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With lockdown, our 55th season came to an unexpectedly abrupt end. Eight Grade, the final film of the season, had to be cancelled and likewise, our planned bonus screening of Bait fell by the wayside. It was a sad closing to what had been one of our most vibrant and lively seasons,which we had all hoped to celebrate at our AGM (again, postponed) after the final screening.In the past few months, our programming committee has been hard at work assembling a new season of films, international in outlook and embracing a wide range of genres, topics and cultures. They have however, had to face new uncertainties. The film industry worldwide hasbeen brought to a temporary standstill - production has ceased, release dates put back and DVD issue dates delayed. The biggest challenge though for our new season is in putting on screenings. At present, Bridport Arts Centre theatre is not open and when permitted to do so social distancing will be required in the auditorium, greatly reducing its seating capacity. We also acknowledge that many BFS members are senior citizens, for whom safety considerations are greater. In short, we cannot envisage a scenario in which we are able to put on a well-attended and lively 2020-21 season of the sort that our membership has come to expect. Rather than put on a compromised, or even ‘bad’ season, our committee has decided to cancel the upcoming 2020-21 season. Look on it as a “fallow year”, which will be followed by more vibrance in years ahead. If circumstances allow, we will aim to put on some ad hoc screenings, possibly of best-loved films from previous seasons or of Eight Grade and Bait, thereby tidying off ‘unfinished business’ from last season. Details of these will be announced in due course. The committee are also using this time to upgrade our arrangement for communications with members. We have a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and will use this along with our Bridport Film Society Facebook page to keep you updated. We’ll be continuing with our hard-copy programme brochure too, and you’ll be sent that in August 2021 in time for the 2021-22 season. Meanwhile we hope that you all remain well and healthy in these unusual times.
The Bridport Film Society is made up of film lovers resident in Bridport and across West Dorset.
Our aim is aim is to introduce more specialised films to a broader audience, films that cannot be seen in local commercial cinemas. Most of these films are foreign, therefore subtitled, and give an insight into cultures other than our own. We offer a balanced programme of films made with integrity, often in difficult circumstances and on a low budget, which in no way resemble the blockbusters found in commercial cinemas.
The Bridport Film Society is a member of the Cinema for All (formerly, British Federation of Film Societies, BFFS) and the Cinema for All South West group. Film Societies were created in 1925 with one primary objective: to screen films that were otherwise unavailable. Film societies provided an outlet for films that were censored during the twenties and thirties together with innovative material from European directors outside the Hollywood mould whose films were regarded as non-commercial by cinema owners just as they are today. The movement grew rapidly - today there are approximately 230 societies across the UK with a total membership of over 25,000 film lovers.
Our first full season was in 1965 with screenings at Colfox School Hall. The Bridport Film Society has won many awards over the years, including Best Programme Notes (2007 & 2006), Runner Up Programme of Films (2007 & 1987), Runner Up Film Society of the Year (2007) and BFFS Gold Award (1986).
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