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Conference 2016

The Community Screen Forum held its first conference in August 2016, which was attended by a wide variety of delegates in interested the community cinema sector.

We had a great line up of speakers and panels looking at issues such as innovations in screening technology, film programming, event cinema, research and market intelligence and audience development.


The 2016 programme is available below.

Rural Cinema in the UK: Opportunities and Challenges

Panel 1 – Screening Technologies: Current Trends in Exhibition and Distribution

This panel will explore recent developments in screening formats and delivery technologies for film and event cinema/alternative content and their implications for rural screen groups.


  • Majella Griffin, CEO Filmbank
  • Stuart Hanson, Senior Lecturer DeMontfort University
  • Sophie Clouston, Community Cinema & Communications Assistant Village Screen, Norfolk
  • Victoria Lockley, Cine North Co-ordinator, Cine North

Panel 2 – Audiences & Programming: Diversity, Event Cinema and Distribution

Panelists will share experiences of what types of films work in different rural areas & why, how to get to know and build local audiences, discuss advantages/disadvantages of showing non-film content, and managing relationships with distributors.


  • Naomi Vera-Sanso, Festival Director, Borderlines Film Festival, Herefordshire
  • Brian Guthrie, Founder of Screen in the Barn, Suffolk
  • Jamie Terrill, PhD Candidate Aberystwyth University, Wales
  • Claire Marshall, Project Manager Carn2Cove, Cornwall

Panel 3 – Research and Market Intelligence

This panel will examine current research and statistics for rural audiences and what kinds of new or updated information could better support audience promotion, advertising and funding strategies.


  • Jim Barratt, Principal at Bigger Picture Research
  • Matt Kitson, CEO Driftwood Cinema, Scotland
  • Robert Livingston, Director, Regional Screen Scotland
  • Tim Snelson, Lecturer University of East Anglia, Norfolk

Panel 4 – Sustainability and Growth

Panelists will examine issues around the sustainability and growth of rural cinema screenings and audiences in the UK, including current funding contexts and opportunities; different business models; the growing interest in community-led cinema and how to support this demand.


  • Jacqueline Chell, Operations and Development Manager, Cinema For All, Sheffield
  • Sarah-Jane Meredith, UK Wide Audiences Manager, British Film Institute
  • Christina Walkley, CEO Moviola, Dorset
  • Karelia Wright, Community Cinema Manager North East Arts Touring, Scotland

Panel 5 - Closing Discussion

This final session will be an open forum. It will review key points raised during the day and provide forum for further questions and delegate discussion.


  • Jacqueline Chell, Operations and Development Manager Cinema For All, Sheffield
  • Mark Jancovich, Professor of Film Studies University of East Anglia, Norfolk
  • Natalie Jode, CEO Creative Arts East, Norfolk
  • Robert Livingston, Director, Regional Screen Scotland