How we get the films

In order to show films, the society has to acquire a licence each time from the film’s distributors. There are conditions: they are only to be shown to a membership society, people are not allowed to pay on the door (with the exception of members’ guests) and we are not allowed to advertise the screenings. Nor are we allowed to lend the discs to members who have missed the screening. The actual DVD/Blu-Ray disc is the same as those you might buy in the shops or rent from Cinema Paradiso. We usually buy a copy rather than using one sent by the distributors because it is more likely to play properly. When are trying to contact the distributor of a given film, there are a number of sources of information.

  • The Filmbank website has an on-line search and is one of the top suppliers to the Cheltenham Film Society.
  • The British Film Institute website has an on-line search and is also one of our top suppliers.
  • The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has a good search facility that can give details of the UK distributor.
  • The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) can help to answer questions if the above do not give details.
  • Cinema For All, formerly the British Federation of Film Societies, can also be useful in identifying distributors.

And here are some of the distributors: