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Community filmmakers show their stories at awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 15:41 23 September 2019

Hannah Brodie and Andy Cooper with their awards, as Richard Crook adresses viewers PICTURE: Keith Osborn

Hannah Brodie and Andy Cooper with their awards, as Richard Crook adresses viewers PICTURE: Keith Osborn

Keith Osborn

Short films about a town's community premiered at an awards evening, where guests were promised a red carpet welcome.

The short films on display in the Gallery Bistro PICTURE: Keith OsbornThe short films on display in the Gallery Bistro PICTURE: Keith Osborn

Active Fakenham's Richard Crook thanked everyone who was involved in the week of events the group organised, and gave awards to filmmakers Andy Cooper and Hannah Brodie for the 'Best Active Fakenham Short Film of the Year'.

Due to a mix up, the red carpet was replaced by a pink rug, but guests still crowded into the town's Gallery Bistro to watch the four videos and see the winning entries to the photo competition, earlier in the year.

A hush fell as everyone turned to watch the evening's films.

Videographer Hannah Brodie produced two of the videos, with the first looking at the Fakenham Music Festival. There she interviewed local band Generation III, who also played at cycling event Ride North Norfolk and at the awards evening.

Some of the attendees at the 'pink rug' ceremony PICTURE: Matthew FarmerSome of the attendees at the 'pink rug' ceremony PICTURE: Matthew Farmer

In her film about Ride North Norfolk, she spoke to the race's mechanics, several riders who complimented the 'famously' tasty flapjacks, and helpers giving out refreshments and medals to finishers.

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Miss Brodie said: "For the music festival, I got there about 10am and stayed until 5pm. It was similar for Ride North Norfolk, and each video takes hours of full-on editing.

"I do enjoy making them, and it's a bit different from the weddings and christening I often film. The awards evening was great. I've done videos with the group since 2015, and I definitely would do it again."

In between the two events fell the rest of Active Fakenham Week, where all 25 events were shown off by Andy Cooper. He included short clips from each event in his video, capturing the wide variety of events in the week.

His second video showed Fakenham's Great Duck and Raft Race, and the crowds cheering on their friends in the River Wensum.

Active Fakenham's Richard Crook said: "I think it went very well, a lot of people were very pleased. Our next thing is working on a new town map, and calendars, mugs and bags based on local photography.

"Some of the photos came from the photo competition, and we're hoping to have them ready by the Christmas lights turn on."

The short films are available on Active Fakenham's website.

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