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2017 COMMUNITY EXHIBITOR SURVEY REPORT

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. 

CINEMA FOR ALL SOUTH WEST VIEWING SESSIONS 2018

CINEMA FOR ALL SOUTH WEST VIEWING SESSIONS 2018

Oscar nominees, BAFTA winners and festival favourites head the line-up for Cinema For All South West Group’s double-header Spring Viewing Sessions! New releases on DVD and Blu-ray are to be screened at two venues in the east and west of the South West region in March and April.

The selection of the five features to be screened at both venues includes a new release from the Cinema For All Booking Scheme  – the Oscar nominated and first oil-painted animated feature, Loving Vincent.  Also headlining is the much acclaimed Call Me By Your Name, which won veteran James Ivory a BAFTA for the Best Adapted Screenplay and is also nominated at the Oscars.

Other festival favourites in the line-up include the Israeli French film In Between, about three Palestinian women sharing a flat in Tel Aviv, the Indian Hotel Salvation, a subtle family comedy-drama, and the documentary, The Prince of Nothingwood, which follows the eccentric Afghan film-maker Salim Shaheen as he embarks on his 111th feature film.

Two very different films provide the sixth title at the two venues. The South Petherton audience will have the opportunity to see last year’s surprise hit and award winner, Get Out, whilst, for the Liskeard event, the local Societies have opted for yet another Oscar prospect The Florida Project, another recent addition to the Booking Scheme.

Altogether, a great line-up of previews for Cinema For All and C Fylm organisers throughout the South West.

The two venues and dates are:
Sunday 18 March – The David Hall, South Petherton, Somerset

Cinema For All South West return to the David and Blake Halls for the fourth time as guests of Petherton Picture Show in the South Somerset town close to the A303, east of Taunton.

Saturday 14 April – Liskerrett Community Centre. Liskeard, Cornwall
Almost four weeks later, our hosts are Liskerrett Community Cinema situated near the centre of Liskeard on the A38.  The centre is one of Carn to Cove’s venues and the South West Group are pleased to be collaborating once again with Claire Marshall and her team from Cornwall’s performing arts scheme who are the organisers of the C Fylm network of 32 film clubs in the county

Any member of community cinema/film society organising committee, signed up with Cinema For All, is welcome to come along to either event – or both!  Please send off the relevant application form to Andy Hastie (andyhastie@yahoo.co.uk) for South Petherton by 12  March and for Liskeard, Claire Marshall (claire@actcornwall.org.uk) by 9 April.  The application forms, directions to the venues and trailers for all the selected titles are available on the Cinema For All South West website http://cinemaforallsw.org/

SCREENING EQUIPMENT NOW AVAILABLE IN DEVON

CINEMA FOR ALL EQUIPMENT HIRE SCHEME IN DEVON AND CORNWALL
We are extremely excited to announce our new partnership with The Clay Factory in Ivybridge, Devon! From the end of March onwards, groups in Devon, Cornwall and the surrounding areas will be able to access Cinema For All’s ever-popular equipment hire scheme. For just £25 for members and £40 for non-members, a set of high quality screening equipment (projector, screen, sound system, Blu-ray player) can be hired and used to bring community cinema events to South West region.

To celebrate this new partnership,The Clay Factory are hosting a launch event with a screening of The Florida Project, as well as the chance to ask any questions you may have about the equipment or starting a community cinema. The event is on Saturday 24 March at 3:00pm and is free; register for a ticket here.

If any groups would like to hire the equipment, get in touch with Jay at jay@cinemaforall.org.uk or call the office on 0114 2210314.

AUDIENCE FIGURES FORM

As the year draws to a close, many community cinemas and film societies are taking care of end of year admin. We thought this would be a good time to offer a friendly reminder to fill out the audience figures form for any film screened licensed from the Cinema For All Booking Scheme.

Please submit your audience numbers for each screening by filling in this online form. We have made the form fuss free and it only takes a short moment to complete.

Please complete the form after your screening of any film licensed through the Cinema For All Booking Scheme. Not submitted your audience numbers for your previous 2017 screenings? No problem, you can still fill out the form for these screenings.

This data will allow us to build a better picture of the effectiveness and reach of community cinema in the UK, to help Cinema For All strengthen as an organisation and better support our members.

This information will be used to evidence how every individual effort from our members has helped build a network of passionate organisations with a huge accumulative audience across the nation.

If you have any questions or would like any further information you can contact us at info@cinemaforall.org.uk or call us in the office on 0114 2210314 and we would be happy to help.

EXCITING PROGRAMME UPDATES

2017 Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards

Eventbrite - Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards 2017

Download the draft programme (timings subject to change)

10-12 November, Showroom Workstation and The Void, Sheffield Hallam University
Join Cinema For All in Sheffield on 10-12 November for the UK’s biggest gathering of film societies, community cinemas, village screens and film clubs for a weekend-long celebration of volunteer-led cinema! This year’s theme is Your Audience and You – we’ll be really delving into important issues such as building taste, marketing and publicity, audience research and reactions, reaching young people and making risky film choices.

WHAT’S ON

KEYNOTE

We are absolutely delighted that Amitava Ghosh from Jamshedpur, India, representing the Federation of Film Societies of India will be joining us to talk about their experiences of film society life on the Indian subcontinent.

WORKSHOPS, SESSIONS AND MASTERCLASSES

FRIDAY

  • We welcome you to Sheffield with a feminist fresh look atGentlemen Prefer Blondes and an F Rating Masterclass from Rebecca Ellis from Little White Lies. Followed by complimentary wine and nibbles at Fusion Organic Café.

SATURDAY

  • Session 1: Young Audiences and How to Find Them – a forum and Q&A session featuring a group of 16-30 year olds, all at varying levels of engagement with community cinema. Really want to know why you have been unable to attract younger audiences? This is your chance to ask them! Led by Mikaela Smith of Showroom Cinema.
  • Session 2: Enriching and Growing Your Audience – a panel session exploring how community cinema organisers have been reaching out to new audiences through community connections, dementia friendly activities and specialised film choices. Led by Deborah Parker and featuring Kat Smith of Lost in Film. More panellists TBC.
  • Session 3: The Film Discovery Masterclass with Danny Leigh – our patron Danny Leigh joins us to walk us through a selection of film education activities and how to introduce them to your audience.

SUNDAY

  • Session 4: Knowing Your Audience Better – a panel session exploring audience research and engagement, featuring both community cinema organisers and audience members! Led by Gemma Bird, Vice Chair of Cinema For All and featuring Elizabeth Costello of Leigh Film Society. More panellists TBC.
  • The Cinema For All AGM – meet the trustees and team
  • Session 5: A Marketing and Social Media Masterclass with Jaq Chell and Abi Standish – an extended version of our popular coaching session. Learn how to really connect with your audience as well as expanding to reach new people.

+ Bookable fundraising one-to-ones with Katherine Seller of People’s Postcode Lottery (more info about how to book coming soon).

FILM PREVIEWS
A selection of upcoming titles from the Cinema For All Booking Scheme, including shorts, docs and the best in world cinema.

CELEBRATING!
Do not miss the highlight of the weekend, the Film Society of the Year Awards and after party. We’ll be putting on some delicious evening food and dancing ’til midnight! If you want to just join us for the awards, tickets are only £5 – which includes all refreshments and access to the after party!

By meeting other film societies we felt part of something much bigger and that our efforts are appreciated and recognised more widely.” – Lost In Film

Average ticket price for the whole weekend is just £85 (Member rate) – all lunches, morning refreshments and evening nibbles are included! We are very grateful to our event supporters and sponsors for helping us subsidise our ticket price and offer you even more than ever before! Their support helps us reduce the average cost of a weekend pass by a massive 50%.

We’re also happy to introduce a new discounted ticket for students and under 26s which is just £65.

Eventbrite - Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards 2017

EVEN MORE!

  • delicious lunches on Saturday and Sunday by our good friends Homemade by Thelma’s
  • evening nibbles on Friday night
  • evening pizza party on Saturday night (courtesy of our generous sponsors Octagon Films)
  • morning refreshments
  • access to the awards after-party on Saturday night, where you can dance, chat, drink and nibble with us until midnight (drinks courtesy of our generous supporters Magic Rock)

*day passes are available on request

Cinema For All operates a Safe Spaces policy at all our events.

BURSARIES
If you are a member of your local Film Hub, you may apply to them for a bursary towards the cost of the conference. To find out who your local Hub is and to get in touch visit:http://cinemaforall.org.uk/about-cinema-for-all/partners/film-audience-network/

ACCOMMODATION
To book a room for just £69 per night at the Jury’s Inn, head to https://www.jurysinns.com and pop in the offer code CINEMA1011.

SUPPORTERS
The Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards are supported by Filmbankmedia, MPLC, Sheffield Hallam University, Cinegi, Magic Rock, Octagon Films and with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. More supporters TBC

 

2017 COMMUNITY CINEMA CONFERENCE + FSOY AWARDS

10-12 November, Showroom Workstation and The Void, Sheffield Hallam University
Join Cinema For All in Sheffield on 10-12 November for the UK’s biggest gathering of film societies, community cinemas, village screens and film clubs for a weekend-long celebration of volunteer-led cinema!

WHAT’S ON?
WORKSHOPS, SESSIONS AND MASTERCLASSES
Community cinemas are the heart of the social and cultural lives of the people they serve. With that in mind, the theme of this year’s conference is Your Audience and You – we will be bringing together organisers and audience members to really delve into important issues such as building taste, marketing and publicity, audience research and reactions, reaching young people and making risky film choices. We will be running workshops, masterclasses and sessions to help you get the most out of the weekend.

FILM PREVIEWS
We will also be showcasing a selection of upcoming titles from the Cinema For All Booking Scheme, including shorts, docs and the best in world cinema. Titles will be confirmed closer to the time.

NETWORKING AND CELEBRATING
We have built in plenty of time for you to spend in the company of your fellow community cinema organisers, both throughout the day and in the evenings – join us on the Friday night for welcome drinks and nibbles, and do not miss the highlight of the weekend, the Film Society of the Year Awards and after-party. We’ll be putting on some delicious evening food and dancing ’til midnight!

By meeting other film societies we felt part of something much bigger and that our efforts are appreciated and recognised more widely.” – Lost In Film

Average ticket price for the whole weekend is just £75 (Early Bird Member rate) – all lunches, morning refreshments and evening nibbles are included! We are very grateful to our event supporters and sponsors for helping us subsidise our ticket price and offer you even more than ever before! Their support helps us reduce the average cost of a weekend pass by 50%.

We’re also happy to introduce a new discounted ticket for students and under 26s which is just £55 (Early Bird rate).

For tickets please visit our Eventbrite page here.


More of what’s on:

  • Friday night networking drinks and film screening at The Void
  • Panel sessions, workshops and seminars featuring community cinema and industry experts
  • Previews of upcoming features, shorts and documentaries to help you boost your programme
  • Special Q&As/film introductions
  • The 48th Film Society of the Year Awards hosted by a special guest TBC
  • Post-awards celebratory party ‘til late with food, music, dancing and more!
  • Plenty of opportunities to chat with people who run community screenings from all over the UK
  • The Cinema For All AGM – meet the trustees and team

PLUS

  • delicious lunches on Saturday and Sunday by our good friends Homemade by Thelmas
  • evening nibbles on Friday night
  • evening pizza party on Saturday night (courtesy of our generous sponsors)
  • morning and afternoon refreshments
  • access to the awards after-party on Saturday night, where you can dance, chat, drink and nibble with us until midnight

*day passes are available on request

Cinema For All operates a Safe Spaces policy at all our events.

BURSARIES
If you are a member of your local Film Hub, you may apply to them for a bursary towards the cost of the conference. To find out who your local Hub is and to get in touch visit:http://cinemaforall.org.uk/about-cinema-for-all/partners/film-audience-network/

ACCOMMODATION
To book a room for just £69 per night at the Jury’s Inn, head to https://www.jurysinns.com and pop in the offer code CINEMA1011.

SUPPORTERS
The Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards are supported by Filmbankmedia, MPLC, the BFI, Octagon Films and more supporters TBC.

For tickets please visit our Eventbrite page here.

INTRODUCING OUR NEW VICE PRESIDENTS

The Vice Presidents of Cinema For All are comprised of people that have dedicated their lives to community cinema and have had a long standing commitment to Cinema For All.

We are delighted to honour two more remarkable individuals as Vice Presidents, Marjorie Ainsworth and Brian Clay.

Marjorie has been part of Manchester and Salford Film Society since 1939, joining at the early age of seventeen. She took on many roles – treasurer, celluloid film splicer, committee member – and is now the President. Marjorie was awarded the Roebuck Cup at the 2016 Film Society of the Year Awards for her inspiring commitment to community cinema.

Read Marjorie’s bio here.

Brian has been involved with film societies since joining Sheffield University’s Film Unit  in the 1960s. He has been the bastion of the Cinema For All South West Group, helping to start new community cinemas and film societies in the South West and providing support to existing ones.

Read Brian’s bio here.

We look forward to working alongside Brian and Marjorie and continuing to be motivated and inspired by them.

2015-2016 Infographic

Cinema For All has been supporting community-led cinema for 70 years and we are so pleased to see that 2015-2016 has been one of the most effective years yet. We are supporting more community cinema groups across the country than ever before and proud to do so.

We have developed an infographic alongside our wonderful designer Studio Binky, displaying the variety of ways we have supported the community cinema sector in 2015/2016. This was displayed at our annual Community Cinema Conference and each delegate received a copy. The Infographic complements our 2015/16 annual report.

Download the Cinema For All 2015-2016 Infographic.

A quick round-up of new titles and BFFS National Conference news

We’re all hands on deck getting prepared for the BFFS National Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards which unfortunately means I’ve been neglecting the blog a little, so in light of that, here’s a rundown of the new titles on the scheme, and a look at the films you’ll be able to preview at the National Conference. Continue reading