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Cinema for All SWG, previously known as the South West Group of the British Federation of Film Societies, represents and supports over 70 Film Societies and Community Cinemas in the region. It is organised by a small team of volunteers who have experience in running their own venues and have an established track record for helping new ventures get off the ground with trial screenings and technical advice.

Film List 2015

Film List 2015 is on-line now. Please check under Resources and Film Suggestiions.


The screening of Alternative Content (AC) is gaining in popularity with Film Societies and Community Cinemas. This involves the screening of opera, ballet or theatre performances onto the screens of venues normally used for film projection. Looe Film Society have kindly produced a guide reflecting their experiences with this kind of operation. We feel sure the guide will prove useful to many organisations.
Please click on the link to view or download the PDF file.

Events Diary

We publicise events we have been told about. Let us know if you are planning something special. Please check the Events Diary.


VivianMaier Nearly ninety film enthusiasts from 22 Film Societies and Community Cinemas crowded into Bradford on Avon’s St Margaret’s Hall at the end of November for the South West Group’s Autumn Viewing, providing an opportunity to preview six new titles for possible inclusion in future programmes.

The surprise hit of the audience voting was Finding Vivian Maier, a haunting documentary of an extraordinary street photographer only recognised after her death. The next three, highly-rated, titles in the ratings were foreign-language films – the beautifully-cinematic Ida, the funny and shocking Icelandic Of Horses and Men and the latest from the Dardenne Brothers, Two Days, One Night with the moving performance from Marion Cotillard. The two American Indie titles, Blue Ruin and Night Moves had their admirers but scored lower overall.

Please click on the link to view or download a PDF file of the reactions.

Bradford on Avon Film Society were excellent hosts, showing off their renovated venue and their new large motorised screen and projection set-up. They also confirmed their excellent reputation for cake baking. The excellent lunch from Mrs.B’s Caring Catering completed another successful day.


BoA_forum Cinema for All SW’s AGM held after lunch at the Bradford Viewing saw some changes with Chris Baker taking over from Hans Hoffbauer as Treasurer and two new Executive members – Jane Sanders from Shipham Community Cinema and Julie Craig from Thornbury Picture House. Co-Chair Ralph Willett (right) welcomed the new members and looked back on a busy 18 months since the last AGM with three preview days including a two-stage event at Launceston Town Hall and, a fortnight later, in the Jubilee Hall, Batcombe as well as the new screens set up across the region. In the Members’ Forum, Richard Clesham (above left) from the Cinema for All Sheffield office answered queries on national issues including the teething problems of the BFI’s Neighbourhood Cinema Fund: some societies had been put off by the complexity of the NCF application forms and had turned, successfully, to alternative sources of funding. Cinema for All were also about to give some good news to all Members and Associates who had accounts with Filmbank.

The latest issue of the South West Group newsletter

Issue 123 is on-line now. Please click here to view it in a new window.
Please click on the link for previous issues.


About Elly If you are looking for titles for an up-coming non-theatrical screening, take a look at our suggestions based on films screened at Cinema for All Viewings and ICO Screening Days in recent years. Click on Film Suggestions
We produce programme notes for all Cinema for All South West Viewing Sessions. Click on Programme Notes to see what is available on-line.

Cinema for All Booking Scheme

Cinema for All has a large collection of excellent recent and classic films as part of its DVD Booking Scheme. These films can be hired by Cinema for All members at very reasonable rates. Please click on the link to the national Cinema for All website for details about the scheme and the films.