Grow Your Own Cinema is an exciting new project by Cinema For All and Voluntary Arts Scotland set up to encourage voluntary arts groups to put on their very own film events. In February 2016, the project launched an initial call out for expressions of interest in Grow Your Own Cinema from voluntary groups from all over Scotland. 40 initial expressions of interest were recorded, and the following 4 areas in Scotland were shortlisted to be a part of the project:
  • Fife
  • Inverness-shire
  • Ardnamurchan
  • Dumfries and Galloway
The project will be working with a total of 25 voluntary groups over the course of 2016, helping them to put on their initial screenings in their local area. Groups will undergo a training day with the Grow Your Own Cinema Project Officer and members of Cinema For All staff, as well as local community cinema representatives and other film-related organisations. The Grow Your Own Cinema: Fife and Grow Your Own Cinema: Inverness-shire training days will take place during May and training days in Ardnamurchan and Dumfries and Galloway are due to take place in July.
You can keep up to date with the progress of the project by visiting the facebook page: or by contacting Project Officer Morvern Cunningham via or on 0131 561 7322.
The project aims to develop film exhibition skills within voluntary arts groups not currently working with film in areas of low cinema provision, to enable them to form new film clubs and community cinemas around Scotland.
Grow Your Own Cinema is a 12-month project funded through Creative Scotland’s Screen Skills Fund and is delivered in partnership with Cinema For All and Voluntary Arts Scotland. Cinema For All (previously the British Federation of Film Societies) is the national support and development organisation for the community cinema sector in the UK. Voluntary Arts Scotland promotes participation in creative cultural activity across Scotland.