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On the Ground – Raising your community cinema’s profile

We know you are doing great work, but does your audience? 

We understand amongst all the other tasks you do to run your community cinema, marketing and engagement can be time consuming and it is sometimes hard to know where to start. You have a story worth telling, let’s begin to share it!

Join Cinema For All online on Sunday 27 February 2022, 11:00 – 13:30 – for this special session on raising your community cinema’s profile, where we will explore how you can spotlight what makes your cinema unique, how to celebrate your wins with your audience and top tips on boosting your audience and engagement that work for you.

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 sharing their experiences and expertise.

Attendees will also have exclusive access to a free preview screening, to watch for a limited period of time after the event! (Film to be confirmed soon)

Programme for the event:

  • 11:00 – Welcome and introductions: A chance to meet and update with your fellow community cinemas
  • 11:30 – How we raised our profile panel: Hear from other Scottish community cinemas as they share their experience of their challenges and ways they boosted their profile and widened their reach. This is also your chance to ask questions and gain insight from your peers.
  • 12:30 – Break
  • 12:45 – Sharing your story masterclass: A 45 minute masterclass with Abi and Ellie from Cinema For All exploring the different ways you can raise your community cinema’s profile, by communicating your journey, connecting with others and practical tips on developing your audience and engagement.
  • 13:20 – Wrap up and final thoughts.


This event 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 member that can book tickets, 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.


Cinema For All is very excited to announce our first Launchpad and Sustain Alumni Day!

The event will take place on 7 March at Custard Factory, Birmingham.

Graduates of our Launchpad and Sustain training programmes are invited to a exciting and informative day where you will meet your fellow community cinema volunteers, reflect on your challenges and successes, and receive top up coaching from the expert Cinema For All team!

There will also be a preview screening in the brilliant Mockingbird Cinema and a certificate ceremony to congratulate all of the wonderful Launchpad and Sustain graduates who have taken part over the last 5 years.

Tickets cost just £5. Sign up here!

Bursaries are available to cover travel and hotel costs if needed. If you would like a bursary please contact abi@cinemaforall.org.uk with estimated costs.



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.


£200 bursary and three free coaching sessions for existing community cinemas!

Have you been screening films for two years or more?
Want to explore some new ideas for your community cinema?
Want further training in a particular area?
Apply for Sustain Fresh Start!

We are offering a limited number of places for existing community cinema groups on our BFI funded Sustain Fresh Start Programme. This opportunity is designed to help you identify and improve on areas of your operation and help you achieve your ideas and includes; three 90 minute Skype coaching sessions with our expert Cinema For All team on marketing and publicity, fundraising and outreach, immersive cinema, audience development, technical advice and more! Participants also get a £200 bursary which may be used towards filling a gap in your skillset identified through your coaching sessions. Perhaps you’d like to have a logo or website designed or get extra training?

‘Each workshop was very well structured and personalised, we came up with lots of new ideas and improvements, but were also encouraged to recognise what we already do well, which has increased our confidence. I would wholeheartedly recommend Cinema For All’s Sustain programme to any community cinema, regardless of whether they are just starting out of have been running for years – it’s a great opportunity to take stock of what you do and make the most of the vast knowledge and experience the team at Cinema For All can offer.’ – New Dot Cinema, Wales

Deadline for applications is 10 December 2018.
Find out more and apply here.
If you have any questions please contact Abi at abi@cinemaforall.org.uk or call on 0114 2210314