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BFI NEIGHBOURHOOD EQUIPMENT FUND OPENING 28 NOV

The BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund is open for applications from 28 November 2016.  The Fund is a great chance to obtain some brand new equipment; be it a full screening set, chairs and blackouts or to replace broken or old equipment.

The screening equipment you use at your community cinema or film society contributes to the cinematic atmosphere at your screenings. The BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund is an excellent opportunity for community cinemas and film societies to receive support in creating a quality cinema set up in your venue.

Applicants need a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema profile to apply for the fund. You can make one here. You also need to have been screening for six months in order to apply for the fund.

The closing date for receipt of applications will be 16 January 2017.

Weekly Roundup 5 – 11 Sept 2016

The weekly round up is a chance to catch up on all the things we’ve been talking about each week; be it opportunities, announcements or important and interesting news. Now you don’t have to miss out on anything and it’s all in one place!

This week:

  • Want your community cinema to make the most of social media? Film Hub South West West Midlands and Flatpack Assemble are running a free workshop on 26 Sept. Find out more here.
  • There’s just over two weeks to apply for the BFI Neighbourhood Equipment Fund. Read about some ways the equipment has helped groups in the past.
  • Chester Film Society were featured in the Guardian this week in response to a letter about the lack of cinemas in Chester. Well done Chester Film Society! Read it here.
  • Scarlarama, the DIY celebration of cinema, kicked off this month! There’s lots of screenings happening around the country to celebrate getting people together to watch a film. Find out more here.
  • We’ve added two new great films to the Cinema For All Booking Scheme! Sweet Bean and Court are available to book now.
  • We have chosen our film title for the Autumn ICO Screening Days. We will be presenting The Black Hen .

 

Weekly Roundup Aug 29 – Sep 4

The weekly round up is a chance to catch up on all the things we’ve been talking about each week; be it opportunities, announcements or important and interesting news. Now you don’t have to miss out on anything and it’s all in one place!

This week:

  • We are delighted that film critic Ashley Clark will be joining us on the Friday night of the  2016 Community Cinema Conference 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. You can book your tickets for the 2016 Community Cinema Conference here.
  • Our lovely Technical Advice and Equipment Coordinator, Holly has written a great piece about why you should apply to the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund. Read it here.
  • The Grow Your Own Cinema project have a lovely short video that shows you what the project is about and what they’ve been up to! Watch it here.
  • Cinema For All takes to the road again with the next set of Community Cinema Info Days! We’ll be visiting London, Leicester, Manchester and Bath. These events are free to attend and are for anyone who would like to start screening films in their community or groups that already do but would like to develop.

WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY TO THE BFI NEIGHBOURHOOD CINEMA EQUIPMENT FUND

The BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund is open for applications till 26 September 2016. To explore the reasons why the fund is such a great opportunity we asked some previous successful applicants about the fund and the major benefits that the equipment has brought them.

The fund exists to help established community cinemas replace old equipment but also to secure the future sustainability of community cinema screenings by granting full sets of projection equipment to groups that have been running for 6 months or more.

With an NEC projector of optimum brightness and an efficient fold away screen, a huge benefit of the fund is the quality of the equipment:

“Overall, the benefit has been to make our screenings technically on a par with any local cinema (and better than some)”
Charlie Pugh, The Tolmen Centre

“The best thing about receiving the grant is the amazing, reliable, stress-free equipment.”
Jen Sandford, Net Dot Cinema Llangollen

“the equipment meant that the sound problems we had with our old kit after moving to a new venue were resolved.  The problems were starting to cause an issue with some of our long standing members and we were at risk of losing them. However the improved sound quality has meant that membership has been retained.”

Charlie Pugh from The Tolmen Centre also says that:

“a secondary benefit is that our team of volunteers retained and indeed expanded their enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the screening of films in our small, remote village. Providing such a dedicated team with really good equipment provides a sense of satisfaction in their work which is important in sustaining an all-volunteer organisation which totally depends on their time so freely given.”

“It is helping to make it easier for the volunteers that set up and deliver the screening.” Jenny Foster, Liskerrett Community Cinema

The fund has ensured that groups across the UK have been able to host all kinds of film events for their community:

“We have introduced a second screening, on the first Friday of each month, specifically aimed at people with hearing issues. So each afternoon screening has full sub-titles. Our space is already accessible with a hearing loop system and disabled toilet facilities, and we offer free entry for carers at screenings.”
Jenny Foster, Liskerrett Community Cinema

“Thanks to the BFI equipment fund, we were able to put on screenings in both our large and small hall, from recent films such as The Lobster to old classics such as Cabaret. We have shown world cinema like Tulpan and Closely Observed Trains and English language indie hit, Dear White People, both as modest simple affairs and all-out gala spectaculars. Without the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund we actually would have ceased operating.”
Jen Sandford, New Dot Cinema, Llangollen

If you’d like to apply to the fund but you’re not sure where to start, or are having difficulties with your application please contact Holly, our Technical Advice and Equipment Coordinator holly@cinemaforall.org.uk, 01142 210314.

Apply for the fund here.

 

Weekly Roundup 22 – 28 August 2016

The weekly round up is a chance to catch up on all the things we’ve been talking about each week; be it opportunities, announcements or important and interesting news. Now you don’t have to miss out on anything and it’s all in one place!

This week:

  • The first screening as part of the Grow Your Own Cinema project has taken place at Letham Lights and it was a hit! Find out all about it here.
  • The early bird rate for passes for the 2016 Community Cinema Conference ends on 31 August! Be sure to grab yourself a saving and access to a brilliant weekend of film previews, panels, workshops, the Film Society of the Year awards, welcome night film + drinks and the awards party, including lunch on both days! Book your tickets here.
  • Cinema For All takes to the road again with the next set of Community Cinema Info Days! We’ll be visiting London, Leicester, Manchester and Bath. These events are free to attend and are for anyone who would like to start screening films in their community or groups that already do but would like to develop.
  • The BFI Neighbourhood Equipment Fund is open for applications until 26 September! Great opportunity to get your hands on some new screening equipment, with everything from projectors to chairs. More info here.