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Do you want to develop the audience of your community cinema and raise your profile? Interested in how to find and build relationships with partners that could help take your cinema to the next level?

Join Cinema For All online on Sunday 31 October 11am-1:30pm for our first On the Ground Scotland event, as we explore community cinema collaborations and the creative ways that groups have worked together. You will also gain top tips and inspiration for starting your own creative partnerships, that help one another flourish.

Collaborating with other organisations and community cinemas can be a great way to reach new audiences, raise the profile of your cinema, or even share the workload of a more ambitious idea. But where do you go to find the right group to partner with, and how do you make sure that you both get what you need out of working together?


The online event features a masterclass session, led by Abi and Ellie from the Cinema For All team, along with an interactive panel discussion featuring inspiring speakers from community cinemas in Scotland who have created a range of brilliant events through collaboration.

Attendees will also have access to a preview screening of Oliver Sacks: His Own Life courtesy of our friends at Altitude.

Programme for event:

  • 11:00 – Welcome and introductions: A chance to connect with your fellow community cinemas
  • 11:15 – Creative Collaborations panel: Hear from other Scottish community cinemas as they share their experience in the power of working together to achieve amazing screenings or try something new. This is also your chance to ask questions and gain insight from your peers.
  • 12:15 – Break
  • 12:25 – Creative Collaborations masterclass: A 45 minute masterclass with Abi and Ellie from Cinema For All exploring the benefits of partnerships, with practical tips and inspiration.
  • 13:20 – Wrap up and final thoughts.

This workshop will take place on Zoom and will be BSL interpreted and captioned.

Please note, you do not have to be based in Scotland to attend and there is no limit to the number of group members, so please feel free to invite the rest of your team. We look forward to seeing you there!

This session is part of Cinema For All’s BFI-funded support scheme, On the Ground, connecting emerging or existing community cinemas from across the region to share skills, knowledge and expertise.  Any questions please get in touch with Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk.

Supported by the BFI,  awarding funds from the National Lottery.

Ayr Film Society Pay Tribute to Honorary President

We were recently informed about the passing of Ayr Film Society’s Honorary President, Peter Taylor. Ayr Film Society have shared a lovely tribute to Peter which you can read below. From everyone at Cinema For All, we’d like to offer our condolences to Peter’s family and friends and everyone at Ayr Film Society. Peter sounds like he was a wonderful person and an asset to Ayr Film Society.

Peter Taylor 1931 – 2018

An appreciation from Ayr Film Society

Mae West once said “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” This quote could easily reflect the life of Peter Taylor, who really did do it right. Peter was well loved by all his family, colleagues and friends. He was happily married to Vieno, who survives him, and he had the good fortune to have his daughter Alison and family living close by.

Peter’s great passion was cinema and film. He was a founder member of what was to become Ayr Film Society, which started life in 1973 at Wellington Leisure Centre and Ayr Academy. In 1982 the name  became Ayr and Craigie Film Society – a merging of AFS and Craigie Film Society which screened films at Craigie College lecture theatre until 2012, when the new university building took over from the old college. For a number of years, the name reverted to Ayr Film Society – with ‘Screen on the Campus’ being added to highlight the location. Sadly, the society was without a home during the 2012 -13 season and during this time the number of screenings was reduced from 18 to just six for one year only. These movies were screened at Prestwick Bowling Club.

Peter was the Chair of Ayr Film Society during a large part of the society’s existence, taking over from Finlay Taylor and Ron Currie during the time at Craigie. In 2013 we found a permanent home in Ayr Town Hall and we now screen up to around 26 movies in one season. Peter loved musicals and some of the films from the 1940’s and 50’s particularly. He was always in charge of listing members and committee members suggestions for new titles each season and thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of film choice, as there was always much to discuss as we debated each title as a possibility for the coming season.

Peter was always a ‘front of house’ Chairman and delighted in greeting members, friends and visitors at the door. He also was there to ask people if they had enjoyed the film and collected the voting slips which everyone collected on their way in – as part of the film review which our treasurer/secretary Ron Currie provided each week. Peter was indeed as much ‘Mr. Ayr Film Society’ and as well known and liked locally, as ‘Mr. Cosmo’ at Glasgow’s Cosmo Cinema (now Glasgow Film Theatre).

One of our committee, Chie Hasegawa, who was sadly diagnosed with leukemia last May and returned to her family in Japan for treatment was, like all Peter’s friends, heartbroken to hear of his passing and one paragraph of a recent email from Chie best sums up all of our feelings for him.

‘When I started to attend the screenings at AFS, Peter was making a speech before the screening and I always looked forward to his reading each week. He made others and myself feel welcome at AFS. Peter was such a caring person and always asked how I was. I remembered his words were “How is my Chie today?” In every word and action, there was kindness….He left a lot with us: Passion for films; good times at committee meetings and friendship at AFS. I miss him a lot and I hope he rests in peace now and watch us from above.”

When the job of chair became too onerous, the committee were unanimous in making Peter Honorary President, a role which was new to the society. Peter was still able to sit at the welcome desk in Ayr Town Hall and greet everyone personally as they arrived. He will be greatly missed by all the committee and members, most of whom have known him from the early days of Ayr and Craigie Film Society.

The committee offer their condolences to his wife Vieno, his daughter Alison and all of his loving family and friends. He will always be ‘Mr. Ayr Film Society’ and is irreplaceable. A true gentleman and friend.

Ayr Film Society Committee:

Tony Scott (Chair); Ron Currie (Treasurer/Secretary); Mary McQuaker; Eleanor Danks; Alan Stewart; John Callan: Eibhlin Corrigan; Yolanda McCall; Gerda Scott; Paul Stewart; Chie Hasegawa; Rishaad al Moudden; Iain McKinnell; Sheila Cameron.

Moving Image Archive Report – Grow Your Own Cinema

Morvern Cunningham, our Grow Your Own Cinema Project Officer reports on her visit to the Moving Image Archive in Scotland last week. 

The Moving Image Archive is Scotland’s national collection of moving image and is held at the National Library, part of Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. The archive, which is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary, is open to the public 5 days a week and is a free drop-in facility with no membership card required to access its archive material.

The material available spans Scottish life over the decades in both professional and amateur films, dating from as early as the turn of the 20th century to the late 1980’s, and the database is being added to all the time. You can watch over 1,900 clips and full-length films from the collection on the Moving Image Archive catalogue, and even more onsite at Kelvin Hall (some films aren’t available to view online due to data protection and copyright issues). You can view the full catalogue via various computers onsite, or watch highlights from the catalogue at a series of viewing stations.


The onsite catalogue is identical to the online catalogue, the only difference being the amount of archive films available to view:  http://movingimage.nls.uk/ You can search the catalogue using a variety of methods, including searching for a year or type of film, or using keywords, the easiest of which initially could be place names. However, Learning and Outreach Officer Emily Munro also had interesting ideas of how to access the material housed in the archive creatively, including looking at themes that could pertain to a certain area through the Subject, Genre or Series search functions.


For a group wanting to screen a film publicly, they would have to contact the Moving Image Archive in the first instance to see if they have a DVD copy of the film(s) available and who owns the copyright. If a DVD copy is unavailable, there will be a charge for having a DVD made, as well as a hire fee of £10 (& VAT) plus postage. The next step in exhibiting a chosen film would be to obtain the rights to screen it. If a third party owns the copyright, groups would have to contact this third party for permission to screen the film, which may be a broadcaster, corporation or individual. Often, third parties will not charge for exhibition rights, as long as the exhibitor is not charging an entrance fee or benefiting financially from the screening. There is also an additional charge payable to the Moving Image Archive for each public screening of one of the films in their catalogue. Here is a list of current MIA screening rates for exhibiting material from the archive to the public: http://www.nls.uk/media/1176687/2015-07-exhibitions-screenings-rates.pdf For participating Grow Your Own Cinema groups and other community cinema exhibitors, the rates would be as follows per screening: £8.33 for a film up to 15mins long, £12.50 for a film up to 30mins long, £16.66 for a film up to 60mins long and £20.83 for a film 60mins long or more (excluding VAT). As a result, you would probably be looking at around £25 per archive film screening.

It’s certainly worth having a dig around in the archive for ideas for archive films your audiences might like to see. Personally, I think this film is my new current favourite from the archive: http://movingimage.nls.uk/film/2405 It depicts a hen party in the late 80s in Glasgow and reflects a place and time at once very familiar whilst at the same time very much from another era, conjuring up a sense of happiness and sadness at its loss at the same time.

Find out more about the archive here: http://www.nls.uk/collections/moving-image-archive