It's been a stop-start 18 months (mainly stop and very little start...) but we get the sense that communities are feeling a bit braver about starting their local film screenings again. Many of our members stop screening films during the summer months anyway and start again when the schools go back. Although we know that several groups are not yet confident about re-starting (and about covering the licence fees with smaller audience numbers) some of our members have managed Covid-friendly screenings and had success. Most importantly, their local communities have been really grateful for the opportunity to get out and meet each other socially once more. It might be a bit more complicated these days, it might take more planning but it's definitely worth it.
As the days get shorter and the weather cooler, it's even more important to encourage communities to gather together, safely, and to enjoy having company. Those connections and conversations are what sustain us and help to combat isolation and loneliness that are ever-present in the depths of winter - not least post pandemic.
In our previous post we shared a link to the current advice for cinemas in relation to Covid and that's still relevant and valuable, so if you're a community group wondering what guidelines to adhere to, that document will give you a bit of a checklist and hopefully confidence to press ahead.
The BFI (British Film Institute) is encouraging the UK Film Hubs to screen again. If you're feeling unsure and want to discuss it, get in touch. If you're thinking of starting up for the first time, drop us a line. We're here to help.