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You can now book a fantastic new short film, Conservation Conversations, for your community cinema! The 4 minute short is completely free to screen and uses archive footage from the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives. Screening Conservation Conversations is a perfect opportunity to introduce short films to your audience, screening it either before your feature film or as part of a larger programme of shorts.

The film captures and reveals the shifting concerns over past decades about issues which radically impact on our environment: changes to the landscape and natural habitat, urban development, the nuclear threat – conflict and energy – waterways, waste management, the campaigns people believed in passionately, alongside recent footage of alternative quests to build more sustainable lifestyles.

The environment is one of the major issues of our time and is a subject that provokes debate and action across all generations. The job of the Archives is to protect, preserve, and create access to how these issues have been documented over time and collect and conserve contemporary footage to continue to build a collection that reflects a range of perspectives of people today!

If you screen Conservation Conversations, please also encourage your audiences to fill in a short online survey. Conservation Conversations is available until the end of December 2019 and will be supplied as a download link.

Email Sarah on sarah@cinemaforall.org.uk for more details and to book.

Preview the film and find the survey here.

Oska Bright Shorts

Oska Bright Film Festival have released an exciting programme of shorts available to hire by community cinemas! They want to change the way people see cinema by showing bold, different stories, from unheard voices, from across the world.

This year’s themes include Queer Freedom, Animations and Dreams and you can hire individual shorts, or screening packages.

Find out more about the shorts and how to book here.


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.

A quick round-up of new titles and BFFS National Conference news

We’re all hands on deck getting prepared for the BFFS National Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards which unfortunately means I’ve been neglecting the blog a little, so in light of that, here’s a rundown of the new titles on the scheme, and a look at the films you’ll be able to preview at the National Conference. Continue reading

International Federation of Film Societies Short Film Collections

These short film collections are available to screen for free on a strictly members-only non-commercial basis. For more information email rich.bffs@gmail.com Continue reading