Autumn Viewings – 29 October – Kilmersdon…

We will be returning to Kilmersdon for our Autumn 2017 Viewing Session (or, to be more precise, to their current venue, at Writhlington School) as the guests of Reel People, on 29 October.

Reel People celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year, having been twice recipients of the coveted BFFS (now CfA) Best Film Society Award, in 2000 and 2004, and we’re delighted that they have invited us to be part of their anniversary celebrations.

They hosted the Viewings in Spring 2013, when the programme comprised some memorable films: ‘Barbara’, ‘Elena’, ‘No’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘The Sapphires’, and ‘The Sessions’.

We look forward to another interesting session!


Film Society of the Year Awards – ENTER NOW!

The deadline – 14th August – is fast approaching for applications for this year’s Film Society of the Year Awards.

Full details of the categories and how to apply are on the CfA website here.


Lucy Smith and Kat Smith from Lost in Film receiving their award from Conference special guest Danny Leigh of BBC1’s Film 2016

Last year, two of our South-West groups were successful in winning commendations for their entries: – Axbridge’s Roxy Film in the Community Award category, and Lothwithiel’s Lost in Film for their Single Event presentation.

Let’s hope that your group will be among the winners this year! – to be announced on 11th November at the CfA conference/AGM at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield.

Tickets will be available soon, and, once again, travel bursaries will be available. Read about Kat Smith’s impressions of last year’s conference here.



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.