Application are now open for the Autumn round of Cinema For All’s coaching programme for young people, Next Gen!



Audio reading of Next Gen webpage:


  • Are you under 30 and looking to screen films in your community or at your university?
  • Do you work with young people (in a school, college or youth club) that would like to set up their own cinema?
  • Interested in a programme that will engage young people online, in which they can plan exciting events?

Our BFI funded coaching programme Next Gen is tailored to help groups of people under 30, or those working with the age group (in youth clubs or colleges), set up their own community cinemas!

Next Gen comprises of four online coaching sessions, providing you with both the motivation and knowledge in areas including:

  • Setting up a community cinema
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Special events
  • Venue and equipment
  • Fundraising and more!

Each coaching session is delivered over Zoom, a free online video call programme, making it easy for everyone to join in from their homes and for the workshops to run at a time that is convenient for you.

The coaching sessions will be accompanied by a £400 bursary to put towards your first two test screenings (to take place between September – November 2021) allowing you to the freedom of testing out your ideas, without the financial risk. You will be supported in the programme with the advice and expertise of our friendly, experienced Cinema For All team who will guide you through the process and be with you every step of the way.

Cinema For All represents over 1,200 community cinemas in the UK and in our last four years running starting up coaching programmes we’ve helped over 70 groups kick start their community cinema. Our previous work with under 30’s proved that taking ownership of and running a community cinema increases confidence, builds team working abilities and develops knowledge and skills that are transferable to professional environments.  Next Gen will follow on from this work, offering tailored support for under 30’s to kick start their community cinemas.


Past young groups we have worked with have said:

‘My coaching sessions during the Next Gen programme was a real confidence booster for me. Over a couple of months, Cinema For All helped me in hourly coaching sessions covering event curation, marketing and licensing. Cinema For All’s help reinvigorated my purpose and helped my platform to grow to deliver stronger digital screenings for Spring 2021. This has been a period of growth and strengthening and I thank Cinema For All for all of their support, patience, skilled expertise, knowledge and encouragement.’  UNDR LNDN, Next Gen.


Next Gen Itinerary:

Session 1: Questionnaire, goals and Starting Up session.
Session 2: Your choice of second session.
Screening 1: Aim to have your first screening take place by end of October 2021.
Session 3: Your choice of third session.
Session 4: Your choice of fourth session.
Screening 2: Aim to have your second screening take place by end of November 2021.
Final Session: Reflection session.



To apply, please complete the application form comprising of four short questions and send it to Ellie at by midnight 25 August 2021. Coaching sessions will commence from 6 September 2021.

Download the application here. Please read the Guidance Notes and Terms and Conditions before applying.

Cinema For All is committed to making the application process for our coaching programmes as accessible as possible. We welcome applications either by:

  • The original written application
  • Video file
  • Audio file
  • Or you can arrange a Zoom call with Ellie or Abi and they will write your answers as you say them

Cinema For All values diversity and we encourage applications from people of African or Caribbean heritage, people of South, East and South East Asian heritage, people who experience racism, LGBTQI+ people and people with disabilities.

We also encourage applications from groups based in Wolverhampton, Cumbria, Grimsby and Derry/Londonderry in particular, as cinema provision in these areas is lower than in other parts of the country, but groups from all over the UK are welcome to apply.

If you have any access requirements and would like an alternative way to apply, please contact Ellie at and we will endeavour to help. We apologise that we are not able to offer support over the phone at this time as the Cinema For All team are working remotely and we unfortunately do not have our usual office phone access. However, we can arrange to talk over Zoom with you.

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.

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Audio reading of  Next Gen application form:


Audio reading of Next Gen guidance notes and terms and conditions:


With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.