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Community Cinema Conference 2021

November 12 - November 14

Tickets are now available for Cinema For All’s 2021 Community Cinema Conference. This is an online event for volunteers who put on their own film screenings.

The Community Cinema Conference 2021 is an important opportunity to feel pride for what you have achieved despite such a difficult year. It will also help connect you to the wonderful network of organisations around the UK and beyond, and inspire the future of volunteer-led cinema. Join us to celebrate, reflect and move forward.

The Conference, comprising of workshops, seminars, pre-recorded interviews with special guests, and upcoming pre-release films, showcases a wide range of stories and voices from the community cinema sector and beyond. Throughout the weekend we’ll also be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Cinema For All.



This year’s programme is broken up into three strands:

  • The Film Strand – showcasing the best new and upcoming films that the Booking Scheme has to offer.
  • The Live Training and Seminar Strand – sharing stories from film societies and community cinema across the UK, helping you learn, develop best practice and connect with others.
  • The Pre-recorded Strand – Enjoy special pre-recorded interviews with filmmakers and activists from around the UK and maybe even further. Watch in your own time, or watch along at the time scheduled in the programme.

You can also have your say at the Cinema For All AGM and attend the 2021 Film Society of the Year Awards, as well as catch up with your fellow community cinema organisers during our many networking sessions.

All sessions will be BSL interpreted and captioned.



Winner of the Golden Calf Award for Best Feature Film at the Netherlands Film Festival, 2020

Kenza, young and headstrong, lives on a junkyard in the countryside of Curaçao with her father, Ouira, and grandfather, Weljo. The two men are polar opposites: Ouira is a determined, rational police officer, while Weljo identifies with the island’s spirituality and native inhabitants. As Weljo wishes to prepare his passing to the world of spirits, the tension between Ouira and Weljo starts to escalate, and eleven-year-old Kenza searches for her own path between the two extremes.


The latest drama from award-winning director Sophie Dupuis – featuring a live Q&A with the filmmaker

Maxime works in a mine far from the city, spending 14 days at the mine and 14 days at home. When he is at home in Val-d’Or, he shares his time with his girlfriend and his childhood friend Julien. Julien is disabled after a car accident caused by Maxime two years earlier. Consumed with guilt, Maxime seeks to redeem himself, but he is hampered by Mario, Julien’s father, who also works at the mine and still blames him for the accident.


Lauren and Kelly, inseparable sisters raised in a small town on the Irish border, see their lives shattered with the mysterious death of their mother. Left to pick up the pieces after her sister’s abrupt disappearance, Lauren is suddenly confronted with the family’s dark and traumatic past when Kelly returns home one year later.

A Space in Time

Winner of the Award for Excellence at the Impact Docs Awards, 2021

Directed by Nick Taussig and Riccardo Servini, this documentary is a candid, intimate portrait of one family’s journey to transcend a fatal, muscle-wasting disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In turn, this becomes an unlikely celebration of a disabled life—a life cut short by a rare disease.

Memory Box

Maia, a single mother, lives in Montreal with her teenage daughter, Alex. On Christmas Eve, they receive an unexpected delivery: notebooks, tapes, and photos Maia sent to her best friend from 1980’s Beirut. Maia refuses to open the box or confront its memories, but Alex secretly begins diving into it. Between fantasy and reality, Alex enters the world of her mother’s tumultuous, passionate adolescence during the Lebanese civil war, unlocking mysteries of a hidden past.

The Story of Looking

Featuring a pre-recorded conversation between Mark Cousins and Deborah Parker

As he prepares for surgery to restore his vision, Mark Cousins explores the role that visual experience plays in our individual and collective lives. In a deeply personal meditation on the power of looking in his own life, he guides us through the riches of the visible world, a kaleidoscope of extraordinary imagery across cultures and eras. At a time when we are more assailed by images than ever, he reveals how looking makes us who we are, lying at the heart of the human experience, empathy, discovery, and thought.



Danny Leigh meets Asif Kapadia

Cinema For All patron and film critic Danny Leigh meets the incredible British filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) to explore his immense body of work, his background and how this affects his filmmaking and his passion for the big screen.

Sarah Gavron in conversation with Deborah Parker

Sarah Gavron, the maker of critically acclaimed and award-winning films such as Rocks and Suffragette, catches up with Cinema For All CEO Deborah Parker to discuss women in film, the directorial choices she makes, and much more.

Nina Tame in conversation with Jaq Chell

Cinema For All’s Jaq Chell again meets disability activist Nina Tame to discuss the importance of accessibility as we return to our venues.



Cinema For All at 75 – a history of the community cinema movement

Dr. Matthew Jones (De Montfort University) explores the Cinema For All archives, details the timeline of community cinema in the UK, and treats us to some incredible oral histories. Unmissable.

Plus more TBC, including a special networking meet-up for Scottish Exhibitors with our friends at Regional Screen Scotland (RSS) and the latest from our friends Filmbankmedia.

Timings will be announced closer to the time.

With thanks to Filmbankmedia, WRS Insurance and the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.


Our standard ticket price is just £25, though we offer a sliding scale including £15 tickets for people on a low income and even some free places*. If you’d like to support the event, Cinema For All and the community cinema sector, supporters’ tickets are available for £50.

All sessions will be BSL interpreted and captioned.

*a limited number of free places are available for under 30s who run their own community cinemas. Please email Ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk to express your interest in a free ticket.

**free tickets are also available for those with no income, asylum seekers and refugees. Please email info@cinemaforall.org.uk to obtain your ticket.




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