Tomorrow evening we return to Armley Mills’ quaint Palace Picturehouse for our first screening of the year, but before we get to that we wanted to take a moment to let you know what else we else we have in store for 2014.

First things first, as you can see we’ve spruced up the ol’ website. There’s still work to be done but we hope you’ll already find things clearer and easier to find. Have a nosey ’round, hit the speech bubble at the bottom of a page and let us know what you think.

We’re looking to increase and improve the content on the site too, so if you’re interested contributing and writing for us then please get in touch.

Over the last couple of years we’ve tended to announce upcoming film screenings three-at-a-time and we will continue to do so, but in future the films announced will now have a thread or theme running through them. To give our programme added consistency and continuity we will now be announcing our film selections in ‘seasons’.

First up we have our Modern Monochrome season – headlined by three films from the last 20 years, shot in black and white, and featuring other aspects of monochrome cinema. We’ll also be announcing an African cinema season later in the year as well as showcasing other markets and genres that we have not yet had the opportunity to share with our audience.

In the past we have been called, and even referred to ourselves as, a film society and/or community cinema but have never felt that we fit comfortably into either category. However, people like labels so, moving forward, if any one asks we should hereby be known as… we dunno… Purveyors of Social Cinema™? As such each season will now be followed by a social event for members, non-members, cinema enthusiasts and even folks that would like to discuss and discover more about film and cinema to come together and talk about the films featured in the preceding season and also what to expect from the following season.

Due to the time constraints that come with Minicine at the Mills events, conversations that spark post-screening almost always have to be cut short. When Mike and Woody took the reins of Minicine two years ago, one of their objectives was to get people talking about film and we hope our audience will take advantage of the proposed socials to let those conversations flourish. We regret that the opportunity hasn’t been available until now.

What else?

Well, we’re currently in discussions with several charities and independents in and around West Yorkshire with the aim of bringing a series of tailored stand-alone screenings to the area and we look forward to letting you know more details about those projects as they become available.

We’ll endeavour to push short film more than we ever have before and this year and will be showcasing music video more prominently than in past years, but more on that tomorrow. Stay tuned.

There will be no screening in December. (Awww!) We know, we know, but due to low ticket sales in 2012 and 2013 we didn’t want to announce a screening again this year only to cancel when we realised we couldn’t cover the licence – #filmclublife. The good news is we’ll be having a party instead. (Yaaay!) As our last two Free For All events have both been successes – a mix of short film, movie discussion, tasty beverages and even a quiz* – we thought we’d move it to from September to December and end the year in style.

*We promise the quiz will be easier this year.

That means our last screening as of right now will take place in November – or as we’re now dubbing it ‘Novelty November‘ – where we’ll be screening a cult classic that will allow us to play with the usual Minicine at the Mills format and make things even more laid back and fun.

Right, that about covers it for now and if it doesn’t we’ve rambled on long enough so we’ll let you have a breather.

If there’s anything you feel we’ve missed, or you’d like to know more about an aspect of the improved programme format, let us know and we’ll try to get back to you as soon as we can. Otherwise…

See you at a screening soon.


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