Bring the Cinema to Your Community Venue

Fri, 5 Jun 2015

Eden Arts in Penrith is seeking film fans from across the Eden District who would be interested in hosting film nights at their local village or community halls, to join its REMOTE cinema network.

The organisation teamed up with rural cinema specialists Cine North to submit a successful bid to secure £15,000 of funding from the British Film Institute’s, Neighbourhood Cinema Fund. The funding will support Eden Arts & Cine North to extend and develop the REMOTE rural cinema network, which has been supporting individuals to screen films in their local community since 2012. The project will also be supported with funding from Film Hub North, part of the BFI Film Audience Network and Eden District Council.

REMOTE has enabled over 20 village venues to host high quality cinema events in their village and community halls and has resulted in just over 7000 people attending cinema events.

REMOTE now has capacity for four more venues to join and be able to have regular cinema events in their village venue between September 2015 and May 2016. Participating venues will receive a comprehensive package of support from Eden Arts and Cine North, including technical training, marketing assistance, programming advice, film licence booking and administrative support. A high definition cinema kit, including a large screen and high quality sound system is provided along with access to a rich and diverse programme of film titles for venues to choose from.

Heather Walker, Eden Arts’ Head of Projects said “This is a really successful project, it has enabled young and old to work together to put on really sociable events for the community. Those that can’t get to the main town cinema have opportunity to see both new and old films, and it gives those that are isolated a chance to meet up with neighbours. A quote from an audience member sums it up best. “It’s cinema but sociable”.

If you are interested in joining the scheme please contact Heather Walker at Eden Arts as soon as possible on 01768 899444 or email

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