Panel 4: The Originators

Chaired by Morvern Cunningham of Cinema for All

Based in Scotland she recommended Regional Screen Scotland who support Community Cinemas in Scotland and Social Value Lab which have done research into the value of local cinemas in encouraging social cohesion and identity. CFA has instigated ‘Grow Your Own Cinema’ in Scotland to help people get started.

Matt Kitson of Driftwood Cinema described how he set up a business to take cinema to some of the most remote places in Scotland where people have no easy access to cinema at all. His service to these is underwritten by putting films on for companies and charities. He has three packages:

  • He will go to the venue with his equipment and show a film. The hirer just sells tickets. they pay a flat fee.
  • Customers pick up the equipment and do everything themselves apart from obtaining the film and license
  • Customers just have the film and the license

Driftwood provides outdoor screenings for the Youth Devt Programme, films for care homes through Dementia UK, films and equipment for commercial projects e.g. team development days.

They do children’s parties, weddings (where photos of the day are projected onto screen during the reception), wii parties (play with your wii on a huge screen!-brilliant idea!)

They have grant funding through the BFI

There were also presentations by Tony Stewart of Edinburgh Libraries and by Marc David Jacobs