Buxton Film is a non-profit community cinema established by a small group of people who wanted to see and share good films in Buxton.
Until January 2017 The Old Hall Hotel kindly contributed the use of the Pauper’s Pit venue which had cinema-style seating for about 40. It was our home for a number of years until its closure due to the redevelopment of The Crescent.
Thanks to an agreement with Buxton Opera House, we now screen our films in the Pavilion Arts Studio which we recently upgraded with a new projection and sound system. The small surplus from ticket sales, after we’ve paid for screening licenses, DVD/BDs, marketing and so on pays for equipment and rental.
Planning for each season’s programme starts well in advance with the final selection made in a group meeting. We try to screen good films that don’t necessarily make the multiplex cinemas and we’re always looking out for the best in world cinema.
Everyone in the group contributes their time for free, there are films to buy, notes to be compiled, website to be built and maintained, leaflets to design and publish, the film library to look after, weekly emails to send out, front of house and projection duties to perform.
We also organise an annual Film Festival which has established itself as a regular annual event in March/April.
Our Open Shorts film exhibition is another annual event where new and more established film-makers submit their creations. Selected entries are screened during the Buxton Festival Fringe in July.
In January 2016 the Charities Commission recognised Buxton Film as a Registered Charity No. 1165040
Buxton Film is a member of the North West Central Film Hub (NWC) – part of a UK-wide network of Hubs supported by the British Film Institute (BFI) with the aim of bringing specialised and independent British Film to UK audiences in new and exciting ways. We are also affiliated to the Independent Film Office (ICO) – the national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition in the UK. The NWC Hub have kindly supported us in several recent screening projects and we recently were successful in bidding for some new equipment from the BFI.
If you would like to be involved, or have suggestions, ideas or questions do talk to any of us at the weekly screenings or drop us an email using the link on the Contact Us page. We would also welcome sponsorship for a particular film or to help with the purchase of new equipment to improve the quality of the only cinematic experience in town.