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Conference Programme Announcement!

Cinema For All is excited to share with you the first confirmed sessions and films for the 2020 Community Cinema Conference (18-20 September).

We are pleased to showcase a wide range of stories and voices from within the community cinema sector and beyond, demonstrating the resilience, ingenuity and care at the heart of this wonderful volunteer-led movement. We also have a selection of incredible independent and world cinema films to help you put together your post-lockdown programme.


Our standard ticket price is just £25, though we offer a sliding scale including £15 tickets for people on a low-income and even some free places. If you’d like to support the event, Cinema For All and the community cinema sector, supporters’ tickets are available for £50.


Delta 7even
A post-punk band made up of adults with learning disabilities discover their resilience, united strength and the power of creativity following the devastating death of one of their band members. A moving documentary filled with warmth from award winning documentary filmmaker, Rosie Baldwin.

The Lady in the Portrait
The Lady in the Portrait is a sumptuous costume epic which evokes the unique rapport between a French missionary (Melvil Poupaud) and the Manchurian Empress (Fan Bingbing) whose portrait he’s ordered to paint.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
A fascinating documentary that uncovers the story of the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, revealing for the first time the full scope of her life and pioneering work.
The Perfect Candidate
Director Haifaa Al Mansour returns to her native Saudi Arabia with The Perfect Candidate, a tale of one woman’s quest to challenge not only the system, but also herself. A determined young doctor, who decides to run for municipal council, sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate and watch her fight for social change on a local level.

+ more to come!


In Conversation with Nina Tame: join disability activist Nina Tame in conversation with Cinema For All’s Jaq Chell in a session looking at how people with disabilities can be let down by cultural spaces. A vital conversation that will help you make sure that your re-opening plans do not compromise on accessibility. Nina is a wonderful speaker with many engaging and insightful stories.

Screenings for Neurodiverse People: FAN Access Officer Midnight Memphis explores the importance and practicalities of putting on screenings for neurodivergent people, featuring their expert guidance, as well as voices from neurodiverse cinema attendees outlining what adjustments you can make to ensure your cinema screenings make them feel fully welcome.

Collaborations and Community: freelance film programmer Kate Wood talks us through the benefits of sharing our programming power directly with communities, in order to create inclusive and engaging film programmes that welcome all audiences, celebrating cinema’s power to unite.


Non-stop community cinema stories during lockdown: Just because cinema doors have been closed, doesn’t mean that the work of community cinemas came to a halt. Hear about the incredible work done by community cinemas during the Covid-19 crisis, from online film clubs to food drives, to goody bags and care packages for vulnerable audience members. Chaired by Rico Johnson-Sinclair.

Our Global Family: stories from community cinemas and film societies around the world. Led by Deborah Parker.

New Ground – stories from emerging community cinemas: hear about how newer community cinemas have weathered the crisis, what their solutions have been and how their plans have been affected. Led by Ellie Ragdale and featuring speakers Martin De Graft-Johnson, Barry Carr, Rui Jin, Mosa Mpetha and Samra Mayanja.

Creating a Safe New Normal: returning to screening the films you love to the communities you care about. Led by Deborah Parker.

Cinema For All AGM: Cinema For All members and non-members alike are encouraged to come along to our AGM (please note that only current, paid up members may vote). There will also be the chance to meet and catch up with current trustees, as well as this year’s election for our 4 election trustee positions. Find out more about and apply for one of the positions.
(The AGM is free to attend – please contact us if you would like to come to just this session and we will provide your ticket)

*All sessions will be BSL interpreted*

Keep checking back to find out more detail on the programme as it unfolds…We will also be joined by our friends Filmbankmedia who will be talking about their new Virtual Screening Room. Do not miss this session! Huge thanks to them and all of our supporters including MUBI and WRS Insurance.

There is still more to come. Don’t forget the Film Society of the Year Awards, which will take place online this year. Despite such a difficult year, community cinemas still have much to celebrate and be thankful for. Book your tickets now!

The Cinema For All Team

Community Cinema Conference 2020

Community Cinema Conference 2020 and the 51st Film Society of the Year Awards

18-20 September, 2020, Online


Join Cinema For All for an exciting weekend celebrating all things community cinema – for the very first time entirely online!

Expect workshops, panels, plenty of networking, private links to exclusive film previews, watch parties and the highlight of the year, the Film Society of the Year Awards. We’re going completely online this year via Zoom, but there will be a whole host of opportunities to share, chat, learn, network and much more.Join us if you are currently involved in volunteer-led film screening or if you’d like to know more before getting started. Cinema For All is here to help you along every step of your journey.Full programme announcement coming in August.

Apply for the Film Society of the Year Awards now.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale, from £0-£50, depending on your income level.

If you are eligible for the free ticket option, please contact rosie@cinemaforall.org.uk for the access code. Bursaries are also available to under 30s currently screening films in a voluntary capacity. Contact info@cinemaforall.org.uk to apply.

*member discounted tickets are unavailable this year in favour of a sliding scale supporting people from different income levels. Member tickets will return in 2021, when the event is back in public.


We are delighted to announce the dates for the 2020 Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards

This year’s conference will take place from 18-20 September in Sheffield. The Community Cinema Conference is the UK’s biggest gathering of film societies, community cinemas, village screens and film clubs. Join us as we get together for a fantastic weekend-long celebration of volunteer-led cinema!

Put the date in your diary and keep an eye out for more information on this year’s conference programme and tickets. We can’t wait to see you again in September!


We are very excited to release this year’s full Community Cinema Conference brochure!

The Community Cinema Conference weekend is packed with a fantastic diverse selection of films, inspiring speakers and discussion topics and endless opportunities to chat to and catch up with other exhibitors.

The highlight of the weekend is the 50th Film Society of the Year Awards co-hosted by director Jeanie Finlay, where we all get the chance to celebrate the hard work of film societies and community cinemas across the UK!

Read about all of the unmissable events happening across the weekend in our downloadable brochure below.



We are delighted to confirm 2 of the fantastic films being screened at this year’s Community Cinema Conference, For Sama and Jellyfish.

As well as lots of exciting film previews, the weekend will be packed with invaluable talks and workshops, and is a fantastic opportunity to chat to other community cinemas across the UK.

Get your tickets here.


For Sama (2019)

For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.

Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

Jellyfish (2019)

Between being bullied at school, put upon by her overbearing boss at the local arcade and having to look after her younger brother, sister and manic-depressive mother, life isn’t easy for Sarah Taylor.

However, when Sarah’s drama teacher channels her ferocious and volatile energies in to a stand-up comedy routine for the graduation showcase, Sarah discovers that she may have a hidden talent.

As her love for comedy grows and the showcase draws nearer, the delicate balance in her life becomes increasingly difficult to maintain. Little by little the walls start to close in, ultimately forcing her to choose between her responsibilities as a carer and her newfound passion for comedy.

Full details of the 2019 programme coming very soon!


We’re excited to announce that tickets for the 2019 Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards are now available!

Join us in Sheffield for the UK’s biggest gathering of community cinemas, film societies and village screens. The weekend will be packed with exciting talks, panel discussions, masterclasses, preview screenings and much more.

You will also attend the Film Society of the Year Awards and after party on Saturday night, where we will get together to celebrate the incredible work of community cinemas across the UK!

The Community Cinema Conference will take place at The Workstation, Sheffield from 20-22 September 2019. Early Bird and Previous Attendee Passes are available for a limited time only; get your tickets here.

More information on the programme will be released soon.


We are so excited to release this year’s Community Cinema Conference brochure!

This year’s conference weekend is packed with a fantastic selection of films, speakers and discussion topics – accompanied by all of the food, drink, dancing, chatting and celebrating that you could ask for!

The highlight of the weekend is the 49th Film Society of the Year Awards co-hosted by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid, where we all get the chance to celebrate the hard work of film societies and community cinemas across the UK.

Read about all of the unmissable events happening across the weekend in our brochure, and get your tickets now!



We are pleased to announce the full programme for this year’s Community Cinema Conference – our annual celebration of volunteer-led cinema!


Some of the highlights of this year’s programme include an invaluable masterclass on mental health awareness from Dr. Emmie McFadden alongside a screening of Harvey, a fascinating Keynote from Anandi Ramamurthy focusing on Palestinian Cinema, and a session with journalist and BFI Senior Curator, Danny Leigh.

There will also be a variety of masterclasses and workshops delivered by members of the Cinema For All team and a premiere screening of Vote100: Born a Rebel, which has been made in partnership with the North West Film Archive, the Yorkshire Film Archive and the North East Archive.

As well as all of this, we have screenings of Skate Kitchen, The Apparition, Columbus, Anchor and Hope, 3000 Nights and C’est La Vie!

Food and refreshments throughout the weekend are included in the ticket price!



We are so excited to release a first look at this year’s Community Cinema Conference Programme! The 2018 Community Cinema Conference, which runs from 7-9 September, is packed with exciting talks, workshops and film screenings.

Download programme here.

Our theme is Yourself on Screen, so we’ll be looking at important issues such as representation, community outreach and diverse film programming. We’ll also be covering some core community cinema topics such as sustainability, in a masterclass with Jaq and Abi from the team.

Some of the highlights include an invaluable opening session about uniting communities through film, exciting screenings of films such as Skate Kitchen and The Apparition, and of course, the Film Society of the Year Awards hosted by Sheffield’s Magid Magid!

Food and refreshments throughout the weekend are included in the ticket price, plus we are offering a discount code for rooms at Jurys Inn to make the conference as affordable as possible!

Average ticket price for a weekend pass is just £85, and Earlybird tickets are available until 18 July! You can find out more about the conference and book your tickets here.

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


Saturday 11 November marked the 48th Film Society of the Year Awards. Film societies, community cinemas and friends from across the UK and beyond gathered at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield for the ceremony, which took place during the 2017 Community Cinema Conference.

Presented by Cinema For All Chief Executive Deborah Parker and writer and broadcaster Danny Leigh, this year’s awards celebrated some outstanding and exciting community cinema groups and individuals.

Some high quality images of the event can be found here:

We’re very happy for you to use the images in any press or publicity – please credit Cinema For All/ Peter Martin.

More to come soon!