Huddersfield Film Makers Club | Introduction

Suspension of meetings

Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak our meetings have been suspended since March 12, 2020 and this continues.

We have not yet launched our 2020-21 syllabus, but here's what you will find our club doing when we are able to meet as normal.

You can watch a few or our past films online.


Welcome to Huddersfield Film Makers Club, a friendly group of film-making enthusiasts who hold regular meetings to watch films, hear talks, share tips, embark on practical projects and discuss everything about film or video making. Our programme includes a varied selection of evenings of films, competitions and film-making activities. We welcome potential new members, so feel free to come and join us at one of our meetings. We meet at the Paddock Institute and Conservative Club. Our meetings are on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm.

Joan Spencer

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our President and Secretary Joan Spencer.

Joan will be greatly missed for her pleasant personality and her tireless effort in accomplishing the organisation of the club and its activities as Secretary through her service spanning 46 years.

Throughout this time she was also House Manager of the club's annual Festival of Film, held in recent years over several days at Huddersfield Town Hall. Her role also as Assistant Treasurer formed but a small part of her support for husband Trevor.

With Trevor, Joan played a part in a multitude of award-winning film productions since they joined, in 1971, what was then Huddersfield Cine Club. Members have enjoyed polished productions of many of their travels and holidays almost as if they were there themselves.

Joan was very well-known to organisers and members of other film-making clubs throughout the North of England and further afield as she attended, with Trevor, many inter-club and regional events with programmes of films.

We enjoy making films

Members have a wide range of film-making interests, from drama to comedy, documentary to travel, sci-fi to animation and music to experimental films. We always welcome new ideas. We're also proud of the club's annual magazine film which over the years has built up a historic archive of events in the Huddersfield area. Just a small selection of members' work can be viewed on our films page, but to enjoy them at their best come along to the club and see them on the big screen.

Filming the town

Since 1932, members have recorded important local events. Many have been shown in our magazine film finale at our Festival of Film public show at Huddersfield Town Hall each November. Sadly our 2019 event was our last there and we thank our audiences for years of support. We will continue to provide shows to local organisations.

Our annual awards

Members like a competition and appreciate the comments of other talented film-makers. Each year members can have their films judged by a film-maker from outside the club with the chance of glittering trophies at the annual dinner. The club also has a member-judged short film competition.

Sharing practical ideas

Practical evenings provide the opportunity for members to pass on hints and tips and learn more about camera techniques.
Practical evenings

Film makers on TV

Occasionally the club has requests from TV companies to view and use material from films stretching as far back as 1932. The BBC's Harry Gration visited club members Jim Kenworthy, Trevor Spencer and David Whitworth at our Paddock meeting place as part of filming for a programme about people who have met and filmed the Queen. More recently YTV's Calendar news captured our member Stewart Gledhill as he made a film about the Huddersfield station cat.

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