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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