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DISCOUNT FOR CINEMA FOR ALL MEMBERS

Our kind distribution partners Cosmic Cat have allowed Cinema For All members to watch their two latest documentaries at a discount. Watch these compelling documentaries for just £4.99, simply click the links below. Feel free to share this opportunity with your audience members to join in too.

Eye of the Storm

Widely recognized as one of Britain’s finest landscape artists, James Morrison’s work hangs in the homes of JK Rowling and the Royal family, as well as in museums and private collections around the world. But in the twilight of his life, James loses his eyesight and with that, his ability to see the landscape as others couldn’t. As Morrison reflects on his remarkable artistic journey, from the Glasgow shipyards, to France and the vanishing arctic wilderness, he also confronts his sight loss by attempting one final masterpiece.

Eye of the Storm is a powerful and poignant exploration of the connection between freedom, transcendence and art, through the stormy eyes of a master.


Killing Escobar

In 1989, Scottish mercenary and ex-SAS operative, Peter McAleese, was hired by a Colombian drug cartel to lead a small team of ex-special forces commandos on a mission to assassinate the world’s biggest drug baron, Pablo Escobar.

With heartstopping drama reconstruction, access to never-before-seen footage of the mission and first person accounts from both the mercenaries and the cartel, Killing Escobar is a documentary thriller that reveals how one man’s violent upbringing in Glasgow, training in the SAS and experience as a mercenary in Africa led him to the jungles of Colombia and the heart of the Medellín cocaine empire.

At 78 years old and returning to the Catholic faith of his youth, McAleese reflects on one of the most ambitious and perilous assignments of his career; the one that pushed him closer to death than any other, a mission to kill the most feared man in the world, Pablo Escobar.


CURATE: 3 AMAZING DOCUMENTARIES FROM £40*

Cinema For All’s Curate programme brings community cinemas brilliant independent films to offer you and your audience fresh and interesting content.

We are proud to present three excellent documentaries for this year’s Curate programme from talented directors that offer something special in every frame.

We understand that you still want to reach your audience during lockdown and our friends that might need to stay at home when in person screenings are permitted by the UK government so we’ve made each film available for online screenings. The films are available for in person screenings once screenings can resume in the UK as per government stipulations.

To screen online, each film is provided to you via a Vimeo link and password that you can share with your audience privately. They simply click the link, enter the password and watch. They are welcome to start and pause the film at any point during the date of your screening but you are welcome to encourage your audience to watch at the same time to create a shared experience.

All the films will be available for the price listed until 31 December 2021.

If you have any questions please email Abi at abi@cinemaforall.org.uk

Asunder

Available to screen from 1 May 2020.

Licence fee: £50

Asunder tells the story of what happened to an English town during the First World War, with almost all of its men fighting abroad and its women and children left behind. The North East was in the front line, thanks to its shipyards and munitions factories. Using footage from 96 separate archive films and contemporary footage and audio, Asunder collages the stories of people from Tyneside and Wearside to uncover what life was like on the home front, with bombs falling on Britain for the first time, conscientious objectors sentenced to death, and women working as doctors, tram conductors and footballers. The narrative moves from an Edwardian golden era, in which sport grew in popularity and aircraft and cars pointed to a bright new future, to a war that horrifically reversed this progress. In the Battle of the Somme, British, French and German armies fought one of the most traumatic battles in military history. Over the course of just four months, more than one million soldiers were captured, wounded or killed in a confrontation of unimaginable horror.

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Delta 7even

Licence fee: £40

Online Q+A’s with director Rosie Baldwin are available via Zoom (limited number available).

Deeply moving, yet warm and unexpectedly funny, Delta 7even is the story of an eccentric post punk band made up of adults with learning disabilities, and the events following the tragic news that a bandmate has taken his own life.

Featuring the band’s original music, this observational documentary is a timely and unique insight into the ripple-effect of losing a loved one to suicide, and the vastly different ways in which people grieve. Filmed over the course of a year, both before and immediately after the tragedy, the film follows the band as they face their grief head-on and turn it into a united strength, self-belief and desire to continue.

A life-affirming celebration of neurodiversity and inclusion, Delta 7even offers a unique look into group dynamics and the refusal to live a life dictated by stereotypes. Overcoming the seemingly insurmountable, the band speak to the transformative power of one’s own creativity, and the film tells a compelling tale of resilience and unity in the face of the worst that life can give you.

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Winner of Grand Jury Prize at Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Love Child

Licence fee £50

Directed by Eva Mulvad the film received its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and has since gone on to play major festivals around the world including the Chicago International Film Festival where it won the Gold Hugo Award for Best Documentary.

Love Child offers a heartbreaking portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who are forced to flee for their lives from Tehran where their secret affair and illegitimate child are both considered crimes, punishable by death. Together with their four-year-old son Mani they take refuge in Turkey with dreams of a new life, seeking asylum to either Canada or the US. Intimately filmed over a five-year period, we follow their brave quest to be safe together as a family.

‘Eva Mulvad’s film is remarkable…A feat of captivating storytelling, rich in character detail, vivid temporal awareness and high-stakes tension’ – Variety

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TOP UP COACHING SESSIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

Whilst we’re all advised to stay at home due to the current health situation in the UK, we wanted to offer you some free online top up coaching sessions!

If you’re looking for ways to develop and plan your community cinema during this downtime, our coaching sessions from the expert, friendly Cinema For All team can help!

We have ten free coaching sessions on offer that will be delivered by Ellie and Abi from the Cinema For All team via Zoom (a free video call programme much like Skype). The sessions are available until 7 April 2020 and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis and can be delivered at a time that suits you.

From programming and marketing to fundraising and outreach, there’s plenty of advice and resources to access. It’s also a great chance to connect and have the opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns and discuss ideas with us and we will be happy to support you.

After these ten sessions are taken, we will be offering 90 minute sessions to all groups for just £25. Through these sessions, we will help you focus on the admin and planning side of your community cinema, whilst your doors are temporarily closed to the public. It’s a way we want to support you during this time, but it’s also a way you can support Cinema For All and our change in services, if you are in the position to do so.

Find out more and see the sessions on offer here.

APPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAIN 2020 ARE NOW OPEN!

Cinema For All is pleased to announce that applications for Sustain are now open!

Whether you’re an established group that is doing well but looking at new ideas to expand or you’ve been screening films for a while and would like a little bit of extra help to keep the cinema going, Sustain can help!

Our BFI funded coaching programme, Sustain, offers existing community cinemas who have been running for 2+ years intensive support via three free coaching sessions in different areas of their choice. These include, marketing and social media, equipment, audience development, outreach, fundraising and more! The coaching sessions are delivered over Skype so they can be arranged at a time that suits you.

Not only do you get access to three free coaching sessions but you also will receive a £200 bursary to help you fund further developments for your community cinema e.g. a new website or logo design, further training, attending an event or to try out some marketing that might not have been in the budget before.

In the four years that Sustain has been running, we have supported 39 groups across the UK with coaching and bursary support to help them continue and flourish.

Past participants said:

‘We found working with Cinema for All on their Sustain programme invaluable in helping us to review priorities and progress and to set fresh and exciting goals for our future as a community cinema.’
Friends of Iffley Village Film Nights (Sustain Fresh Start 2019)

‘Sustain has helped us to embrace the tools available to community cinemas, and now we’re super confident we can keep growing! Our audience loved our latest event, an eco-friendly screening of Under the Tree’
Nantwich Film Club (Sustain Fresh Start 2019)

The coaching sessions will begin in January 2020 and all sessions must be completed by 30 March 2020. Deadline for applications is 11 December 2019. Get excited for the next chapter of your community cinema! Find out more and apply here.

APPLICATIONS FOR AUTUMN LAUNCHPAD ARE OPEN!

Launchpad 2019 – Autumn Round

**DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS EXTENDED TO 6 SEPTEMBER 2019**

Cinema For All are excited to announce that applications for the Autumn round of Launchpad, our helpful and intensive coaching programme, are now open!

  • Want to start screening films in your community?
  • Looking to gain practical skills and motivation?
  • Lacking the funds to get started?

Autumn is a really great time to start screening films for your community, as people look for things to do inside as the weather turns cooler and the nights draw in.

Cinema For All represent over 1,200 community cinemas in the UK and in the four years of Launchpad running we’ve helped over 45 groups kick start their community cinema. Why not start yours this Autumn?

Enjoy the freedom of testing the types of films your audience enjoy without the financial risk with a £150 bursary for each of your two test screenings as part of Launchpad. You can also start your community cinema with confidence and knowledge with the friendly, expert guidance from the Cinema For All team to help you every step of the way. The coaching sessions offer both motivational and practical support in areas including, getting started, marketing and publicity, special events, technical advice, fundraising and more!

‘We would recommend anyone thinking about setting up a community cinema to take the leap with Launchpad. A scheme that supports, uplifts and helps shoulder the risk whilst you find your feet. The intensive coaching was brilliant for answering all our questions and signposting areas for future development. We wouldn’t be here without Cinema For All’s knowledge and encouragement. Thank you’ – Social Features, Scotland

Deadline for all applications is 6 September 2019. Coaching sessions will commence from 6 September 2019 should your application be successful.  We’ve kept the application process quick and simple so you can get started with ease!  If you have any access requirements or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0114 2210314 or email Abi at abi@cinemaforall.org.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Find out more, read the application guidance notes and apply here.

APPLICATIONS FOR NEXT GEN 2019 ARE NOW OPEN!

Next Gen – Summer Round

We are delighted to announce our new coaching programme Next Gen, dedicated to helping groups of under 30 year old’s (or those working with eg: in youth clubs or colleges) to set up their own community cinemas!

  • Are you under 30 and looking to screen films in your community, or at your university?
  • Do you work with young people (in a school, college, youth club) that would like to start up their own cinema?
  • Looking for an exciting Summer programme to engage young people?

Next Gen is here to help you!

Cinema For All represents over 1,200 community cinemas in the UK and in the four years of Launchpad running we’ve helped over 30 groups kick start their community cinema. Our previous work with under 30’s proved how taking ownership of and running a community cinema increases confidence, builds team working abilities and develops knowledge and skills that is transferable to professional environments.  Next Gen will follow on from this work, offering tailored support for under 30’s to kick start their community cinema.

With a £400 bursary to put towards your first two test screenings, you can enjoy the freedom of testing out your ideas, without the financial risk. Our coaching sessions will provide you with both motivation and knowledge in areas including, getting started, marketing and publicity, special events, technical advice, fundraising and more. You will be supported in the programme by the advice, guidance and expertise of our friendly, expert team who will guide you through the process and be with you every step of the way.

Past young groups we have worked with have said:

‘This has been an eye-opening opportunity. It allowed a group of young people to really take ownership of their own community cinema and take pride in what they have achieved.’ – Futurist Cinema, Yorkshire.

‘This has been informative and valuable… I can’t wait to put it on my CV!’ – Nyara Creative Collective, Yorkshire

 

Deadline for all applications is 6 June 2019. Coaching sessions will commence from 12 June 2019 should your application be successful. We’ve kept the application process quick and simple so you can get started with ease! If you have any access requirements or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0114 2210314 or email Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Find out more, read the application guidance notes and apply here.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR LAUNCHPAD 2019 ARE OPEN!

Launchpad 2019 – Summer Round

We’re excited to announce that applications for the Summer round of Launchpad, our helpful and intensive coaching programme, are now open!

  • Want to start screening films in your community?
  • Looking to gain practical skills and motivation?
  • Lacking the funds to get started?

Cinema For All represents over 1,200 community cinemas in the UK and in the four years of Launchpad running we’ve helped over 30 groups kick start their community cinema. Why not start yours this summer?

Enjoy the freedom of testing the types of films your audience enjoy without the financial risk with a £150 bursary for each of your two test screenings as part of Launchpad. You can also start your community cinema with confidence and knowledge with the friendly, expert guidance from the Cinema For All team to help you every step of the way. The coaching sessions offer both motivational and practical support in areas including, getting started, marketing and publicity, special events, technical advice, fundraising and more!

‘We would recommend anyone thinking about setting up a community cinema to take the leap with Launchpad. A scheme that supports, uplifts and helps shoulder the risk whilst you find your feet. The intensive coaching was brilliant for answering all our questions and signposting areas for future development. We wouldn’t be here without Cinema For All’s knowledge and encouragement. Thank you’ – Social Features, Scotland

Deadline for all applications is 6 June 2019. Coaching sessions will commence from 12 June 2019 should your application be successful.  We’ve kept the application process quick and simple so you can get started with ease!  If you have any access requirements or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0114 2210314 or email Abi at abi@cinemaforall.org.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Find out more, read the application guidance notes and apply here.

 

Visiting Marjorie – 80 Years of Community Cinema

By Abi Standish

You’ve probably heard us talk about Marjorie Ainsworth a lot here at Cinema For All. Marjorie won the Roebuck Cup in 2016 at the Film Society of the Year Awards, has been part of Manchester and Salford Film Society for 80 years and is an honorary Vice President of Cinema For All. These amazing achievements capture the incredible commitment of this distinguished woman and it’s clear to see her passion for community cinema. What might not be as obvious is Marjorie’s humility. She is often surprised and extremely humbled by the titles and compliments bestowed upon her by her friends, film society committee and community cinema fans at large.

Pictured: Marjorie Ainsworth receiving the Roebuck Cup in 2016. Marjorie’s husband Tom Ainsworth won the same award in 1984. 

Ellie and I went to visit Marjorie this month (our visit happened to fall on Galentines Day – a day to celebrate the women in your life that you love  which was a lovely bonus) to see how she’s doing and get her thoughts on recent films and more. We arrived at Marjorie’s house with colourful tulips, a box of biscuits and a joy to be reunited with community cinema’s queen once again. Marjorie was the sweetest host and had a pot of tea prepared, along with some star shaped shortbread. The three of us got comfortable on the bright spring day and chatted about how life was going, helpful hairdressers and making new friends. We also asked to see the card she was given at the recent celebration of Marjorie’s 80 years at Manchester and Salford Film Society and her 97th birthday. The card was the size of a large coffee table book and it was filled with kind and congratulatory messages, every blank space bursting with a complete outpouring of love for such a warm and inspiring individual.

Pictured: Marjorie’s film themed birthday card.

When Marjorie’s not at film society committee meetings  or scooping up awards, she is watching films. What kind? ALL kinds. Ellie and I consider ourselves big film fans and avid cinema goers but Marjorie had seen more independent cinema releases over the last few months than the two of us put together! It was wonderful to hear that Marjorie has recently made some new friends who are as passionate about watching films as she is and now go to the local independent cinema on an almost weekly basis. Some recent viewings included If Beale Street Could Talk and Can You Ever Forgive me? Both which she enjoyed, particularly enjoying Melissa McCarthy’s performance in Can You Every Forgive Me? And noting the film is ‘a lot of good fun’. She also enjoyed Netflix release, Roma and spoke not only of its cinematic merits but informed us about the area of Mexico depicted in the film and how well it was captured. This led us on to talk about places we’ve visited and it was so interesting to hear more about Marjorie’s life. She talks about film with the same exuberance as places traveled and sites film as an incredible way to understand more about the world, a passport into other lives across the globe. Marjorie’s film passport is well stamped and lovingly worn. When we last went to talk to Marjorie for the Cinema For All podcast, she spoke about going to the cinema up to four times a week in the 30s and 40s. It’s amazing to see that decades later her joy for cinema-going remains curious and vivid as ever.

We could have whiled away the hours talking about films with Marjorie all afternoon. Before we left we gave Marjorie one our podcast tote bags, to carry around her DVDs and shopping in style and a copy of the archive film Cinema For All produced last year, Born a Rebel. She graciously thanked us for the gift and said she’d watch the film very soon. True to her word Marjorie watched it the next day and emailed us to tell us how much she enjoyed it and that she’d watched it multiple times. To hear this feedback from a woman that’s spent a life time watching films we couldn’t be happier.

We felt truly lifted from seeing Marjorie and excited to watch even more films. On the bus home after our visit, Ellie and I spent the entire journey marveling Marjorie’s commitment to films, both watching and screening them and her spirited and inquisitive mind. Everyone that is enjoying films, attending or running a community cinema, you are inspirational and enriching our lives, one screening at a time.

WHERE ARE YOU NOW? – LEIGH FILM SOCIETY

With the annual Film Society of the Year Awards just around the corner, we wanted to catch up with some of our past award winners and see what they’re up to.

Leigh Film Society, founded in 2013, are an inspiring group of film enthusiasts based in Leigh, Greater Manchester. We asked Rob Tongeman from the society a few questions about what they’ve been doing and anything that they have in the pipeline.

Which award did you win?

Film Discovery Award
Community Cinema Award
Film Society of the Year

How did winning an award at Film Society of the Year impact Leigh Film Society?

We have had increased interest from both members of the public (which means busier screenings) and the press. It has raised our profile within the community. Please see our website’s “Press Coverage” page.

What was the highlight of the past year for Leigh Film Society?

Our society winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is a massive honour to be recognised in this manner.

Do you have any upcoming screenings for us to look forward to?

We are holding a charity screening of Toy Story for the local Action4Alfie charity which is for a little boy with Duchennes Muscular Distrophy. We are also holding a screening of 24 Hour Party People to conicide with the 40th Anniversary of Factory Records, Manchester this year. As part of our normal programme we are screening, The Shape of Water, Airplane (our annual retro comedy month), Downsizing, Prevenge (Halloween film) & Journey’s End.

We are also in the planning stage of a “cozy” Christmas screening of a classic film (undecided right now) for our members & regulars which will have food and drinks before and during the event.

Anything else that you’d like to tell us about?

We held a screening of Suffragette earlier this year in support of our Leigh based WASPI ladies. This was an event they approached us to do.

We held a sing-a-long event screening of the Sound of Music. This was very well attended including 2 local ladies choirs.

We have also already this year screened, A Man Called Ove, Jawbone, OSS 117 Lost in Rio, Land of Mine & Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

We collect audience ratings (when able) after our film screenings and place the scores on our “Past Screenings” page of the website.

You can see further pictures and video from some of the events on the “Gallery” page of the website.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2018 FILM SOCIETY OF THE YEAR AWARDS!

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2018 FILM SOCIETY OF THE YEAR AWARDS!

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.

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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!

NEW FOR 2018 – TELL THE JUDGES WHAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL
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!