1934 - 2024

This year we celebrate our 90th Anniversary.

Founded in 1934 as Bristol Fellowship of Amateur Cinematographers and later called Bristol Cine Society little is known about the people of Bristol who were sufficiently passionate about their hobby to take such a step in that period between the wars.

The earliest film we have in our archive is a (silent) documentary from 1935 called ‘Bristol Celebrations‘.

Watch this space for details of the BFVS – Filmmaking in Bristol 90th Anniversary Celebration Event coming up in the spring.

This is now the LIVE website for BFVS​

As of 8th August 2023 our trusty old website has been retired. After decades of service the aged technology has become too unreliable to maintain and has had to be replaced. 

The old site will not disappear however, but will be kept indefinitely as an archive. It would take several years to transfer the information to this site and indeed, sadly some of it may no longer be relevant.

The old site will no longer be updated. It is available on

Welcome to our website!

BFVS – Filmmaking in Bristol, formerly Bristol Film and Video Society, is a leading, inclusive and multi-award-winning association of amateur filmmakers. We make dramas, documentaries and even music videos.

All aspects of film making are covered at our twice monthly meetings (usually one face-to-face meeting and one on Zoom) which run throughout the year.

We have produced several award-winning films in the past year and have had a very busy winter.

Why not join us for our next meeting? Email us at to find out how.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our next meeting :

Tuesday 16th April 2024 at 7.30 pm

On Zoom

Wildlife Photography & Film Making

An illustrated talk by Mike Pearce

Mike will be covering his experiences and development as a wildlife photographer and filmmaker over the last seven years.

The talk will include:

  • Excerpts from his first film – a filmed ‘autobiographical memoir’ made for a friend.
  • Early attempts at wildlife filming and first YouTube videos.
  • Equipment choices for photography and film making.
  • Post-processing video and sound
  • Useful techniques for wildlife filming
  • The premier of Mike’s film ‘The Northern Bald Ibis – Rescuing a Rarity’ filmed in Spain earlier this year.
  • Current filming projects

     There may even be a quiz to keep you on your toes!


Please send us your email address

Where are we?

Our face to face meetings are held at:

St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol. BS34 7PS.

Our car park entrance is at ///faced.remain.lots

The postcode on a SatNav will get you there, or …

from Filton roundabout take the A38 towards the centre of Bristol. After 200 metres there is a mini roundabout. Turn left into Elm Park. St Andrews Church is the large building on the corner. Turn immediately left again into the car park.

First Bus from Bristol City Centre:

             Bus numbers (74), (75), (m1 then 74) or (Y6).

Info subject to change – check their website!  Journey planner | First Bus.

Other meetings are held either online via the Zoom platform or at a one of a few well-known Bristol pubs.

Please check ‘Our next meeting‘ above for full details.