This past weekend the Minicine team travelled to Sheffield to attend the Cinema For All National Conference and Film Society of the Year Awards 2014, receiving distinctions in both Best Film Programming and Best Marketing and Publicity as well as a Special Mention or the Film Society of the Year prize.
The awards ceremony took place on the Saturday evening and were presented by Cinema For All Managing Director Deborah Parker and film critic and co-host of BBC Film 2014 Danny Leigh. The event saw awards presented to a wide variety of societies, community cinemas and exhibitors from all over the UK with the prestigious Engholm Prize for Film Society of the Year going to new kids on the block Dungannon Film Club, and well deserved their win was too.
Despite not winning the title of Film Society of the Year ourselves, the Cinema For All judging panel deemed our the work we’ve carried out over the last twelve months worthy of a Special Mention, not something that happens every year, affectively making us runner-up in the category. Or, as we’ve come to call ourselves, the Second Best Community Film Exhibitor in Britain™.
Catchy, ain’t it?
“Yeah, but nobody remembers who came second, only who came first.”
And we didn’t just give a strong accounting of ourselves in the awards either:
The conference saw community film exhibitors from far and wide packed out the Showroom Cinema & Workstation for a series of film screenings and panel discussions exploring the themes of ‘collaboration and working together’. Abi, who has spent the last several months volunteering at Cinema For All, was instrumental in the panel sessions running as smoothly as possible and Woody received strong feedback for his participation in the final session of the weekend, detailing Minicine’s collaborative work, particularly our Roadtrips to visit other film exhibitors, upcoming programmes with Gallery at Munro House and The Orangery, our partnership with Noisette Bakehouse, and our work with Sticky Shoes.
We’d like to thank Cinema For All, not just for the recognition of our work but for a providing such a monumentally inspiring experience. We had a fantastic time meeting fellow exhibitors in both professional and, let’s say, more informal capacities (although we did mean business on that dance floor!). We’re already hard at work planning our programme for next year and drawing up objectives for what we hope to achieve. Whatever we end up doing we hope at least some of our activities will involve the many great we encounter in Sheffield this year. After all, we’re all on the same team.
For anyone who hasn’t yet had the opportunity to come to a Minicine screening – or even if you have – especially if you have! – our next one takes place this Thursday at Gallery at Munro House where we’ll be showing Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) alongside the gallery’s latest exhibition ‘How Do You Take Yours?’. Tickets are only £5 and include a free cup of coffee.
Cinema For All is the trading name for the British Federation of Film Societies.