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Download the 2017/18 Community Exhibitor Report


Each year Cinema For All conducts a survey of the community film exhibition sector to gather a wide range of data about the groups we represent. This survey allows us to see what we’re doing well and what we could improve on. Not only this, but it gives you a chance to reflect on all of the great work done by you and your fellow volunteers.


Key Findings of the Community Exhibitor Survey 2017/18:

  • The average public ticket price was £5.48, more than £2 lower than the national average for commercial cinemas, which is £7.49.
  • The top three most screened films were Hidden Figures, A Man Called Ove and Lion.
  • Just under half of respondents (48%) operated a membership system in 2017/18 and the average membership size was 131.
    55% of respondents saw their membership increase or stay the same in 2017/18.
  • On average, respondents were located 7.2 miles from their nearest commercial cinema.
  • 38% of respondents operate in a ‘rural’ area, compared to 2.5% of commercial cinemas.

Read previous survey reports



Application forms for the 49th Film Society of the Year Awards are now available! The Awards are our proudest tradition, and celebrate the hard work of the volunteers who bring film to communities all across the UK.

Apply now
Read the Guidance Notes

There are 11 awards to apply for, from our newest award Best Single Event, to the overall prize of Film Society or Community Cinema of the Year.  Your audience can also take part through the Filmbankmedia Award, in which you can be in with a chance of being awarded £1000 to support your activities!

The awards are open to all volunteer-led community cinemas, film societies, film clubs, pop-ups and community festivals.  To apply, simply fill in the form for the relevant category. Each form asks 4-5 simple questions, which will help you give the information the judges are looking for. We encourage you to try your hand at several categories to increase your chances of winning!

Each application form also invites you to submit a response to the following question:

‘What is it that makes your group special?’

The purpose of this question is help you get across the special qualities of your organisation, in a way that you may have been unable to express in your previous answers. You may submit this as 200 word text response, or a 2 minute audio file, or a 2 minute video file.

Return your completed application to awards@cinemaforall.org.uk by 30 June *extension until 4 July*.  Be sure to carefully read our Guidance Notes, as these will help you with your application significantly. You can also find out more about the judging process and how we select our panel here.

The awards take place on Saturday 8 September at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, as part of our Community Cinema Conference weekend. Tickets will be available very soon – we cannot wait to celebrate with you!


Into Film would like to invite your cinema to be part of the Into Film Festival 2018, which will take place from 7 – 23 November across the UK. The Into Film Festival is the world’s largest free film festival and aims to encourage young people to visit the cinema more often, building paying audiences for the future.

With over 600 venues participating in 2017, we had 486,000 students (aged 5-19) and teachers attending 3,000 screenings and special events across the UK. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your cinema and promote your upcoming programme and schemes to a captive audience.

The Festival opens up the world of film to young people, introducing them to different genres, and showcasing cinema as the gold-standard of film-viewing at a time when their social habits are forming. Many young people experience the cinema for the first time as part of the Festival, offering you the chance to forge new relationships and expand the audience base in your local area.

75% of young people who attended the 2017 Into Film Festival are more likely to go and see other films at the cinema as a result of the Festival –post-Festival student survey, 2017

“Business wise, it’s the venue promotion and exposure we got and the possible kids returning to our venue in the future with others – Exhibitor, post-Festival exhibitor survey, 2017

We would love to include your venue in our programme this year. If you would like to be involved or have any questions, contact our Festival Manager on megan.anstee@intofilm.org. We look forward to hearing from you!



Data protection legislation covers everyone about whom you keep personal data. This includes employees, volunteers, service users, members, supporters and donors. You may have recently been made aware of upcoming changes to data protection laws with the General Data Protection Regulation that will come into affect on 25 May 2018. The changes to data protection laws will affect your community cinema’s policy and procedures to how you handle personal data and enact privacy principles. Don’t worry as there is plenty of time to learn about GDPR and what it means for your organisation and there is lots of helpful resources, advice and events available to help guide you through GDPR.

We advise you to visit the ICO’s (Information Commisioner’s Office) website for their guide on GDPR, as well as the NCVO’s (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) website for their tips and advice on data protection and GDPR. The NCVO is also running a number of training events on the subject across the country from the end of February until mid July 2018. You can also get in touch with your local Film Hub to find out if they are running a session offering advice on GDPR.


Cinema For All are thrilled to partner with MUBI, and we are excited to bring our Members and Associates four new MUBI films available to screen on Blu-Ray from our Booking Scheme, for just £85 with no hidden costs or VAT.

MUBI is an online curator, distributor, subscription streaming service, and, above all, a cinema lover. MUBI loves to rediscover jewels of classic cinema, and to select brilliant new films straight from the festival circuit.

MUBI is selective and driven by quality – their curators are on a quest to bring audiences fantastic films from film festivals across the world.

Available on the Cinema For All Booking Scheme, here are four exciting MUBI Releases that you can screen now on Blu-Ray in your community cinema:


Nominated for Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Oscars, On Body and Soul is set on the outskirts of Budapest, where two employees of a small abattoir discover that they have the same dream. Endre, the finance director, and Mária, the new control inspector, meet as deer in a forest and fall in love. The two loners decide to make these dreams come true, but soon find that things are not as easy in real life. The film was a hit at film festivals, scooping up 8 award wins including four awards at the Berlin International Film Festival 2017, and the Golden Frog at Camerimage 2017.



The true story of famous Finnish boxer Olli Mäki, who had a shot at winning the 1962 World Featherweight title. The black-and-white Finnish biographical drama follows the boxer as he trains for the fight. Olli finds himself swept to national stardom, and becomes a symbol of his country. All he needs to do for his fame and fortune is focus – but he has just fallen in love. Juho Kuosammen’s black-and-white Finnish biopic was a big hit on the festival circuit, and picked up the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival among its numerous awards.



Félicité is a singer in a bar. When her fourteen-year-old son is injured in a motorcycle accident, she begins to frantically look for money for his operation. Félicité searches the streets of Kinshasa, capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a vibrant place full of dreams and music, which leads her to meet Tabu. Alain Gomis’ vivid film took home six awards on the festival circuit, including the Silver Berlin Bear for the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, and was nominated for even more.



Oliver Laxe’s film follows a dying sheikh on his final journey on a caravan through the Moroccan Atlas. The sheikh’s dying wish was to be buried with his loved ones, but he dies before he reaches his destination. The caravaners then refuse to take the sheikh’s body any further, as they are afraid of the mountain. The task then falls to two rogues, Saïd and Ahmed, who had been travelling with the caravan and insist they know of another way to escort the sheikh’s body to his resting place. Mimosas won fourteen awards at film festivals around the world, including the Critics Week Prize from Cannes 2016.


All four films are available to screen now from the Booking Scheme.




The nominations for the EE BAFTAs 2018 have been announced!

The nominees were revealed this morning, with Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama The Shape of Water out in front with 12 nominations. The nominees list includes a wide variety of films, from romantic drama Call Me By Your Name, to Christopher Nolan’s Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Blade Runner: 2049.

Congratulations to Loveless, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, which is up for Best Film Not In The English Language. The film follows up from Zvyagintsev’s Academy Award-nominated Leviathan (2014), which also won a Golden Globe. Loveless was shown at the Cinema For All Conference in November 2017. The Russian film follows the story of a divorcing couple who have to search for their son when he vanishes during one of their arguments – but the hostile pair fail to notice the boy is gone until two days later. The drama will be released in UK cinemas on 9 February, and is now available to book through our Booking Scheme to screen from 23 February.

The nominees list also features some films acclaimed by audiences and critics alike that are no longer in cinemas. For just £85 for Cinema For All members, here is your chance to screen some of the nominees currently swarming with awards-buzz:

Lady Macbeth, directed by William Oldroyd and written by Alice Birch, is nominated for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer. The drama stars Florence Pugh as Katherine, a young bride in 19th Century England who is forced into a loveless, miserable marriage with an older man. When Katherine begins an affair with a worker on her husband’s estate, she decides to stop at nothing to get what she wants.

I Am Not Your Negro was nominated for Best Documentary, in which Samuel L. Jackson narrates the story of writer James Baldwin’s piece on race in modern America in his unfinished novel, ‘Remember This House’, a personal account about the assassinations of Baldwin’s three close activist friends: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers. Filmmaker Raoul Peck imagines what would have become of the novel had it not been left unfinished at thirty pages long when Baldwin died in 1987.

In Best Animated Film, writer/directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s Loving Vincent tells the story of Armand, a young man who is sent by his father to the final town of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver his final letter, told in the style of painted animation. The young man finds himself investigating the acclaimed artist’s controversial final days there, as told by his paintings and the subjects that allegedly inhabit them in interviews and reconstructions of the events leading up to Vincent’s death. The film is animated through 65,000 frames of oil paintings in van Gogh’s style, which were created by a team of 100 professional painters by hand. The film had 853 different paintings produced for it. Each painting was used more than once, with subsequent frames painted on top of the existing ones.

Director Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, co-written by the director with Chris Bergoch, follows precocious six-year-old Moonee and her new best friend Jancey, who both live in neighbouring budget hotels in Orlando along a commercial strip for visitors to Disney World. The two girls and their friends run freely throughout the summer and their pranks are the bane of the manager of the Magic Castle Hotel, Bobby’s existence. Bobby, played by Willem Dafoe in a moving performance that earned him a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA nomination, proves his tough exterior surrounds a caring heart as he has made an arrangement that goes around the hotel’s policy against long-term residents are he knows that people like Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley would have nowhere else to go without them. The Florida Project shows the existence of childhood’s vibrant bubble alongside an increasingly harsh adult reality.

Find out who the winners are when the EE BAFTAs 2018 are shown on Sunday 18 February.



  • Do you run a university student cinema?
  • Are you looking for programming inspiration and tips on best practice?
  • Are you looking for a career in film distribution and exhibition, but don’t know where to start?
  • Are you thinking of setting up a student cinema, but need some more support?

Cinema For All and Film Unit are excited to welcome you to the 2018 Student Cinema Day, which takes place at the University of Sheffield Students’ Union on 17 February. The event will feature exciting new cinema releases, engaging panels and workshops plus plenty of networking opportunities.

The Student Cinema Day is open to all student cinema organisers, as well as anybody identifying as a young community cinema organiser, whether in higher education or not.

Meet industry professionals and film fans from across the country, share top tips and inspiration, preview some new release films and discover how you can start a career in film exhibition/ distribution.

A full event programme will be available closer to the time.

Tickets are just £12.50 (early bird rate – prices go up to £15.50 on 8 January) including lunch and all refreshments. Please let us know in advance of any access or dietary requirements. Book your tickets here.

Cinema For All is offering a small number of travel and accommodation bursaries to attendees travelling from further than 100 miles from Sheffield (up to £100pp). Please contact Jaq Chell by 8 January to apply stating why you are interested in attending the event, where you are located and if you are involved in/ interested in running a student cinema.

Alternatively, if your Student Cinema is a member of your local BFI Film Hub you can enquire with them about applying for a bursary to help with costs to attend the event. You can find out which Film Hub covers your region here.

For more information, get in touch with us at info@cinemaforall.org.uk or visit www.cinemaforall.org.uk

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


Applications now open for Launchpad and Sustain!

Back for 2018, Cinema For All is excited to launch our two intensive coaching and support avenues for community cinemas and film societies –Launchpad and Sustain. Apply now to get started in the New Year!

Designed to support new groups through their test phase, Launchpad provides intensive coaching, as well as bursaries to help you put on your first two test screenings in your community (£150 for each screening).

Aimed at existing groups that might be in need of some extra support, Sustain is designed to help you identify and improve on areas of your operation through coaching, programme support and access to a one-off £150 bursary.

If you are serious about developing your brand new community cinema, or getting that extra advice and support to boost your existing activity, apply now to receive intensive one-to-one coaching form the Cinema For All team. Previous graduates of Launchpad and Sustain include current Film Society of the Year Leigh Film Society and Best New Society The Picturehouse, Ballyclare.

Honestly, the training has allowed us to develop the cinema project at a more rapid pace than we expected. It has delivered training specific to our needs and the team have been there to answer all the silly questions we have had. Invaluable, is what I would call the training
The Picturehouse, Ballyclare.

To apply, head to http://cinemaforall.org.uk/advice/launchpad-and-sustain/, read the guidance notes and send in your applications by 5 January 2018. Successful participants will be notified in the New Year. All funded activity must be completed by 30 March 2018 in order to receive your bursaries.

We look forward to supporting you,

Cinema For All