PICTURE this... a prestigeous award at a glittering event for a village cinema group.
That was the script for Colinsburgh Community Cinema when it was awarded the ‘Filmbank Audience Award’ at the British Federation of Film Societies Annual Conference in London at the end of September.
The award was set up and sponsored by national film distributor ‘Filmbank’ which oversees the distribution of screening licences for most of the major studios.
Peter Marshall, chair of Colinsburgh Community Cinema, said: “It was a very easy award to apply for.
“Filmbank sent us an e-mail to forward to our members asking them to complete the phrase: ‘Our community cinema is important to the people in our local community because...’ and they did the rest.”
Peter admitted that at the ceremony he had forgotten about the award.
“We were in for the Community Cinema Award, which we didn’t win, and so when they announced the Audience Award I thought ‘I wonder who has won that?’
“As Majella Griffin, the head of Filmbank, started quoting the e-mails received it suddenly dawned on me that Majella was talking about Colinsburgh.”
And, as well as the honour, the award came with a generous £1000 cheque.
Peter added: “We haven’t worked out what we will do with the money yet, maybe some extra films this season, possibly a permanent screen?
“What makes it special is that the award was won by our members and it is good to know that they value what we are doing.”
•The next screening of Colinsburgh Community Cinema at the Town Hall is ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ screening on Friday at 7.30pm.