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We urgently need your support to continue our valuable work
Please help Cinema City Education raise £100,000 to continue inspiring people in Norfolk through our unique Film Education Programme

Based at Cinema City in Norwich, Cinema City Education delivers the educational aims of Cinema City Ltd, the registered charity that has been dedicated to using the power of film for education and learning since it was founded in 1966 (formerly known as Norfolk and Norwich Film Theatre Ltd).

Who we are

The Cinema City buildings were bequeathed to the people of Norwich in 1925 by the Colman sisters as a philanthropic gesture, with the proviso that they were to be used for the advancement of film education in its widest and most comprehensive sense. Since 1966 we have ensured Cinema City is more than just a cinema – it has become an iconic institution where film education, appreciation and engagement is encouraged and developed irrespective of age or ability. It is a place where film culture and screen heritage can be enjoyed by our regional community as a life-enhancing cultural and social learning tool.

What we do

We actively promote learning for all, delivering a popular and diverse programme of film-related events, courses and activities in Norfolk. We work with underserved and disadvantaged groups, people living with a disability, young people and the elderly. Our activities include filmmaking projects with young people, discussion groups, film theory and scriptwriting courses for lifelong learners and reminiscence projects and activities for people living with dementia.

Film is a great way to engage children and young people and enhance their learning. Our schools screenings, workshops and activities provide pupils with an inspirational out-of-the-classroom learning experience that stays with them.

Our popular evening, weekend and day courses are accessible and affordable, offering anyone the opportunity to engage and learn about the world of cinema led by expert tutors. Courses range from individual film directors and genres to international cinema.

Our Moving Memories project uses film heritage material in reminiscence sessions with people living with dementia, their families and carers. We have captured the impact of the project in this short film, which we believe speaks for itself – http://cinemacityeducation.org.uk/moving-memories-project/.

Providing a unique and valuable service not met by any other organisation in Norfolk, Cinema City Education engages, educates, enriches and inspires.

Our facilities

In 2016 our film education spaces at Cinema City were completely modernised and refurbished with state of the art AV equipment, increasing our capacity and facilities and providing full disabled access. With significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and numerous donations from Trusts and Charitable organisations we opened our new John Hurt Centre (named after our late patron) to the public in September. We now have the physical resource to expand our offering but we desperately need funding to support our plans going forward.

The future

Our aims are to develop new audiences and encourage them to engage with and explore the diversity of film. We provide opportunities for disadvantaged and underserved communities and address barriers to access, promoting the enjoyment of film as an aid to enhance health and quality of life and as a powerful tool in learning. In addition to this we will continue to improve access to our rich local and regional film heritage, as well as working to raise the profile of local filmmaking, particularly by young people.

Our plans include:

  • Expanding events and courses held both at Cinema City and throughout the region;
  • Hosting more reminiscence sessions in care homes and producing more materials for carers;
  • Post-film screening discussion groups and talks for senior citizens;
  • Nurturing young emerging talent by developing our young people’s films clubs and filmmaking groups;
  • Heritage events offering archive film screenings, talks and tours;
  • Increased opportunities for visitors to see and use our exhibition space;
  • Family activities and holiday activities including children’s holiday film-making workshops;
  • Dedicated screenings and activities for disadvantaged or rurally excluded audiences and people living with a disability;
  • Joint projects and activities with other organisations such as University of East Anglia, Norfolk Mind, BBC Voices and Age UK;
  • Recruitment of staff to deliver the educational programme going forward.

We can only do this with your help.

Due to the dramatically changing arts funding landscape in recent years we urgently need to raise £100,000 to enable us to continue and develop our work over the next 12 months.

Currently our core funding is comprised of a combination of the following:

  • Earned income from courses and film education related activities;
  • A small amount of regular grant income from Norfolk County Council Arts Service;
  • The British Film Institute’s Film Audience Network;
  • Various grants from Trusts and Foundations to fund specific projects;
  • We also receive rental income and in-kind operational support from Picturehouse Cinemas who run the 3 screen commercial cinema operations at Cinema City on our behalf.

However, the income generated from the above is no longer enough to sustain our current operational and business planning needs. We require an immediate injection of capital to enable us to continue, develop and expand so that we can sustain our operation going forward.

Please help us to continue our valuable work going forward.

You can make a donation, however big or small by:

  • Sending a cheque made out to Cinema City Ltd to:

Claire Chapman, Business Operations Manager, Cinema City Ltd, Cinema City, St Andrews Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4AD

Make an online payment below (please quote reference CCLFUND)

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A copy of our budget and audited accounts are available on request.

For further information please contact: Claire Chapman, Business Operations Manager (tel: 01603 864963 or 07961 317002; email: 2cfilms@gmail.com)