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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.


Modern Films are offering you the opportunity to screen Utøya-July 22 at the same time as it’s theatrical release, from 26 October 2018!

The specifications are that you must screen the film 5 times and the licence for each screening is offered at £100 minimum guarantee vs 35% of your box office. You can get access to marketing assets (stills, trailer link, synopsis etc.) as well as an education pack with suggestions on post-screening discussions to host for your audience.

Your screenings would be listed here so more people can find out about when it’s on at your cinema, and is available to screen from DCP, disc or download. You can watch the trailer here.


‘The feature film Utøya-July 22 is about a day we will never forget, but find hard to understand. Many of the facts about what happened at the AUF Summer Camp on July 22nd, 2011, have already been published in litigation, books, and the media, but few of us know much about the unthinkable panic and confusion that occurred, or the impossible choices the victims were faced with; a terrorist attack that caused so much fear and grief, that they must live with the rest of their lives.

Utøya-July 22 is written on the basis of known facts and witness statements, and created in close dialogue with several survivors – though out of respect for the victims and their relatives, characters and individual experiences are fictitious. In the film we meet Kaja (18) and her friends at the summer camp, and experience that day as someone on the island could have. The film starts when the teenagers in the camp, shocked by news of the bombing in Oslo, are assuring their relatives that they are far away from harm. The safe atmosphere is shattered when the noise of gunfire is heard, and we begin to follow Kaja in her fight to survive – minute by minute.’

If you’re interested in screening Utøya-July 22, please get in touch with Johanna at Modern Films at johanna@modernfilms.com


Are you a whizz with screening equipment? Can you offer your time to help others?

Cinema For All is looking to assemble a team of equipment experts to support new exhibitors to get started.

If this is something you would like to take part in, please get in touch to register your interest at info@cinemaforall.org.uk or 0114 2210314.

We will be posting more information in the Cinema For All Newsreel and online soon. Stay tuned!


At Flatpack 11 the Assemble team hosted Film Camp, a one-day event exploring some of the latest innovations in cinema exhibition. Media Archive for Central England offered exhibitors practical tips and expert guidance on successfully screening archive film in ‘Build Your Own Archive’. The workshop covered the basics on how to access and clear the rights to interesting content and how to build audiences for screen heritage. As part of the workshop, Phil Leach from MACE, has handpicked two archive shorts which we’re offering to exhibitors to screen for free in their venue. Set in the Midlands the shorts explore themes of rural life and urban renewal.

If you’re interested in screening either of the shorts then please contact amy@flatpackfestival.org.uk
Please note there is a small admin fee attached to screening the films, this will be covered by Assemble for any exhibitors based in within the six counties of the West Midlands.

About the shorts:

Tales from the Hedgerows
ATV may have been based in Birmingham but they regularly took to the road to report on rural issues. In this selection we find Lionel Hampden reporting on the decline of hop picking by hand in Herefordshire and finding out how to lay the perfect hedge in Warwickshire. We also see Peter Brown in an early report for the Midland Montage magazine programme covering a very local issue – the possible closure of one of the two pubs in Lyonshall – and an appearance by the ever-popular Shropshire story-teller and singer Dennis Crowther who entertains fellow Salopian Peter Green atop Clee Hill.

The Forgotten People
Taking a title from a book written in the 1960s by Norman Power that looked at the break down of communities and displacement caused by the redevelopment of Ladywood in Birmingham. From the original 1950s redevelopment plans for the City of Birmingham to tower block living at Castle Vale in the 1970s via some truly grim conditions in Balsall Heath that were brought to the media’s attention by Shelter in 1971 we look back at the often controversial subject of urban renewal.


Exquisite, stunning, euphoric. Dazzling. Timeless. Beautiful. These are just some of the words used to describe Moonlight.

Moonlight is the second feature film by director Barry Jenkins and has won over critics, audiences and most recently the Academy who gave it the Oscar for Best Picture.

The film follows the life of Chiron, a young black man who struggles through adolescence as he navigates his sexuality, his relationship with his loving but neglectful mother and frequent abuse from his peers. Not only does Moonlight offer a little-seen perspective in film, it is completely unique in its construction, ebbing away from expectation and exhaling like a cool breeze.

From its first public screening in the mountains at Telluride Film Festival and ascending its way to red carpets and critical acclaim, this film has been on quite a journey. Now Moonlight has arrived here with us on the Cinema For All Booking Scheme, courtesy of Altitude, a distribution partner that we enjoy working with to help bring vibrant and unique films for community cinemas to screen.

Moonlight Poster
The Moonlight poster glowing in the Cinema For All office.

Understanding the needs of community cinemas is at the heart of what we do and we are always striving to provide the best discounts, benefits and support. Moonlight is not released on DVD and Blu Ray until June and we are thrilled to make it available for community cinemas to screen from 10 March on an early release window.  We are ecstatic to have Moonlight here with us for many reasons but we look forward to you sharing it with your audiences most of all.

To book Moonlight click here. 

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.

BFI FAN New Release Strategy: The Fits

The next film to receive support from the BFI FAN New Release Strategy is The Fits,  a mesmerising and visually beautiful film about the journey from girlhood to adolescence. Watch the trailer here.

The film has it’s theatrical release on 24 February and will also be available to book on DVD and Blu Ray on the same date. A bespoke marketing pack to assist you with reaching your audiences will be available soon from your local Film Hub. This is an excellent opportunity for community cinemas and film societies to screen an anticipated film at the same time of its cinema release.  Contact your local Film Hub for more information.


Community Cinemas Collaborate in West Yorkshire

Three community cinemas collaborate to bring I Daniel Blake to a wider audience in Huddersfield

 Electric Theatre Cinema, Dolly Shot Pop Up Picture House and The Red and Green Club combined forces to screen I Daniel Blake and raised over £1000 for Huddersfield’s Welcome Centre this January. The three local community cinemas screened Ken Loach’s BAFTA nominated film the weekend starting the 6th January for three consecutive nights, offering pay what you can afford tickets and collecting money at the same time.

“We got the idea at this year’s Cinema For All Conference”, explains Zana Wood Co director at the Electric Theatre Cinema. “There was a lot of talk about championing each other as small independent film societies and I, Daniel Blake seemed the obvious choice of film for a collaborative project. We were thrilled when Dolly Shot Pop Up Picture House and The Red and Green Club agreed to join us. Caroline from Dolly Shot, a pop up cinema, had the great idea of screening on the Friday night in Huddersfield Methodist Mission and to raise funds and awareness for the Welcome Centre. We are thrilled that all three of us could contribute to such a great cause.”

Caroline from Dolly Shot and Suzi Tibbetts from Electric Theatre took the money to the Welcome Centre who were astounded and grateful for such a huge and unexpected donation. Emma Greenough, the marketing and publicity worker from the Welcome Centre thanked all three cinemas for hosting the events and also for their wonderful donations and support.

“But that is not all,” continued Zana, “Due to the success of the film and having to turn people away we have decided to screen it again in Marsden on the 4th February at the Bandrooms. The film starts at 7.30, and as before tickets are pay what you can afford, so there is still an opportunity for people to see this great film and for us to raise even more money for the Welcome Centre.

Zana added “It is a great credit to film societies and community cinemas around the country, with the valued support of Cinema for All, that allows us to champion each other in this way to bring independent cinema to the nation and we look forward to more collaborations in the future.”




The BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund is open for applications from 28 November 2016.  The Fund is a great chance to obtain some brand new equipment; be it a full screening set, chairs and blackouts or to replace broken or old equipment.

The screening equipment you use at your community cinema or film society contributes to the cinematic atmosphere at your screenings. The BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund is an excellent opportunity for community cinemas and film societies to receive support in creating a quality cinema set up in your venue.

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.


The BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund is open for applications till 26 September 2016. To explore the reasons why the fund is such a great opportunity we asked some previous successful applicants about the fund and the major benefits that the equipment has brought them.

The fund exists to help established community cinemas replace old equipment but also to secure the future sustainability of community cinema screenings by granting full sets of projection equipment to groups that have been running for 6 months or more.

With an NEC projector of optimum brightness and an efficient fold away screen, a huge benefit of the fund is the quality of the equipment:

“Overall, the benefit has been to make our screenings technically on a par with any local cinema (and better than some)”
Charlie Pugh, The Tolmen Centre

“The best thing about receiving the grant is the amazing, reliable, stress-free equipment.”
Jen Sandford, Net Dot Cinema Llangollen

“the equipment meant that the sound problems we had with our old kit after moving to a new venue were resolved.  The problems were starting to cause an issue with some of our long standing members and we were at risk of losing them. However the improved sound quality has meant that membership has been retained.”

Charlie Pugh from The Tolmen Centre also says that:

“a secondary benefit is that our team of volunteers retained and indeed expanded their enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the screening of films in our small, remote village. Providing such a dedicated team with really good equipment provides a sense of satisfaction in their work which is important in sustaining an all-volunteer organisation which totally depends on their time so freely given.”

“It is helping to make it easier for the volunteers that set up and deliver the screening.” Jenny Foster, Liskerrett Community Cinema

The fund has ensured that groups across the UK have been able to host all kinds of film events for their community:

“We have introduced a second screening, on the first Friday of each month, specifically aimed at people with hearing issues. So each afternoon screening has full sub-titles. Our space is already accessible with a hearing loop system and disabled toilet facilities, and we offer free entry for carers at screenings.”
Jenny Foster, Liskerrett Community Cinema

“Thanks to the BFI equipment fund, we were able to put on screenings in both our large and small hall, from recent films such as The Lobster to old classics such as Cabaret. We have shown world cinema like Tulpan and Closely Observed Trains and English language indie hit, Dear White People, both as modest simple affairs and all-out gala spectaculars. Without the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund we actually would have ceased operating.”
Jen Sandford, New Dot Cinema, Llangollen

If you’d like to apply to the fund but you’re not sure where to start, or are having difficulties with your application please contact Holly, our Technical Advice and Equipment Coordinator holly@cinemaforall.org.uk, 01142 210314.

Apply for the fund here.