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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.


We’re very excited to launch Collaborate! – funding projects that bring communities together.

We will be providing funding of up to £1000, and support, to 5 collaborative projects in which community cinemas work together to create something exciting and special for their collective communities.

There are a number of different ways that your group might decide to do this including grouping with other local community cinemas to put on a mini film festival, inviting other groups who specialise in a different types of cinema into your venue, and even screening the same film in a range of locations to test audience reactions!

You can find out more about Collaborate! and apply here.

Deadline is 30 September 2019.


Cinema For All is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme. As a female-led organisation and one of only 8 organisations to be awarded funding from the scheme, we are proud and excited.

The funding is part of the Centenary Grant Scheme’s £1.1 million Large Grant Fund, designed to support large-scale projects that aim to increase young people’s engagement with democracy.  Through screenings of archive film at volunteer-led venues, Cinema For All’s project honours the sacrifice of those who achieved women’s suffrage 100 years ago, as well as celebrating modern day female heroes and preserving their stories through film.

It is an honour to be selected, and we are very excited to embark on our project in collaboration with Yorkshire Film Archive, North Film East Archive and the North West Film Archive.

CEO of Cinema For All, Deborah Parker said:

‘I am absolutely delighted that our successful bid to the Women’s Centenary Grant Scheme is the one that’s helped me surpass the one million pound mark in my fundraising for Cinema For All. It’s going to be a fabulous project!’

Minister for Women, Victoria Atkins, said:

‘I am delighted to be awarding funding to these innovative, exciting projects that will inspire women and young people from all over the country, and follow national celebratory activity that has already begun under the small grant scheme.’

We will be releasing more details about our exciting project made possible from the Women’s Centenary Grant Scheme soon.

See the full Government announcement about the awarded Women’s Centenary Grant Scheme fund here and read about the other 7 great organitions embarking on new projects.


Applications now open for Launchpad and Sustain!

Back for 2018, Cinema For All is excited to launch our two intensive coaching and support avenues for community cinemas and film societies –Launchpad and Sustain. Apply now to get started in the New Year!

Designed to support new groups through their test phase, Launchpad provides intensive coaching, as well as bursaries to help you put on your first two test screenings in your community (£150 for each screening).

Aimed at existing groups that might be in need of some extra support, Sustain is designed to help you identify and improve on areas of your operation through coaching, programme support and access to a one-off £150 bursary.

If you are serious about developing your brand new community cinema, or getting that extra advice and support to boost your existing activity, apply now to receive intensive one-to-one coaching form the Cinema For All team. Previous graduates of Launchpad and Sustain include current Film Society of the Year Leigh Film Society and Best New Society The Picturehouse, Ballyclare.

Honestly, the training has allowed us to develop the cinema project at a more rapid pace than we expected. It has delivered training specific to our needs and the team have been there to answer all the silly questions we have had. Invaluable, is what I would call the training
The Picturehouse, Ballyclare.

To apply, head to http://cinemaforall.org.uk/advice/launchpad-and-sustain/, read the guidance notes and send in your applications by 5 January 2018. Successful participants will be notified in the New Year. All funded activity must be completed by 30 March 2018 in order to receive your bursaries.

We look forward to supporting you,

Cinema For All


The BFI Film Forever Strategy is coming to an end, marking the final round of the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund.

The BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund is an excellent opportunity to access some brand new film screening equipment, be it chairs, projectors, a screen or a full kit.

Applicants need a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema profile to apply for the fund. You can make one here. You also need to have been screening for six months in order to apply for the fund.

The closing date for receipt of applications will be 16 January 2017.