This year’s On the Ground programme will focus on climate action and ways that community cinemas can reduce their impact on the climate and become greener cinemas.

We are looking for 8 forward-thinking community cinemas, film societies or film clubs from across the UK who are:

  • open to new ideas,
  • have the ability to dream big about the possibilities and think collaboratively,
  • and are ready to share their experiences and learning with others.

Taking place over three sessions (running September, November 2022 and February 2023) the focus group will explore the possibilities, as well as the barriers, facing the community cinema sector in regards to engaging in climate action. After this, members of the group will commit to an idea of their own to test with their cinema over a three month period.

If you are interested in climate action, or have been wondering what your organisation can do to reduce its impact, however big or small – join On the Ground and together we can create positive change for our communities and our climate.

We welcome participants at any stage of their learning or climate action journey. This is an inclusive space where we are all learning together.

If you’d like to get involved complete our short Expression of Interest form to be part of our focus group.

Deadline for expression of interest 31st August 2022.


Project Timeline:

  • September session (online): Share ideas and explore solutions

We will engage in activities exploring the barriers that make taking climate action challenging and work together to find potential solutions.

The focus group reunites at the conference and feeds back to wider sector about September’s session. A guest speaker from a climate action background will share information or learning to help empower us to feel confident on our climate action goal. The focus group and attendees will then make an action or pledge for an idea they will test over the next three months, this can be big or small.

  • February session (online) Reviewing and Legacy

The focus group reunites to check in and review pledges and actions and discuss learning from this trial period.


On the Ground is supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.