Community Cinema Conference 2016

4 -6 November, Showroom Workstation & The Void, Sheffield Hallam University

Join Cinema For All in Sheffield on 4-6 November for the UK’s biggest gathering of film societies, community cinemas, village screens and film clubs for a weekend celebration of volunteer-led cinema.

Draft programme:

  • Friday night from 6pm: an evening of cinema at The Void followed by welcome drinks and nibbles. Film critic Ashley Clark will be joining us on the Friday night to introduce the film he has selected and lead a discussion afterward! Ashley is a film critic, broadcast journalist and a film programmer. Ashley most recently programmed the BFI’s Black Star, the UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors.
  • Saturday from 9am: a day of workshops, panel sessions and preview screenings
  • Saturday evening from 6pm: the Film Society of the Year Awards followed by an after party ‘til late
  • Sunday from 9am: more workshops, films and panels

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.

We’ll also be screening preview titles from the Cinema For All Booking Scheme, hosting filmmaker Q&A sessions and showcasing upcoming shorts.

Full programme details will be available closer to the time.

Tickets start from just £75 for the whole weekend. Book now.

More of what’s on:
Friday night networking drinks and film screening
Panel sessions, workshops and seminars featuring community cinema and industry experts 
Previews of upcoming features, shorts and documentaries to help you boost your programme
Special Q&As/ introductions to accompany all the films
The 46th Film Society of the Year Awards hosted by a special guest TBC
Post-awards celebratory party ‘til late with food, music, dancing and more!
Plenty of opportunities to chat with people who run community screenings from all over the UK
The chance to meet and chat with your local BFI Film Audience Network Film Hub
The Cinema For All AGM – meet the trustees and team
+ much more to be confirmed in the coming months!

A weekend pass gets you entry to:
all films and filmmaker Q&As
all workshops/ sessions 
the Cinema For All AGM
the Film Society of the Year Awards
our Friday night welcome film with Ashley Clark and drinks reception
a delicious lunch on Saturday and Sunday by our good friends Homemade by Thelmas
morning and afternoon refreshments 
access to the awards after-party on Saturday night, where you can dance, chat, drink and nibble with us until midnight

*day passes are available on request

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


To book a room for just £68 per night at the Jury’s Inn, Sheffield, call 0114 2912222, press option 1 and quote Showroom/ Workstation.

The Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards are supported by Filmbankmedia, the BFI and more supporters TBC.

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