CfA SW Viewing Sessions

Every year Cinema for All South West organises two Viewing Sessions at different venues around the region – one in Spring and one in Autumn – opportunities for representatives from film societies and community cinemas to preview new film releases, including some lesser-known titles that may well appeal to your audience, as well as meeting people from all over the region who share an enthusiasm for screening films in their communities.

Please note that these events are 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.

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Autumn 2018

25 November 25 Trowbridge Town Hall

Nearly 90 delegates from across the region attended our 2018 Autumn Viewing Session at Trowbridge Town Hall.

The exciting line-up of ten newly-released feature films was well-received by delegates, with no fewer than six of the titles getting an audience rating of over 80%.

Topping the poll with an excellent 90% was a very late addition to the programme, Nae Pasaran. Part documentary, part animation, it charts the unsung tale of the Scottish workers who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force, from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship.

Nae Pasaran was shown in one of the three Viewing Rooms on a large plasma screen – a first for our Viewing Sessions. The other three titles shown here – Wajib, Tehran Taboo and Columbus – were all supplied by Troy Film Agency, who also gave generous financial support to the day.

CfA SW film notes for all of the films shown can be found here.

The Rider and Nae Pasaran are available to CfA members and associates at preferential booking rates from Cinema for All’s Booking Scheme.

In addition to the main features, eight short films were screened during the day. With the exception of Vote 100: Born A Rebel, these were all screened at the 2018 FilmBath Festival earlier in November. They represent the cream of 229 short film submissions to the festival, the general standard of which was exceptionally high.
Audience reactions at our Viewing Session were as follows:

If you would like to include any of the FilmBath shorts in your season planning please contact Chris Baker – – who can put you in touch with the filmmakers.
Vote 100 : Born A Rebel is available from Cinema for All’s Booking Scheme.

Special thanks to:
* Tracy Sullivan, Philippa Edwards, Jessica Bennett and Tessa Slack of Town Hall Arts
* Tiffany Holmes of Film Hub South West for grant support
* Keren Hayden of Events Horizon for the lunchtime catering
* Status AV for a very good deal re: the plasma screen!
* CfA SW committee, especially Chris Baker, who ran an organisational marathon!

Societies Represented:
Blandford Forum, Batcombe, Bath, Bradford on Avon, Budleigh, Crewkerne (Film Crew), Dorchester, Ilminster (Cinema at the Warehouse), Kilmersdon (reel people), Long Ashton (L.A.Cinema), Looe (Cinema by the Sea), Lyme Regis, Nailsworth, Shaftesbury, Shipham, Start-up South Devon, Stroud & District, Swindon, Tiverton, Topsham, Trowbridge (Getting Together through Film), Warminster, Yeovil Cinematheque, Cinema for All (On the Ground)
(23 Societies/Organisations).

For information and reports about earlier Viewing Sessions, please click on the links below.

Temporary hitch! – because of the demise of the old BFFS SW website, some of the links may not work – this will be fixed as soon as possible – in the meantime if you need any information about a specific session, please contact the webmaster.

2018 South Petherton / Liskeard April 2018 Trowbridge Autumn 2019
2017 Thornbury / Calstock March/April 2017 Writhlington October 2017
2016 Lostwithiel / Shipham April 2016 Teignmouth Autumn 2016
2015 Crewkerne 26 April 2015 Hayle 10 May 2015 Bruton 22 November 2015
2014 Launceston 13 April 2014 Batcombe 27 April 2014 Bradford-on-Avon 30 November 2014
2013 Kilmersdon 21 April 2013 Blandford Forum 27 October 2013
2012 South Petherton 29 April 2012 Thornbury 11 November 2012
2011 Launceston 10 April 2011 Wotton under Edge 1 May 2011 Topsham 30 October 2011
2010 Batcombe 25 April 2010 Torquay 23 October 2010 Warminster 7 November 2010
2009 Corsham 8 March 2009 Shaftesbury 25 October 2009
2008 Wincanton Spring 2008 Exeter Autumn 2008
2007 Wotton under Edge Spring 2007 South Petherton Autumn 2007
2006 Topsham Autumn 2006