Training Courses

Neighbourhood Cinema Training - November 2015

09/11/2015 - 10/11/2015

Birmingham & Midland Institute, Birmingham

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Would you like to…

  • Learn how to identify and engage with new audiences?
  • Diversify your film programme without losing your core audience?

This November, we’re running two training days in Birmingham and York to support the activities of BFI Neighbourhood Cinema members, as well as offering free in-depth consultancies.

The Birmingham training day will be led by our Head of Cinemas, David Sin and the York training day by our Director, Catharine Des Forges.

Sessions will incorporate presentations offering a helpful background to how the film industry works, audience development (including encouraging attendance by families and children), archive programming, and how best to utilise social media and other marketing tools to grow your audience on a budget.


09/11/2015 - 10/11/2015




Birmingham & Midland Institute, Birmingham

Clements Hall, York

Training Day 1 (Birmingham)

Training Day 2 (York)

  • Tuesday 10 November | 10am to 5pm
    Clements Hall
    Led by Catharine Des Forges, Director, ICO

These events are free to attend and are open to staff of community cinemas. Places will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and members of the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema scheme will be prioritised.

Programme details

Click below to download PDF programmes for both events.

  • Monday 9th November – Birmingham
  • Tuesday 10th November – York

Registration for this event has now closed.


In support of the November training events, the ICO is offering bespoke consultancy support to a number of community cinemas, all of whom should be members of the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema scheme.

Community cinemas that are selected for the consultancy will be allocated a designated advisor. The consultancy will respond to your needs and challenges as outlined in your application. You could receive assistance in areas such as programming, audience development, marketing, social media, financial planning and governance.

The format of the consultancies is flexible and might include (for example) site visits, meetings, phone calls and a report. The aim is to tailor the provision as closely as possible to the needs of your organisation.

We will offer support rather than instruction and would hope to form a positive and long lasting relationship with recipient organisations.

Applications for these consultancies have now closed.

If you’ve any queries about either the training days or the consultancies, please email

How to get there

Training Day 1 (Birmingham)

Monday 9th November | 10am to 5pm

Birmingham & Midland Institute
9 Margaret Street
B3 3BS


Training Day 2 (York)

Tuesday 10th November | 10am to 5pm

Clements Hall
Nunthorpe Road
YO23 1BW


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