It’s that time of year when we open up our survey satchels to gather as much information about the sector as we possibly can. This year, there are also some stellar prizes up for grabs.
Why do we run the survey? Well, although we are in regular contact with members, the survey allows us to gather data to identify important trends, and to hear new feedback about key issues in the sector. It helps us to celebrate successes and to find the ways we can best support community exhibition going forward. Each year, we create a report from our findings. This becomes an important record of how the sector adapts to change.
Given the challenges of the last year, it’s extremely important to us that we gather a wide range of responses so that we can represent the sector accurately and advocate for its interests. No matter how active or inactive your group has been over the last year, we would love to hear from you.
Not only will you be pitching in with important work, you also have a chance to win one of three fantastic prizes in our survey prize draw.
- A £50 John Lewis voucher
- A six-month subscription to Sight and Sound magazine
- A Blu-ray/DVD boxset selected by Cinema For All
To take part in the prize draw, be sure to fill in your contact details at the end of the survey. This information will be stored separately so that all survey responses will remain completely anonymous.
Previous Community Exhibitor Survey reports can be read HERE.
Please, take some time to fill in our survey HERE. If you have hosted screenings between April 2020-March 2021, please have records to hand.
You can now download Cinema For All’s 2019 Community Exhibitor Survey report.
Each year, we conduct a survey of the community film exhibition sector to gather a wide range of data about the groups we represent. This year’s survey report presents findings from the past year, and, for the first time, also analyses trends within the sector over the past 10 years.
The Community Exhibitor Survey allows us to see what we’re doing well and what we could improve on. Not only this, but it gives you a chance to reflect on all of the great work done by you and your fellow volunteers!
Highlights from the Community Exhibitor Survey 2019:
- The three most-screened films were Three Billboards, A Fantastic Woman and Shoplifters.
- The average adult ticket price is £6.04 – once again, over a pound lower than the commercial average!
- The average total number of admissions across the year per group has risen by over 1,000 since 2009, now at 2,383.
- Over a quarter of groups are based in cities. This figure has risen by 20% over the last decade!
- 24% of films screened were in a foreign language and 21% were British.
- Over half of the films screened by at least ten respondents were British or in a foreign language.
- 853 different films were screened by respondents, and over two thirds of these were screened by just one respondent. This shows the great variety in your programmes!
- Over half of groups enhanced their screenings with additional activity (e.g. Q+As, guest speakers, immersive elements).
Download previous survey reports here.
Each year Cinema For All conducts a survey of the community film exhibition sector to gather a wide range of data about the groups that we represent.
The survey is extremely important to us, our funders and the work we do to best represent the needs and interests of community cinemas across the UK. Filling out the survey is also really beneficial to you, as it gives you a chance to reflect on and talk about all of the great work done by you and your fellow volunteers throughout the past year.
The results of the survey are shared widely and are a major opportunity to publicly showcase the excellence of volunteer-led cinema, the great value you represent and the wonderful films you show!
As a thank you from us for completing the survey, you will be entered into a draw to win one of our fantastic prizes:
- First prize: 2 tickets to the 2019 Community Cinema Conference
- Second prize: £50 John Lewis voucher
- Third prize: Cinema For All goody bag full of Blu Rays, DVDs and more
Deadline for responses: 16 August 2019
You can read through the results of last year’s survey here.
Please let us know if you have any access issues or wish to discuss the survey with us. All the very best for your upcoming screenings!
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. This survey allows us to see what we’re doing well and what we could improve on. Not only this, but it gives you a chance to reflect on all of the great work done by you and your fellow volunteers.
Key Findings of the Community Exhibitor Survey 2017/18:
- The average public ticket price was £5.48, more than £2 lower than the national average for commercial cinemas, which is £7.49.
- The top three most screened films were Hidden Figures, A Man Called Ove and Lion.
- Just under half of respondents (48%) operated a membership system in 2017/18 and the average membership size was 131.
55% of respondents saw their membership increase or stay the same in 2017/18.
- On average, respondents were located 7.2 miles from their nearest commercial cinema.
- 38% of respondents operate in a ‘rural’ area, compared to 2.5% of commercial cinemas.
Read previous survey reports
2017 ANNUAL COMMUNITY EXHIBITOR SURVEY REPORT
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.