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2021 AGM Notice

Members of Cinema For All are invited to discuss to the direction of the organisation at our next Annual General Meeting on Sunday 14 November 2021, which is held online over Zoom.

Our members are very important to us, so we do hope you are able to make it. The AGM takes place during the Cinema For All Community Cinema Conference (13-14 November, online). The AGM itself is free to attend, though we hope you will join us for the whole event. There are sliding scale tickets.

Tickets and programme info can be found here:  BOOK NOW

As there is one vacant position on the Cinema For All board, we will be holding an election at this year’s AGM. If you, or a fellow volunteer would like to apply for this position, you can find more info on this page:

(Please note, only fully paid up Members of Cinema For All may nominate).

There are no proposals to approve in advance this year.

In the spirit of inclusiveness and efficiency, Cinema for All would like to invite its members to submit questions to the board in advance of the AGM. Annual General Meetings are a forum for information and discussion of any aspect relevant to the running of Cinema for All and the annual report. The board and staff of Cinema for All are keen to listen to all its members and keep open its lines of communication. Prior submission will allow us to address questions from across the membership within the limited time of the meeting. Board members and staff will also be available after the meeting to discuss any issues that members may wish to raise. Questions should be submitted by email to by 10 November.

If you are an Associate and you wish to upgrade to Member in order to take part, please note there is no price difference – simply send us your constitution and we will upgrade your status to allow you to vote.

Filmbankmedia Audience Award

The Filmbankmedia Audience Award is back! Ask your audience to tell us what you did to keep your community together during lockdown to be in with a chance of winning £1000 towards your activities!

The winning community cinema will be announced at the Film Society of the Year Awards on 13 November.

Vacancy: Office and Operations Manager

Sheffield, P/T – 4 days per week/ 30 hours
Contract until April 2023
£26k gross p.a. pro rata

Download the job description
Download the application form

Cinema For All is the national organisation that supports, develops and champions the film society and community cinema sector across the UK. Based in the Workstation in Sheffield, we represent over 1350 film societies, community cinemas, student cinemas and pop-ups making a difference to their community through film. We are a small, dedicated team working hard to deliver cinema for all.

The Office and Operations Manager is a key role ensuring the smooth and effective running of the facilities, IT, admin, finance, supplier management, data and quality management and HR operations within Cinema For All. They will provide high quality management and support across these areas, working closely with the operations team, the Head of Programme and New Business Development and the CEO. They are also responsible for and compliance with data protection and relevant legislation.

We are looking for someone with at least 12 months office management experience.

Please fill in our application form and send to Jaq Chell on are unable to accept CVs.

In order to make the best application you can, we recommend you spend some time on familiarising yourself with our work and the sector we represent.

The deadline for all applications  has been extended to 9am, 14 October. If you haven’t heard from us by 20 October please assume your application has not been successful. Interviews will be carried out on 26 October over Zoom.

Cinema For All is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer and we welcome applications that would increase the diversity of our organisation. Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate people with disabilities. No discrimination will be made on the basis of gender, gender identity, marital status (including civil partnerships), race, ethnicity, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic background, or age.

If you have a disability, are from a BAMER background or identify as LGBTQI+, Cinema For All strongly encourages you to apply for this position.

If you would like to know more about how your personal data is stored, please contact Jaq Chell on the email address above.

This role is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and we thank them for their support.

Safeguarding Statement and Pre-Employment Checks
At Cinema For All, we are committed to safeguarding and welfare at all times, in line with our Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. All of our employees, trustees and volunteers will be expected to comply with the policy and procedures. Upon a conditional offer of appointment being made, all employees will also be required to satisfy our pre-employment screening process which for this position, will include:

  • An identity check (photo ID)
  • Receipt of two satisfactory references
  • Documentary evidence of right to work in the UK




Announcing the Shortlist for the Film Society of the Year Awards 2021!




The best part of the whole year is upon us!

Cinema For All is absolutely thrilled to announce the shortlist for this year’s Film Society of the Year Awards. Over the last year, we’ve witnessed countless ways that our members have sustained their sense of community. An independent jury has now reviewed all applications, and we’re pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s awards.

But who will be the winners? Be sure to join us for the ceremony on Saturday 13 November as part of our annual Community Cinema Conference. 12-14 November, updated details here.  It’s all online, accessible from anywhere in the country, and promises to be just as fun and valuable as ever, with additional celebrations and events in honour of our 75th anniversary.


Best Audience Engagement:
Little Wing Film Festival
UFP Film Club

Best Digital Engagement:
East Lothian Library Service
Film East
Grassmarket Community Picturehouse
Manchester and Salford Film Society

Best Film Programme:
Little Wing Film Festival
Other Cinemas
T A P E Collective
UFP Film Club
Wimbledon Film Club

Green Award:
Leigh Film
No Planet B Film Club
Wimbledon Film Club

Community Award:
Grassmarket Community Picturehouse
Leigh Film
Thamesmead Texas Travelling Cinema

Peter Cargin Award for Outstanding Individual:
Shelby Cooke, Film East
Paul Costello, Leigh Film
Rohan Crickmar, Grassmarket Community Picture House
Mariah Matthew, Little Wing Film Festival
Johnjoe McFadden, Wimbledon Film Club

Also announced on the night:
Engholm Prize for Film Society or Community Cinema of the Year
Filmbankmedia Audience Award
Film of the Year
Roebuck Cup

Graphic image: "Back to the Big Screen" shows on a cinema screen in a garden. Two girls sit in the foreground eating popcorn.

Back to the Big Screen: Reopening Inspiration from Cinema For All

Cinema For All is pleased to present a new brochure, to help inspire your next screening season!

There’s been a lot of anticipation for reopening. Whether you’re going full-steam-ahead or taking things slowly, we’re here to help you get back up and running with a bang.

From Limbo and Minari, to the formally experimental Servants, our brochure is full of screen fillers to suit your needs.

Download the brochure below.


Statement from IFFS on the Afghanistan situation

Cinema For All (the British Federation of Film Societies) is part of the IFFS, the International Federation of Film Societies, which represents the national bodies of community cinemas and film societies all over the world. We join the Executive Committee committee in their statement below and send solidarity and love to members of the Kabul Film Society. 

The IFFS – International Federation of Film Societies, is one active member of the international community with members around the world sharing values of democracy, freedom of expression and Human Rights.

The Executive Committee deeply troubled by the news from Afghanistan, expresses its concern and solidarity with all members of the Kabul Film Society as well as the entire film and arts community, and citizens in general.

It was impossible not to preview the recent developments in the present situation in Afghanistan.  Once again a dark age befalls society, but especially on women and artists that keep us concerned for the future in the region.

The Executive Committee of the IFFS – International Federation of Film Societies, hopes for the respect of the Human Rights in Afghanistan, as the only possible outcome for the security of every citizen, the social development and stability. The international community must stand and has to continue efforts for the respect of human rights, particularly the safety of women and children, and the right of free expression, free thinking, and free creation.

The International Federation of Film Societies stresses its support to the freedom of education, creativity, arts, and artists, the Human and Civil Rights. Freedom in general, that is presently under major threat in Afghanistan, but not forgetting the several threats to our values and rights that are being in place in the World right now. 

Culture and Education are the only hope for the safety and stability in the country and the region, as in everywhere in the world.

The international civil society has one important role raising awareness and demanding the national governments and international organizations immediate action to shelter the refugees and safeguarding the values of Freedom, Democracy, and the Human Rights.

The IFFS joins in the wake-up call from film maker and director of the Afghan Film Institute Sahraa Karimi, and asks all members and film societies to share it close to their communities and local authorities.


The Executive Committee of the International Federation of Film Societies

João Paulo Macedo

Sahraa Karimi appeal to all citizens and organizations:

“To All the Film Communities in The World and Who Loves Film and Cinema!

My name is Sahraa Karimi, a film director and the current general director of Afghan Film, the only stated-owned film company established is 1968.

I write to you with a broken heart and a deep hope that you can join me in protecting my beautiful people, especially filmmakers from the Taliban. In the last few weeks, the Taliban have gained control of so many provinces. They have massacred our people, they kidnapped many children, they sold girls as child brides to their men, they murdered a woman for her attire, they gauged the eyes of a woman, they tortured and murdered one of our beloved comedians, they murdered one of our historian poets, they murdered the head of culture and media for the government, they have been assassinating people affiliated with the government, they hung some of our men publicly, they have displaced hundreds of thousands of families. The families are in camps in Kabul after fleeing these provinces, and they are in unsanitary condition. There is looting in the camps and babies dying because they don’t have milk. It is a humanitarian crisis, and yet the world is silent. We have grown accustomed to this silence, yet we know it is not fair. We know that this decision to abandon our people is wrong, that this hasty troop withdrawal is a betrayal of our people and all that we did when Afghans won the Cold War for the west. Our people were forgotten then, leading up to the Taliban’s dark rule, and now, after twenty years of immense gains for our country and especially our younger generations, all could be lost again in this abandonment.

We need your voice. The media, governments, and the world humanitarian organizations are conveniently silent as if this “Peace deal” with the Taliban was ever legitimate. It was never legitimate. Recognizing them gave them the confidence to come back to power. The Taliban have been brutalizing our people throughout the entire process of the talks. Everything that I have worked so hard to build as a filmmaker in my country is at risk of falling. If the Taliban take over they will ban all art. I and other filmmakers could be next on their hit list. They will strip women’s rights, we will be pushed into the shadows of our homes and our voices, our expression will be stifled into silence. When the Taliban were in power, zero girls were in school. Since then there are over 9 million Afghan girls in school. This is incredible Herat, the third-largest city which just fell to the Taliban had nearly 50% women in its university. These are incredible gains that the world hardly knows about. Just in these few weeks, the Taliban have destroyed many schools and 2 million girls are forced now out of school again.

I do not understand this world. I do not understand this silence. I will stay and fight for my country, but I cannot do it alone. I need allies like you. Please help us get this world to care about what is happening to us.

Please help us by informing your countries’ most important media what is going on here in Afghanistan. Be our voices outside Afghanistan. If the Taliban take over Kabul, we may not have access to the internet or any communication tool at all. Please engage your filmmakers, artists to support us to be our voice. This war is not a civil war, this is a proxy war, this is an imposed war. Please as much as you can share this fact with your media and write about us on your social media. The world should not turn its back on us.

We need your support and your voice on behalf of Afghan women, children, artists, and filmmakers. This support would be the greatest help we need right now.

Please help us get this world to not abandon Afghanistan. Please help us before the Taliban take over Kabul. We have such little time, maybe days.

Thank you so much. I appreciate your pure true heart so dearly.

With regard,

Sahraa Karimi, صحرا كريمي


Goodbye to Jay Platt

Cinema For All wishes bon voyage to Jay Platt, Cinema For All’s Office and Operations Manager after almost four years of service.

Jay has been an incredibly valued member of the Cinema For All team and has achieved a great deal in the time he’s been here. We congratulate him on his new role in Accounting and wish him all the very best for the future as a friend of Cinema For All.

Thanks to Jay, we were able to achieve a major overhaul of our e-mail system and expand our equipment scheme to reach communities across the UK. He brought a level of specialist skill from his background in exhibition and projection that was invaluable to his support to so many community cinemas nationwide—not to mention his admin speed, which will be missed almost as much as his sense of humour.

A message from Jay:

“After almost four years of working at Cinema For All, it is time for me to move on to the next opportunity. I have been constantly inspired by all of the incredible work this wonderful community does, from showcasing some of the most adventurous film programming, to bringing the magic of cinema to communities that otherwise would not have access to it. At conferences, screenings and other events I have had the privilege to meet so many great people who I won’t forget, and I hope to see you all again on the dancefloor at a conference in the future! Despite leaving the world of cinema, I will certainly continue to attend community screenings, spread the good word of community cinema, and most importantly be inspired by the amazing work you all do.”

Nina Tame – Accessing Cultural Venues after Lockdown

‘I felt so hopeful and now everybody just wants to rush to get back to normal – but the normal only benefitted some people. And I think that is what is really hard to see. I think most disabled people knew that’s what would happen and we’d been given this access that suddenly allowed people who spent a lot of time at home to partake in things they hadn’t before – and now that is getting taken away again.’

We are so happy to be joined again by disability activist Nina Tame, who talks to us about the difficulties disabled people and people with access needs are facing as cultural spaces reopen. Nina talks frankly about how disabled people are being cut out of cultural activities as the world backs away from digital access and back towards in person events, and sends a simple message – don’t forget about audiences you welcomed during the pandemic in the rush to open your doors.

Watch now

Read the transcript

Screen the new Phyllida Lloyd film Herself for just £50

‘Lloyd’s finest work to date’
Little White Lies

Cinema For All is delighted to let you know that the long-awaited new title Herself, is finally scheduled for UK release on 10 September – meaning that our special offer to bring the film to community cinema bookers for just £50 is back on! This special offer is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Picturehouse Entertainment and the BFI and we thank them for this incredible support.

Herself is the new, critically acclaimed film from Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!, The Iron Lady). The film tells the story of Sandra, who escapes an abusive relationship and draws on a new community of friends and neighbours to help her – literally – build a new life. Featuring an outstanding cast including Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter, and Conleth Hill.

Watch the trailer now!

The film, which is sure to resonate with us all during these more isolated times, is available exclusively to volunteer-led cinemas (community cinemas and film societies) to screen for just £50. Best of all, you can screen this film from the very first date it is available in commercial screens – 10 September, meaning you can take advantage of review buzz and publicity. The film premiered to excellent reviews and acclaim at Sundance Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival last year.

We know many of you are beginning to re-open your screens, and we hope this film offers you a low-cost and supported way of boosting your Autumn programme.

This incredible offer is only available to 55 volunteer-led organisations on a first come first served basis, so get in touch with Picturehouse directly to book via Milly Maloco on Terms and conditions apply.

We are very happy to present this offer to you – the film sets the perfect tone for bringing the community back together again. We hope you can take advantage of this wonderful offer and be part of this very special release.

Sandra (Clare Dunne), on the surface of it, is a young mum struggling to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe, happy home to grow up in. Beneath the surface, Sandra has a steely determination to change their lives for the better and when it becomes clear that the local council won’t provide that home, she decides to build it herself from scratch. With very little income to speak of and no savings, Sandra must use all her ingenuity to make her ambitious dream a reality. At the same time, she must escape the grip of her possessive ex-husband and keep him away from her and her girls. The lionhearted Sandra draws together a community of friends to support her and lend a helping hand, and it is the kindness and generosity of these people and the love of her young daughters that help build her own strength and sense of self.  With a cast that also includes Harriet Walter and Conleth Hill, Herself is the outstanding new film from Phyllida Lloyd, acclaimed director of ‘The Iron Lady’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’.