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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.

Best of 2016 – Cinema For All Office Picks

The Best of 2016 lists are starting to pop up so we thought we would join in too! In no particular order, here is a list of films of 2016 that we’ve enjoyed at the cinema this year:

Mustang (Dir: Deniz Gamze Ergüven / France | Germany | Turkey | Qatar)


Creed (Dir: Ryan Coogler / USA)


Paterson (Dir: Jim Jarmusch / USA | Germany | France)


The Childhood of a Leader (Dir: Brady Corbet / UK | France | Hungary)


The Pearl Button (Dir: Patricio Guzmán /  France | Spain | Chile | Switzerland)


Grandma (Dir: Paul Weitz / USA)


Victoria (Dir: Sebastian Schipper / Germany)


Kate Plays Christine (Dir: Robert Greene /  USA)


Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Dir: Taika Waititi /  New Zealand)


Sweet Bean (Dir: Naomi Kawase / Japan | France | Germany)



Moving Image Archive Report – Grow Your Own Cinema

Morvern Cunningham, our Grow Your Own Cinema Project Officer reports on her visit to the Moving Image Archive in Scotland last week. 

The Moving Image Archive is Scotland’s national collection of moving image and is held at the National Library, part of Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. The archive, which is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary, is open to the public 5 days a week and is a free drop-in facility with no membership card required to access its archive material.

The material available spans Scottish life over the decades in both professional and amateur films, dating from as early as the turn of the 20th century to the late 1980’s, and the database is being added to all the time. You can watch over 1,900 clips and full-length films from the collection on the Moving Image Archive catalogue, and even more onsite at Kelvin Hall (some films aren’t available to view online due to data protection and copyright issues). You can view the full catalogue via various computers onsite, or watch highlights from the catalogue at a series of viewing stations.


The onsite catalogue is identical to the online catalogue, the only difference being the amount of archive films available to view: You can search the catalogue using a variety of methods, including searching for a year or type of film, or using keywords, the easiest of which initially could be place names. However, Learning and Outreach Officer Emily Munro also had interesting ideas of how to access the material housed in the archive creatively, including looking at themes that could pertain to a certain area through the Subject, Genre or Series search functions.


For a group wanting to screen a film publicly, they would have to contact the Moving Image Archive in the first instance to see if they have a DVD copy of the film(s) available and who owns the copyright. If a DVD copy is unavailable, there will be a charge for having a DVD made, as well as a hire fee of £10 (& VAT) plus postage. The next step in exhibiting a chosen film would be to obtain the rights to screen it. If a third party owns the copyright, groups would have to contact this third party for permission to screen the film, which may be a broadcaster, corporation or individual. Often, third parties will not charge for exhibition rights, as long as the exhibitor is not charging an entrance fee or benefiting financially from the screening. There is also an additional charge payable to the Moving Image Archive for each public screening of one of the films in their catalogue. Here is a list of current MIA screening rates for exhibiting material from the archive to the public: For participating Grow Your Own Cinema groups and other community cinema exhibitors, the rates would be as follows per screening: £8.33 for a film up to 15mins long, £12.50 for a film up to 30mins long, £16.66 for a film up to 60mins long and £20.83 for a film 60mins long or more (excluding VAT). As a result, you would probably be looking at around £25 per archive film screening.

It’s certainly worth having a dig around in the archive for ideas for archive films your audiences might like to see. Personally, I think this film is my new current favourite from the archive: It depicts a hen party in the late 80s in Glasgow and reflects a place and time at once very familiar whilst at the same time very much from another era, conjuring up a sense of happiness and sadness at its loss at the same time.

Find out more about the archive here:

Julia Vickers’ Suggested Programme

Thanks to Julia Vickers of Bracknell Film Society for contributing this suggested programme of Booking Scheme titles, if you’d like to suggest a programme please get in touch

An autumn season programme for an established Film Society showing twice a month plus occasional special screenings. Located in a suburban area with a multiplex cinema in easy reach and independent exhibition a bit further away. Unapologetically taken from the ever-expanding BFFS Booking Scheme Catalogue!


A season ‘launch’ after the summer break, a popular world cinema title that your audience may have missed:


The start of your educational themed season; this autumn features 3 films by director Roberto Rossellini. The season is introduced by a talk from your friendly local university lecturer.

Rome Open City
Rome, Open City


Rossellini season second and final films:

Germany Year Zero
Germany Year Zero
Il Generale della Rovere
Il Generale della Rovere

Plus Halloween Special:

  • Young Frankenstein | Mel Brooks | US | 1974
  • + The Shed (award-winning Osprey short from Keswick Film Festival)


Your annual silent with live piano accompaniment:

The Gold Rush
The Gold Rush

A recent title unlikely to have been seen by your audience:

  • Margaret | Kenneth Lonergan | US | 2011 (critically admired, disgracefully neglected)
  • Our Ordered Lives (award-winning Osprey short from Keswick Film Festival)


Plus Kid’s Club/Family Film:

The Prince and The Pauper
The Prince and The Pauper


Your documentary slot, this year tying in with World Aids Day:


A recent title unlikely to have been seen by your audience:


Christmas Social Special:

Road to Rio
Road to Rio

Julia Vickers

A fantasy programme…

To celebrate the new MPLC Collection I have had a go at picking my own programme of films from the list for my fantasy community cinema – housed in a rural village hall with bakery & pub attached.

The Bryony Village Cinema Autumn Season 2013

To kick my season off with a bang I have chosen a bona fide classic. Regularly voted the best car chase ever this Gene Hackman starring thriller won 5 Oscars on its release in 1971. Popeye and Buddy are New York Cops on the hunt for the source of European drugs flooding into the city. Groundbreaking in its day and the source of inspiration for generations of action movies that followed, what better way to get my audience coming back for more. And if they really loved it I’d have a special screening of the sequel.



One of the most critically acclaimed films of last year, I am (selfishly) programming this film because I missed it the first time round – but maybe my audience did too! The film is a powerful emotional thriller with a stand out performance from Elizabeth Olsen, a young girl who gets mixed up with a cult whose leader is played by the ever brilliant John Hawkes.



Something a little bit different for my Halloween special, Gene Wilder stars as the grandson of the famous Frankenstein trying to play down the family fame. That is until he discovers his grandfathers journal, “How I Did It” and just can’t resist.

A hysterical parody of 1930s horror films from the director of Blazing Saddles.



I couldn’t work for the British Federation of Film Societies and not include something with a  distinctly British feel. Based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s introspective sci-fi novel, Never Let Me Go follows a trio of children from their English boarding school to a shocking discovery that will stifle their yearnings for freedom and adventure. Andrew Garfield gives a heartbreaking performance and is my pick of the excellent cast which also features Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrea Riseborough.



  • December: Margaret | Kenneth Lonergan | US | 2011

There was an uproar in the critical community when this excellent film was only being shown at one London cinema last year. It was eventually picked up by some regional screens but in my duty to give my audience access to films that deserve to be seen – I have picked this engaging drama starring Anna Paquin as a 17 year old struggling to deal with her role in a fatal car accident.



What better treat for a Christmas ‘do’ than Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in sparkly frocks in this Howard Hawkes classic.

One that parents will be happy to bring their kids to, Wes Anderson‘s brilliant adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic.

(500) Days of Summer is a genuinely funny and endearing rom-com starring teen favourites (and heart-throbs!) Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt 

The teens (and Alien fans) of my village can’t get out to see the big blockbusters so they’ll thank me for giving them the chance to see Prometheus.

500 days

What do you think of my choices? What would you pick from the Collection for your film society or community cinema? You can see the full collection as part of the Booking Scheme Catalogue


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