Picture of the award ceremony

National conference and awards 2013

The annual BFFS national conference and awards took place 21-22 September 2013 at the Institut Français. Unfortunately, I only managed to get there on the…

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Picture of Robert de Niro in Taxi Driver

Audience reaction 2013-14

After every screening we get as many members of the audience as possible to rate the film, so that we can get a good sense…

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Picture of Mark Cousins at the London Film Festival 2013

Film festivals in the UK

There are hundreds of film festivals in the UK from the very small right up to the large events such as the Edinburgh and London…

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Still from The Rocket

Suggest a film for 2014-15

As in previous years, we’re looking for your ideas for films for next season. We’re keen to screen films that could attract a hundred people,…

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50 years ago: Newsreels of president Kennedy in Forest Row

50 years ago: Newsreels of president Kennedy in Forest Row

The plaque on the front of our venue, Forest Row Village Hall, can easily be missed. It commemorates the day when American president John F….

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Picture of Storyfest

A weekend of cinema for the community

What can you do with a projector in a 42 hour period?… I enjoy how our equipment and expertise can become a resource and inspiration…

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Picture of The food break during the screening of The Mahabharata

Memorable moments at Forest Row community cinema

Which aspects of our programme do you most value? I recently asked our audience to name some of their most memorable moments at the films…

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The power of participation in community cinemas

The power of participation in community cinemas

What else can a film society do beyond just showing films? Why is it important to connect personally with your community around film? What fun…

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Films as social objects

Films as social objects

By their very nature, films elicit comment and reaction. How can you best stimulate this and develop further interaction and participation? This series of blog…

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Still from Alois Nebel

Recent titles on the BFFS booking scheme

There is an amazing selection of films to choose from when devising your programme. Following up on my annotated list of titles that are coming…

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