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.
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