Thursday, 23 November 2017

East Anglian film archive achieves national accreditation

The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA), owned and managed by the University of East Anglia (UEA), has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation. 

Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that EAFA has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of users.

The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) is a regional film archive wholly owned by UEA. Established in 1976, and part of the University since 1984, EAFA contains a collection of thousands of films and television programmes from 1896 to the present day, including unique collections from Anglia Television, BBC East, and the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers. The collection includes approximately 75,000 catalogue titles and 148,000 physical items in total in the vaults. EAFA is located at The Archive Centre in Norwich.

Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Sarah Barrow said: ‘I am delighted that EAFA has received recognition of its work through Archive Service Accreditation. It is particularly pleasing as the service is only the second film archive in the UK to attain accreditation, and is tremendous recognition of the quality of the service.’

The Archive Service Accreditation Panel congratulated the service on its development in recent years and the evident success of its stronger links to UEA. They welcomed the development of opportunities for closer working with other collections, as well as with research and teaching within the University. Given the service’s positive trajectory, the panel look forward to seeing how it develops in future.  



Monday, 20 November 2017

EAFA Mash-Up Filmmaking Competition 2017

Announcement of '18 and Overs' winner - Ella Finch

Congratulations to Ella Finch, the winning filmmaker in the '18 and Overs' category in the 2017 Mashup Filmmaking Competition.  Ella was awarded first prize for her film 'Labor Omnia Vincit (L.O.V.)' at a screening at The Forum, Norwich on Sunday 19 November as part of the Norwich Film Festival's "East Collection", a programme of short films either shot in East Anglia or by East Anglian filmmakers.



Monday, 13 November 2017

EAFA Mash-Up Filmmaking Competition 2017

Announcement of 'Under 18' winner - Tierney Knights

Huge congratulations to Tierney Knights, the winning filmmaker in the 'Under 18' category in the 2017 Mashup Filmmaking Competition.  Tierney was awarded 1st prize at a special matinee screening on Sunday 12th November at The Forum, Norwich featuring all the film entries from the 2017 competition.

Congratulations also to the three chosen finalists in the '18 and Overs' category.  These are Jess Marshall, Jack Sauverin, and Ella Finch.  

These shortlisted finalists' films will be screened at the Norwich Film Festival on Sunday 19 November as part of "The East Collection", where the Mash-Up 2017 winning film will be announced!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the matinee screening on Sunday 12 November at The Forum, Norwich, with particular thanks to all the filmmakers who provided the afternoon's entertainment!



Friday, 6 October 2017


'Today's The Day' EAFA Mash-Up 2017 Film Screenings

Sunday, 12 November 4.30pm [Doors open 4.15pm]

Judging for this year's Mash-Up Films are under way!  You can join us for a special matinee screening of all of the films entered into this year's Mash-Up Filmmaking Competition. The shortlisted finalists will be announced following the screening, and then these judges' favourites will be screened at the Norwich Film Festival on Sunday 19 November as part of "The East Collection", where the Mash-Up 2017 winning film will be announced!

Tickets for EAFA event on Sunday 12th November, all film entries - can be booked here

Tickets for NFF event on Sunday 19th November, finalists - can be booked here




Thursday, 17 August 2017


Extension to deadline of EAFA Mash-Up filmmaking competition 2017

Please note: The deadline of Friday September 1st for the submission of entries to the Mash-Up competition has now been extended.  The new deadline is Monday September 4th, giving an extra weekend to submit your films.



Tuesday 13 June 2017

EAFA wins UEA Engagement Award for

'Outstanding Contribution to Public and Community Engagement'

The team at EAFA is so pleased to win a UEA Engagement Award for outstanding contribution to Public and Community Engagement.  

EAFA is involved in many projects that engage the public with archive film.  Examples include the archive celebrating its 40th anniversary (1976-2016) with a month long exhibition at the Forum, Norwich in August 2016 which attracted over 14,000 visitors.  As part of our anniversary celebrations the archive invited guest curators including Stephen Fry, film directors Gideon Koppel, Richard Bracewell, Guy Myhill and writers Hayley Long and DJ Taylor to select their favourite EAFA archive clips and write about them.

EAFA material has also been used by local, regional and national broadcasters and the archive has digitised over 500 films over the last three years as part of the national ‘Britain on Film’ project in partnership with the British Film Institute.

EAFA runs an annual ‘Mash-up Filmmaking Competition’ to encourage people of all ages to engage with archive footage and create their own films. This year the winning entries will be screened at Norwich Film Festival.

For more information about the award and EAFA’s engagement work, please visit the link below:

Congratulations to all the recipients of these awards!




Tuesday 13 June 2017

Famed director returns to Norwich to relive Anglia TV hoax that shocked the world

On its 40th anniversary, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) are showing the controversial Anglia Television science fiction drama/documentary “Alternative Three” – a production that caused worldwide headlines when it was first broadcast in 1977.

The free screening is on Tuesday 20 June from 7-9pm at the Auditorium in The Forum, Norwich, and afterwards the audience can discuss the film’s international impact with director and co-writer Christopher Miles.

This faux documentary, broadcast as part of Anglia TV’s factual “Science Report” series, apparently showed a link between Britain's “brain-drain”, climate change and a human colony on Mars. The intended transmission date was 1 April but, because Anglia was unable to obtain network slot that day, it was broadcast on 20 June. In a similar situation to the 1930s ”War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, calls immediately flooded in from terrified viewers convinced they’d seen a genuine documentary, making the hoax national news.

Alternative 3 director, Christopher Miles, said ‘Unlike today, climate change did not dominate the headlines in 1977, but now it seems reality has caught up with us, as often satire can become prescient as the creators had a hunch”.

Dr Tim Snelson, director of the East Anglian Film Archive, said: “We would like local people who worked on the programme, which was filmed at the Anglia studios and on location in Norfolk, or local audience members who remember seeing it 40 years ago to come along and discuss their memories with the director. Were you taken in by Anglia's elaborate and creative hoax? We’ll also discuss the film’s relevance to contemporary debates about ‘post-truth’, fake news, trust in experts and climate science, and ask if the hoax reveals a truth about the world culture some 40 years on.

“Christopher and his collaborators at Anglia really pushed the boundaries with ‘Alternative Three’, provoking debates about the role and power of the media that are even more relevant today. We are delighted that he has agreed to come to Norwich to screen and discuss this fascinating piece of regional television history that shocked the world.”

Everyone is welcome to the event but tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis so early arrival is advised.





Wednesday 12 April 2017

Easter Bank Holiday Weekend - Office Opening Hours


Please note, the archive will be closed on the following days:-

Thursday 13th April 2017

Good Friday 14th April 2017

Easter Monday 17th April 2017

Tuesday 18th April 2017


East Anglian Film Archive will resume normal working hours on Wednesday 19th April 2017.

We wish you a very festive Easter bank holiday weekend!




Monday, 27 February 2017

Today’s the Day!

Launch of EAFA Mash-Up filmmaking competition 2017



Following the success of the last two years, we’re delighted to announce that we are once again in 2017 holding this exciting competition.   The competition has now launched and we will be accepting entries until Friday 1st September.

The judges’ favourite films will be exhibited around the region including being screened at the Norwich Film Festival. The lucky winners in each category will receive a cash prize of £250 and their films will be added to EAFA’s collections, and preserved for the region. The winning films will also be hosted on our website:

Competition Brief:

  • Make a short film (Between 1 and 5 minutes in duration)
  • At least 50% of the total running time of the new production must consist of archive film. The package of films that will be made available to you can be previewed via our YouTube playlist.  (Please note: the films aren't downloadable from here, we'll send them to you once we've received your completed entry form.)
  • The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Today’s the Day’. We’ve purposefully left the theme a little open-ended; we’re really excited to see the different ways in which you interpret it.
  • There are two entry categories; (1) Under 18, and (2) Over 18.
  • Please note that all entries are subject to terms and conditions.

Further note:

Submissions won’t be judged on production values alone. What we’re looking for is creativity, imagination, and overall how you chose to interact with the archive film. For example, you may wish to combine the archive films with material you have shot yourself. You could re-edit them in an innovative way, or perhaps add effects, or audio/visual material you have sourced (with the necessary permissions) from elsewhere.

How to register your interest:

If you like the idea of this, and fancy giving it a go, then here's what you'll need to get started:

Entry Package

For regular updates follow us on Twitter and Facebook or check out the dedicated mash up highlights page, where you will also find previous years’ winning entries.

Key dates:

Opening date: 27 February 2017

Closing date for submissions: 1 September 2017

The winner will be notified: Week beginning 2 October 2017

Happy film making!





Thurs, 5 January 2017

EAFA Mash-Up Competition 2017 to be launched soon!

Following the success of previous competitions, EAFA will be launching the Mash-Up Competition 2017 in the next couple of months. Keep your eyes peeled on our 'Highlights' page for updates...




August 2016

40 Years of Archives: East Anglian Film Archive and History of Advertising Trust
The Forum, Norwich, Monday 1 August to Saturday 27 August, 10am-4pm.
Two of East Anglia’s treasured archives are celebrating 40th anniversaries and The Forum is bringing them together for a month of nostalgia in The Gallery. Visitors can enjoy a variety of films showing Norwich past and present, rural life and the county’s beautiful coastline, as well as vintage TV commercials from the History of Advertising Trust.
Free to attend and no need to book
For more information please see the flyer or visit the Forum's website.

Wed, 6 July 2016

‘Films on the Farm’

Jimmy’s Farm hosts digital premiere of Suffolk film Akenfield in a special weekend of rural films from the archives 8th-10th July 2016

Akenfield released on DVD and Blu-ray and on BFI Player on 25 July

It’s ‘Films on the Farm’ this July as Akenfield, the iconic and well-loved film of rural Suffolk life makes its digital premiere at Jimmy’s Farm, near Ipswich as part of a special weekend of archive film screenings, ‘Akenfield and Archive’ and ‘Babe in the Barn’.

Akenfield will headline a delightful programme of archive film of rural Suffolk to be screened outside in the charming woodland ‘Theatre’ at Jimmy’s Farm during the evenings of 8th, 9th and 10th July 2016. Presented by the Cambridge Film Trust, producers of the Cambridge Film Festival, the screenings are part of a national celebration of our nation’s film from archives across the UK, and showcased as the Britain on Film collection on BFI Player

Directed by Sir Peter Hall in 1974 and often described as “a work of rural realism”, Akenfield has been digitised thanks to the BFI (British Film Institute’s) Unlocking Film Heritage Digitisation Fund, ensuring more access, for a wider audience, to Britain’s valuable film heritage via digital platforms. Following these screenings, the film will be made available on BFI Player and released on DVD and Blu-ray by the BFI on 25 July.

Filmed in and around Charlsfield in Suffolk, it was local people who had the starring and support roles, acting out the stories of three generations of one family under Peter Hall’s direction, based on a short script written by Ronald Blythe, author of Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village.

“Akenfield is probably my Dad's most personal piece of work. His heart and soul is in it” says Peter Hall’s daughter, Jenny Caron Hall, speaking about what Akenfield meant to her father and her own passion for the film.

“Akenfield is a film that people love with a passion. I’m only the director’s daughter, proud to be a blink-and-you-miss-me extra in it. But even now people regularly tell me how much Akenfield means to them, or how deeply it affected their lives.

With the ingenious help of film producer and editor Rex Pyke, and the master camera work of Ivan Strasburg, Akenfield was made on weekends over the course of a year. It had a shoestring budget and faithfully featured local non-actors who invented their own dialogue to vaguely follow Ronnie Blythe’s twenty-page script. Everything about Akenfield was faithful actually, and I think that accounts for much of its power. The music was to be composed by Benjamin Britten but he was unwell, so Michael Tippett’s Fantasia was used - both were Suffolk boys too, and mighty composers.

This was all a long time ago, in 1974. Some key members of the cast, including Peggy Cole who played the mother so marvellously, are sadly no longer with us. My father is now unwell and so he cannot celebrate this year's remastering and relaunch which has been so brilliantly done by the BFI. But I can say with total certainty that he would be absolutely thrilled by these screenings, and he would want me to thank everybody responsible, particularly those who have kept faith – Rex Pyke, Dave Gregory at the Ipswich Film Society, the Cambridge Film Trust, everybody at the East Anglian Film Archive and not least, Jane Giles and the team at the BFI. 

Akenfield is probably my Dad's most personal piece of work. His heart and soul is in it. He made sure his own father Reg appeared in it, briefly playing the local policeman. The story tells of generations of Suffolk boys facing a choice between leaving the beautiful place where they were born to seek a better life elsewhere, or remain on the local farms to be exploited and subjugated by ruthless landlords. It chronicles a painful and poignant flight from the rural to the urban - now such a universal story across the world. I think Akenfield is more relevant than ever, and of course, I love it with a passion. I hope you will too. “

Watch Babe with the animals!

Younger viewers will be in for a very special screening of Babe and some fun animal archive antics as they watch alongside some more real small animals in Jimmy’s Education Barn – offering a whole new take on ‘surround sound’ at morning and matinee screenings on 9th and 10th July.

See for tickets.

For Jimmy Doherty, screening film is something he has always wanted to do at Jimmy’s Farm.

“It’s brilliant that we finally have the opportunity to make it happen alongside the Cambridge Film Trust and the BFI.  It’s great news that Akenfield has been digitised, as this fantastic rural Suffolk film will be available to future generations. I’m really looking forward to seeing it.  Adding a children’s classic, Babe, to the weekend’s offering adds a really fun element to the activities already available at Jimmy’s Farm and we hope this paves the way for more films to be enjoyed out in the open air in our beautiful corner of the Suffolk countryside.”

Jimmy’s Farm Bar and BBQ will be open in the woods before the Akenfield screenings or guests are welcome to bring their own picnics. On Friday 8th July, to make it a really special ‘premiere’ event, you can also book a pre-screening meal in Jimmy’s Restaurant.

The digital remastering has been the work of the BFI National Archive in conjunction with our region’s own film archive, The East Anglian Film Archive, based at UEA and celebrating 40 years this year since its foundation by David Cleveland in 1976. The East Anglian Film Archive has preserved the master copies of Akenfield and additional publicity material, including the 1974 trailer, since 2004, in its state-of-the-art vaults in Norwich.  Akenfield is the only feature film held on deposit at the East Anglian Archive. EAFA’s Director, Dr Keith Johnston stated: “We are very pleased that Akenfield has been digitised by the BFI and that audiences will have an opportunity to enjoy this outstanding film which EAFA has preserved for many years.”

More about Akenfield

The publicity surrounding the film was ground-breaking for the time. Akenfield was one of the first British films to be part financed by television and cinema. In November 1974 Akenfield was the first British film to open the BFI London Film Festival. 14 million viewers watched it on television when it was broadcast in January 1975, which saw it featured on the front cover of the TV Times.

The making of the film was also unusual – around 60 hours of film were shot to produce the hour and half long film. It was also shot in widescreen rather than in a standard TV format. But it was real people, Suffolk people, who brought it all to life and for many, the surrounding publicity had quite an impact. Barbara Ashfield (née Tilney), daughter of a Suffolk gunsmith, played the role of the teacher, in both the Victorian and modern day scenes. She was actually working as a teacher in Highgate, London, when friends back home in Suffolk showed her the ad in the EADT appealing for local people (not actors) to come along and audition for a film.

“It was fairly low key, they wanted people who could plough!” Barbara explains.“I had always secretly hoped to become an actress and in fact had done some training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, so this seemed a great idea to help me on my way. I met Peter Hall and Rex Pyke, we had a chat, and I told a joke – I suppose being a teacher must have helped me land the part.”

Barbara carried on teaching in Highgate from Monday – Friday and would travel to Suffolk with the crew for the weekend’s filming. Along with other cast members, Barbara would often join the crew at The Bull in Woodbridge on the Saturday night after filming.

“There was no script as such – Peter Hall would say “I want this to happen” so we were put in a situation, the scene set and we would ad lib.”

However, Barbara’s passion stuck with teaching and her career took her to exotic locations in Bermuda, which she still visits today from her home near Beccles. 

Akenfield was a wonderful experience for Barbara and the memories and friendships she made have stuck with her during her whole life. She has albums full of press cuttings and photos from those days in 1973, put together at the time by her mother. And her most vivid memory of the filming…?

“Oh that was when I made the little boy cry in the classroom – poor chap! Children from Charlsfield School were asked to come along for the filming and told to behave and do as they were told. As a teacher in Victorian times I had to be very strict and this little boy started crying – Peter Hall then asked me to make him cry again so he could film it again from another angle, I felt really awful – I think his name was Shaun – I’m sorry Shaun!”

For Garrow Shand, the young agricultural contractor who played the lead role of Tom in Akenfield, being involved in the making of such a special film in ‘73 had a tremendous impact on his life.

“I had to part with my moustache and sideburns but gained a wife!” he explains reminiscing about how he first met farm secretary Helen Tydeman, an extra in the film, who kindly offered him a lift home in her Mini after filming! He remembers responding to the ad in the EADT asking for people who could plough and it was sheer curiosity that took him to the auditions at his old school, Farlingaye in Woodbridge. He and Peggy Cole travelled to London for special screen tests before he was cast as Tom Rouse and Peggy as his onscreen mother, Dulcie.

Whilst he enjoyed the whole experience very much and even opened a couple of fêtes as a local ‘celebrity’,  in the long run, Garrow decided that acting was not really his cup of tea. He still runs his agricultural contractor business near Woodbridge.

Sadly, Peggy Cole who played Dulcie Rouse so brilliantly in Akenfield passed away earlier this year. For Peggy, Akenfield was the start of an amazing career as she went on to be such an important part of so many peoples’ lives in Suffolk as a columnist for the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Evening Star, championing all things Suffolk and rural for more than 30 years.

This special premiere of the digitally remastered  Akenfield on 8th July  at Jimmy’s Farm, Suffolk, will be recognised as a special tribute to Peggy’s memory and indeed to all the Suffolk people who played their part and are no longer with us. Its availability for booking through the BFI and its release on DVD/Blu-ray and on demand will take the film to an even wider audience. The film, which is, as stated in the opening credits “Made by People of Suffolk”, will now live on for generations.

The film programme ‘Akenfield and Archive’ will also tour Suffolk cinemas throughout the summer as part of Britain on Film screening events and can be seen at The Regal, Stowmarket on Weds 20th July. Other dates are to be confirmed at the Ipswich Film Theatre, Aldeburgh Cinema, Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds and also, a special screening at the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge. The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge which played such an important role in supporting the filming in 1973, offering their cinema late at night for Sir Peter, Rex Pyke and his team to view the rushes shot that day, are also to confirm a screening.

More than 750 films of our Rural Life were released on the BFI Player in May, charting the changing countryside and rural life, and highlighting activities, pursuits and traditions still surviving today, as well as customs, trades and skills that have since dwindled or disappeared. Throughout the summer months, the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) will be staging over 160 screening events in 129 locations. Full details and how to book tickets for these events can be found at




Mon, 16 May 2016

Archive Assistant - UEA Graduate Internship Opportunity (.4 FTE)

Interviews week commencing 13 June 2016, to start September 2016.

Follow link below for further details:




Wed, 13 April 2016

UK Green Film Festival @ UEA

Saturday 30 April - Friday 6 May 2016

Saturday 30 April

Mark Kermode introduces Silent Running (U)

14.00 - 16.30 Talk and film screening

16.30 - 17.00 Book signing

12.00 - 14.00 Interactive Green exhibition (Enterprise Centre Foyer)

Includes displays from environmental groups and short lm screenings
from the East Anglian Film Archive and STREVA volcanic research project.
Wednesday 4 May
Deep Time (PG-13)
19.30 - 21.15 UK Green Film Festival screening (Enterprise Centre)
Directed by Noah Hutton, this lm is inspired by the geological concept
of deep time. The lm expands the nearsighted narrative of a boomtown
to include the uncanny and the ancient.
Thursday 5 May
The Great Invisible (PG-13)
18.30 - 20.15 UK Green Film Festival screening (Enterprise Centre)
A thought-provoking new documentary by Margaret Brown,
examining the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon, BP oil-drilling rig
disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Friday 6 May
Racing Extinction (PG)
19.30 - 21.15 UK Green Film Festival screening (Enterprise Centre)
Oscar- winning director Louie Psihoyas (The Cove) exposes the hidden
world of endangered species and the race to protect them against
mass extinction.
12.00 - 19.30 Interactive Green exhibition (Enterprise Centre Foyer)
Food and drinks will be available to purchase during all events from Mustard, an independent café catering in locally
sourced food, fairtrade and organic, sourcing products from carbon neutral suppliers.
Follow us @UKGreenFilmsUEA
All events are FREE and open to the public. To book your seats for the film screenings, please register with the UEA
‘Online Store’, which can be accessed at:




Wed, 6 April 2016


The East Anglian Film Archive, established in 1976 and later incorporated in the University of East Anglia, holds a collection of films from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridge and Bedfordshire.

Over 40 years the archive has also received donations of cameras, projectors and other ephemera from film makers.

The archive has changed its collection policy and can no longer retain such objects.

This policy does not apply to any donated films which will continue to be preserved in our state of the art vaults.

Objects not returned will be transferred wherever possible to accredited museums or archives. 

If you or someone you know donated a camera or projector e.t.c to the archive and wish to have it returned please contact the Archive Manager Angela Graham on 01603 592156 or email

Contact should be made by 5th May 2016




Tues, 20 Oct.  2015

Mash up filmmaking competition returns!

A number of films have been released from the East Anglian Film Archive, we need YOUR help to capture them! Following the roaring success of last year’s inaugural filmmaking competition, The East Anglian Film Archive and The Forum, Norwich are joining forces to bring you EAFA mashup 2015.

The judges’ favourite films will be exhibited around the region before being showcased at a special screening at Cinema City, Norwich; the finale will be a screening at The Forum Norwich as part of their Summer of Art. The lucky winners will also be awarded prizes including a 5 year cultural and educational licence for their mash-up film (worth over £300), and £250 in cash to fund their next production.   The winning films will be added to the EAFA’s collections, and preserved for the region.

To preview the competition package of films, take a look at our Vimeo page (note that the films aren't downloadable from here, we'll send them to you once we've received your completed entry form)

If you fancy getting involved, then here's what you'll need to get started:

Entry Form

Terms and Conditions

For regular updates follow us on Twitter or check out the dedicated mash up highlights page, where you will also find last year’s winning entry, made by Yvonne Odell.

Key facts:

  • Make a short film (between 1 and 5 minutes in duration)
  • At least 50% of the total running time of the new production to consist of archive material (taken from the package of films we will make available for the purpose)
  • Two categories: Under 18 and Over 18
  • Deadline for submissions is 19 February 2016

Happy filmmaking!




Mon, 7 Sept 2015

Into the Vaults! East Anglian Film Archive opens its doors for Heritage Open Day event

Visitors will get the chance to go behind the scenes at the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) and explore the secrets of its vaults as part of a national heritage festival.

The archive, which is run by the University of East Anglia, is offering a vault tour and archive film screening on Thursday September 10 for the annual Heritage Open Days initiative.

The event has proved to be one of the most popular options within the regional Open Day programme, with the tour being fully booked shortly after being announced. Those visitors signed up will get the chance to see the state-of-the-art vaults and to find out how the UK’s longest established regional film archive stores its 148,000 films, video tapes and other holdings.

The tour also includes a unique screening of films selected by EAFA for the British Film Institute’s recent Britain on Film project. Newly digitally remastered from the archive vaults, the programme includes two specially produced compilations on the theme of love. The selection of films give a fascinating glimpse into life in the region over the last few generations.

Director of EAFA Dr Keith Johnston said: “Most people don’t know what lies behind the doors of a film archive, or get a chance to see the secrets held in our film vaults. We’re delighted to offer our Heritage Open Days visitors a special look behind the scenes, and to show them some of our most recent work.”

For those who can’t make the tour, many of the digitised films can be seen online and for free on the BFI Player, while over 200 hours of EAFA films can be enjoyed on




Fri, 20 March 2015 

Fixed term, part time Project Co-ordinator position at East Anglian Film Archive (.4 FTE, April to December 2015)

For further details and to apply, click here:




Mon, 2 Feb 2015

East Anglian Film Archive Secures National Archives Funding Grant

The East Anglian Film Archive has successfully secured £8250 from the National Archives Cataloguing Grant Programme. The application process was extremely competitive. EAFA’s application was one of many with applications totalling £1.8m.

The grant is for the cataloguing of approximately 150  films within the collection of the institute of Amateur Cinematographers Women Filmmakers’ films. The archive holds on long term deposit the internationally recognised Institute of Amateur Cinematographers’ collection of films. The women film makers' films have national, regional and local heritage importance both in terms of the way the films explore every day life at certain points in history and in terms of their importance within the amateur film making context. Not only are they creative works in their own right but amateur films unlock the history of fashion, pastimes, long forgotten ways of life, buildings, cars, industry and childhood. The quality of the women film makers' work is high -  a number of films were award winning .Laurie and Stuart Day, for example, won the Daily Mail Trophy twice.  

The grant is administered by the National Archives who also provide financial support to  the Cataloging grants programme along with the following organisations.

  • The Pilgrim Trust
  • The Foyle Foundation
  • The Wolfson Foundation
  • The Monument Trust
  • The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • The Mercers Company Charitable Foundation
  • The Goldsmiths Company
  • The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
  • The Andrew W Mellon Foundation

The catalogue which will be available online and will be of interest to researchers and  academics. Dr Sarah  Godfrey (Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Media and American Studies) feels that the collection of films will be an ' invaluable cultural resource to be properly utilised for research, teaching and also for wider public educational initiatives which engage a broader cross section of society with film.’ Dr Melanie Williams (Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Media and American Studies) also feels that there is great scope for using the material. In particular she states that ‘the films in question sit at the centre of two key areas of burgeoning research interest in international Film Studies: women’s film making and amateur film.’

Ivor Rose the Chair of the  Institute of Amateur Cinematographers said – ‘The IAC is delighted that the grant has been awarded as we have a duty to preserve and make accessible films to members and the wider public.’


Fri, 18 Dec 2014

Fixed term cataloguing position at East Anglian Film Archive (February to June 2015)

 For further details, and to apply follow link below:


Mon, 10 Nov 2014

Film archive to bring Colman’s 200th anniversary to life

Archive film relating to Colman’s of Norwich from as far back as the 1920s will be showcased at The Forum this month as a celebration of the company’s 200 year anniversary.

The screening, from 10-22 November in the Fusion Gallery, forms part of the ‘All over the World’ - 200 years of Colman’s event being held at the Forum.

The University of East Anglia’s East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) is collaborating with other organisations who hold archive related to Colman’s including Unilever Archives, History of Advertising Trust and Norwich HEART, which owns the Colman’s Mustard Shop & Museum, to bring to life two centuries of one of Norfolk’s most loved brands.

The event will celebrate Colman’s of Norwich with a special timeline across the Fusion screen charting the success and impact of the firm which started near Norwich in 1814.

From a small family firm, Colman’s has had a tremendous impact on Norwich and become known the world over particularly for its mustard. The pioneering firm, now owned by Unilever, is still very much part of the everyday lives of  the city while exporting all over the world.


EAFA holds a large collection of Colman’s advertising films which have been restored over the years to preserve a unique moving image testimony of this quintessentially British brand. 

Colman’s Mustard Club campaign was launched in the mid-1920s by London advertising agency S.H. Benson, and was considered cutting edge at the time with more than half a million Mustard Club badges given away.

Most of the films are now digitised and many will feature in the exhibition timeline taking viewers through decades of Colman’s advertising such as ‘Light My Fire’ and the 1970’s ‘Put Mustard On It’.

Other footage from regional BBC and ITV collections will also feature along with some very special amateur footage of Carrow Works shot by an employee in the mid-1930s.

Fusion is free to enter and is open 10am-4.30pm daily



  Fri, 31 Oct 2014


An aspiring filmmaker has won the inaugural East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) film mash-up competition by mixing clips from a surreal 1950s short film with her own footage.

Earlier this year the University of East Anglia’s film archive joined forces with The Forum in Norwich to offer a specially selected package of EAFA footage to entrants, taken from the many thousands of hours held by the archive documenting life across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. 

Competitors were briefed to combine a minimum of 50 per cent EAFA material with their own footage to create a new work - known as a ‘mash-up’.

Budding film makers from around the region got stuck in to the challenge, including recent Fine Art graduate Yvonne Odell from Bury St. Edmunds, who won this inaugural competition with her submission, entitled ‘Mother’s Bake Night’.

Yvonne chose to combine excerpts from a 1950s drama ‘Mirage’ – about a man’s search for water - with audio visual material she created herself. The sound, a clash of notes, is influenced by the simple electronic suspense soundtracks of 70s horror movies. 

Used in conjunction with the specially edited “waiting” footage from the ‘Mirage’ film, the viewer is led to believe that there is something lurking, something sinister about to happen. There is also a suggestion of memory and a longing to recall a happy memory – which ends up being the cake Mother is baking.
Watch Yvonne's film here: 

Yvonne, who is now studying for an MA in Fine Art at Cambridge School of Art is fascinated by appropriation - the use of pre-existing objects or images in art with little or no transformation applied to them. She said: “Appropriated footage can be so versatile whilst still retaining a fragile history. I gesturally paint with this footage and distance it from the real”

Richard Fair, Digital Heritage Manager at The Forum who was involved in the selection process said of the winning film: “We felt that Yvonne captured the spirit of the competition. Taking the Mirage film and re-crafting it into a new story and the use of original music not only displayed Yvonne’s creative talents, but added a whole new dimension to the original film while remaining sympathetic to the artistic integrity”

‘Mother’s Bake Night’, will be screened on the Fusion Screen at The Forum from Monday 3 - Saturday 8 November, along with selected other submissions. Many of the archive films which were incorporated in to the competition entries can be watched in full for free at

It is hoped that there will be many more ‘mash-up’ film making competitions to come. Clare Ellis from the Archive said:“We’re really pleased with how the competition has come together in this, its first year, and are already having conversations with potential partner organisations with a view to working out how we can make it bigger and better next year”.


14 August 2014


The region’s budding filmmakers are being invited to share their skills in a new competition being launched by University of East Anglia’s East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) and The Forum

Using a combination of at least 50 per cent EAFA material with entrants’ own footage, known as a mash-up, the winning film will be selected by judges to be shown on The Forum’s Fusion Screen on November 4.

It will be added to the East Anglian Film Archive’s collections, and preserved for the region. The winning producer will be awarded £250 in cash towards their next production, and a five-year licence for the footage in their mash-up film.  In addition to this, Cinema City have offered a 12 months Standard Membership to Picture House for the winner. Details here:

The films can be from one to five minutes long and can be entered under one of four broad themes; earth, high days and holidays, construct/create, and home.

Clare Ellis from EAFA, said: “We’ve purposefully left the themes a little open-ended; we’re really excited to see the different ways in which people interpret them”.

“Submissions won’t be judged on production values alone, what we’re looking for is creativity, imagination, and overall how you choose to interact with the archive film. For example, you may wish to combine the archive films with material you have shot yourself,  you could re-edit them in an innovative way, or perhaps add effects, or audio/visual material you have sourced from elsewhere.”

The East Anglian Film Archive houses a number of unique collections of local and regional footage spanning over 100 years.

A specially selected package of EAFA footage will be made available to entrants, taken from the many thousands of hours held by the archive documenting life across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

This is the first year for the unique competition and celebrates East Anglian Film Archive Week – an annual free programme of screenings and performances at The Forum, which welcomes the public to find out more about the moving image heritage of East Anglia, the varied ways these films can be used, and what's involved in looking after them for the future.

Richard Fair, Digital Heritage Manager at the Forum said;
"What really excites me about this competition is that film makers today are being given an opportunity to work with the film makers of yesterday. Anyone with ideas and creativity, a digital camera or smartphone and a few hours can create something unique, to encourage a new way for us to look at the original footage.”

The opening date for entries is Monday August 18, closing on Friday October 17 and only one entry will be accepted per person. The competition is open to everyone; however those with any connection to The University of East Anglia, (including the East Anglian Film Archive), or The Forum Trust are required to declare this when entering.


See below for links to entry form and further details: