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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. Thank you to all the community cinema organisers that took part in completing the survey, we couldn’t do this research without you. This data allows us to build a better picture of the contribution community cinemas make to the film exhibition sector as well as how we can better serve you.

Jaq Chell, Head of Operations and Sector Development said, ‘Once again we are delighted to see the annual survey results reflect the wealth of film choice offered by volunteer-led cinema. We are so proud to represent groups that consistently bring great film to people across the whole of the UK, locally and at affordable prices. We believe access to film in a community setting can help decrease isolation, and even has the power to improve people’s lives. We are also proud to see Cinema For All services so highly rated. We work hard to give community cinemas the high quality advice they deserve and we are grateful for the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received.’

Key Findings of the Community Exhibitor Survey 2017:

  • Almost all Cinema For All services or resources were rated as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ by over 70% of survey respondents who had used that service or resource.
  • The most highly rated services (i.e. rated very good or good) were our Starter Pack (95%), Programme Notes (94%), Enquiry Service (89%), Booking Scheme (88%), Technical Advice (86%), Website (85%), Advice Leaflets (84%), Member Discounts (84%), Film Society of the Year Awards (82%) and Newsreel (81%).
  • Respondents programmed 675 different titles in 2016/17, mainly foreign language, British and independent films.
  • 19 titles were programmed by 10 or more community exhibitors during the year, and of these 10 were either British or foreign language titles.
  • The top three most programmed titles were Mustang, I, Daniel Blake and Bridge of Spies.
  • The average full annual membership fee was £22.67 with the highest at £70. 58% of respondents who offered membership also offered concessionary membership fees (for senior citizens, students, under 21s or under 25s, the unemployed etc.).
  • The average audience size of responding community exhibitors was 58, with 36% of respondents recording an increase in audiences and 39% recording roughly the same number as in the previous year.
  • 80% of organisations offering membership saw their membership increase or stay the same over the last year.

Download the full 2017 Community Exhibitor Survey Report here. 


If you run a community cinema, then why not join Cinema For All as a Member or an Associate in 2018? Our fast-growing network is full of groups with similar experiences and lots of shared knowledge. Whether you are looking for advice and tips on building on the success of your community cinema, iron out any wrinkles, or just to be part of the wider network of community cinema, the benefits of joining are stronger than ever.

‘Receiving advice, guidance, support and recognition from Cinema For All has given Leigh Film Society the credibility and confidence to drive forward its mission to deliver a wealth of film and film knowledge.’ – Paul Costello – Chair of Leigh Film Society CIC

What does membership include?

Thanks to an exclusive offer with major distributors Filmbankmedia, new Cinema For All Members and Associates do not have to pay a deposit when opening a Filmbankmedia account – a saving of over £150! (Terms and conditions apply)

For only £85 per screening, with no hidden costs or VAT, you can also choose one of over 700 films from the Cinema For All Booking Scheme to screen.

Cinema For All Members and Associates have access to a huge range of special deals, such as public liability and equipment insurance discounts through our partners at WRS Insurance.

Join us to receive access to exciting discounts and opportunities, such as our recent, member exclusive offer from digital distribution platform Cinegi Arts & Film, which offered Cinema For All members the chance to put on free introductory screenings of pre-recorded, as-live performances specially curated by the Cinema For All team. These included Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience, Maxine Peake in Hamlet, and Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land.

As a Member or Associate, get access to expert advice and support from the Cinema For All team. ‘[Cinema For All] have been a continued help, supporter and provider of inspiration’ – Electric Theatre Cinema

Read more about our great reasons to join here.

If you are not sure what might be the best membership category for you, or want to have a chat about your plans, then please get in touch with our friendly and helpful team at 0114 2210314 or email us at info@cinemaforall.org.uk.

We wish you a brilliant 2018 full of great screenings and packed audiences!

NEXT STEPS: Choose which level of membership is right for you, then join up.


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.


As the festive season approaches we wanted to let you know that the Cinema For All office will be closed from 20 December 2017 and will reopen on the 4 January 2018. 

If you have any film licences that you would like to book from the Booking Scheme, please send in your booking request forms by 11 December to make sure that they are processed in time for your screening. If you are able to send your booking request forms for screenings taking place during this period any earlier,  it would be much appreciated.

If you are booking the Sheffield equipment over the holidays, the last day you can collect it is 20 December 2017 and the kit can only be returned from  4 January when the office reopens. We kindly ask that you have all equipment booking requests, in any region, for between 21 December and 4 January in hand by 13 December at the latest. To do this please call our Technical Services Coordinator, Jay in the office on 0114 2210314.

All other locations that the equipment is stored will have varied Christmas closing dates, as per the organisation the equipment is held at. Please get in contact with the appropriate equipment hire location to find out about any office closing dates that may affect your equipment booking.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch with us at info@cinemforall.org.uk or call us on 0114 2210314.



As the year draws to a close, many community cinemas and film societies are taking care of end of year admin. We thought this would be a good time to offer a friendly reminder to fill out the audience figures form for any film screened licensed from the Cinema For All Booking Scheme.

Please submit your audience numbers for each screening by filling in this online form. We have made the form fuss free and it only takes a short moment to complete.

Please complete the form after your screening of any film licensed through the Cinema For All Booking Scheme. Not submitted your audience numbers for your previous 2017 screenings? No problem, you can still fill out the form for these screenings.

This data will allow us to build a better picture of the effectiveness and reach of community cinema in the UK, to help Cinema For All strengthen as an organisation and better support our members.

This information will be used to evidence how every individual effort from our members has helped build a network of passionate organisations with a huge accumulative audience across the nation.

If you have any questions or would like any further information you can contact us at info@cinemaforall.org.uk or call us in the office on 0114 2210314 and we would be happy to help.


Eros International is a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, which co-produces, acquires and distributes Indian language films in multiple formats worldwide.

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We are delighted to have been working with Eros International as a distribution partner to bring you more Indian cinema titles to the Booking Scheme.

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There is an eclectic range of stories and genres to choose from for you and your audiences to enjoy, including; CocktailKi & KaBajirao Mastani, Rockstar and Dishoom and many more available from the Booking Scheme. Look out for more recommendations and exciting news from us in the near future.



Exquisite, stunning, euphoric. Dazzling. Timeless. Beautiful. These are just some of the words used to describe Moonlight.

Moonlight is the second feature film by director Barry Jenkins and has won over critics, audiences and most recently the Academy who gave it the Oscar for Best Picture.

The film follows the life of Chiron, a young black man who struggles through adolescence as he navigates his sexuality, his relationship with his loving but neglectful mother and frequent abuse from his peers. Not only does Moonlight offer a little-seen perspective in film, it is completely unique in its construction, ebbing away from expectation and exhaling like a cool breeze.

From its first public screening in the mountains at Telluride Film Festival and ascending its way to red carpets and critical acclaim, this film has been on quite a journey. Now Moonlight has arrived here with us on the Cinema For All Booking Scheme, courtesy of Altitude, a distribution partner that we enjoy working with to help bring vibrant and unique films for community cinemas to screen.

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The Moonlight poster glowing in the Cinema For All office.

Understanding the needs of community cinemas is at the heart of what we do and we are always striving to provide the best discounts, benefits and support. Moonlight is not released on DVD and Blu Ray until June and we are thrilled to make it available for community cinemas to screen from 10 March on an early release window.  We are ecstatic to have Moonlight here with us for many reasons but we look forward to you sharing it with your audiences most of all.

To book Moonlight click here. 

BFI Black Star


The next BFI blockbuster season is Black Star – the largest ever national programme of films and events celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors, running between October and December 2016.

ICO, the BFI and BFI Film Audience Network are working in partnership on a ten film season that recognises, promotes and highlights stunning performances, not just from contemporary black actors but also iconic figures from the past.  As issues of diversity and inclusion (rightly) become ever more present in our thinking and long term goals, this a perfect way to champion the undeniable impact by black stars on cinema history and culture.

Drawing on pioneering performances from the earlier days of cinema (The Proud Valley), exposing unheralded star turns (Nothing But a Man, To Sleep with Anger) and reaching through to modern day classics (The Color Purple, Glory), Black Star is a selection not just to reach and inspire new and old audiences, but to rejuvenate the actors and films that should burn long in the memory.

Carmen Jones, Nothing But a Man, To Sleep with Anger and The Proud Valley are all available on subsidised discounted terms.

You can access up to £200 per screening for additional audience development activity or a flat rate of £200 for specific marketing for new audiences for any of the films. To access this funding you should fill in this proposal form and this listings form and return it to your local Film Hub contact as well as Liz Harkman (liz.harkman@watershed.co.uk) the Black Star Project Manager.

For more information or to book, please contact ICO programming:programming@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk | 0207 636 7120.

Your event should include BFI Black Star and BFI FAN branding. To download these assets, click here.

Cinema For All has also made a shortlist of films available on the Booking Scheme featuring versatile and powerful performances from black actors and compelling documentaries about black lives. Note: These titles do not come with additional funding.

Community Cinema Conference Programme

The 2016 Community Cinema Conference Programme is here!

We’re thrilled to present the 2016 Community Cinema Conference programme! This year’s conference is packed with Booking Scheme film previews, excellent panels, a welcome screening with Ashley Clark and of course the Film Society of the Year awards, co-presented by Danny Leigh!

See what exciting things we have in store!

Download the Community Cinema  Conference Brochure

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.

Remember, you can apply to your local Film Hub for a bursary to help you attend the Community Cinema Conference.

Book now to join us for a brilliant weekend celebrating, championing and supporting community-led cinema!

See you soon!


As 2016 is now well and truly underway, it seems only appropriate to announce a new batch of Booking Scheme film titles for you to consider.

The new selection highlights Cinema For All’s commitment to showcasing wide-ranging and diverse cinema and includes many award-winning and nominated titles such as The Revenant, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, Joy and Cartel Land.

Critically acclaimed ballet theatre documentary Bolshoi Babylon is available now on early window and in March members will have early access to homelessness drama Time Out of Mind and modern warfare ethics film Hyena Road.

As well as the aforementioned Cartel Land and Bolshoi Babylon, we have several more critically acclaimed documentary titles available to book, including Cinema For All Community Cinema Conference favourite My Nazi Legacy, Manakamana, Best of Enemies, Drew: the Man Behind the Poster and, from new Booking Scheme partners Scottish Documentary Institute, the deeply emotional and affecting I Am Breathing and Seven Songs for a Long Life.

We have a trio of documentaries coming your way from the end of January – 3 1⁄2 Minutes, Ten Bullets; The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution; Student Cinema Conference favourite Fresh Dressed – all looking at different aspects of black culture in the United States.

As well as the many new and recent titles, several classic titles find their way onto the Scheme in 2016, including Japanese legend Takeshi Kitano’s classic Dolls, Kikujiro and Hana-bi.

We are very pleased to welcome Eros International, the leading UK distributor of Bollywood film titles, to the Booking Scheme. Titles such as Bol, English Vinglish, Love Aaj Kal, Provoked, and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela offer sights, sounds and voices not previously seen or heard on the Booking Scheme.

We are currently updating the Booking Scheme database to include all new titles, but in the meantime members can download the updated Booking Scheme catalogue PDF here.

The Booking Scheme is open to all Members and Associates with titles available for a flat rate £85. Any Affiliates or Non-Members wishing to take advantage of the titles available can upgrade their Cinema For All membership or join here.