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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
  • 11:15 – 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

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

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Recruiting Now: Coaching for New Community Cinemas!


Cinema For All’s popular coaching programmes for new community cinemas are back!

Are you a master cinema programmer in the making? Have you dreamed of putting on film screenings and starting your own community cinema?

As venues reopen, and as autumn approaches, there’s never been a better time to start.

Check out these three programmes to learn & kick-start your very own community cinema, with the help of a friendly expert Cinema For All coach and a bursary to help you get started without financial risk.

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LAUNCHPAD – for everyone new!

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NEXT GEN – for new individuals and groups under 30

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ACCESS LAUNCHPAD – for new individuals groups. Coaching is tailored to meet access requirements & help you host accessible screenings


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.



Our kind distribution partners Cosmic Cat have allowed Cinema For All members to watch their two latest documentaries at a discount. Watch these compelling documentaries for just £4.99, simply click the links below. Feel free to share this opportunity with your audience members to join in too.

Eye of the Storm

Widely recognized as one of Britain’s finest landscape artists, James Morrison’s work hangs in the homes of JK Rowling and the Royal family, as well as in museums and private collections around the world. But in the twilight of his life, James loses his eyesight and with that, his ability to see the landscape as others couldn’t. As Morrison reflects on his remarkable artistic journey, from the Glasgow shipyards, to France and the vanishing arctic wilderness, he also confronts his sight loss by attempting one final masterpiece.

Eye of the Storm is a powerful and poignant exploration of the connection between freedom, transcendence and art, through the stormy eyes of a master.

Killing Escobar

In 1989, Scottish mercenary and ex-SAS operative, Peter McAleese, was hired by a Colombian drug cartel to lead a small team of ex-special forces commandos on a mission to assassinate the world’s biggest drug baron, Pablo Escobar.

With heartstopping drama reconstruction, access to never-before-seen footage of the mission and first person accounts from both the mercenaries and the cartel, Killing Escobar is a documentary thriller that reveals how one man’s violent upbringing in Glasgow, training in the SAS and experience as a mercenary in Africa led him to the jungles of Colombia and the heart of the Medellín cocaine empire.

At 78 years old and returning to the Catholic faith of his youth, McAleese reflects on one of the most ambitious and perilous assignments of his career; the one that pushed him closer to death than any other, a mission to kill the most feared man in the world, Pablo Escobar.


Cinema For All’s Curate programme brings community cinemas brilliant independent films to offer you and your audience fresh and interesting content.

We are proud to present three excellent documentaries for this year’s Curate programme from talented directors that offer something special in every frame.

We understand that you still want to reach your audience during lockdown and our friends that might need to stay at home when in person screenings are permitted by the UK government so we’ve made each film available for online screenings. The films are available for in person screenings once screenings can resume in the UK as per government stipulations.

To screen online, each film is provided to you via a Vimeo link and password that you can share with your audience privately. They simply click the link, enter the password and watch. They are welcome to start and pause the film at any point during the date of your screening but you are welcome to encourage your audience to watch at the same time to create a shared experience.

All the films will be available for the price listed until 31 December 2021.

If you have any questions please email Abi at


Available to screen from 1 May 2020.

Licence fee: £50

Asunder tells the story of what happened to an English town during the First World War, with almost all of its men fighting abroad and its women and children left behind. The North East was in the front line, thanks to its shipyards and munitions factories. Using footage from 96 separate archive films and contemporary footage and audio, Asunder collages the stories of people from Tyneside and Wearside to uncover what life was like on the home front, with bombs falling on Britain for the first time, conscientious objectors sentenced to death, and women working as doctors, tram conductors and footballers. The narrative moves from an Edwardian golden era, in which sport grew in popularity and aircraft and cars pointed to a bright new future, to a war that horrifically reversed this progress. In the Battle of the Somme, British, French and German armies fought one of the most traumatic battles in military history. Over the course of just four months, more than one million soldiers were captured, wounded or killed in a confrontation of unimaginable horror.

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Delta 7even

Licence fee: £40

Online Q+A’s with director Rosie Baldwin are available via Zoom (limited number available).

Deeply moving, yet warm and unexpectedly funny, Delta 7even is the story of an eccentric post punk band made up of adults with learning disabilities, and the events following the tragic news that a bandmate has taken his own life.

Featuring the band’s original music, this observational documentary is a timely and unique insight into the ripple-effect of losing a loved one to suicide, and the vastly different ways in which people grieve. Filmed over the course of a year, both before and immediately after the tragedy, the film follows the band as they face their grief head-on and turn it into a united strength, self-belief and desire to continue.

A life-affirming celebration of neurodiversity and inclusion, Delta 7even offers a unique look into group dynamics and the refusal to live a life dictated by stereotypes. Overcoming the seemingly insurmountable, the band speak to the transformative power of one’s own creativity, and the film tells a compelling tale of resilience and unity in the face of the worst that life can give you.

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Winner of Grand Jury Prize at Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Love Child

Licence fee £50

Directed by Eva Mulvad the film received its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and has since gone on to play major festivals around the world including the Chicago International Film Festival where it won the Gold Hugo Award for Best Documentary.

Love Child offers a heartbreaking portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who are forced to flee for their lives from Tehran where their secret affair and illegitimate child are both considered crimes, punishable by death. Together with their four-year-old son Mani they take refuge in Turkey with dreams of a new life, seeking asylum to either Canada or the US. Intimately filmed over a five-year period, we follow their brave quest to be safe together as a family.

‘Eva Mulvad’s film is remarkable…A feat of captivating storytelling, rich in character detail, vivid temporal awareness and high-stakes tension’ – Variety

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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!



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

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


A New Year update from Filmbankmedia

Filmbankmedia are excited to announce that they have completed the development for their Virtual Screening Room and should have more updates for everyone in very soon.

Speaking of the new year, here are some brand new titles available for booking right now – from the incredible genre film and Mark Kermode favourite, Saint Maud, to falling in love through dog walking in 23 Walks.

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We all know that it has been a really difficult year this year with many challenges to overcome personally, in our communities and as a sector. Yet what I have found solace in this year is all the amazing things that groups have been doing to support their members and their communities, whether this has been watch alongs, goody bag deliveries or online festivals the community cinema sector has once again shown itself to be at the forefront of supporting communities and looking after one another. It was a pleasure to see so many of you this year at the Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards and to hear about all the amazing things you have been doing. I am also extremely proud of the Cinema For All team for bringing everyone together online and for all the brilliant work they have done this year supporting the sector. I would like to wish you all a happy holidays and am hopeful that in 2021 we can return in person to the cinemas and communities we love.