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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


We are excited to announce the full programme for this year’s Community Cinema Conference!


Some of the highlights include a masterclass from Rebecca Ellis on cult musicals and their lasting charm alongside an exciting screening, a session on making your film screenings more welcoming and accessible, and ‘The Big Debate’ where we discuss cinema for all vs cinema for all, chaired by writer and broadcaster Danny Leigh.

There will also be masterclasses and workshops delivered by members of the Cinema For All team, including one offering invaluable advice on fundraising for your community cinema.

As well as all of this, we have screenings of For Sama, Jellyfish, The Third Wife, We The AnimalsA Moon For My Father and Seahorse with a Q&A with director Jeanie Finlay.

Food and refreshments throughout the weekend are included in the ticket price!



With LGBT History Month coming up next month, it’s time to start planning your community film screenings!

Putting LGBTQI+ films on in your local community is so important, as it allows audiences to experience film that may not otherwise be available, especially to enjoy on the big screen! We have a number of LGBTQI+ themed films on our Booking Scheme including Moonlight, Allure, Kyss Mig, Misfits and more.

If you need some more ideas for great LGBTQI+ films, why not listen to the Queer Cinema episode on our podcast? Our special guest Rico, who runs CineQ in Birmingham, talks about programming LGBTQI+ content and some of the films that are most important to him.

Some other LGBTQI+ films that we love
Call Me By Your Name
Appropriate Behaviour
The Watermelon Woman
God’s Own Country
Paris is Burning
All About My Mother

Little White Lies’ 20 Queer Movie Classics You Need to See


We are so excited to release this year’s Community Cinema Conference brochure!

This year’s conference weekend is packed with a fantastic selection of films, speakers and discussion topics – accompanied by all of the food, drink, dancing, chatting and celebrating that you could ask for!

The highlight of the weekend is the 49th Film Society of the Year Awards co-hosted by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid, where we all get the chance to celebrate the hard work of film societies and community cinemas across the UK.

Read about all of the unmissable events happening across the weekend in our brochure, and get your tickets now!



We are pleased to announce the full programme for this year’s Community Cinema Conference – our annual celebration of volunteer-led cinema!


Some of the highlights of this year’s programme include an invaluable masterclass on mental health awareness from Dr. Emmie McFadden alongside a screening of Harvey, a fascinating Keynote from Anandi Ramamurthy focusing on Palestinian Cinema, and a session with journalist and BFI Senior Curator, Danny Leigh.

There will also be a variety of masterclasses and workshops delivered by members of the Cinema For All team and a premiere screening of Vote100: Born a Rebel, which has been made in partnership with the North West Film Archive, the Yorkshire Film Archive and the North East Archive.

As well as all of this, we have screenings of Skate Kitchen, The Apparition, Columbus, Anchor and Hope, 3000 Nights and C’est La Vie!

Food and refreshments throughout the weekend are included in the ticket price!



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.



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.



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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).

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

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


  • 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.

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/

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.

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


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


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!