We’ve come to the end of yet another exciting year and all of us at the Moviola Office would like to extend our heartfelt thanks.

Whether you’re a community cinema goer, organiser, presenter or distributor – the team appreciate your support throughout 2018.

Our network now comprises over 310 independent community venues from Devon and Cornwall, via a strong Welsh contingent, all the way up to Orkney in Scotland.

We’ve brought some of the biggest films to community cinemas up and down the country, including The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society – screened in over 210 venues this year alone. Alongside the big hitters, some venues have taken up the mantle to bring some of the more challenging titles from our Cinematheque menu including A Fantastic Woman and Arcadia, bringing hard-to-find¬†foreign language and arthouse content to big screens in villages across the UK.

In addition, Moviola launched an exciting initiative, with the support of the BFI, to bring in a Community & Diversity Officer to help community cinemas with advice and guidance of how to grow audiences, project films and market them in local areas. Neil will be working closely with as many venues as he can in 2019 – and you can always drop him a line via email or social media (those grey buttons to the side work – click one!) or on the About page if you ever need some on-the-spot help.

We have also launched the UK’s largest initiative to survey our venues to find out in-depth about community screens and their audiences. This massive piece of work will come to fruition in 2019 where we will use the results to assemble best practices, offer tailored guidance and consultancy, as well as strengthen the power of community cinemas in the face of new challenges (and distractions) which have arisen in the past 15 years.

In 2019 we look to go even further, with a carefully curated programme of films for Spring, showcasing the best of the blockbusters alongside very considered Cinematheque titles including crowdpleasers like Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, exclusive pre-releases in the form of Mike Leigh’s Peterloo as well as awards contenders such as Steve McQueen’s Widows.

Have a restful seasonal break from all of us at Moviola and we shall see you all in 2019!

Tony, Christina, Toby, Neil & Ben


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