What’s On



We welcome you to Sheffield with a fresh look at a classic piece of cinema Harvey, accompanied by a masterclass from Emmie McFadden of Sheffield Hallam University about the depiction of mental health on the big screen. This fresh look at Harvey is not to be missed. Followed by excellent complimentary wine and nibbles at Fusion Organic Café.


KEYNOTE AND WELCOME: We are thrilled to be joined by Anandi Ramamurthy, Reader in Post-Colonial Cultures and Senior Lecturer in Media at Sheffield Hallam University. Anandi will be talking about Palestinian Cinema: Inside Out – exploring dominant themes and aesthetics within cinema of Palestine, whilst also highlighting the diasporic and refugee cinema coming out of Lebanon, Syria and even Europe/US.

We are also very excited to premiere Cinema For All’s new archive short celebrating 100 years since women’s suffrage: Vote100: Born a Rebel, which has been made in partnership with the North West Film Archive, the Yorkshire Film Archive and the North East Archive.

SESSION 1 – Uniting Communities Through Film: A session looking at reaching disengaged and disenfranchised cinema audiences, and how the power of film can build and even rebuild communities. Chair: Ellie Ragdale, Handmade Cinema/ Cinema For All
Plus speakers TBC.
SESSION 2 – Community Cinema Review of the Year: Your fellow volunteers will be exchanging experiences and sharing ideas in a interactive panel session hosted by Deborah Parker. Followed by your chance to share your own community cinema story in our brand new Stories Exchange.
SESSION 3 – Masterclass with Danny Leigh.

C’est la Vie -the follow up from the makers of Intouchables. 
Skate Kitchen – excellent new film exploring female skate culture from the maker of The Wolf Pack.
Anchor and Hope – 
a comedy drama in which two women and their male friend agree to conceive a child together.


Do not miss the highlight of the weekend, the Film Society of the Year Awards and after party. Co-presented by Sheffield’s Lord Mayor Magid Magid. Complimentary drinks, pizza and dancing ’til midnight! If you want to just join us for the awards, tickets are only £5 – which includes all refreshments and access to the after party! Full weekend passes already include this, so no need to buy again.


SESSION 4 – HOW TO MAKE YOUR SCREENINGS UNMISSABLE: a session looking at immersive cinema, and making risky film choices exciting and accessible events that are not to be missed. CHAIR: Oriana Franceschi, Cinema For All plus panellists TBC

THE CINEMA FOR ALL AGM: meet the trustees and team and have your say in the direction of the charity

SESSION 5 – MINI MASTERCLASS, YOUR SCREEN AND YOUR FUTURE: how to make your community cinema sustainable, with Jaq Chell and Abi Standish


L’Apparition –Xavier Giannoli’s story of a reporter investigating a young French woman who claims to have seen the Virgin Mary.
3000 Nights – the story of a Palestinian woman, who whilst in jail, gives birth to a son.
Columbus – a US drama in which two strangers bond over discussions of the architecture of Columbus, Indiana.

‘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 a massive 50%.

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


  • delicious lunches on Saturday and Sunday by our good friends Homemade by Thelma’s
  • evening nibbles on Friday night
  • evening pizza party on Saturday night (courtesy of our generous sponsors Octagon Films)
  • morning refreshments
  • access to the awards after-party on Saturday night, where you can dance, chat, drink and nibble with us until midnight (drinks courtesy of our generous supporters Magic Rock)
  • *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/


If you need accommodation in Sheffield for the Community Cinema Conference, Jurys Inn have kindly offered a discounted room rate between 7-9 September for all attendees.

This code means that your booking will be just £70 per night (room only) or £75 per night (bed and breakfast). The code can be applied to both double rooms, and double plus single rooms.

Just enter the code CINEMA2018 under ‘Add Promotional or Group Code’ to redeem your discount.


The Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards are supported by Filmbankmedia, MPLC, Sheffield Hallam University, Magic Rock and Octagon Films, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. More supporters TBC.