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Conference Programme Announcement!

Cinema For All is excited to share with you the first confirmed sessions and films for the 2020 Community Cinema Conference (18-20 September).

We are pleased to showcase a wide range of stories and voices from within the community cinema sector and beyond, demonstrating the resilience, ingenuity and care at the heart of this wonderful volunteer-led movement. We also have a selection of incredible independent and world cinema films to help you put together your post-lockdown programme.


Our standard ticket price is just £25, though we offer a sliding scale including £15 tickets for people on a low-income and even some free places. If you’d like to support the event, Cinema For All and the community cinema sector, supporters’ tickets are available for £50.


Delta 7even
A post-punk band made up of adults with learning disabilities discover their resilience, united strength and the power of creativity following the devastating death of one of their band members. A moving documentary filled with warmth from award winning documentary filmmaker, Rosie Baldwin.

The Lady in the Portrait
The Lady in the Portrait is a sumptuous costume epic which evokes the unique rapport between a French missionary (Melvil Poupaud) and the Manchurian Empress (Fan Bingbing) whose portrait he’s ordered to paint.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
A fascinating documentary that uncovers the story of the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, revealing for the first time the full scope of her life and pioneering work.
The Perfect Candidate
Director Haifaa Al Mansour returns to her native Saudi Arabia with The Perfect Candidate, a tale of one woman’s quest to challenge not only the system, but also herself. A determined young doctor, who decides to run for municipal council, sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate and watch her fight for social change on a local level.

+ more to come!


In Conversation with Nina Tame: join disability activist Nina Tame in conversation with Cinema For All’s Jaq Chell in a session looking at how people with disabilities can be let down by cultural spaces. A vital conversation that will help you make sure that your re-opening plans do not compromise on accessibility. Nina is a wonderful speaker with many engaging and insightful stories.

Screenings for Neurodiverse People: FAN Access Officer Midnight Memphis explores the importance and practicalities of putting on screenings for neurodivergent people, featuring their expert guidance, as well as voices from neurodiverse cinema attendees outlining what adjustments you can make to ensure your cinema screenings make them feel fully welcome.

Collaborations and Community: freelance film programmer Kate Wood talks us through the benefits of sharing our programming power directly with communities, in order to create inclusive and engaging film programmes that welcome all audiences, celebrating cinema’s power to unite.


Non-stop community cinema stories during lockdown: Just because cinema doors have been closed, doesn’t mean that the work of community cinemas came to a halt. Hear about the incredible work done by community cinemas during the Covid-19 crisis, from online film clubs to food drives, to goody bags and care packages for vulnerable audience members. Chaired by Rico Johnson-Sinclair.

Our Global Family: stories from community cinemas and film societies around the world. Led by Deborah Parker.

New Ground – stories from emerging community cinemas: hear about how newer community cinemas have weathered the crisis, what their solutions have been and how their plans have been affected. Led by Ellie Ragdale and featuring speakers Martin De Graft-Johnson, Barry Carr, Rui Jin, Mosa Mpetha and Samra Mayanja.

Creating a Safe New Normal: returning to screening the films you love to the communities you care about. Led by Deborah Parker.

Cinema For All AGM: Cinema For All members and non-members alike are encouraged to come along to our AGM (please note that only current, paid up members may vote). There will also be the chance to meet and catch up with current trustees, as well as this year’s election for our 4 election trustee positions. Find out more about and apply for one of the positions.
(The AGM is free to attend – please contact us if you would like to come to just this session and we will provide your ticket)

*All sessions will be BSL interpreted*

Keep checking back to find out more detail on the programme as it unfolds…We will also be joined by our friends Filmbankmedia who will be talking about their new Virtual Screening Room. Do not miss this session! Huge thanks to them and all of our supporters including MUBI and WRS Insurance.

There is still more to come. Don’t forget the Film Society of the Year Awards, which will take place online this year. Despite such a difficult year, community cinemas still have much to celebrate and be thankful for. Book your tickets now!

The Cinema For All Team


As it’s coming to the end of 2019, we wanted to share our favourite films of the year with you!

We all watched so many incredible films this year, and could never agree on just 5 between us, so we all created lists of our top 5 of 2019!

We even added our best film discoveries of the year, because we are always discussing hidden gems and classic films that we have watched for the first time.


  1. Burning
  2. Pain and Glory
  3. For Sama
  4. Transit
  5. Out of Blue
Best Discovery: The Arbor (2010)


  1. The Farewell
  2. The Favourite
  3. Us
  4. Seahorse
  5. The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Best Discovery: Company: Original Cast Album (1970)


  1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  2. Pain and Glory
  3. Don’t Be a Dick About It
  4. Hustlers
  5. Parasite

Best Discovery: Sweet Bean (2015)


  1. Happy as Lazzaro
  2. So Long, My Son  
  3. Pain and Glory
  4. The Chambermaid
  5. Monos

Best Discovery: The Human Condition Trilogy (1959-1961)


  1. Eighth Grade
  2. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  3. The Favourite
  4. The Farewell
  5. Rocks

Best Discovery: Double Indemnity (1944)


  1. Border
  2. Monos
  3. Happy as Lazzaro
  4. The Chambermaid
  5. The Peanut Butter Falcon

Best Discovery: Wings of Desire (1987)


  1. The Favourite 
  2. Eighth Grade
  3. Rafiki
  4. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  5. The Peanut Butter Falcon

Best Discovery: Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)



  1. Someone Great 
  2. Toy Story 4
  3. The Peanut Butter Falcon
  4. Eighth Grade
  5. Rafiki

Best Discovery: Little Shop of Horrors (1986)


  1. For Sama
  2. Knives Out
  3. Blinded By The Light
  4. Animals
  5. Finding Neverland

Best Discovery: Perfect Strangers (2016)


  1. The Favourite
  2. Destroyer
  3. Maiden
  4. Out Of Blue
  5. Birth Of The Cool

Best Discovery:  Grass (1925)


  1. Pain and Glory
  2. Animals
  3. For Sama
  4. Hustlers
  5. Fighting With My Family

Best Discovery:  The Apartment (1960)

New Membership Benefit: Aesthetica Short Films

We are delighted to announce that in partnership with Aesthetica Short Film Festival we are able to offer Cinema For All Members and Associates an excellent short film package!

This short film package is a compilation of six diverse and inspiring short films screened at the BAFTA recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

The festival prides itself on being an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking across all genres, including advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, documentary, drama, dance, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller.

Download the ASFF Short Film Running Order.

There are 14 DVDs available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Each DVD is £5 just to cover postage and packaging. The DVD is then yours to own and you can screen it however many times you like, either as a package or separate them across your programme. All that we ask is that you send us your audience figures for each screening of any of the short films in the package. This allows us to champion more programmes like this in the future by giving us an insight into audience interest of short films. Please send your audience numbers to mark@cinemaforall.org.uk

You can purchase the ASFF short film package on our online store.

Please make sure you are a current Cinema For All Member or Associate before you order otherwise your order might be canceled.

Best of 2016 – Cinema For All Office Picks

The Best of 2016 lists are starting to pop up so we thought we would join in too! In no particular order, here is a list of films of 2016 that we’ve enjoyed at the cinema this year:

Mustang (Dir: Deniz Gamze Ergüven / France | Germany | Turkey | Qatar)


Creed (Dir: Ryan Coogler / USA)


Paterson (Dir: Jim Jarmusch / USA | Germany | France)


The Childhood of a Leader (Dir: Brady Corbet / UK | France | Hungary)


The Pearl Button (Dir: Patricio Guzmán /  France | Spain | Chile | Switzerland)


Grandma (Dir: Paul Weitz / USA)


Victoria (Dir: Sebastian Schipper / Germany)


Kate Plays Christine (Dir: Robert Greene /  USA)


Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Dir: Taika Waititi /  New Zealand)


Sweet Bean (Dir: Naomi Kawase / Japan | France | Germany)



Top Programmed Films 2015/2016

As part of our research we found out which films were screened the most by community cinemas and film societies across the UK in 2015/16.

Once again foreign language films have proven popular in the community exhibitor sector, with Wild TalesTimbuktu and Ida taking the top three spots. British films were also very popular including titles such as Paddington, Suffragette and 45 Years.

Why not take a look to see what other films made the list?

Download the Top Programmed Film List 2015/16


BFI Black Star


The next BFI blockbuster season is Black Star – the largest ever national programme of films and events celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors, running between October and December 2016.

ICO, the BFI and BFI Film Audience Network are working in partnership on a ten film season that recognises, promotes and highlights stunning performances, not just from contemporary black actors but also iconic figures from the past.  As issues of diversity and inclusion (rightly) become ever more present in our thinking and long term goals, this a perfect way to champion the undeniable impact by black stars on cinema history and culture.

Drawing on pioneering performances from the earlier days of cinema (The Proud Valley), exposing unheralded star turns (Nothing But a Man, To Sleep with Anger) and reaching through to modern day classics (The Color Purple, Glory), Black Star is a selection not just to reach and inspire new and old audiences, but to rejuvenate the actors and films that should burn long in the memory.

Carmen Jones, Nothing But a Man, To Sleep with Anger and The Proud Valley are all available on subsidised discounted terms.

You can access up to £200 per screening for additional audience development activity or a flat rate of £200 for specific marketing for new audiences for any of the films. To access this funding you should fill in this proposal form and this listings form and return it to your local Film Hub contact as well as Liz Harkman (liz.harkman@watershed.co.uk) the Black Star Project Manager.

For more information or to book, please contact ICO programming:programming@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk | 0207 636 7120.

Your event should include BFI Black Star and BFI FAN branding. To download these assets, click here.

Cinema For All has also made a shortlist of films available on the Booking Scheme featuring versatile and powerful performances from black actors and compelling documentaries about black lives. Note: These titles do not come with additional funding.

Community Cinema Conference Programme

The 2016 Community Cinema Conference Programme is here!

We’re thrilled to present the 2016 Community Cinema Conference programme! This year’s conference is packed with Booking Scheme film previews, excellent panels, a welcome screening with Ashley Clark and of course the Film Society of the Year awards, co-presented by Danny Leigh!

See what exciting things we have in store!

Download the Community Cinema  Conference Brochure

In reflection of our 70th anniversary celebrations, the theme of this year’s conference is Community Cinema Heroes – the past, present and future of volunteer-led cinema. Through sessions and workshops we’ll be exploring the importance of individual volunteers, their impact on communities and how we can ensure the future of community cinema by being at the heart of the social and cultural lives of the people they serve.

Remember, you can apply to your local Film Hub for a bursary to help you attend the Community Cinema Conference.

Book now to join us for a brilliant weekend celebrating, championing and supporting community-led cinema!

See you soon!

a hijacking

Coming Soon – A Hijacking

Update: A Hijacking is available to book now to screen from 1st May 2014.

Tobias Lindholm’s nerve-shredding thriller is coming to the BFFS Booking Scheme this summer. Uncompromisingly realistic and directed with a masterful eye towards building tension A Hijacking is one of this year’s standout films.of the Danish cargo ship, MV Rosen, where half of the film’s narrative takes place, in favour of concentrating on what comes next: negotiation, uncertainty, fear and frustration. And it turns out that this is where the real drama lies.

A Hijacking

The film comes across as so grounded in reality, so accurate and detailed that it is easy to forget that you are watching a fictional film. Lindholm was inspired to make the film after learning about the hijacking of two Danish cargo ships in 2007 and 2008, but the film itself is not based on any particular case. It appears however to have been impeccably researched and filming took place on a ship that had been previously been hijacked, while real life negotiator Gary Skjoldmose Porter plays a version of himself.

The film’s narrative is split between events on the Rosen where Mikkel, the ship’s cook, (played by Borgen star Pilou Asbæk) as well as the other sailors wait in captivity with no idea how or when they are likely to be freed; and the offices of the shipping company where CEO Peter (played by Borgen’s other big star Søren Malling) leads negotiations with the pirates and struggles to cope with the pressure.

It is a film that concentrates more on emotional drama than action and there are no Hollywood inspired heroics that will save the day. Instead the audience is left in the unusual position of having no assurances as to how the situation is likely to unfold, and the unpredictability makes for engrossing viewing. With uniformly excellent performances across the board and a script that allows the characters to develop without overloading us on backstory, it can be hard to shake the feeling that you are watching real events unfold.


A Hijacking is in cinemas now and will be available on the BFFS Booking Scheme from the end of August.