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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 local- and national - film fans, in addition to this festival, in addition to Horror-on-Sea, we are best known for running the prestigious Southend-on-Sea Film Festival, Essex's largest celebration of film. We also present regular film shows at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff and at other venues across South East Essex.

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 volunteer-run public shows, for which we only seek a modest donation of £2.00 (to assist with our running costs) - so do please come along and join us!

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
Financial Director: Stephen Podgorney
Programming: Paul Cotgrove
Public Relations: Tracy Jones

Brochure Designer: Leah Laverick
Brochure Editor & Programme Notes: David Simpson
Vinyl Banner Design: Phil Morrison

Website Administrator: Vanda Moyse
Social Media Manager: Lou Nosbod

Photography: Gaz de Vere
Front of House Managers: Vanda Moyse and Janet Wallis

Technical Director and Chief Projectionist: Mark Joseph
Festival Technical Support: Brian Warrens, Jon Eastoe, Kevin Faulkner, Chris Izod, and Leah Laverick

Festival AV Team: Hannah Harmon and Lewis Chandler

Festival Assistants: Tina Cotgrove, ​Andrew Joseph, Singh Lall, Gaile McDonald, Charlie Navarro, Christopher Roberts, Roger Robinson and Philip Rogers 

Festival Masterclass: Pat Higgins

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

Please email if you wish to contact any member of the team

Thank you for your sponsorhip
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