2017 Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards, 10-12 November, Showroom Workstation and The Void, Sheffield Hallam University

Join Cinema For All in Sheffield on 10-12 November for the UK’s biggest gathering of film societies, community cinemas, village screens and film clubs for a weekend-long celebration of volunteer-led cinema!

Community cinemas are the heart of the social and cultural lives of the people they serve. With that in mind, the theme of this year’s conference is Your Audience and You – we will be bringing together organisers and audience members to really delve into important issues such as building taste, marketing and publicity, audience research and reactions, reaching young people and making risky film choices. We will be running workshops, masterclasses and sessions to help you get the most out of the weekend.

We will also be showcasing a selection of upcoming titles from the Cinema For All Booking Scheme, including shorts, docs and the best in world cinema. Titles will be confirmed closer to the time.



Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev (2017) Russia | France, 127 mins

Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. After witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears.

We have built in plenty of time for you to spend in the company of your fellow community cinema organisers, both throughout the day and in the evenings – join us on the Friday night for welcome drinks and nibbles, and do not miss the highlight of the weekend, the Film Society of the Year Awards and after-party. We’ll be putting on some delicious evening food and dancing ’til midnight!

By meeting other film societies we felt part of something much bigger and that our efforts are appreciated and recognised more widely.” – Lost In Film

Average ticket price for the whole weekend is just £85 (Member rate) – all lunches, morning refreshments and evening nibbles are included! We are very grateful to our event supporters and sponsors for helping us subsidise our ticket price and offer you even more than ever before! Their support helps us reduce the average cost of a weekend pass by 50%.

For tickets please visit our Eventbrite page here.

We’re also happy to introduce a new discounted ticket for students and under 26s which is just £65.

More of what’s on:
Friday night networking drinks and film screening at The Void
Panel sessions, workshops and seminars featuring community cinema and industry experts
Previews of upcoming features, shorts and documentaries to help you boost your programme
Special Q&As/film introductions
The 48th Film Society of the Year Awards hosted by a special guest TBC
Post-awards celebratory party ‘til late with food, music, dancing and more!
Plenty of opportunities to chat with people who run community screenings from all over the UK
The Cinema For All AGM – meet the trustees and team

delicious lunches on Saturday and Sunday by our good friends Homemade by Thelmas
evening nibbles on Friday night
evening pizza party on Saturday night (courtesy of our generous sponsors)
morning and afternoon refreshments
access to the awards after-party on Saturday night, where you can dance, chat, drink and nibble with us until midnight

*day passes are available on request

Cinema For All operates a Safe Spaces policy at all our events.

If you are a member of your local Film Hub, you may apply to them for a bursary towards the cost of the conference. To find out who your local Hub is and to get in touch visit: http://cinemaforall.org.uk/about-cinema-for-all/partners/film-audience-network/

To book a room for just £69 per night at the Jury’s Inn, head to https://www.jurysinns.com and pop in the offer code CINEMA1011.

The Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards are supported by Filmbankmedia, MPLC, the BFI, Octagon Films and more supporters TBC.

For tickets please visit our Eventbrite page here.