We've just had our annual board meeting and wanted to shout out about our figures for 2016-2017, which touch on all the great work going on right across Suffolk. We have 35 member groups that work with over 175 volunteers and across the year.
Collaboratively these community cinemas screened:
Sold 8210 adult tickets
Sold 866 children or concession tickets
Made £21,146 in box office income across the year (gross profit before paying licence fees etc)
This is a fantastic endorsement of community cinema - the profit made goes directly into the local communities / economies.
After a successful pilot of dementia-friendly film screenings generously funded by Suffolk Community Foundation, Mid-Suffolk and Babergh District Councils took up the charge in the second half of 2016 and we ran two more screenings at The Quay Theatre in Sudbury and Hartismere Care Home in Eye. For our final screening, we're heading back to The Quay for the stunning musical High Society, starringBing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, with a musical score by Cole Porter.
Thanks to everyone who came along to our meet-up at the lovely John Peel Centre in March. We made a good job of attacking the buffet spread and there was lots of chit-chat and mingling, always a good thing to see! Thanks go to Alice from Village Screen, our sister organisation in Norfolk, for popping along to tell us more about the 2017-18 programme, the ICO Screening Days and opportunities for live / event cinema screenings!
We were thrilled to receive some funding from Suffolk Community Foundation to run some pilot screenings in Stowmarket and Hadleigh, for those living with memory loss or dementia, their carers and families. The initial pilot at The Regal in Stowmarket has become a core part of the cinema's offering, with continued relaxed, dementia-friendly screenings taking place in February (Some Like It Hot) and March (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). Thank you Regal!
Since the pilot, we have received some more funds from Mid-Suffolk and Babergh councils to run screenings in other areas of Suffolk - we screened Dad's Army in Eye at the end of 2016 and are showing An American In Paris at The Quay in Sudbury on 27th January 2017. All welcome!
Big thanks to the fabulous Quay Theatre at Sudbury and to Steve from IFT for our training session last week - and a hearty welcome to the very enthusiastic Melford Movies group who have just joined our Network!
We have another training session coming up at John Peel Centre on 10th Oct at 7.30pm. This will likely be our last training session this year, so if you're interested in setting up a village cinema but want to see the kit first and get an idea of what it's all about before you commit, pop down on 10th!
Big thanks to Brandon Country Park for giving this a go and to Cambridge Film Trust for their kit and tech support. This was the first cinema in the park for west Suffolk and the first of its kind for Brandon - requests are in for the next screenings with a cohort even angling for a Christmas screening! Bring a blanket and we'll bring the mulled cider...
This is a new venture for us at Suffolk Cinema Network (SCN). We haven't done outdoor before - although some of our members have sheepishly admitted to using our kits outside! - but this time we've teamed up with Cambridge Film Trust who are kindly helping us with the techie stuff to ensure a great, high-quality, cinematic experience! Screenings will be taking place in the beautiful Walled Garden at Brandon Country Park. Food and drinks will be available.
Saturday Night Fever - Saturday 13th August 2016
The Adventures of Robin Hood (with Errol Flynn) - Sunday 14th August 2016
Film screening from 8pm
Ticket cost £7.50pp with concessions (OAP and students) at £5.00
Contact Brandon Country Park for tickets:
Brandon Country Park, Visitor Centre, Bury Road, Brandon. Suffolk. IP27 0SU
The BFI Distribution team deals with a very wide range of titles including silent films, archive restorations, short films, experimental work, non-fiction, films about filmmaking and of-course feature films, both British and international, on formats including 35mm, DCP, Blu-ray and DVD.
For the next year, they'll be selecting titles from the BFI collections (available on DVD or Blu-ray) which will be offered exclusively each month to BFI Neighbourhood Cinemas (join online - it's FREE!) at half price.
Contact [email protected] to book or for more information. The booking fee is £40+VAT and cinemas must also buy a commercial DVD or Blu-ray for the booking (which you can then keep) at the reduced rate of £10 + P&P
SCN is proud to be a part of the BFI's Film Audience Network and this means we get access for our members to subsidised screenings, film seasons, specialist films and talks. The Hub that oversees the Film Audience Network for our area has opened a new round of funding for any community groups / community cinemas / film societies to apply directly. The Programme Progression Scheme offers grants of up to £1,500 to groups that wish to diversify their programme or create new activity where audiences are not being served. Find our more here: http://filmhub.broadway.org.uk/pps
We're proud to support the “F-Rated” project supporting women in film. Launched by the Bath Film Festival, the F-Rated project is a platform for discussing and supporting women in cinema meaning female directors, female script/screenwriters and strong female characters on screen. We have marketing materials to give away to anyone wanting to badge and promote a film as F-Rated, to raise awareness of the project. We also have a list of forthcoming titles that have been given this classification. Get in touch to find out more!