About CFS

Cheltenham Film Society (CFS) was founded in 1945 and currently has 450 members. We show mostly subtitled and independent films between September and April at the Bacon Theatre in Dean Close School, Cheltenham. Admission is by annual membership subscription, but members may bring guests.

The object of the society is “to advance the education of the public in the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts, particularly the art of film and allied visual techniques”. To this end, the society has the power to “promote the study and appreciation of films by means of lectures, discussions and exhibitions”.

Cheltenham Film Society has a Constitution specifying what the Society does and how it is managed. At our AGM on 4 October, 2016, we adopted an amended version.

The 2016 constitution.

We also have a set of Operating Principles, adopted on 28 January, 2020:

CFS Operating Principles

And we have a set of Financial Principles, adopted on 28 January, 2020:

CFS Financial Principles

The society is run by a committee of up to 12 members, elected at the AGM at the beginning of each season. We are always looking for help with the society’s organisation and activities.

Committee members

    • Michael Bourne (chair)
    • Veronique Olver (secretary)
    • Caroline Osicki (film reactions)
    • Lorraine Shipman (membership secretary)
    • Simon Shipman (assistant membership secretary)
    • Stephen Ilott (film expert)
    • Andrew Holt (film programming)
    • Steve Smith (treasurer)
    • Pam Smith (film booking)
    • Andrew Freeman (social media)
    • David Saitch (publicity)
    • Chris Keeling (website)