With the annual Film Society of the Year Awards just around the corner, we wanted to catch up with some of our past award winners and see what they’re up to.
Leigh Film Society, founded in 2013, are an inspiring group of film enthusiasts based in Leigh, Greater Manchester. We asked Rob Tongeman from the society a few questions about what they’ve been doing and anything that they have in the pipeline.
Which award did you win?
Film Discovery Award
Community Cinema Award
Film Society of the Year
How did winning an award at Film Society of the Year impact Leigh Film Society?
We have had increased interest from both members of the public (which means busier screenings) and the press. It has raised our profile within the community. Please see our website’s “Press Coverage” page.
What was the highlight of the past year for Leigh Film Society?
Our society winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is a massive honour to be recognised in this manner.
Do you have any upcoming screenings for us to look forward to?
We are holding a charity screening of Toy Story for the local Action4Alfie charity which is for a little boy with Duchennes Muscular Distrophy. We are also holding a screening of 24 Hour Party People to conicide with the 40th Anniversary of Factory Records, Manchester this year. As part of our normal programme we are screening, The Shape of Water, Airplane (our annual retro comedy month), Downsizing, Prevenge (Halloween film) & Journey’s End.
We are also in the planning stage of a “cozy” Christmas screening of a classic film (undecided right now) for our members & regulars which will have food and drinks before and during the event.
Anything else that you’d like to tell us about?
We held a screening of Suffragette earlier this year in support of our Leigh based WASPI ladies. This was an event they approached us to do.
We held a sing-a-long event screening of the Sound of Music. This was very well attended including 2 local ladies choirs.
We have also already this year screened, A Man Called Ove, Jawbone, OSS 117 Lost in Rio, Land of Mine & Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
We collect audience ratings (when able) after our film screenings and place the scores on our “Past Screenings” page of the website.
You can see further pictures and video from some of the events on the “Gallery” page of the website.