Case study: Seaford Community Cinema wins top award

Cathy Stewart accepts Seaford Community Cinema's award

Cathy Stewart, pictured with film critic Derek Malcolm, accepting  Seaford Community Cinema’s award

“It was hugely energising to be in the company of people who prize film so highly and have such a fearless approach to its endless variety” – Cathy Stewart, Seaford Community Cinema.

“It was a great privilege to be at the 2016 Community Cinema Conference and 47th Film Society of the Year Awards in Sheffield in November 2016, not least because Seaford Community Cinema won the Filmbankmedia Audience Award!

The immediate general benefit of attending the conference has been the amount of vital information culled from the various seminars that I have been able to pass on to the committee; but it has made itself more particularly felt in the impact on our audience, not only in the pride of winning an award for which they were the sole contributors.

I have passed on a detailed account of the weekend to celebrate their achievement and to include and share with them my experience of the ideas in circulation at the whole event. This has already had a reinvigorating effect, so much so that people are coming forward with all kinds of ideas and projects for a bigger and better cinema presence in the town, clearly feeling even more strongly that SCC is their cinema.

As Audience coordinator, it was instructive for me to hear the ventures in respect of audience involvement related by members of other societies, including in one case a weekly drop-in meeting to air points of view and put forward film-titles.

Reflecting my own twin-obsession with cinema and books, I was heartened to listen to an account of the Scottish Film Education Project to promote the use of libraries for showings of children and young people’s films; and to hear that borrowing of books by the ‘literacy ninja’ filmgoers has increased by 20% in areas where this project is in operation.

Finally, it was hugely energising to be in the company of people who prize film so highly and have such a fearless approach to its endless variety.”

Photo credit: Cinema For All/Mark Epstein.