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South West Spring Viewing Days Cancelled

Please see important message from Cinema For All South West regarding their Spring Viewing Days:

After due consideration of the change in status for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the advice received from medical authorities and guidance from the Cinema for All central organisation, it is with great regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the viewing days due to be held at both Bath and Lostwithiel.  The next viewing day will now be the Autumn one, date and location to be confirmed.  We are hoping to bring this forward slightly from its traditional time of late November – whilst still avoiding school holidays – and to build on the hard work that had already gone into the Spring event.  However, we haven’t considered this in any great detail at this point in time.  We shall, of course, keep you updated.

For those of you that have already booked places, you will receive a full refund and this will take place over the coming days.  For those that have paid for their bookings with a cheque, please contact, for the Bath event, Andy Hastie – andyhastie@yahoo.co.uk –  and similarly for the Lostwithiel event, please contact Claire Marshall – claire@carntocove.org.uk to arrange cancellation/ re-payment.  For those who have booked online, regardless of venue, please contact Chris Baker – cfaswgtreasurer@gmx.co.uk – with your bank details and a refund will be made.

Please accept our apologies for any disruption caused but we felt that this was the correct course to take given all the circumstances.


The next Cinema for All South West Viewing Day will be held in Batcombe on Sunday 24 November. The event is to be hosted for the third time by Batcombe Film Society in the Jubilee Hall. Batcombe is in the heart of Somerset, close to Shepton Mallet, accessible via the M5 and A303.

The six recent releases on DVD and Blu-ray have just been confirmed and are to be headed by the locally ‘hand-made in Cornwall’, Bait and the much praised comedy-drama The Peanut Butter Falcon, both of which are still playing in cinemas at the moment The programme also includes Transit, the latest from Christian Petzold, the director of Barbara and Phoenix, an intriguing Swedish scifi drama, Aniara, the stunning award -winning Honeyland and The Third Wife’ a new release from the Cinema for All
Booking Scheme. The event will also include a Members’ Forum and the SW Group AGM.

Members of organising committees of community cinemas/ film societies that are currently signed up with Cinema for All are welcome to attend.

Full details of the film programme, an application form to book tickets and directions to Batcombe are available now on the SW Group’s website.



At Cinema For All, we understand the challenges of setting up and maintaining a sustainable community cinema, as well as the benefit they provide to local communities. Yet, running a community cinema can equip you with skills and experience that can assist other groups!

That is why with On the Ground, we want to get community cinemas together – to share their ideas with one another and benefit from each other’s knowledge.

Our day-long event will encourage this with:

  • Panel discussions featuring local community cinemas sharing their stories
  • Two interactive training sessions: Marketing and Publicity and Attracting and Maintaining Volunteers for Your Community Cinema
  • Networking opportunities, so that you can get to know other groups in your region

There will also be chance to learn about how to become an On the Ground Champion, our regional support scheme which pairs groups looking for assistance with those willing to help and host them at one of their screenings.

So, whether you are a new group looking to start screening films in your community, an existing group in search of some additional support, or an experienced group keen to share your stories and advice to help others, we have something for everyone at this event!

To register for your free ticket visit Eventbrite here. Please note, numbers are limited so reserve your tickets early to avoid disappointment! Please let us know if you have any access requirements in advance.


Come along to Cinema For All South West’s Autumn Viewing Session on Sunday 25 November, from 10am! The event will take place at Trowbridge Town Hall, and our On the Ground programme will provide a number of exclusive travel bursaries to assist Devon and Cornwall groups to attend.

Cinema For All South West’s Autumn Viewing Session will be packed with nine new film releases, including lesser known titles that could appeal to your audience, or help you reach out to new ones!

The programme includes: Zama, The Rider, Even When I Fall, Sicilian Ghost Story, The Breadwinner, Columbus, The Guardians, Tehran Taboo and Wajib.

Ellie from the Cinema For All team will also be on hand throughout the day to field any questions, advice and issues that you may have. As part of the On the Ground programme, Ellie will also be gathering community cinema’s top marketing tips to share during the AGM, alongside some of the knowledge we have acquired from groups over the years!

The available bursaries will cover your ticket to the Viewing Session as well as any travel costs incurred. All that we ask in return is that you write a small report (500 words or less) about your experiences of the day, which we will publicise on our website and share with other community cinemas in the region.

If you are interested in applying for a bursary please email Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk with an outline of what your travel costs will be. We will try and send as many groups as possible but be quick, as we will operating on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that the Viewing Session is not open to the general public – only members of organising committees of community cinemas/ film societies that are currently signed up with Cinema for All or C Fylm are able to attend. Please contact us if you need further information about this.


We are extremely excited to announce our new partnership with The Clay Factory in Ivybridge, Devon! From the end of March onwards, groups in Devon, Cornwall and the surrounding areas will be able to access Cinema For All’s ever-popular equipment hire scheme. For just £25 for members and £40 for non-members, a set of high quality screening equipment (projector, screen, sound system, Blu-ray player) can be hired and used to bring community cinema events to South West region.

To celebrate this new partnership,The Clay Factory are hosting a launch event with a screening of The Florida Project, as well as the chance to ask any questions you may have about the equipment or starting a community cinema. The event is on Saturday 24 March at 3:00pm and is free; register for a ticket here.

If any groups would like to hire the equipment, get in touch with Jay at jay@cinemaforall.org.uk or call the office on 0114 2210314.