Open Cinema is unique in offering structured engagement for vulnerable people through film-related activities. Participating agencies benefit from belonging to a nationwide community of best practice and innovation. Open Cinema can raise an agency’s external profile and internal sense of achievement, though hosting a professional cultural service with regular visits from esteemed experts in the film and other industries
– John (OC MEMBER AT ST. PATRICK'S)
The model is designed to encourage a range of life skills to participants, including increased confidence, sociability, cultural and linguistic literacy, sense of purpose and aptitude towards engagement in further activities and services. Participation in the filmmaking workshops increases both life and media skills, with resulting gains in employability.
Open Cinema screenings are real cinema experiences and it's important to maintain a high standard of quality across our network and to present the fundamentals of what certifies a venue as an Open Cinema. To be part of the Open Cinema Network you must be able to provide the following:
However, we understand that there may be some organisations that would like to be involved but lack various aspects of equipment to meet these standards. Open Cinema can help your organisation to meet these requirements through partner services offering discounts to the Open Cinema Network. Please contact us for more details.
Before launching, Open Cinema will help you procure and install high definition screening equipment – negotiated at preferential rates with our partners – tailored to fit the communal space selected for the cinema.
Before the start of each new season, Open Cinema will deliver to you a package containing everything you need for the coming season including professionally designed & printed flyers & posters, DVDs, film exhibition licenses, and invitations to special guests to introduce films during the season.
– Ken Loach (Director: Cathy Come Home, The Wind That Shakes the Barley)
All you need to do is select the scheduling for the weekly screenings to suit your existing arrangements. Open Cinema can help find suitable volunteers from local film or outreach communities. The service includes a paid, part-time Coordinator, generally with film and outreach experience, to oversee the service.