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Do you want to develop the audience of your community cinema and raise your profile? Interested in how to find and build relationships with partners that could help take your cinema to the next level?

Join Cinema For All online on Sunday 31 October 11am-1:30pm for our first On the Ground Scotland event, as we explore community cinema collaborations and the creative ways that groups have worked together. You will also gain top tips and inspiration for starting your own creative partnerships, that help one another flourish.

Collaborating with other organisations and community cinemas can be a great way to reach new audiences, raise the profile of your cinema, or even share the workload of a more ambitious idea. But where do you go to find the right group to partner with, and how do you make sure that you both get what you need out of working together?


The online event features a masterclass session, led by Abi and Ellie from the Cinema For All team, along with an interactive panel discussion featuring inspiring speakers from community cinemas in Scotland who have created a range of brilliant events through collaboration.

Attendees will also have access to a preview screening of Oliver Sacks: His Own Life courtesy of our friends at Altitude.

Programme for event:

  • 11:00 – Welcome and introductions: A chance to connect with your fellow community cinemas
  • 11:15 – Creative Collaborations panel: Hear from other Scottish community cinemas as they share their experience in the power of working together to achieve amazing screenings or try something new. This is also your chance to ask questions and gain insight from your peers.
  • 12:15 – Break
  • 12:25 – Creative Collaborations masterclass: A 45 minute masterclass with Abi and Ellie from Cinema For All exploring the benefits of partnerships, with practical tips and inspiration.
  • 13:20 – Wrap up and final thoughts.

This workshop will take place on Zoom and will be BSL interpreted and captioned.

Please note, you do not have to be based in Scotland to attend and there is no limit to the number of group members, so please feel free to invite the rest of your team. We look forward to seeing you there!

This session is part of Cinema For All’s BFI-funded support scheme, On the Ground, connecting emerging or existing community cinemas from across the region to share skills, knowledge and expertise.  Any questions please get in touch with Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk.

Supported by the BFI,  awarding funds from the National Lottery.


Want to learn how to make the most of your marketing and reach new audiences?
Want to learn tips and tricks from other inspiring community cinemas in your region?
Want to take part in a marketing and social media workshop delivered by the Cinema For All team?

Join Cinema For All and get together with your fellow community cinemas for our FREE On the Ground event in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland! The event will take place on Saturday 22 February from 10am – 4:30pm.

Get your tickets

Supported by the BFI, On the Ground is Cinema For All’s face-to-face support scheme providing regional advice and assistance to community cinemas in Northern Ireland. For more information about On the Ground please get in contact with Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk or on 0114 2210314.


Cinema For All is very excited to announce our first Launchpad and Sustain Alumni Day!

The event will take place on 7 March at Custard Factory, Birmingham.

Graduates of our Launchpad and Sustain training programmes are invited to a exciting and informative day where you will meet your fellow community cinema volunteers, reflect on your challenges and successes, and receive top up coaching from the expert Cinema For All team!

There will also be a preview screening in the brilliant Mockingbird Cinema and a certificate ceremony to congratulate all of the wonderful Launchpad and Sustain graduates who have taken part over the last 5 years.

Tickets cost just £5. Sign up here!

Bursaries are available to cover travel and hotel costs if needed. If you would like a bursary please contact abi@cinemaforall.org.uk with estimated costs.



Want to start screening films in your community? Already run a community cinema but are looking for new programming ideas? Want to share your success stories and help support other groups in your region? Join us in Belfast and get together with your fellow community cinemas for our free event, Programming On The Ground!

With a focus on film programming, the event will include an interactive panel discussion with inspiring speakers and Film Hub Northern Ireland, a programming workshop and activity led by the Cinema For All team, an exciting film screening, and lots of opportunities to chat to other groups from your region and share ideas. The full schedule for the day will be announced very soon.

Whether you’re already running a successful community cinema, an existing group in search of some additional support, or are just getting started, Cinema For All’s Programming On The Ground event will give you invaluable skills and knowledge, and the opportunity to network, learn from each other and work together.

A free lunch and teas and coffees will be provided on the day! Please let us know if you have any access or dietary requirements in advance. Also, numbers are limited so make sure to reserve your tickets early to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you there!

Supported by the BFI awarding funds from the National Lottery, On the Ground is Cinema For All’s face-to-face support scheme providing regional advice and assistance to community cinemas in Northern Ireland. For more information about On the Ground please get in contact with Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk or on 0114 2210314.



At Cinema For All, we understand the challenges of setting up and maintaining a sustainable community cinema, as well as the benefit they provide to local communities. Yet, running a community cinema can equip you with skills and experience that can assist other groups!

That is why with On the Ground, we want to get community cinemas together – to share their ideas with one another and benefit from each other’s knowledge.

Our day-long event will encourage this with:

  • Panel discussions featuring local community cinemas sharing their stories
  • Two interactive training sessions: Marketing and Publicity and Attracting and Maintaining Volunteers for Your Community Cinema
  • Networking opportunities, so that you can get to know other groups in your region

There will also be chance to learn about how to become an On the Ground Champion, our regional support scheme which pairs groups looking for assistance with those willing to help and host them at one of their screenings.

So, whether you are a new group looking to start screening films in your community, an existing group in search of some additional support, or an experienced group keen to share your stories and advice to help others, we have something for everyone at this event!

To register for your free ticket visit Eventbrite here. Please note, numbers are limited so reserve your tickets early to avoid disappointment! Please let us know if you have any access requirements in advance.


Available now*!


Vote 100: Born a Rebel – a 15 minute short film made by Cinema For All together with the YorkshireNorth East and North West Film Archives – is now available to book, exclusively for Cinema For All Members and Associates.


The film is an exploration of women in protest across the North of England and marks 100 years since the start of women’s suffrage in the UK. The film is supported by the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme. The film scored a spectacular 96% with audiences when premiered at the Cinema For All Community Cinema Conference in September.

‘A tear in my eye while watching this film. The passion for this project really shines through. I can’t wait to see it again’ – Leigh Film Society

Showing women’s lives from the suffragettes to the miner’s strikes, and much more, the film’s title is inspired by the first person we encounter in the film – suffragette Elizabeth Dean who, celebrating her 100th birthday, defiantly tells the camera:

‘Between you and I, I must have been born a rebel!’

Terms and conditions:

  • Available only to Cinema For All Members and Associates (join here).
  • The film is £25 per screening or you can pay £100 to screen as many times as you like (until 24th August 2019).
  • You must send audience numbers back to Cinema For All after your screening.
  • The film is currently only available as a downloadable link. DVDs and Blu-Rays will be available in December. Please contact us if you would like to request a disk.
  • You will be invoiced for the film after your screening.
  • Please refer to the Booking Scheme terms and conditions for our standard rules and regulations, which also cover this film.
  • No screenings are to take place after 24th August 2019.

* Locational restrictions:

If you are within a 50 mile radius of one of the following cities, you will only be able to screen the film after 1st December 2018 (to avoid clashes with our Vote: 100 celebration events – book tickets here): Huddersfield, Sheffield, Durham, Liverpool

If you’d like to throw your own immersive suffrage-inspired event, or are looking for ideas of feature films to pair with our short, take a look at our new learning resource, which is filled with advice from your fellow community cinemas to make your event unmissable.

We hope you enjoy this very special film, which we are excited to finally share with you. If you would like to submit your own Born a Rebel story to be considered for archive preservation, find out more here.


Last Thursday, 18 October, we ran the first of our Vote 100: Born a Rebel events at The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston. The event was completely sold out, so we were even more excited to share the Vote 100: Born a Rebel film with you all, experience the brilliant Woman on Fire, and of course, enjoy lots of tea and cake!

Oriana and Ellie from the Cinema For All team arrived early to help set the venue along with Catherine from Aunty Social, who kindly lent us the group’s beautiful hand-made women’s suffrage banners.

We kicked the evening off with a suffragette-style tea party in The Harris’ beautiful Community History room. During the tea party we watched a screening of our newly commissioned short film Vote 100: Born a Rebel, which had the audience laughing, crying, and even hissing at the screen like they were watching a pantomime!

The tea party was followed by an incredible one-woman-show, Woman on Fire. Produced by Certain Curtain Theatre Company, the play explored the life of local suffragette Edith Rigby and the standing ovation that followed the performance could be heard throughout the building.

An audience member said that the event encouraged women to ‘realise the need and duty to speak up, campaign, act on issues’ 

Our next Vote 100: Born a Rebel event will be taking place in Durham on Saturday 3 November. Find out more about our Durham event and get your tickets here.


We are so excited to launch our new project, Vote 100: Born A Rebel. 

Vote 100: Born a Rebel is our newly commissioned short film made up of wonderful footage from the YorkshireNorth East and North West Film Archives. The film was made to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage, and to show important footage of women throughout history.

When we were watching the film, we were inspired by the words of Elizabeth Dean who, still a proud suffragette at 100 years old, told the camera “between you and I, I think I must have been born a rebel!”

We are screening the film across 5 locations in the North of England and creating exciting events around each of them! The events will include live music, panel discussions, spoken word, theatre performance, children’s workshops, tasty food and women being great to each other!

We want more rebellious women like Mrs Dean in the film archives to inspire future generations of women – and that’s where we need your help! We would like you to send us your stories of rebellion, or of the rebellious women who inspire you, and your film could be entered into the archives.

For more information on the project and how to submit your video, visit our webpage here.



On 19 August, we are hosting a special networking event alongside Film Hub Northern Ireland at the Baltic Bar in Bullit Hotel, Belfast!

The day will begin with a networking workshop, so that you get the opportunity to get to know other exhibitors from across the region, share issues and ideas, and learn from one another.

You’ll then take part in a mini masterclass in Immersive Cinema. The masterclass will cover the basics of creating immersive screenings, the benefits and challenges, as well as showcasing this type of cinemas’ ability to build audiences and create unique, memorable events.

Finish off the day with a drink and the chance to keep those conversations going.

The event is completely free and will run from 15:00 – 18:00.
It’s not one to miss!


A review by Elizabeth Costello, Leigh Film Society

I was delighted to win two tickets for this ground-breaking event – a celebration of working class people who have achieved success in the film industry, curated by Cinema For All Patron Danny Leigh.

Coming from a working-class background myself, and running a film society that falls within one of the most deprived communities in the country, I very much wanted to fly the flag and represent our town and our great achievements as an award-winning film society. Alongside this, my daughter Emma lives and works in London in film production and has first-hand experience of how hard it is for people from a working-class background and how having a northern accent can mean working harder to be accepted within this industry.

There were so many panels it was difficult to choose as each one promised to deliver quality discussions.

Keynote Speech – Maxine Peake
Maxine Peake is one of the most famous working class heroes. Maxine is very often political which she feels is important as a public figure if asked to have an opinion. She spoke openly and honestly about her struggles for acceptance and is a strong voice for working class people and all things northern. She recently made a documentary called The Acting Class about the financial struggles of young people affording high end drama schools. Leigh Film Society CIC helped in the making of this film with sponsorship. We felt it was important to support working class drama students across the country and to help get their message across about the difficulties they face, proving there is no greater barrier to socially mobility than money. Danny mentioned Maxine’s new film called Funny Cow about a working-class female comedian on the club circuit, prompting Maxine to say how working-class people use comedy to lighten the load.

How To Make It – Vicky McClure, Jonny Harris and Asif Kapadia
Leigh Film Society had recently screened the Johnny Harris film Jawbone. It’s an outstanding film made with passion and perfectly demonstrates the struggles of working class people. I was really looking forward to listening to Johnny Harris. He didn’t disappoint. His passion for filmmaking and representing the underdog really came through. It turned out to be a great panel, keeping its focus on celebrating working class heroes and not making the privileged or middle-class members of the audience feel under attack. Johnny made some great points about casting agents and how they need to get away from RADA and check out the undiscovered talent at local colleges and drama groups. It is now his mission in life to make this happen. This panel was entertaining, funny and focused on exactly what the event was about.

Woodfall – Actors Rita Tushingham, Tom Courtenay and Joely Richardson, Journalist Paris Lees and Filmmaker Jez Butterworth explore the gritty stories brought to life by Woodfall Films
This turned out to be a lovely session taking the audience on a journey reminiscing through the many films made by Director Tony Richardson. Listening to Rita Rustington talking about the films she’d made with Woodfall and how coming from Liverpool she was a new breed of working class actor.

So many groundbreaking films made in the late 50s and 60s that raised issues about class tensions and at the time were referred to British New Wave. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) is still shown in schools today. Joely Richardson spoke with so much affection for her father’s films and how location was import to him. Rather than using studios he used actual deprived estates keeping his films authentic. I particularly enjoyed Tom Courtney reminiscing about the many comparisons over the years between himself and Albert Finney. These antidotes delighted the audience.

We had a wonderful day together celebrating and recognising the great work and successes of working class people. I cannot praise Danny Leigh enough for putting Clss on the agenda and hosting this event.