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The Film Society Movement

The film society movement originated in France in the time between the two world wars. The first UK film society was established in London in 1925 by a group interested in films from Europe, which could not be shown in public cinemas for political reasons. It was called the Film Society and was followed by many others in the next fifteen years. The national body for film societies in the UK is the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS). Most university and college students' unions have film societies. In 2006, FILMCLUB was launched to open up the world of film to primary and secondary school children in the UK.

Midland Film and Art


Midland Film and Art is a membership club where people can enjoy screenings of films or view artwork and crafts that would otherwise not be shown in mainstream cinemas or exhibitions, or be available locally. These shows usually have an educational aim, introducing new audiences to different audiovisual works through screening and display, encouraging participation in arts and crafts. A common feature that may characterize a Midland Film and Art meeting is that they either begin with an introduction to the audience and/or end with the promotion of a discussion about the film/art, where assistants, organizers and sometimes the filmmakers/artists themselves, exchange their views.

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