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. In addition to Horror-on-Sea, we are also delighted to present, over each second May Bank Holiday, the Southend-on-Sea Film Festival, Essex's largest celebration of film. 

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.

paul cotgrove
Managing Director: The White Bus Ltd 
Festival Director: Southend-on-Sea Film Festival and Horror on Sea Film Festival


Festival Director: Paul Cotgrove
Front of House Manager: David Simpson
Financial Director: Stephen Podgorney
Programming: Paul Cotgrove
Public Relations: Tracy Jones
Brochure Editor & Programme Notes: David Simpson
Website and Brochure Design and Development: James Holmes
Social Media Manager: Lou Nosbod
Photography: Niki Cornish
Chief Projectionist: Guy Douglas
Festival Technical Support: Brian Warrens, Richard Laverick, Heather Vine & Jon Eastoe

Festival Assistants: Tina Cotgrove, Heather Lucy, Roger Robinson, Jan Brown, Robert Farrow, Charlie Navarro, Christopher Roberts & Vanda Moyse

Festival Masterclass: Pat Higgins

Short Film Judges: Tracy Jones, Ken Hunt & Tom Croasdell

Please email filmfestival@thewhitebus.org.uk if you wish to contact any member of the team


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