International Film Society wins Film Society of the Year Award
Only 2 years after it was founded, BIFS, the Birmingham based film society, beat all-comers to win the top prize at the annual conference of the British Federation of Film Societies.
The award - the Engholm Prize for Film Society of the Year – was awarded for 'the most vigorous and dynamic film society demonstrating all qualities required of individual categories'. Birmingham International Film Society won 'for excellence across the board'. Birmingham International Film Society was praised for focusing on 'maintaining an exceptional level of innovative and inspired programming' and commended for 'their relationship with the local community and dedication to reach new and often isolated audiences'.
Held at the prestigious Ciné Lumière in London's Institut Français on Saturday 18 September, the 2010 awards were presented by Francine Stock, writer, broadcaster and presenter of Radio 4’s The Film Programme. In her address, Francine commended the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that bring cinema to all areas of the country, saying: ‘Watching a film at your local film society is one of the best ways of sharing film’.
The BFFS, whose president is renowned film critic Derek Malcolm, also awarded Birmingham International Film Society the award for Best Film Programming, a distinction in Marketing and Publicity and a commendation in the Community Award.
For the full list of winners, look here; http://www.bffs.org.uk/awards/