*Please check back next year for details on the 2020 Community Cinema Conference

Join Cinema For All in Sheffield on 20-22 September 2019 for the UK’s biggest gathering of film societies, community cinemas, village screens and film clubs for a weekend-long celebration of volunteer-led cinema!


The 2019 Community Cinema Conference is packed with masterclasses and workshops, panel discussions, exciting film previews and much more. The conference will take place at The Workstation in Sheffield, with film screenings at Showroom Cinema and The Void Cinema in Sheffield Hallam University.

Some of the highlights include a masterclass from Rebecca Ellis on cult musicals and their lasting charm alongside an exciting screening, a session on making your film screenings more welcoming and accessible, and ‘The Big Debate’ where we discuss cinema for all vs cinema for all, chaired by writer and broadcaster Danny Leigh.

There will also be masterclasses and workshops delivered by members of the Cinema For All team, including one offering invaluable advice on fundraising for your community cinema. As well as all of this, we have screenings of For SamaJellyfishThe Third WifeWe The AnimalsA Moon For My Father and Seahorse with a Q&A with director Jeanie Finlay.

The highlight of the weekend is  the Film Society of the Year Awards and after party, where we will get together to celebrate the incredible work of community cinemas across the UK (followed by lots of dancing)!

‘By meeting other film societies we felt part of something much bigger and that our efforts are appreciated and recognised more widely.’ – Lost In Film


Average ticket price for the whole weekend is just £87 (Member rate) – all lunches, morning refreshments and evening nibbles are included! You can see the full menu for the weekend here. We are very grateful to our event supporters and sponsors for helping us subsidise our ticket price and offer you even more than ever before! Their support helps us reduce the average cost of a weekend pass by a massive 50%.

We’re also offer discounted ticket for students and under 30s which is just £67.

*day passes are available on request*



If you are a member of your local Film Hub, you may apply to them for a bursary towards the cost of the conference. Find out who your local Hub is and to get in touch.


The Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards are supported by Filmbankmedia with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. More supporters TBC.

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