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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 by midday on Monday 25 October.


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?


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
  • 11:30 – 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.
  • 12:30 – Break
  • 12:45 – 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

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


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.


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

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.




At Cinema For All, we understand the challenges of setting up and maintaining a sustainable community cinema, as well as the benefit they provide to local communities. Yet, running a community cinema can equip you with skills and experience that can assist other groups!

That is why with On the Ground, we want to get community cinemas together – to share their ideas with one another and benefit from each other’s knowledge.

Our day-long event will encourage this with:

  • Panel discussions featuring local community cinemas sharing their stories
  • Two interactive training sessions: Marketing and Publicity and Attracting and Maintaining Volunteers for Your Community Cinema
  • Networking opportunities, so that you can get to know other groups in your region

There will also be chance to learn about how to become an On the Ground Champion, our regional support scheme which pairs groups looking for assistance with those willing to help and host them at one of their screenings.

So, 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 this event!

To register for your free ticket visit Eventbrite here. Please note, numbers are limited so reserve your tickets early to avoid disappointment! Please let us know if you have any access requirements in advance.

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!



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.



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, or 0114 2210314.


On 19 August, we are hosting a special networking event alongside Film Hub Northern Ireland at the Baltic Bar in Bullit Hotel, Belfast!

The day will begin with a networking workshop, so that you get the opportunity to get to know other exhibitors from across the region, share issues and ideas, and learn from one another.

You’ll then take part in a mini masterclass in Immersive Cinema. The masterclass will cover the basics of creating immersive screenings, the benefits and challenges, as well as showcasing this type of cinemas’ ability to build audiences and create unique, memorable events.

Finish off the day with a drink and the chance to keep those conversations going.

The event is completely free and will run from 15:00 – 18:00.
It’s not one to miss!


We are extremely excited to announce our new partnership with The Clay Factory in Ivybridge, Devon! From the end of March onwards, groups in Devon, Cornwall and the surrounding areas will be able to access Cinema For All’s ever-popular equipment hire scheme. For just £25 for members and £40 for non-members, a set of high quality screening equipment (projector, screen, sound system, Blu-ray player) can be hired and used to bring community cinema events to South West region.

To celebrate this new partnership,The Clay Factory are hosting a launch event with a screening of The Florida Project, as well as the chance to ask any questions you may have about the equipment or starting a community cinema. The event is on Saturday 24 March at 3:00pm and is free; register for a ticket here.

If any groups would like to hire the equipment, get in touch with Jay at or call the office on 0114 2210314.

Community Cinema Conference Programme

The 2016 Community Cinema Conference Programme is here!

We’re thrilled to present the 2016 Community Cinema Conference programme! This year’s conference is packed with Booking Scheme film previews, excellent panels, a welcome screening with Ashley Clark and of course the Film Society of the Year awards, co-presented by Danny Leigh!

See what exciting things we have in store!

Download the Community Cinema  Conference Brochure

In reflection of our 70th anniversary celebrations, the theme of this year’s conference is Community Cinema Heroes – the past, present and future of volunteer-led cinema. Through sessions and workshops we’ll be exploring the importance of individual volunteers, their impact on communities and how we can ensure the future of community cinema by being at the heart of the social and cultural lives of the people they serve.

Remember, you can apply to your local Film Hub for a bursary to help you attend the Community Cinema Conference.

Book now to join us for a brilliant weekend celebrating, championing and supporting community-led cinema!

See you soon!

Grow Your Own Cinema Project – Letham Lights

Grow Your Own Cinema is an exciting new project by Cinema For All and Voluntary Arts Scotland set up to encourage voluntary arts groups to put on their very own film events. Read all about the first film screening as part of the project that took place at Letham  Lights!
New community cinema Letham Lights have grown out of existing voluntary arts group, Letham Nights as a result of the Grow Your Own Cinema project. Operating from Letham Village Hall, a dedicated group of local volunteers have been running gigs in rural Fife since 2008. After attending the Grow Your Own Cinema: Fife training day in Kirkcaldy in May, some of the group decided to diversify their activity and Letham Lights was formed. Their first screening was farming documentary Addicted To Sheep on Saturday 21 August, preceded by short films starring local children.
On the day of the event, the group set up a tuck shop selling sweetie bags, crisps and popcorn along with home baking, beer, wine and pimms at the back of the hall. Before the films, a slideshow of old images of Letham was played on screen interspersed with slides from classic movies like King Kong and Dr Strangelove. Classic cinema-style tickets were issued to the 50+ audience members and the group produced their own feedback forms about the film, complete with a colouring-in sheep design on the back in homage to the Addicted To Sheep feature. Prior to the screening, they played a ‘Pearl & Dean’ style trailer for upcoming Letham Lights attractions, as the group plan to screen Ghostbusters (1984) in October and It’s A Wonderful Life in December.
This event was also featured in the Fife Herald in the run-up to the screening.
The next screening in the Grow Your Own Cinema project will be The Jungle Book (2016) by the newly formed Kelty Community Cinema in association with the Moray Development Trust on Sunday 25 September. There are further screenings scheduled for October in Inverness, Wester Hailes, Thornhill, Farr, Fort William and Falkland.
Here is a short film detailing the work of the Grow Your Own Cinema project:

Cinema For All South West

Community Cinema Info Days – Sept 2016 and Feb 2017

Thinking of setting up a film society, pop up screening, or community cinema in your area? Already running one, but want to find out what support/ funding is available? Want to share ideas and experiences with similar groups?

Cinema for All is hosting a series of community cinema info days in London, Leicester, Manchester and Bath. The sessions will provide information, advice and encouragement to those already running community screenings, as well as those thinking about setting one up.

The info days will be jam-packed with advice, support and invaluable tips to help you get started or develop what you’re already doing. We’ll also help you strengthen your links to each other, offer equipment advice and talk about funding opportunities.

Tea and coffee will be provided. Please let us know in advance of any access requirements.

To register your free ticket visit our Eventbrite page and select the location you wish to attend the event at.

For more information, get in touch with Jaq Chell on or visit

Cinema For All operates a Safe Spaces policy at all our events.