Join Cinema For All in Belfast on Sunday 17 November and get together with your fellow community cinemas for our free event, Programming On The Ground!
With a focus on film programming, the event will begin with an interactive panel discussion, chaired by Film Hub Northern Ireland, with inspiring speakers from Dungannon Film Club, Ballyclare Community Cinema and access>CINEMA.
After lunch you will take part in a film programming workshop and activity led by Ellie and Rosie from the Cinema For All team, and get to enjoy a film screening of the fantastic The Peanut Butter Falcon.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure starring Shia LaBeouf as a small-time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins forces with Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome on the run from the nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Dakota Johnson stars as Zak’s loving, but stubborn, carer. The Peanut Butter Falcon is supported by BFI FAN as part of their New Release Strategy, which means that anyone screening the film can access extra support from their local Film Hub, and download a marketing pack to help advertise the screening.
SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER, 10AM – 4PM
THE BLACK BOX, BELFAST
Want to start screening films in your community? Already run a community cinema but are looking for new programming ideas? Want to share your success stories and help support other groups in your region? Join us in Belfast and get together with your fellow community cinemas for our free event, Programming On The Ground!
With a focus on film programming, the event will include an interactive panel discussion with inspiring speakers and Film Hub Northern Ireland, a programming workshop and activity led by the Cinema For All team, an exciting film screening, and lots of opportunities to chat to other groups from your region and share ideas. The full schedule for the day will be announced very soon.
Whether you’re already running a successful community cinema, an existing group in search of some additional support, or are just getting started, Cinema For All’s Programming On The Ground event will give you invaluable skills and knowledge, and the opportunity to network, learn from each other and work together.
A free lunch and teas and coffees will be provided on the day! Please let us know if you have any access or dietary requirements in advance. Also, numbers are limited so make sure to reserve your tickets early to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you there!
Supported by the BFI awarding funds from the National Lottery, On the Ground is Cinema For All’s face-to-face support scheme providing regional advice and assistance to community cinemas in Northern Ireland. For more information about On the Ground please get in contact with Ellie at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0114 2210314.
Geraldine from Newcastle Community Cinema reports back about attending the Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards.
We attended this year’s Community Cinema Conference following a very tough year that saw Newcastle Community Cinema establish a permanent cinema venue in Newcastle and increase our programming schedule 4 fold. Working as volunteers and more recently as Trustees of the charity, our work load has expanded, putting many extra demands on us, both in terms of our community cinema and our personal lives. Our responsibilities have increased with the new venue and the plans to build new audiences. It has been a learning curve trying to strike a balance financially and in terms of our capacity as a group to deliver a diverse programme of film exhibition. We have continued to build audiences and develop new ones, whilst striving to remain sustainable. We are grateful to Film Hub Northern Ireland for the opportunities that their funding has afforded us.
In spite of the challenges we have faced we are still going strong. As a group of individuals who have full time occupations we have learned many ways to keep ourselves motivated, not burn ourselves out and maintain our interest and passion for what we do. It has become very important to us to participate in the annual UK-wide Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards. This year we were the only group representing community cinema in Northern Ireland. We have made many partnerships and take the opportunity to network and exchange ideas or learn of new developments in the collective movement of community cinema. We receive a very warm welcome and we hope that we contribute to the event. We are very proactive in the workshops and networking events.
The Community Cinema Conference is a rare opportunity for us to get together and indulge in our love of film as a group. We can see first-hand how Cinema For All is developing and how their strategy to increase and sustain the industry can be applied to our own organisation. We are learning all the time and we believe that NCC can provide feedback to them in terms of their strategic development and planning. This year we were nominated in two categories and were delighted to win Best Marketing and Publicity across the UK and receive a distinction in Best Programming. The awards provide an opportunity for us to take a look at what we continue to achieve and this is very motivating.
We have learned to take care of ourselves and NCC by working hard but knowing when we need to give ourselves a boost and remind ourselves that we are all good friends, have a lot in common and share interests. We ensure that we use the Community Cinema Conference to keep our interest fresh and reconnect with our counterparts from across the UK and beyond. We would like to see more representation from Northern Ireland film societies and community cinemas at this event. It is a celebration of the voluntary work that we all do as film exhibitors. It is motivational and energising. It is great fun and vital to us. We fly the flag for Northern Ireland and are proud to do so.