Applications open for Sustain Shine! 

Sustain Shine is back for 2021 with an increased bursary of £300 to help boost your community cinema! If you’re looking to re-evaluate after lockdown, develop skills or connect more as a team, Sustain Shine can help! Sustain Shine includes three online coaching sessions with the friendly, expert Cinema For All team and a £300 bursary to help refresh and develop your community cinema. Each session gives plenty of opportunity to learn, ask questions and gain advice and information tailored to help your community cinema as much as possible. Each workshop comes with an activity sheet which gives you action points and tips to take away with you after each session. Workshops range from fundraising and sustainability to marketing and accessibility.

Deadline for applications is 8 January 2021.


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2019 12 Batcombe113 delegates from 24 Societies enjoyed Batcombe’s legendary hospitality with great food and films. The highest-scoring films were the feel-good The Peanut Butter Falcon and the outstanding documentary Honeyland both achieving scores of over 90% accompanied by some great shorts sourced by Chris Baker. We’ve already heard that some groups have shortlisted both The Peanut Butter Falcon and Bait for their forthcoming seasons, while Transit and Aniara were the most divisive titles of the day, one delegate describing the latter as “absolutely brilliant” while others were less convinced!2019 12 Batcombe

We will continue to monitor the take-up of the featured titles by South West-based member groups – please let us know if you will be programming any of them (including the shorts). Full details of the audience reaction scores are shown below.

Daron & Rose from Topsham Film Society attended the Cinema for All Community Cinema Conference

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Back in the spring, a group of residents organised an open evening at Limply Stoke village hall to invite suggestions for cultural and community events for the village.

The event under the banner ‘ Big Brainstorm !’ was generously supported by the Parish Council and was well attended with many ideas for different activities being mooted.

A report by David of Cinema by the Sea – Looe’s Community Cinema

Sincere thanks to all for this successful and enjoyable event from FLIC, Carn to Cove and CFlym.

Attendance was in the high 30s, including reps from Looe, Chudleigh, Launceston, Tiverton, Topsham, Ponsanooth. The event was very well received with delegates enjoying themselves.

Shipham Village HallThe first leg of the South West Group’s Spring Viewing attracted over seventy organisers from twenty South West Community Cinemas and Film Societies.  The hosts, Shipham Community Cinema provided their usual welcoming atmosphere in the Village Hall with good food, great cakes and an intriguing film quiz.

2018AutCoverNearly 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%.