, Hluhluwe Reserve near Durban, and Nairobi National Park in Kenya. Illustrates how colouring of animals blends with surroundings and portrays spraying of disinfectant against tsetse fly.

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1951

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ALL ON A SUMMER'S DAY [0528]

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Various activities enjoyed on a summer's day by a young couple including swimming, golfing and a picnic.

1933

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AMATEUR CINEMATOGRAPHY [0105]

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Demonstration on how to make a film, made as a trailer for the 10th Scottish Amateur Film Festival held in the Cosmo Cinema, Glasgow.

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1948

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APPLE A DAY, an [2718]

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A prize-winning film at the 8th Scottish Amateur Film Festival, 1941, it tells the story of two children, who because of their pranks, become ill from eating too much stolen fruit and have to be given a dose of castor oil!

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1941

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APPLICATION OF EXPERIMENTS PART I [2476A]

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An educational film to show how to control burning by excluding air/oxygen.

1958

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APPLICATION OF EXPERIMENTS PART II [2476B]

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An educational film demonstrating how to increase burning by lighting open hearths and stoves.

1960

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ARDNAMURCHAN [0932]

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A prize-winning film at the 1950 Scottish Amateur Film Festival, it shows life in the crofting community on the Ardnamurchan peninsula.

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1950

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AROUND WICK HARBOUR [0450]

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The fishing fleet in Wick Harbour. Steam vessels leaving and returning with a catch of herring to be gutted and packed.

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1939

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ARP: A REMINDER FOR PEACETIME [2769]

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Commended at the 7th Scottish Amateur Film Festival in 1940, Frank Marshall's film shows a household preparing for the black-out, using petrol coupons and an air-raid shelter.

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1940

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AT THE MUSEUM [2464]

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Exhibits in the Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow including suits of armour, models of ships and stuffed animals.

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1953

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AYR - BARNCLUITH, WINNOCKS, QUEENS TERR. GLG SKERRYVORE [9917]

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Home movie of a family relaxing in a garden and on a visit to the beach.

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1940

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BANG GOES THE SHOW [5850]

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A series of short comedy sketches.

1951

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BRAEMAR GATHERING [2639]

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The Highland Games at Braemar with shots of the various events including tossing the caber, throwing the hammer and Highland dancing. King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the two Princesses are among the spectators. [Highly commended film at the SAAC 1941

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1940

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CAMERA MAKES WHOOPEE [1098]

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The Annual Fancy Dress Ball at Glasgow School of Art: "Something New Under the Sun". Includes two ballets, "Hungarian" and "Machine Age" and animated sequences.

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1936

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CARNOUSTIE [10468]

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Amateur film about a wet weekend in Carnoustie for members of the Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers, with a poetic accompaniment.

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1966

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COUNTRY LOON, the [3889]

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A warm-hearted comic tale, very much in the "Frank Marshall style", on the virtue of honesty. A boy playing by a river helps a wealthy estate owner and is given a silver coin as reward. Discovering he has lost the money when he tries to buy a toy boat, h

1957

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CRAGSMAN'S DAY, a [1086]

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Rock climbing on the "Cobbler". [Awarded first prize by Michael Powell in the 1948 Scottish Amateur Film Festival].

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1946

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CRIEFF MR T.H. THOMS ETC PRE 1958 [10451]

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Out-takes from an unfinished amateur short comedy film, shot during the Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers' annual members' weekend in Crieff.

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1957

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CRIEFF ODD SHOTS JANET, RAINBOWS ETC. [10444]

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Behind the scenes footage of activities at the Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers' weekend at Crieff Hydro.

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1968

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CROSSING NORTHERN LATITUDES [0131]

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Holiday scenes in Iceland, Spitzbergen and Norway.

1936

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DAUGHTER OF CHARITY [4190]

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Dramatised story of a young woman from Glasgow who decides to give up her secretarial job to join the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. She travels to London, Paris and Dublin to study, before finally returning to Glasgow to work with the poor.

1963

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DREAM COME TRUE, a [3892]

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A film about a little boy's dream about what he would like from Santa. His dream comes true and he gets the toy that he was wishing for.

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1953

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EPISODE OF SUMMER, an [9305]

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An amateur award winning film by Dr. Iain Dunnachie . A mysterious and unsettling summertime walk by the sea is not quite what it seems...

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1957

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FAMILY CHOICE [9304]

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The Dunnachie family's dilemma - how to choose where to go on a family holiday? This fun film records how they do so in Pitlochry, Kinloch Rannoch and St. Andrews.

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1959

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FANTASMAGORIA [1170]

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A fictional story of a Dracula-type character who terrorises the Coltness Estate in Wishaw.

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1948

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FEATHER CHRISTMAS [3862]

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Children prepare for Christmas around their house and the two brothers look after their mischievous baby sister.

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1958

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FESTIVAL ADVERT [6494]

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Advert for the 1981 Scottish International Amateur Film Festival at the Glasgow Film Theatre. Accompanied by voiceover track.

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1981

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FICKLE FORTUNE [0509]

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Dramatised film of an incident in the life of Rob Roy MacGregor, set in the Trossachs.

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1930

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FILTERS AND FILTRATION [3878]

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Simple examples of filtration; methods of accelerating filtration - fluted filter papers, longer stems, suction devices - micro filtration - industrial filtration - the filter press. Includes animated diagrams.

1934

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FISHING FLEET [1595]

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An illustration of Lossiemouth's fishing industry detailing the preparations before, during and after a catch. The Seine fishing method is highlighted. [Prize-winning film at the 7th Scottish Amateur Film Festival 1940]

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1939

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FLEE MARKET, the [6752]

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A group of children play in a deserted junk yard. Gradually their fantasies become realities. [synopsis from SCFL catalogue]

1975

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FOUR CAME TO CRIEFF [9298]

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The Scottish amateur film-making set have some fun experimenting with 16mm camera trickery during a weekend away at Crieff in the 1950s.

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1954

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GLASGOW JUVENILE INSTRUCTION CENTRE, a [2106]

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An entry for the 1937 Scottish Amateur Film Festival, this film shows daily life at South Carntyne juvenile instructional centre, one of several in Glasgow for unemployed people.

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1934

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GREY METROPOLIS, the [2853]

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Made by teachers at Norton Park School, Edinburgh, the film shows the city through the thoughts and songs of R.L. Stevenson. [Winner of the Lizars Cup, Scottish Amateur Film Festival 1953].

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1952

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HADDOCK FISHING [2637]

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Hand line-fishing for haddock from coble fishing boats in Orkney waters. [Commended at the Scottish Amateur Film Festival 1941.]

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1941

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HANDBA' AT KIRKWALL, ORKNEY [0704]

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Scenes from the Handba' festival on New Year's Day in Kirkwall. The last festival to be held until the end of the war.

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1939

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HAPPY HOLIDAY 1955 [6742]

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Family trip around Crieff, Crathie, Ballater and Moffat. Includes Royal visit at Ballater. Accompanied by Mr Paterson's commentary and some music.

1955

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HEALING HANDS IN NAZARETH [4048]

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Depicts the day to day workings of missionary hospital in Nazareth. Shows the town and surrounding countryside, people at market and at work, details the medical work of medical staff in the hospital, graduating nurses and the importance of religion in e

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1959

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HEIL OESTERREICH [2105]

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An entry for the 1938 Scottish Amateur Film Festival, the film shot in Austria, includes scenes of local festivals. [Violet Anderson was a contemporary of Norman McLaren at Glasgow School of Art].

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1936

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HIDE FOR SIMON, a [4060]

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Story of a young boy and a man who go bird watching and build a "hide" so they can get closer to the birds.

1962

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HIGHLAND CASTLES [1784]

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Inverness Castle, Castle Stuart, Castle Leys, Eilean Donan, Dunvegan, Achnacarry and Aldourie Castle are all seen together with their surrounding countryside.

1949

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HIRAM'S HOLIDAY [10469]

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Amateur comedy about an American tourist whose wallet is stolen, and he has to work in the hotel to pay for his stay.

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1968

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HISTORY OF LIGHTING [2468]

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A history of different sources of lighting showing the earliest examples of flame torches to oil lamps, gas light and to modern day electric lighting. Illustrated by means of paintings, dramatised scenes, demonstrations and original artifacts.

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1959

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HIT AND A MISS, a [3907]

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A comedic tale set in the garden of the Thoms' family house, on a summer's day. A group of boys playing in the garden get into trouble with a pernickety neighbour but later redeem themselves by spotting and catching a burglar in that same neighbour's hou

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1954

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HOLIDAYS, HURRAH! [3807]

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Misadventures of family preparing to go on their holiday.

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1940

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HORN CARVING [2645]

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The craftsman Hamish Robson at work in his workshop in Braemar.

1962

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HOW NOT TO BATH A BABY [4286]

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An amusing amateur film about a baby getting a bath, and all the obstacles that befall the father in the process!

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1955

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HUMPTY DUMPTY [2751]

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An animated film to help children read and spell.

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1960

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JAMMY FACE [9307]

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Jammy faces all around in this fun singalong film for children!

1952

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JAPANESE JOURNEY [4118]

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Records a holiday journey through Japan in April - cherry blossom time. Shows peasants working in the fields cultivating tea and young girls diving for pearl oysters. Visits are paid to ancient Shinto shrines and Buddist temples, some of which are surro

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1963

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