We have now finalised the 2017-18 season and the brochure will be available from mid-August. It will be circulated as usual to members and will be available from Blandford Library and the Dorset Bookshop in Blandford. This will be our 32nd season, but if you are new to the website, then why not join us for our Wednesday screenings at The Blandford School?
This is The Blandford School, Milldown Road, Blandford, where we show our films (click on the photo for a map).
We are a voluntary-run organisation dedicated to screening award-winning films from around the world in a ‘club’ atmosphere, with tea and coffee available before each show. Detailed film notes are provided for each screening and we are one of the few film societies to invite our members’ comments. We are also a member of the British Federation of Film Societies.
If you live in the Blandford area and this sounds like a good way to spend your winter Wednesday evenings, then please contact our Membership Secretary, Sarah Fale, on 01258 268139.
The current BFFC commitee is: Ruth Blake, Rebecca Easton, Andy and Sarah Fale, Margaret Flood, Richard Horder, Steve Pickles and Steve Richardson.
Please come and talk to us at screenings if you have suggestions or comments.
BORROWING FILM SOCIETY DVDs
Members are free to borrow any film from our large collection of DVDs. Catch up with something you missed at a recent screening or browse films from our previous seasons. The only thing we ask is that you make sure you return borrowed DVDs at the next screening.
HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY
Blandford Forum Film Society opened its doors to members in September 1986, when six local people, Graham Haigh, Brian and Angie Winkle, John England, Tony Langdown and John Venables decided to launch the society with the aim of offering a selection of the best of world cinema.
We opened with a programme of ten films screened in the hall of the then Blandford Upper School (now The Blandford School) with borrowed 16mm projectors, a sound system built by Tony Langdown, and a pitiful 8’ by 6’ screen! To our amazement 180 people joined in that first season, some of whom are still members today.
Over the following years the society was gradually able to purchase its own pair of matched Bell & Howell projectors and a 12’ by 9’ folding screen. Eventually, 16mm projection gave way to digital projection, and our programme expanded to the present 14 screenings per season, and the screen to 16′ x 9′. A few years ago the present venue, still within The Blandford School, opened with its own projection and sound.
We have not changed our objectives over the years, and we try to pride ourselves on a professional presentation, a warm welcome with refreshments available and good film notes.
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