BFFS Film Society of the Year Awards - the 2006 winners

  • The Engholm Prize for Film Society of the Year

    Winner: Keswick Film Club
    Distinction: Slough Co-Operative Film Society
    Commendations: Brighton International Film Society and Edinburgh University Film Society

  • Best Film Programming

    Winner: Abingdon College and District Film Society
    Distinctions: Club Film and Penwith Film Society
    Commendations: Letchworth Film Club, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Slough Co-operative Film Society, Swindon Film Society and Welwyn Garden City Film Society

  • Best Programme Notes

    Winner: Bridport Film Society
    Distinctions: Cranbrook Film Society and Penwith Film Society
    Commendations: Brighton International Film Society and Feckenodeon Film Society

  • Best Marketing

    Winner: Cineguernsey
    Distinctions: Brighton International Film Society and Keswick Film Club
    Commendations: University of Exeter Guild of Students Cinema Society

  • Best Website

    Winner: Ipswich Film Society
    Distinctions: Cranbrook Film Society and Jersey Film Society and Keswick Film Club
    Commendations: Brighton International Film Society, Edinburgh University Film Society and Wimbledon Film Club

  • Community Award

    Winner: Slough Co-Operative Film Society
    Distinctions: Oxen Park Cinema Club and Shaftesbury Arts Centre
    Commendations: Club Flix, Rainbow Film Society, Strathendrick Film Society and Swindon Film Society

  • Best New Society

    Winner: Brighton International Film Society
    Distinction: Cineguernsey
    Commendations: Louth Film Club, Oundle Cinema, Wimbledon Film Club and Wincanton Film Society

  • Best Student Society

    Winner: Edinburgh University Film Society
    Distinction: Film Unit (Sheffield University)
    Commendations: Warwick Student Cinema and University of Exeter Guild of Students Cinema Society

  • The Charles Roebuck Cup

    David Miller’s citation for this award reads: In determining this year's recipient, the committee has selected a person whose contribution has just simply been immense. This person defined the BFFS as it stands today. Writing nearly thirty years ago our recipient said 'socially, and culturally, there is much to be said for the future role that film societies can serve. Whereas traditionally, the film society has been a convenient means for making quality film available to minority audiences, film societies of the future should become a reservoir of knowledge, expertise and community activity, taking the initiative to show people how film can help them, enrich them, even solve some of their community problems.’

    His article concluded that more Government support would be needed, especially financial. And, whilst I believe the film society movement took heed of his words thirty years ago, we still need the money. But how prophetic, how perceptive, and how discerning a view. For his support over four decades - and still involved today as one of our vice-Presidents - a true friend and champion of the British Federation of Film Societies, John Chittock.