Here you can find useful toolkits created by our partner organisations that cover different aspects of film exhibition, including: how to set up a community cinema; how to work with schools; how to make your venue accessible; and how to market your programme.
This Cinema For All Starter Pack covers everything you need to know to get going as a film society or community cinema - from finding the right venue and organising licences to building your audience. There is also a dedicated document dealing with sourcing the right equipment and a selection of Case Studies, each looking at a different type of film society or community cinema operating in Scotland. This toolkit includes materials on:
ICO's How to Start a Cinema is a guide for anyone who is interested in starting a cinema or showing films in their village, town or city in the UK. It goes through all of the aspects you need to consider from suitable buildings to technical considerations, to costs, programming, marketing, staffing and finding an audience. It also includes a number of case studies from very large venues to very small where you can hear personal experiences, tips and insights from people who have actually done it.
Into Film have developed this practical toolkit for venues looking to develop young audiences and work with schools more effectively. It is designed for cinema staff and is especially recommended if your venue isn’t in the practice of working with schools. It offers advice on programming for schools and young people, channels to reach these audiences, practical tips, examples and signposting to other sources of useful information.
Into Film was founded in 2013 when two charities – Film Club and First Light – joined forces to deliver the BFI’s education activity for 5-19 year olds. This handy short guide outlines how Into Film can support BFI Film Audience Network members, covering the following areas:
Explore innovative ways to maximise your marketing spend and find ways of reaching new audiences with ICO's Marketing Tips. Cinema marketing has changed a great deal in recent years, mainly due to the advent of social networking, which has made the current landscape an exciting place; as you can make an impact and attract new audiences whether or not you have a large budget to do so.
'Your Cinema, Your Community, Your Impact' is a practical and accessible tool for anyone involved in local cinema—whether up and running, or only at the planning stage—to make the strongest possible case for the importance and relevance of their activities to wider local policies and agendas. The toolkit, created by Regional Screen Scotland and Social Value Lab, covers such areas as:
Film Hub South West West Midlands' Volunteering Resources have been devised to help develop good practice in new and existing volunteering initiatives and to give information and advice on policies and procedures which are relevant to running a professional volunteering programme. You'll find examples of how organisations draw on volunteers, ‘top tips’ for organisations wishing to attract more volunteers, and recommendations on how to develop volunteer support over the long-term.
Luminate, Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival and Unlimited Impact have collaborated to develop this Access Guide. It provides valuable information to venues, organisations and individuals across Scotland who are planning an event and want to ensure that it is accessible to all.
Cinema For All's Dementia and Memory Loss advice pack and case study have been developed to help community cinemas to host screenings for people living with dementia or memory loss. The pack covers the following areas:
Culture Counts, the campaign that highlights the value of culture in Scotland, has created a toolkit to enable everyone to become an advocate for culture. It gives you tips and ideas on how to make the case for Culture with your local politicians and Councillors as well as raising the profile of your own work.