Other Cinemas: How to build community with film workshop

Thursday 6 July, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

VideOdyssey at Toxteth TV
£5 / Pay What You Can
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A panel discussion is being held in a room with an audience. A projector behind the 4 speakers sitting on chairs shows the Other Cinemas logo in white.


Join the award-winning Other Cinemas for a practical workshop on how to use film to create community in your neighbourhood.  

Whether you are a film lover, a filmmaker, a student or a community activist, film is a great way to bring people together, have meaningful conversation and find support.

If you’ve ever wanted to share your favourite film, run a film club or find a more creative way to bring your community together, join Other Cinemas for a hands-on session where we will talk about everything from booking film licenses and securing funding, to making posters and hosting a successful event.

The workshop will also explore creating guiding principles for your film screening project, such as:

  • Do you want to focus on a type/genre of film?
  • Are you hoping to attract a particular section of society such as young people or Black and non-white communities?
  • Do you want the location to be super local?
  • How are you helping to make your event accessible to marginalized communities?

These questions can help you shape your work and make it easier to reach the community you are looking to create.

After an informal session with Other Cinemas, participants will be invited to develop an idea for a film event they would like to host and to explore how the event can help you build community.

Please note that this workshop is for Black and non-white participants and filmmakers.

Admission includes refreshments.

Access: This venue is accessible. Please email admin@arabicartsfestival.co.uk for any access requests, including BSL.


Other Cinemas is an award-winning project initiated by Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah which is dedicated to finding better and more equitable ways to make and share films. We do this by showcasing the work of Black and non-white filmmakers through free neighbourhood screenings; by creating networks for Black and non-white filmmakers to learn and collaborate through a free, year-long, alternative film school; and through our own independent filmmaking practice. These strands of our work – new ways of making and sharing film – are deeply connected as we know that the interaction between filmmakers and their communities is radically transformative and can move us to redefine the ways films are made, for who and how success is defined.   

Other Cinemas was recognised as a 2022 Film London Lodestar, was awarded ‘Best Film Programme’ by Cinema For All in 2020 and 2021, and was also named  ‘Best Community Cinema’ in the country in 2022. Our work has been supported by Doc Society, Film London and we were selected for the inaugural ‘Support Structure for Support Structures fellowship by Serpentine Gallery. Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah will be sharing their latest film as part of the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2023. 


White text saying Other Cinemas against an off-black background







Venue location:

VideOdyssey, Toxteth TV, 37-45 Windsor St, Toxteth, Liverpool L8 1XE

Image: Other Cinemas panel discussion. Courtesy of Other Cinemas.

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