Sorry, applications for Launchpad are currently closed.


  • Want to start screening films in your community?
  • Looking to gain practical skills and motivation?
  • Lacking the funds to get started?

Cinema For All can help you!

Autumn is a really great time to start screening films for your community, as people look for things to do inside as the weather turns cooler and the nights draw in.

Our BFI funded coaching programme Launchpad offers you four focused coaching sessions with experts from the Cinema For All team and a £300 bursary to help you launch your amazing community cinema. The coaching sessions offer both motivational and practical support in areas including:

  • How to get started – licences and beyond
  • Venue and equipment
  • Marketing
  • Audience development
  • Fundraising
  • Special events
  • Accessibility
  • Selecting films

Each workshop is conducted over Skype so they can happen at your convenience and with the option of multiple attendees. Alongside the advice from our friendly, expert team, the workshops will help you develop definitive skills and grow your confidence. The workshops are accompanied with a tool kit packed with information, tips and advice that will guide you through your coaching sessions and beyond.

The £300 bursary (£150 per screening) gives you the freedom to run two test screenings and learn from them without the financial risk. This helps you understand your audience and their tastes as well as grow your vision for your community cinema.

‘We would recommend anyone thinking about setting up a community cinema to take the leap with Launchpad. A scheme that supports, uplifts and helps shoulder the risk whilst you find your feet. The intensive coaching was brilliant for answering all our questions and signposting areas for future development. We wouldn’t be here without Cinema For All’s knowledge and encouragement. Thank you’ – Social Features, Scotland

Launchpad Itinerary:

Session 1: Assessment, goals and Starting Up workshop.
Session 2: Marketing and publicity workshop
Screening 1: Your first screening must take place by 6 October 2019
Session 3: Venue and Equipment workshop + review of your first screening
Session 4: Selected fourth workshop (topic of your choice)
Screening 2: Your second screening must take place by 20 November 2019
Final Session: Reflection session



Please download the application form here and email it to Abi at by the 6 September 2019.

Please be sure to read our guidance notes and terms and conditions before applying.

Cinema For All values diversity and we encourage applications from BAME, LGBTQI+ people and people with disabilities.

If you have any access requirements and cannot fill out the application form, please contact Abi over the phone on 0114 2210314 or email and we can arrange an alternative method of application.

The coaching sessions will begin from 6 September 2019 for successful applicants and all coaching sessions and both screenings must have been completed by 30 November 2019.

As a BFI supported initiative there is priority given to programmes that support British, independent and specialised cinema. You can read the BFI’s definition of specialised cinema here.

Applicants will be scored on their knowledge and understanding of the make-up and diversity of their community and a range of efforts made to reach diverse groups within their community. You can read more about the BFI’s standards on and definition of diversity here.

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