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VOTE 100: BORN A REBEL, AVAILABLE NOW!

VOTE 100: BORN A REBEL
Available now*!

BOOK NOW

Vote 100: Born a Rebel – a 15 minute short film made by Cinema For All together with the YorkshireNorth East and North West Film Archives – is now available to book, exclusively for Cinema For All Members and Associates.

WATCH THE TRAILER 

The film is an exploration of women in protest across the North of England and marks 100 years since the start of women’s suffrage in the UK. The film is supported by the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme. The film scored a spectacular 96% with audiences when premiered at the Cinema For All Community Cinema Conference in September.

‘A tear in my eye while watching this film. The passion for this project really shines through. I can’t wait to see it again’ – Leigh Film Society

Showing women’s lives from the suffragettes to the miner’s strikes, and much more, the film’s title is inspired by the first person we encounter in the film – suffragette Elizabeth Dean who, celebrating her 100th birthday, defiantly tells the camera:

‘Between you and I, I must have been born a rebel!’

Terms and conditions:

  • Available only to Cinema For All Members and Associates (join here).
  • The film is £25 per screening or you can pay £100 to screen as many times as you like (until 24th August 2019).
  • You must send audience numbers back to Cinema For All after your screening.
  • The film is currently only available as a downloadable link. DVDs and Blu-Rays will be available in December. Please contact us if you would like to request a disk.
  • You will be invoiced for the film after your screening.
  • Please refer to the Booking Scheme terms and conditions for our standard rules and regulations, which also cover this film.
  • No screenings are to take place after 24th August 2019.

* Locational restrictions:

If you are within a 50 mile radius of one of the following cities, you will only be able to screen the film after 1st December 2018 (to avoid clashes with our Vote: 100 celebration events – book tickets here): Huddersfield, Sheffield, Durham, Liverpool

If you’d like to throw your own immersive suffrage-inspired event, or are looking for ideas of feature films to pair with our short, take a look at our new learning resource, which is filled with advice from your fellow community cinemas to make your event unmissable.

We hope you enjoy this very special film, which we are excited to finally share with you. If you would like to submit your own Born a Rebel story to be considered for archive preservation, find out more here.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2018 FILM SOCIETY OF THE YEAR AWARDS!

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2018 FILM SOCIETY OF THE YEAR AWARDS!

Application forms for the 49th Film Society of the Year Awards are now available! The Awards are our proudest tradition, and celebrate the hard work of the volunteers who bring film to communities all across the UK.

Apply now
Read the Guidance Notes

There are 11 awards to apply for, from our newest award Best Single Event, to the overall prize of Film Society or Community Cinema of the Year.  Your audience can also take part through the Filmbankmedia Award, in which you can be in with a chance of being awarded £1000 to support your activities!

The awards are open to all volunteer-led community cinemas, film societies, film clubs, pop-ups and community festivals.  To apply, simply fill in the form for the relevant category. Each form asks 4-5 simple questions, which will help you give the information the judges are looking for. We encourage you to try your hand at several categories to increase your chances of winning!

NEW FOR 2018 – TELL THE JUDGES WHAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL
Each application form also invites you to submit a response to the following question:

‘What is it that makes your group special?’

The purpose of this question is help you get across the special qualities of your organisation, in a way that you may have been unable to express in your previous answers. You may submit this as 200 word text response, or a 2 minute audio file, or a 2 minute video file.

Return your completed application to awards@cinemaforall.org.uk by 30 June *extension until 4 July*.  Be sure to carefully read our Guidance Notes, as these will help you with your application significantly. You can also find out more about the judging process and how we select our panel here.

The awards take place on Saturday 8 September at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, as part of our Community Cinema Conference weekend. Tickets will be available very soon – we cannot wait to celebrate with you!

2017 FILM SOCIETY OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Saturday 11 November marked the 48th Film Society of the Year Awards. Film societies, community cinemas and friends from across the UK and beyond gathered at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield for the ceremony, which took place during the 2017 Community Cinema Conference.

Presented by Cinema For All Chief Executive Deborah Parker and writer and broadcaster Danny Leigh, this year’s awards celebrated some outstanding and exciting community cinema groups and individuals.

Some high quality images of the event can be found here:

We’re very happy for you to use the images in any press or publicity – please credit Cinema For All/ Peter Martin.

More to come soon!

EXCITING PROGRAMME UPDATES

2017 Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards

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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.

WHAT’S ON

KEYNOTE

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.

WORKSHOPS, SESSIONS AND MASTERCLASSES

FRIDAY

  • 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.

SATURDAY

  • 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.

SUNDAY

  • 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).

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

CELEBRATING!
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.

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EVEN MORE!

  • 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.

BURSARIES
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/

ACCOMMODATION
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.

SUPPORTERS
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

 

2017 COMMUNITY CINEMA CONFERENCE + FSOY AWARDS

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!

WHAT’S ON?
WORKSHOPS, SESSIONS AND MASTERCLASSES
Community cinemas are the heart of the social and cultural lives of the people they serve. With that in mind, the theme of this year’s conference is Your Audience and You – we will be bringing together organisers and audience members to really delve into important issues such as building taste, marketing and publicity, audience research and reactions, reaching young people and making risky film choices. We will be running workshops, masterclasses and sessions to help you get the most out of the weekend.

FILM PREVIEWS
We will also be showcasing a selection of upcoming titles from the Cinema For All Booking Scheme, including shorts, docs and the best in world cinema. Titles will be confirmed closer to the time.

NETWORKING AND CELEBRATING
We have built in plenty of time for you to spend in the company of your fellow community cinema organisers, both throughout the day and in the evenings – join us on the Friday night for welcome drinks and nibbles, and 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!

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 £75 (Early Bird 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 50%.

We’re also happy to introduce a new discounted ticket for students and under 26s which is just £55 (Early Bird rate).

For tickets please visit our Eventbrite page here.


More of what’s on:

  • Friday night networking drinks and film screening at The Void
  • Panel sessions, workshops and seminars featuring community cinema and industry experts
  • Previews of upcoming features, shorts and documentaries to help you boost your programme
  • Special Q&As/film introductions
  • The 48th Film Society of the Year Awards hosted by a special guest TBC
  • Post-awards celebratory party ‘til late with food, music, dancing and more!
  • Plenty of opportunities to chat with people who run community screenings from all over the UK
  • The Cinema For All AGM – meet the trustees and team

PLUS

  • delicious lunches on Saturday and Sunday by our good friends Homemade by Thelmas
  • evening nibbles on Friday night
  • evening pizza party on Saturday night (courtesy of our generous sponsors)
  • morning and afternoon refreshments
  • access to the awards after-party on Saturday night, where you can dance, chat, drink and nibble with us until midnight

*day passes are available on request

Cinema For All operates a Safe Spaces policy at all our events.

BURSARIES
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/

ACCOMMODATION
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.

SUPPORTERS
The Community Cinema Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards are supported by Filmbankmedia, MPLC, the BFI, Octagon Films and more supporters TBC.

For tickets please visit our Eventbrite page here.

BROOMHALL COMMUNITY CINEMA

Since December 2016 we have been supporting the Broomhall Community Centre to help them develop their own community cinema.

 

So far they have hosted two screenings to a combined audience of 206 people. This work was made possible by a legacy donation by the late Dr Shaw and a Pay It Forward donation from the Cinema For All Yorkshire Group.

 

Cinema For All support has enabled Broomhall Community Cinema to bring passionate part time assistant, Jack De Aguilar’s ideas to life. He said “With Cinema For All’s help we’ve managed to create a safe space for the community to engage with cinema, while hopefully sparking some meaningful conversations about local issues, too. Cinema For All have supported us throughout, making sure our screenings remain accessible to as many people as possible, which was our aim from the beginning. We’ve also managed to reinvigorate a struggling community centre in the process, which has given tremendous satisfaction to local residents in Broomhall.”

 


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Nicole Kelly, who co-founded the project with Jack said “Having Cinema For All’s help and experience to call upon has meant that we’ve been able to spend more time on the exciting aspects of running a community cinema – reasons why we started this project in the first place – such as creating a diverse programme of films, and creating an environment where the whole community feels welcome and can share their love of film.”

 

So far Broomhall Community Cinema has screened two foreign language films, Wadjda and Benda Bilili. They have also screened a short film made by a local Somali community group. Broomhall Community Cinema’s next screening will take place on 30 July to celebrate Pride. The film selection will be announced soon.

 


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Mania Akbari

MANIA AKBARI TO CO-HOST FILM SOCIETY OF THE YEAR AWARDS!

We are delighted to announce that the Film Society of the Year Awards will be co-hosted by Iranian filmmaker and actor Mania Akbari (Ten), who will also be screening her ground-breaking and award-winning new film Life May Be at the Community Cinema Conference.

Mania is a brilliant and bold filmmaker and we are delighted to have her with us in Sheffield.

Tickets will be available soon. We’ll see you at the ceremony on 3 October.

BOOKING SCHEME DOCUMENTARIES!

It’s just a few weeks till Sheffield Doc/Fest and so we’re celebrating all things documentary! We have a huge variety of documentaries available on the Booking Scheme, whether its amazing true stories, riveting exposes or triumphant tales of human endeavour documentaries offer an essential look at the human experience and a valuable addition to any community cinema programme.

Don’t forget! Cinema For All members are eligible for a discount on the Doc Lovers pass – just £40 for access to all the documentary screenings at Doc/Fest. Find out more here.

Here’s a quick look at some highlights of our catalogue but you can find many more here.

The Possibilities are Endless –  Using a uniquely cinematic technique this film about the slow recovery of Edwyn Collins, the Scottish singer who suffered a massive stroke, is an immersive, startling and beautiful piece of work. The first half of the film depicts Edwyn’s faltering progress – the images and sounds are otherworldly, broken and confusing. But as the film goes on things become clearer, more purposeful; Edwyn’s recovery allows him to start playing music again and works his way up to gigging again.
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Benda Bilili! – An audience favourite and one of the most exciting and uplifting documentaries in recent memory. Telling the story of the meteoric rise of Staff Benda Bilili – a band made up of impoverished paraplegics who ride custom wheelchairs and a teenager – who became a global sensation. Filmed over 5 years the filmmakers themselves become personally involved in supporting the band as they prepare for their first international gigs. A tremendously inspiring film.
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20 Feet From Stardom

20 Feet From Stardom – The Oscar winner in 2014, 20 Feet From Stardom tells the story of the back-up singers and performers, who while crucial to many an artist’s show, are always in the background, rarely championed or properly appreciated. Who are these performers and what are their lives really like?
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A Man Vanishes – A groundbreaking, genre breaking mystery – Shohei Imamura’s landmark documentary starts out as a investigation into why so many Japanese men disappear without trace. The filmmakers are soon derailed when they meet Yoshi who implores them to help her track down her fiancee, Tadashi, who disappeared two years ago. While Yoshi’s motivations become increasingly suspect, Imamura throws things further off kilter by focusing on the act of filmmaking itself, causing the viewer to question how much of what they are seeing is real, and what is constructed.

The Moo Man

The Moo Man – Superbly charming, lo-fo, and eye-opening, The Moo Man follows Stephen Hook, an organic raw milk father. Hook is passionate about traditional farming methods and delivering healthy product but he struggles against the economic pressures of subsisdised mass produced milk. Hook’s determination and principles are inspiring but the film’s true triumph is in showing us the remarkable relationship between Stephen and his herd – particularly Ida, his favourite heffer.
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The Missing Picture – This Oscar nominated documentary explores the director’s experiences of life under the Khmer Rouge. Mixing archive footage with hand-made clay figures to recreate scenes never filmed or where footage has since been lost, this is a deeply personal and affecting portrait of life under dictatorship.
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Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop – The infamous and elusive Banksy turns documentary on its head in this twisty, unusual tale that leaves the viewer baffled, suspicious but undeniably entertained. A french amateur graffiti artist Thierry Guetta- inept and rather uninspiring, is determined to meet his idol: Banksy. He sets out with camera in tow to do just that, but when he finds him Banksy turns the camera on Guetta instead. Eventually Guetta becomes a celebrated artist of his: Mr Brainwash, but the possibility that Guetta’s career is in fact a project of Banksy’s is unshakable. As Mr Brainwash’s star rises, so to does the impression that he is a fraud, a non-artist who has only got where he because of Banksy’s manipulation.
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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden – A thrilling stranger than fiction story of an island paradise that ended in murder, deceit and disappearances. Dr Ritter and his lover Dore Strauch arrived on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos in the 1930s; their desire, to escape civilised life. At first their lives were satisfied but their solitude was interrupted by the arrival of new islanders. The irony for the doctor and Dore is that it was their own writings, sold to newspapers around the world, that attracted the visitors who were to destroy the utopia. The first arrivals were the Wittmers, a stoic but civil family who lived in uneasy truce with the Ritters. But it was the arrival of the self-declared “Baroness”, a larger than life femme-fatale that would lead to the astonishing and disastrous fate of the island.

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Meanwhile  there’s plenty of great documentaries to look forward to at Doc/Fest including Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, a follow-up to The Act of Killing; Orion,: The Man Who Would Be King, a British doc about Jimmy Ellis, a man with the voice of Elvis who found fame once he hid behind an alter ego: Orion; and The Russian Woodpecker a blend of Soviet history, the Chernobyl disaster an eccentric artist and a terrifying, yet plausible conspiracy theory.