about the white bus
We are based at The Old Waterworks, an arts centre housed in a Victorian water works, where we have our office and Cinema. We specialise in film and video production, distribution, education and exhibition.
To the local film going, in addition to this festival, we are perhaps best known for our monthly film shows at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff, and other screenings in South East Essex. We are also delighted to present, each January, ‘Horror-on-Sea’, a festival showcasing new independent horror films - click here to find out more.
Our Cinema is available for private hire for previews, birthday parties, etc. Our Archive is home to over 3,000 reels of 16mm and 35mm film, comprising over 270 British feature films, an extensive collection of material by iconic director Lindsay Anderson (whose drama documentary The White Bus inspired our company name) and hundreds of short films, documentaries and cartoons. Selections from the Archive are shown in our Cinema every Wednesday evening from 7pm. These are public shows, and admission is free, so please do join us! The films in the Archive are also available for private viewing in the Cinema.
Do please get in touch if you would like to know more about our activities.
Managing Director: The White Bus Ltd
Festival Director: Southend-on-Sea Film Festival and Horror on Sea Film Festival
Festival Director: Paul Cotgrove
Festival Director's PA Gala Night: Heather Vine
Front of House Manager (Opening Gala): David Simpson
VIP Assistants: Claudia Brown & Fran Brown
Front of House Managers (Main Festival): Vanda Moyse & Jan Wallis
Financial Director: Stephen Podgorney
Funding Manager: Giles Tofield
Programming: Paul Cotgrove
Public Relations: Tracy Jones
Brochure Editor & Programme Notes: David Simpson
Website Design & Development: Vanda Moyse
Brochure Design & Development: Lucy Player
Social Media Manager: Lou Dobson
Photography: Niki Cornish
Projection Team: Guy Douglas, Kevin Faulkner & Chris Izod
Festival Technical Support: Brian Warrens, Harrison Aston-Jobin, Richard Laverick & Jamie Mather
Festival Assistants: Tina Cotgrove, Debbie Douglas, Robert Farrow, Gaile MacDonald, Charlie Navarro, Diane Pinnock & Roger Robinson
Special Thanks: Daryl Easlea, Neil Harding, Phil Morrison, Art of The Village, Adam Ramet, Philip Rogers & Rebekah Louisa Smith - The Film Festival Doctor
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to contact any member of the team