Distinctions for SW Societies at FSoY 2017

[Photo: Peter Martin]

Congratulations to two Societies from the South West who won Distinctions in closely-contested categories at the Film Society of the Year Awards held in Sheffield on 11 November:

* Buckfastleigh Cinema came second to The Picturehouse Ballyclare as Best New Society
* Penwith Film Society won second place in the Best Film Programme section.

At the reception following the ceremony, Brian Clay received the certificates from CfA patron Danny Leigh on their behalf.

Retirement of CfA SW Co-Chair

At the CfA SW AGM on 29 October John Holmes announced that he would be standing down from the CfA SW committee.

John was co-opted as Co-Chair in 2003 and did a great job running meetings before taking on the additional role as the Viewing Co-ordinator for the past four Viewings, particularly for the Calstock event this Spring.
He will be missed!

There will be more feedback from the AGM in our next newsletter.

Frantz tops the poll at Autumn Viewings

François Ozon’s WW1 drama Frantz was a clear winner with the audience at this year’s CfA SW Autumn Viewing Session, scoring an excellent 85%.

Nearly 80 delegates from 22 film societies and community cinemas attended the event at Writhlington School, which was hosted by reel people, celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.

See the all the audience reactions here – more details will be online soon.

CfA Annual Conference & FSoY Awards 2017

Sheffield 10-12 November

The full programme for the the Community Cinema Conference + Film Society of the Year Awards has been announced, with lots of exciting things in store. You can view the programme here (timings may be subject to minor changes).

The event will take place over the weekend of 10-12 November in Sheffield – find more information, including how to book tickets here.

The annual Film Society of the Year Awards ceremony will take place at the conference on 11 November. We’re delighted to learn that two CfA SW societies have been shortlisted:
** Penwith for Best Programming
** Buckfastleigh for Best New Society.
Congratulations to them, and good luck for 11 November!



Our 2017 Film Suggestions list is now available to download here.

Compiled by CfA SW Exec member David Johnson, it includes all recent titles screened at SW and ICO Viewings together with details of the distributors, running times, BBFC classification etc.
It’s not an exhaustive list – it doesn’t include many mainstream titles which can be easily tracked down via the Filmbank website – but the new ‘Radar List’, which attempts to signpost films that have not yet got a release date, is likely to be of interest.

David plans to up-date the listing every two months or so, so it will be worth revisiting “our film suggestions page” from time to time.


THE OLIVE TREE tops the poll at Spring Viewing Sessions

Iciar Bollain’s engaging Spanish fable The Olive Tree was the clear audience favourite at the CfA SW 2017 Spring Viewings sessions, scoring an excellent 92% in the ratings.

Oscar winning Manchester by the Sea, and British indie comedy Burn, Burn, Burn shared second place, each scoring 81%.

Over 120 delegates from 23 film societies attended the twin sessions at Thornbury and Calstock. Thanks to Thornbury Picture House and Calstock Arts for hosting the events.
A full round-up will be published here shortly.

* The Olive Tree is now available for booking by CfA members and associates from the CfA Booking Scheme

Film South West Top Films 2016

Are you looking for ideas for your shortlist for next season?
Look no further!
Brian Clay has compiled a list of top film choices made by some of the media critics, with contributions from some of CfA SW Exec committee.
Click here to view and download a copy.

What were you watching in 1976?

As we’re sure you know, Autumn 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the South West Group of BFFS/Cinema for All.

Its passing evoked a bit of nostalgia for committee member David Johnston, thinking back and reflecting on the films he was watching then.
Most of us won’t have his encyclopaedic notes! – but his memories will surely remind us of where and when we watched many of the films he mentions here.

Send us your memories to add to the list!


CfA SW 40th Anniversary Offer

motorcycle_diariesA reminder that the SW Group Executive has chosen their “top twenty” titles from the hundreds of films that have been shown at SW Viewings over the years, and is offering a £40 refund on the usual licence fee to the first ten SW applicants who book any of the titles in the coming season.

The films chosen range from foreign language favourites such as The Motorcycle Diaries and The Devil’s Backbone to British and US classics, including Stephen Frears’s Dirty Pretty Things and Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanours.
The full list, and how to apply, is here.