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Sustain 2022 applications now open!

Applications now open for Sustain 2022!

We are delighted to announce that we are now recruiting for the next round of our popular coaching programme Sustain – helping community cinemas build on the sustainability of their group and return to screenings after lockdown, with some extra support.

Our BFI funded coaching programme runs between January and March and provides existing community cinemas with bursary support, as well as online coaching sessions led by our friendly, expert Cinema For All staff.

Sustain is broken down into three, exciting programmes:

 

Sustain Shine – for existing community cinemas to reflect on what they have achieved and where they want to go next. This programme will follow our previous and popular Sustain format, providing groups with three coaching sessions and a bursary of £200, to build on and explore the sustainability of their community cinema.

 

Sustain Develop – a programme for community cinemas with a clear idea of their next stage of development with a specific project. The programme will consist of three bespoke coaching sessions tailored to your group, along with a £600 bursary to help realise, plan and achieve your community cinema’s next ambition.

 

Sustain Collaborate – This programme will support groups with ideas for an interesting collaboration with other community cinemas. It provides a bursary of £1000 to help cover the costs of making your in person or online collaborative project happen.

The deadline for applications for all Sustain programmes is 4 January 2022. 97% of groups that apply have been successful in receiving support from Cinema For All’s coaching programmes.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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

 

BE ON THE ETIUDA&ANIMA FICC JURY

We are looking for a Cinema For All member to apply to represent community cinemas on the FICC Jury at the 28th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima in Krakow, Poland – taking place online this year, between 16-21 November 2021.

International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima is the oldest film festival in Poland showcasing the achievements of professionals, film students, and independent producers from all over the world.

The FICC Jury will consist of three people; one representative from Poland and two from other countries. As part of the jury panel, you will watch all films selected for the international competition of students’ films (Etiuda competition) and choose the FICC Don Quixote Prize winner.

Also, as a representative for Cinema For All, we will look to you to uncover some great, new films for our Booking Scheme and write a report on your experiences at the festival afterwards, which will feature on the Cinema For All website and on our social media channels.

Last year, David from The Futurist was selected to be on the FICC Jury for the festival, you can read his lovely report on his experiences here.

To apply, please download the short application form and return to Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk by midday on Monday 25 October.

ON THE GROUND SCOTLAND – CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS

Do you want to develop the audience of your community cinema and raise your profile? Interested in how to find and build relationships with partners that could help take your cinema to the next level?

Join Cinema For All online on Sunday 31 October 11am-1:30pm for our first On the Ground Scotland event, as we explore community cinema collaborations and the creative ways that groups have worked together. You will also gain top tips and inspiration for starting your own creative partnerships, that help one another flourish.

Collaborating with other organisations and community cinemas can be a great way to reach new audiences, raise the profile of your cinema, or even share the workload of a more ambitious idea. But where do you go to find the right group to partner with, and how do you make sure that you both get what you need out of working together?

REGISTER HERE FOR FREE

The online event features a masterclass session, led by Abi and Ellie from the Cinema For All team, along with an interactive panel discussion featuring inspiring speakers from community cinemas in Scotland who have created a range of brilliant events through collaboration.

Attendees will also have access to a preview screening of Oliver Sacks: His Own Life courtesy of our friends at Altitude.

Programme for event:

  • 11:00 – Welcome and introductions: A chance to connect with your fellow community cinemas
  • 11:15 – Creative Collaborations panel: Hear from other Scottish community cinemas as they share their experience in the power of working together to achieve amazing screenings or try something new. This is also your chance to ask questions and gain insight from your peers.
  • 12:15 – Break
  • 12:25 – Creative Collaborations masterclass: A 45 minute masterclass with Abi and Ellie from Cinema For All exploring the benefits of partnerships, with practical tips and inspiration.
  • 13:20 – Wrap up and final thoughts.

This workshop will take place on Zoom and will be BSL interpreted and captioned.

Please note, you do not have to be based in Scotland to attend and there is no limit to the number of group members, so please feel free to invite the rest of your team. We look forward to seeing you there!

This session is part of Cinema For All’s BFI-funded support scheme, On the Ground, connecting emerging or existing community cinemas from across the region to share skills, knowledge and expertise.  Any questions please get in touch with Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk.

Supported by the BFI,  awarding funds from the National Lottery.

Amazing opportunity for a Cinema For All Member to potentially represent community cinemas across the country and be on the jury at the 61st Krakow Film Festival, from 30 May until 6 June!

Taking place digitally again this year, Krakow Film Festival showcases outstanding documentaries, animations and short films from all over the world, as well as the latest and most important Polish productions. As part of the jury panel, you will get access to all films selected for the festival and many others submitted for the film market.

As a representative for Cinema For All, we will look to you to uncover some great, new films for our Booking Scheme and write a report on your experiences at the festival afterwards, which will feature on the Cinema For All website and on our social media channels.

To apply, please download and complete the short application form and return to Ellie, at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk by midday on Thursday 20 May. We will then select a candidate, and they will be put forward for consideration by the International Federation of Film Societies. Good luck!

ON THE GROUND: CINEMA ON THE MOVE

Outdoor screening are becoming more and more popular but with hefty hire prices for equipment and bigger box office splits it can often be a challenge for community cinemas.

Join Cinema For All for free online on Saturday 29 May between 2 – 3:15pm, as we hear from a handful of exhibitors who have created magical experiences for their audiences and taken community cinema outdoors…on a budget!

With inspiration and advice from community cinemas with experience and plenty of opportunity for questions and networking, this event is perfect for groups with ambition to run outdoor screenings. Featuring presentations from Friends of Cotteridge Park, Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema and Inspirate who will cover everything you need to know about taking your screenings outside, from logistics and costs, to audiences.

REGISTER HERE

This workshop will take place on Zoom and will be BSL interpreted and captioned, participants will receive a link in advance of the session. Please note, you do not have to be based in the West Midlands to attend and there is no limit to the number of group members, so please feel free to invite the rest of your team. We look forward to seeing you there!

This session is part of Cinema For All’s regional BFI-funded support scheme, On the Ground, connecting emerging or existing community cinemas from across the region to share skills, knowledge and expertise.

Any questions please get in touch with Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk.

On the Ground: Cinema on the Move features as part of Flatpack Festival 2021’s Film Camp programme.

Film Camp is series of free, online workshops, open to everyone from multi-screen venue and festivals to community cinema organisers and student film groups. Other sessions as part of the 2021 programme include What is Audio Description? and The Future of Cinema: What About Me?

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

 

ON THE GROUND: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Are you based in the West Midlands? Looking for advice on how to build for the long-term?  Join Cinema For All from the comfort of your own home on Saturday 20 February between 10am-1pm, as we explore long-term strategies for your cinema through our BFI-funded scheme On the Ground! On the Ground: West Midlands connects emerging and existing community cinema exhibitors from across the region, to share skills, knowledge and expertise!

REGISTER HERE

VIEW THE FULL PROGRAMME HERE

Our free event On the Ground: Building a Sustainable Future will be held on Zoom and will look at how you can continue to grow the sustainability of your group during this difficult period, whilst you are unable to screen as normal.

With a focus on practical steps you can take now, On the Ground: Building a Sustainable Future explores long-term strategies for your community cinemas, including different fundraising opportunities, tips on how to make your applications stand out, as well as advice for attracting and maintaining volunteers for your cinema.

The event features a masterclass session, led by Abi and Ellie from the Cinema For All team, along with an interactive panel discussion featuring inspiring speakers from West Midlands based community cinemas and organisations, including Yvonne Gregory, Fundraising Manager for Creative Black Country, who will share local fundraising opportunities and advice.

As part of the event, attendees will also be able access an exclusive screening of Farewell Amor provided as part of a 3 months free offer from our partners at MUBI.

If you have any questions about On the Ground, please email Ellie on ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk.

Please note there is no limit to the number of group members that can attend, so feel free to share with the rest of your team. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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

 

Julia reports back from Caminhos do Cinema Português

Julia from No Planet B tells us all about their exciting in-person experience on the IFFS Jury for Caminhos do Cinema Português which took place in Coimbra, Portugal from 9 November – 5 December 2020. 

While film festivals around the world were forced to cancel, postpone or move their entire programme online, the Caminhos do Cinema Português in Coimbra, Portugal defied expectations by delivering an in-person event in 2020. Caminhos is unique in that it focuses on Portuguese-language films, celebrating home-grown independent cinema that isn’t often exhibited internationally outside of the film festival circuit.

Through Cinema for All and the International Federation of Film Societies, I was selected to attend Caminhos as a member of their FICC/IFFS Jury. Two other jurors and I, from Portugal, Catalonia, and the UK respectively, were tasked with watching the 45 shorts, mid-length films and features (spanning documentary, fiction and animation) in the Seleção Caminhos, with the goal of awarding one film the Don Quijote prize. The other two jurors were unfortunately unable to attend the festival in person, so they watched the eligible films on FilmFreeway and we kept in touch via Whatsapp and email throughout the festival to share our highlights and insights from the programme. 

I travelled to Coimbra, a city in central Portugal that is home to one of the country’s oldest universities as well as the Caminhos festival, via Porto. It was strange to travel from London, in the midst of a second national lockdown, to Portugal where all the shops, cafes and restaurants appeared to be open, albeit with strict rules on the use of masks and hand sanitiser. That being said, a state of emergency was in place while I was there, which meant that during the first weekend I was under curfew and had to stay in my hotel from 1pm until the following morning. Fortunately, I had lots of festival films to watch on FilmFreeway to keep me busy! The weather was certainly an improvement on November in London.

Highlights included the tense coming-of-age story Patrick, directed by Gonçalo Waddington, the thought-provoking courtroom drama Submissão (Submission) directed Leonardo António and O Fim do Mundo (A World Ends) directed by Basil da Cunha, which follows a young man returning to Reboleira after eight years in a correctional facility.

There was considerable buzz around Listen, a Portugal-UK co-production rumoured to be Portugal’s submission to the Academy Awards. Set in the London suburbs, the social realist drama was directed by former actress Ana Rocha and stars Lúcia Moniz, who may be familiar to UK audiences as Colin Firth’s romantic interest in Love, Actually. The film follows a Portuguese immigrant family who battle with social services over the care of their children, and features an excellent performance from young Deaf actress, Maisie Sly.

One of my favourite films was Cláudia Varejão’s docu-fiction Amor Fati, a tapestry of love in its different forms: between couples, family and between humans and their pets. I discovered after viewing that the filmmaker had cast real partners and families in the film, thus making their affection for each other feel authentic and beautiful.

Numerous films in the programme addressed Portugal’s history of colonialism. This was especially interesting to me, since we in the UK are increasingly attempting to reckon with our own colonial past. Um Animal Amarelo (A Yellow Animal) followed a journey between former Portuguese colonies Brazil and Mozambique. I was impressed by José Barahona’s participatory documentary Nheengatu, which focuses on the hybrid language spoken by many indigenous communities in the Amazon. The director gives smartphones to his participants to allow them to film aspects of their everyday life, and includes their critical or curious comments about his presence in the final edit.

Catavento dir. João Rosas

There were many outstanding short and mid-length films in the Seleção Caminhos, although it was sometimes challenging to compare them to the longer features when considering the award. Catavento (Wind Vane) was the last instalment in a trilogy by João Rosas, following a young man growing up in Lisbon. I enjoyed Mesa (Table), a witty animation about a dinner party, which won the prize for best poster and best original soundtrack. My favourite short, which ended up winning the prize for its section, was Bustarenga, directed by Ana Maria Gomes. It’s a documentary about Ana’s trip to a small village to see family; she asks them about the existence of Prince Charming and seeks their advice on how to find a boyfriend, with hilarious results.  

After we had all watched the eligible films, we conducted our jury deliberations over Zoom. Following a short discussion, we unanimously decided to give an honourable mention to the mid-length film Catavento, directed by João Rosas. We recognised the warmth and affection Rosas felt for his characters in the final part of this coming-of-age trilogy. The Don Quijote prize was awarded to Basil da Cunha’s O Fim do Mundo. We were impressed by the director’s sensitive work with non-professional actors and his familiarity with and compassion for the community of Reboleira, gained by living and working there for a decade. Being the only FICC juror present at the festival meant I had to present our jury’s prize onstage at the Caminhos award ceremony, which was somewhat intimidating! I delivered our jury statement in English, while the host kindly translated it into Portuguese. 

Overall, it was an interesting new experience and an in-depth introduction to contemporary Portuguese-language film! I live in the Portuguese neighbourhood in London, so it made me think about bringing new, independent Portuguese cinema to Portuguese speakers here, since many of these films won’t get distribution in the UK. 

Words: Julia, No Planet B

 

APPLY FOR SUSTAIN 2020

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR OUR THREE NEW SUSTAIN PROGRAMMES

We are delighted to be launching our Summer round of our popular coaching programme Sustain!

Our BFI funded coaching programme, assists existing community cinemas with bursary support and online coaching sessions led by the friendly, expert Cinema For All staff and is perfect for learning new skills, developing existing ones or planning your next great project!

This year we have created three new, exciting programmes to help groups at different places in their community cinema journey:

Sustain Shine– for existing community cinemas to reflect on what they have achieved and where they want to go next. This programme will follow our previous and popular Sustain format, providing groups with three coaching sessions and a £200 bursary to build on and explore the sustainability of their community cinema.

Sustain Develop – a new programme for community cinemas with a clear idea that they want to work towards or develop. The programme will consist of three bespoke coaching sessions tailored to your group, along with a £600 bursary, to help realise, plan and achieve your community cinema’s next ambition.

Sustain Collaborate – another new programme building on our Collaborate project last year and seeing the great work that can be achieved when we work together. This programme will support groups with ideas for an interesting digital collaboration with other community cinemas, providing a bursary of £1000 to make your ideas for an exciting online event or screening, a reality!

With community cinemas currently unable to carry out their regular screenings at the moment, our Sustain programmes are perfect for any community cinemas looking for a chance to reflect, plan or develop new ideas.

The deadline for all applications is 5 June 2020. More information about each programme can be found here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

APPLICATIONS FOR NEXT GEN 2019 ARE NOW OPEN!

Next Gen – Summer Round

We are delighted to announce our new coaching programme Next Gen, dedicated to helping groups of under 30 year old’s (or those working with eg: in youth clubs or colleges) to set up their own community cinemas!

  • 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, youth club) that would like to start up their own cinema?
  • Looking for an exciting Summer programme to engage young people?

Next Gen is here to help you!

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

With a £400 bursary to put towards your first two test screenings, you can enjoy the freedom of testing out your ideas, without the financial risk. Our coaching sessions will provide you with both motivation and knowledge in areas including, getting started, marketing and publicity, special events, technical advice, fundraising and more. You will be supported in the programme by the advice, guidance and expertise of our friendly, expert team who will guide you through the process and be with you every step of the way.

Past young groups we have worked with have said:

‘This has been an eye-opening opportunity. It allowed a group of young people to really take ownership of their own community cinema and take pride in what they have achieved.’ – Futurist Cinema, Yorkshire.

‘This has been informative and valuable… I can’t wait to put it on my CV!’ – Nyara Creative Collective, Yorkshire

 

Deadline for all applications is 6 June 2019. Coaching sessions will commence from 12 June 2019 should your application be successful. We’ve kept the application process quick and simple so you can get started with ease! If you have any access requirements or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0114 2210314 or email Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Find out more, read the application guidance notes and apply here.

 

Cinema For All – On the Ground Launch Event

The Clay Factory, Ivybridge

Saturday 20 October, 1 – 6:30pm

Do you want to start screening films in your community?

Are you already screening films?

Want to develop skills in audience development, programming and screening equipment?

Join Cinema For All for the launch of On the Ground – a new face to face support scheme providing regional advice and assistance to community cinemas in Devon and Cornwall.

Whether you are a new group looking to start screening films in your community, an existing group in search of some additional support, or an experienced group keen to share your stories and advice to help others, we have something for everyone at our special launch event!

Over the course of the afternoon you will:

  • Gain practical skills and information through our Equipment and Technical Training and Audience Development and Film Programming Masterclasses
  • Learn more about On the Ground: how it works and how you can get involved in becoming one of our regional community cinema Champions
  • Meet and network with local organisations that can offer further support in your region, including Film Hub South West and Cinema For All South West, as well as other community cinemas, both new and established

We will then bring the afternoon to a close with a special screening of the critically acclaimed film, The Rider.

This event will help you develop your skills, your connections and your community!

To register for your free ticket visit Eventbrite and reserve your space HERE. Tickets will be limited so please reserve your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Please let us know if you have any access requirements in advance.

We hope to see you there!

 

ABOUT ON THE GROUND

On the Ground is Cinema For All’s new, regional support scheme, providing face to face advice to community cinemas in Devon and Cornwall.

We understand the challenges of setting up and running sustainable voluntary community cinemas, as well as the benefits they bring to local people.

With On the Ground, we are looking to not only recruit groups who are looking for assistance, but also those who are willing to share their knowledge and skills with others – with the aim of building a network of committed, community cinema specialists, who can represent Cinema For All as On the Ground Champions.

Being an On the Ground Champion is a great opportunity for your share your skills and knowledge about screening films with fellow community cinemas, creating an ever-thriving community cinema sector we can all enjoy.

You can be a Champion by doing one, or all, of the below:

– Informing new and existing community cinemas about services that will help them such as Cinema For All, Cinema For All South West, Film Hub etc.

– Leading a workshop on a topic in community cinema exhibitions such as Equipment Training, Film Programming, Marketing etc. The Cinema For All team can help guide you on how to run these workshops.

– Share your knowledge of your region and local area to help connect Cinema For All with existing and potential community cinemas.

– Spreading the word about community cinema!

In return for being a Champion, we can offer your group some free coaching support and expenses incurred visiting groups across the region.

 

GET IN TOUCH

For more information about On the Ground, becoming a community cinema Champion or to book a training session for your group, please get in touch with Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk, or 0114 2210314.