Memberships can be purchased for £30 from the Society Desk and provide access to all the films comprising a half-season. Students with suitable identification pay £20.00.
Guests and members of the public can view films by purchasing a regular ticket for £5.00 from the Society desk at the Island cinema.
Memberships are available from the Society’s desk at the Island Cinema on the night of each screening. Payment can be made by cash or by cheque payable to Fylde Film Society. The start time for the first film in each half-season is delayed until 8.15 p.m. to allow sufficient time for the purchase and renewal of memberships.
Membership cards must be shown at each film attended.
The Fylde Film Society is a group of film lovers from across the Fylde who share a common interest in viewing some of the best of contemporary world cinema and we have a wide and growing membership.
The Society’s aim is to screen films not shown locally in commercial cinemas in a comfortable and welcoming environment. We offer a balanced programme of films from across the globe, including documentaries and animation, which are selected with the help of the Society’s members. Where a film is not in the English language, sub-titles are shown.
Each season runs from September to April and comprises 16 films split into two half-seasons. Films are screened fortnightly on Mondays at The Island Cinema, St Annes, usually commencing at 7.45 pm sharp, with no adverts or trailers. Membership is available for each half-season. Guests and members of the public can purchase tickets for individual films at from the Society desk.
The Fylde Film Society would like to thank The Island for sourcing our progamme of films and for its support of the Society.
British Federation of Film Societies
The Society is an affiliate member of the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS). Information about the BFFS is available here.
The Lytham St Annes Film Society was formed in 1948 with the sponsorship of the Royal Air Forces Association and screened its first film, Mr Deeds Goes To Town, using a 16mm projector at the Ansdell Institute on 27th October 1948. Membership for the first season, which comprised 13 films, was 15 shillings (75 pence). The slogan for the Society was ‘The Study and Advancement of Film Art’ and that first season set the tone for the Society by screening films from across the world, often accompanied by short films. The Society flourished and in 1951 presented a week long Festival of British Films and in 1953 presented a Coronation Film Festival, as well as its annual season of films.
The Society has used several venues over the years including the College of Further Education , St Annes, several hotels in St Annes, the Assembly Rooms in Lytham, The Island Cinema, St Annes, and The Odeon, Blackpool, before moving back to The Island in 2015.
In 2009, the Society changed its name to the Fylde Film Society in order to encourage and welcome members from across the Fylde.
In 2013, the Society celebrated its 65th season and continues to flourish with the support of its loyal and dedicated members. The programme notes from season two in 1948 acknowledged that ‘the future lies in the hands of its members’, which is as true today as it was then.
A season comprises 16 films split into two half-seasons. Prior to each half-season, members are invited to make suggestions for films they wish to view and the committee compiles a list of about 12 films, ensuring a balance of genres, subject matter and countries of origin. From this list, members are asked to rate each film as follows:
3 – definitely would like to see
2 – would like to see
1 – mildly interested in seeing
0 – don’t want to see
The votes are compiled, films ranked in the order of voters’ preference and passed to The Island to confirm availability from their distributors. The films ranked the highest will be screened, where available.
Following the screening of each film, members are invited to give their reaction to the film and any comments using the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) methodology, as follows:
A - Excellent
B - Good
C – Average
D – Weak
E – Poor