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Sustain 2022 applications now open!

Applications now open for Sustain 2022!

We are delighted to announce that we are now recruiting for the next round of our popular coaching programme Sustain – helping community cinemas build on the sustainability of their group and return to screenings after lockdown, with some extra support.

Our BFI funded coaching programme runs between January and March and provides existing community cinemas with bursary support, as well as online coaching sessions led by our friendly, expert Cinema For All staff.

Sustain is broken down into three, exciting programmes:


Sustain Shine – for existing community cinemas to reflect on what they have achieved and where they want to go next. This programme will follow our previous and popular Sustain format, providing groups with three coaching sessions and a bursary of £200, to build on and explore the sustainability of their community cinema.


Sustain Develop – a programme for community cinemas with a clear idea of their next stage of development with a specific project. The programme will consist of three bespoke coaching sessions tailored to your group, along with a £600 bursary to help realise, plan and achieve your community cinema’s next ambition.


Sustain Collaborate – This programme will support groups with ideas for an interesting collaboration with other community cinemas. It provides a bursary of £1000 to help cover the costs of making your in person or online collaborative project happen.

The deadline for applications for all Sustain programmes is 4 January 2022. 97% of groups that apply have been successful in receiving support from Cinema For All’s coaching programmes.

We look forward to hearing from you!

With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.



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.

Amazing opportunity for a Cinema For All Member to potentially represent community cinemas across the country and be on the jury at the 61st Krakow Film Festival, from 30 May until 6 June!

Taking place digitally again this year, Krakow Film Festival showcases outstanding documentaries, animations and short films from all over the world, as well as the latest and most important Polish productions. As part of the jury panel, you will get access to all films selected for the festival and many others submitted for the film market.

As a representative for Cinema For All, we will look to you to uncover some great, new films for our Booking Scheme and write a report on your experiences at the festival afterwards, which will feature on the Cinema For All website and on our social media channels.

To apply, please download and complete the short application form and return to Ellie, at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk by midday on Thursday 20 May. We will then select a candidate, and they will be put forward for consideration by the International Federation of Film Societies. Good luck!


Outdoor screening are becoming more and more popular but with hefty hire prices for equipment and bigger box office splits it can often be a challenge for community cinemas.

Join Cinema For All for free online on Saturday 29 May between 2 – 3:15pm, as we hear from a handful of exhibitors who have created magical experiences for their audiences and taken community cinema outdoors…on a budget!

With inspiration and advice from community cinemas with experience and plenty of opportunity for questions and networking, this event is perfect for groups with ambition to run outdoor screenings. Featuring presentations from Friends of Cotteridge Park, Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema and Inspirate who will cover everything you need to know about taking your screenings outside, from logistics and costs, to audiences.


This workshop will take place on Zoom and will be BSL interpreted and captioned, participants will receive a link in advance of the session. Please note, you do not have to be based in the West Midlands 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 regional 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.

On the Ground: Cinema on the Move features as part of Flatpack Festival 2021’s Film Camp programme.

Film Camp is series of free, online workshops, open to everyone from multi-screen venue and festivals to community cinema organisers and student film groups. Other sessions as part of the 2021 programme include What is Audio Description? and The Future of Cinema: What About Me?

With support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.



As part of the Cinema For All LIFT package to help relaunch community cinemas, we have worked closely with our distributors to bring you a wide range of titles on the Booking Scheme that are available for either a *3 for 1 licence or **£50 lower cost licence fee.

These offers are available for screenings taking place between 18/08/2020 and 17/01/2021 only.

All films on the Booking Scheme are currently offered on a ‘screen from your own copy’ basis, meaning you screen the film from your own purchased DVD/Blu Ray or official digital purchase e.g. iTunes. Some films are not available on these home entertainment formats and in these cases we will work with you and the distributor to either send you a screener disc or link. You will be notified once we receive your booking if this is the case. Please use this booking form to request any of the titles in this list and select which offer you’d like (either the 3for1 or £50 lower cost licence). All other Booking Scheme terms and conditions apply to these bookings and any others bookings of titles on the Booking Scheme outside of this list.

We hope these offers are helpful to your community cinema during this difficult time.

We’d also like to share our wholehearted thanks to our distribution partners for helping to make this possible.

*You can screen the film up to three times over three consecutive days for £90 flat fee.
**The film is available for £50 flat fee and can only be screened once per booking.

To find out more, simply download the list of available films here, and click on the links to find information about each of the films.


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.


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.


Launchpad 2019 – Autumn Round


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.

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.


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.