Shaftsbury Arts Centre – February 17th

Working in the vanguard of world cinema for six decades, this artist and filmmaker has been a major influence on cinéastes from the time of the French New Wave to the present
day. As a woman working in what was an almost entirely male world, she carved out her own path, achieving huge love and respect from her peers and cinema audiences alike.
More details click here AN AFTERNOON WITH AGNES VARDA pdf
and Shaftsbury Arts Centre 17th Feb.

STROUD FILM FESTIVAL returns for a fifth year!

Stroud Film Festival 2019 will run at eleven independent venues across the town and beyond, from Saturday 9th March, through to the last screening at Lansdown Hall on Sunday 24th March.  (And watch out! Continuing from last year, some Pre Festival Events will be happening in January and February outside the festival fortnight.)

Under the Wire

Paul Conroy with Marie Colvin

A number of events involve more than simply a film screening. There will be a chance to hear well known film makers talking about their work; several live in Stroud.

In addition to seeing and talking about them, ‘Film School’, on 9th March,  is a one day workshop for local people to learn film making skills at Atelier.

More details at
Stroud Film

NAE PASARAN tops the polls at Autumn Viewings

A late addition to the programme, Nae Pasaran, was the surprise winner at our Autumn Viewing Session, receiving an excellent audience rating of 90%.

Nearly 90 delegates from 23 organisations attended the event at Trowbridge Town Hall. Overall, the programme was very well received with six of the ten titles screened scoring over 80%.

To see the reactions for all the feature films and shorts in the programme, and some photos from the day, follow this link to our events page.

Budleigh celebrates its 10th anniverary

Budleigh Film Society celebrated their 10th annniversary this October, with two screenings* of ‘Cinema Paradiso’, and a party with bubbly and cake inbetween.
Over 200 people attended the event, including Michael Jackaman, their first sponsor, who generously lent the society £1000 in 2008 to help them get underway (he was paid back after 2 years!).
The Mayor of Budleigh Salteron was also in attendance and officiated at the cake-cutting ceremony.
Three of the founder members – Margaret & Stuart Yerrell and Jed Falby – are still running the show!
*Budleigh Film Society regulary shows its film twice – a late afternoon screening at 5pm, and an evening on at 8pm

CfA South West Autumn Viewings…

….will be held at Trowbridge Town Hall on Sunday 25 November.
More details to follow soon!

ON THE GROUND Launch Event

Saturday 20 October Ivybridge

* Are you thinking about screening films in your community?
* Do you want to develop skills in audience development, programming and screening equipment?

Whether you are a new group looking to start screening films, an existing group in search of some additional support, or an experienced group keen to share your stories and advice to help others, you will be very welcome at the launch of ON THE GROUND – a new face to face support scheme providing regional advice and assistance to community cinemas in Devon and Cornwall.

Practical skills and information workshops will be followed by a special screening of the critically acclaimed film, The Rider.

For more information and to book you place click HERE


Heist Movies for All?

Need some inspiration for titles for your next screening?

CfA SW committee member Ralph Willett has been reflecting on some of this autumn’s new releases and film coming up at the London Film Festival.

You can read his round-up here

CfA Annual Conference & FSoY Awards 2018

Sheffield 7-9 September

Nearly 200 delegates from all parts of Britain made the journey to Sheffield for this year’s Cinema for All conference, and enjoyed two days of discussion sessions and masterclasses as well as chance to see some newly available film releases.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the Film Society of the Year Awards ceremony. As ever, the event demonstrated the exciting variety in the programmes and inventiveness of community cinemas in Britain. This year’s winner of the coveted Engholm Prize for Film Society of the Year was Deptford Cinema from South East London. You can see the full list of all the winners here.

Unusually, there were no SW Group members among the winners! – something we hope will be put right for the 50th FSoY Awards in 2019….


Looking for inspriration for next season’s programme?

CfA SW committee member David Johnson of Lyme Regis Film Society has trawled recent and upcoming film releases to produce a list of “titles of interest” for film societies and community cinemas, including the always-useful-but-sometimes-hard-to-find distributor information.

Click here to view and download a copy.

You’ll find the suggestion lists for previous seasons here


IN BETWEEN voted Best Film at Spring Viewings

Over 100 people from 32 film societies and community cinemas across the region attended the Spring Viewings in South Petherton and Liskeard.

By a very narrow margin the Israeli film In Between won the highest audience rating (85%) followed closely by Loving Vincent (84%) and Hotel Salvation (83%).

More details here – scroll down to past viewings