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Community Cinema Conference 2020

Community Cinema Conference 2020 and the 51st Film Society of the Year Awards

18-20 September, 2020, Online

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Join Cinema For All for an exciting weekend celebrating all things community cinema – for the very first time entirely online!

Expect workshops, panels, plenty of networking, private links to exclusive film previews, watch parties and the highlight of the year, the Film Society of the Year Awards. We’re going completely online this year via Zoom, but there will be a whole host of opportunities to share, chat, learn, network and much more.Join us if you are currently involved in volunteer-led film screening or if you’d like to know more before getting started. Cinema For All is here to help you along every step of your journey.Full programme announcement coming in August.

Apply for the Film Society of the Year Awards now.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale, from £0-£50, depending on your income level.

If you are eligible for the free ticket option, please contact rosie@cinemaforall.org.uk for the access code. Bursaries are also available to under 30s currently screening films in a voluntary capacity. Contact info@cinemaforall.org.uk to apply.

*member discounted tickets are unavailable this year in favour of a sliding scale supporting people from different income levels. Member tickets will return in 2021, when the event is back in public.

2020 COMMUNITY CINEMA CONFERENCE DATES

We are delighted to announce the dates for the 2020 Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards

This year’s conference will take place from 18-20 September in Sheffield. The Community Cinema Conference is the UK’s biggest gathering of film societies, community cinemas, village screens and film clubs. Join us as we get together for a fantastic weekend-long celebration of volunteer-led cinema!

Put the date in your diary and keep an eye out for more information on this year’s conference programme and tickets. We can’t wait to see you again in September!

2019 FILM SOCIETY OF THE YEAR AWARDS SHORTLIST

Cinema For All is delighted to announce the 2019 Film Society of the Year Awards shortlist!

DOWNLOAD THE SHORTLIST HERE

We would like to congratulate everyone who made it. We can’t wait to celebrate with you at the award ceremony on 21 September in Sheffield!

If you didn’t make the shortlist this time, please don’t be discouraged. The standard of applications was extremely high this year and the judges had a very difficult job.

The Film Society of the Year Awards and after party will take place on 21 September, the Saturday evening of the Community Cinema Conference weekend.

This year’s awards will be co-hosted by documentary director extraordinaire Jeanie Finlay and will be an extra special ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the awards!

It’s a brilliant event, with complimentary drinks, pizza and lots of dancing to celebrate your commitment to community cinema. We encourage to come along for the whole weekend, but if you’d prefer to just attend the awards, tickets are £5.

FILM OF THE YEAR – EXTENDED DEADLINE!

We have extended the deadline for the Film of the Year Award until Monday 19 August, giving you another 2 whole weeks to get your selection to us! At Cinema For All, we love to showcase what type of cinema film societies love to screen, and community audiences love to watch.

You can choose your film in one of the following ways:

  1. by polling your audience
  2. by making a decision amongst your programming committee/ selections team
  3. by nominating the film that scored the best in your audience reactions.

The winner will be announced at the Film Society of the Year Award ceremony on Saturday 21 September 2019.

Find out more here.

FILM SOCIETY OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2019 – APPLY NOW

It’s time to celebrate all the amazing work that your community cinema has done over the past year, as applications for the 2019 Film Society of the Year Awards are now open!

Application forms for the 50th 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.

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!

Return your completed application to awards@cinemaforall.org.uk by 26 July 2019.

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 21 September at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, as part of our Community Cinema Conference weekend. You can get tickets here.

Find out more about the awards and apply here.

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.

Apply now
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!

2017 FILM SOCIETY OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Saturday 11 November marked the 48th Film Society of the Year Awards. Film societies, community cinemas and friends from across the UK and beyond gathered at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield for the ceremony, which took place during the 2017 Community Cinema Conference.

Presented by Cinema For All Chief Executive Deborah Parker and writer and broadcaster Danny Leigh, this year’s awards celebrated some outstanding and exciting community cinema groups and individuals.

Some high quality images of the event can be found here:

We’re very happy for you to use the images in any press or publicity – please credit Cinema For All/ Peter Martin.

More to come soon!

EXCITING PROGRAMME UPDATES

2017 Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards

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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.