Sustain Coaching




For: existing community cinemas & film societies, active for 1 year +

Application Deadline: 30th May 2021

Coaching sessions will run Online, June – August 2021

Accessible application options available




We are now recruiting for the Summer 2021 round of our popular coaching programme ‘SUSTAIN’.

These programmes are designed to help community cinemas return to screening after lockdown with some extra coaching and bursary support.

Whether you’ve been around the block two times or twenty, these programmes can help you reach your next goal.


‘SUSTAIN’ is broken down into three exciting programmes:


Sustain SHINE:

Reflect on what you’ve achieved and where you want to go next.

3 x coaching sessions, tools & advice

+ £200 bursary towards your sustainability


Sustain DEVELOP:

Develop a specific project with a clearly defined goal in mind.

3 x bespoke, targeted sessions

+ £600 bursary to realise this ambition



Supports groups with interesting ideas to collaborate with other community cinemas.

+ £1000 bursary to realise your project, in person or online.


All coaching is delivered by Cinema for All with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.


Coaching Topics Covered:

  • Outdoor/online screenings
  • Reopening – safely & successfully
  • Fundraising
  • Audience development
  • Programming
  • Marketing
  • Equipment
  • Venue hire
  • Outreach
  • Accessibility & more



“In these isolated times, the training made all our efforts feel valued and supported.  Making contact with Cinema For All was so helpful and the endorsements that you gave for our work provided such a boost when we needed that most… the training also gave us the courage to try different models… where otherwise we might not have felt able to tackle them.” – Sustain Shine Spring 2021 participant

“I cannot overstate how much I am grateful for the support… Sustain has given me & therefore benefited our community. It has gone from having half an idea to a megaproject with a long-term legacy.” – Sustain Develop 2020 Participant


For more information and to apply, visit:



Alternative application formats available.

Our website includes audio recordings of programme copy, application forms and guidance notes.

For any other access needs, please contact: (Sustain Shine) (Sustain Develop & Collaborate)


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