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PFS Press Release – Sunset Screenings Summer 2018
A superior film watching experience that transcends with musicals and outdoor settings!

Portsmouth Film Society’s Sunset Screenings Summer 2018 will give unforgettable memories

Portsmouth Film Society has started its open-air screenings, featuring musicals, comedies, adult films and family films. This year ‘The Greatest Showman’ is very opular and PFS have set up 3 different screenings.

Portsmouth Film Society’s popular Sunset screenings got under away with two well-attended outdoor film shows: the latest, greatest, Barnum-inspired musical The Greatest Showman (2017) in the University’s Eldon Courtyard on 6th June, followe Caine in The Italian Job (1969) at the Band Stand, which was presented in collaboration with students and staff from Havant and South Downs College and the owners of half a dozen vintage Mini Coopers. The Greatest Showman proved so successful that another two outdoor sing-along showings have been scheduled. (14th July and 21st July)

The programme for the summer continues on 23rd June with: Hairspray (1988) at Cumberland House Butterfly Garden  (attendees encouraged to wear costume, wigs and make-up creations worn in the spirit of the movie);
 30th JuneGentleman Prefer Blondes (1953), a classic musical comedy with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell at Hilsea Lido; on 7th July: ‘have the time of your life’, watching Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray (1987) at Cumberland House Butterfly Garden; 14th JulyThe Greatest Showman (2017) (sing-along version)  at Canoe Lake; 21st JulyThe Greatest Showman (sing-along version) at Southsea Common; followed on 28th July by a surprise ‘Secret Sing-along Outdoor Cinema’ show at the Southsea Band Stand. This very famous film will be announced a week before the screening, little clues are being revealed on PFS website and Facebook page, @pompeyfilms 

The PFS coordinator Aysegul Epengin said:

“Our volunteers are working to the maximum to stage these events on Southsea seafront and we hope 400 people will enjoy The Greatest Showman at the Common on 21st July, this will be our biggest event. Thank you to all the people that bought tickets in advance and thank you to our sponsors: The Sunset screenings are supported by Film Hub South West, part of the BFI Film Audience Network awarding funds from the National Lottery, the Partnership Foundation, the Friends of Cumberland House Natural History Museum, Portsmouth City Council and Havant and South Downs College.”

One of the Greatest Showman screenings will have live vocals added by students of The Voice Academy www.finevoice.co.uk on 14th July at Canoe Lake Fine



Outdoor single £8, under 16’s £5

Drive-in: £25 per a car

For more information on the films screening and to buy a ticket, please visit our websitewww.portsmouthfilm.org.uk

PFS is granted to use any publicity materials for the Greatest Showman

Thank you for booking The Greatest Showman with us, we are very pleased that you chose such a great film to screen at your venue. Please note that no additional activities such as theming, bands, live performances or anything that would infringe on the films IP is permitted. Filmbankmedia has granted a copyright license for the screening of the film only.





PFS is secured  the funding from Lottery, Awards for All  for Filmmaking course for the neglected individuals in our society. The Project called:  I am Only human after all!

In the last few years I ‘ve been approached by different groups of people who are neglected in the society who wish to tell their stories via filmmaking but they do not have any filmmaking experience or financial capability. Finally, we managed to set up a meeting with these groups and identify their needs. Their stories were very heartbreaking and reflected gaps the diversity and the inequalities in the community. They want to share their story with public and justified their involvements. This 20 weeks filmmaking project will include video interviews from people to finding out about their expectations.

     The aim of this is project bring people together and with better understanding of other people’s stories, to build stronger relationships in and across Portsmouth. We aim to work with 15 people but we will share their stories with 200 people at the Premiere as well as on Youtube. The key message of the groups of people, who want to tell their stories and reflect on their experiences, can be good or bad. At the end of the project, we hope the people will gain a sense of achievement in making film, be more confident, be more reflective in public, gain feeling of being acceptance and being clearly human.Portsmouth Film Society have worked for Portsmouth WEA and created many short films with different groups in the community in the past.

Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is using film to help break down social barriers and unite diverse cultures.  PFS filmmaking course will give an opportunity to dozen vulnerable individuals who will tell their story and reflect on their experiences in Portsmouth, both good and bad. Thank you to Action Portsmouth  and AwardsForAll  .  


  • SUNSET OPEN AIR SCREENINGS FOR                 THE 2016 SUMMER SEASON                     Supported by Film Hub South East, the 12 sunset screenings are bought to you by Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) and take place in unique settings across Southsea over June and July 2016.  PFS got an award from Southeast Hub to buy a new Airscreen, the highest quality inflatable Movie Screen for out-door. (www.airscreen.com)

Creative England has made 31 awards in its second round of Film Culture Lottery Funding, investing in an exciting range of innovatie and dynamic projects across the English regions.Portsmouth film Society has been awarded £4,000  for the Mobile Cinema project and we are very proud of getting support for our activities from Creative England.PFS Mobile Cinema project is designed to programme screenings in the New Theatre Royal, a beautifully restored Victorian theatre, and to work together to take our mobile cinema to community centres, outdoor events and festivals.We are wishing to take a greater role in promoting world cinema in Portsmouth with a year round programme, festival and community touring shows. PFS will highlight important calendar events in the local community through the screening of special seasons of films, and develop the use of cinema in relation to community-based partnerships with other local organisations. We are planning 20 film screenings around the city and hope to use this award to create more screenings and engage with the community. We are thankful to Portsmouth City Council who supported us in the bid and we will continue work for to draw new audiences to a wider range of film provision than is currently available in Portsmouth, where there are two multiplex cinemas on opposite sides of the city.

Portsmouth Film Society honoured at National Awards. Portsmouth Film society had a very successful night at the annual British Federation of Film Societies’ awards ceremony on Saturday 17 September, bringing home a haul of 5 awards, special mentions and commendations. Portsmouth Film Society’s chairperson Aysegul Epengin and society secretary Tara Fisher attended the awards to collect commendations for the society’s education programme, and in the category of best new society, as the society was founded within the last two years. In addition, Ms Epengin received a commendation for an outstanding contribution by an individual, for her work in founding and developing the film society.In the overall category of Film Society of the Year, Portsmouth FIlm Society received a special mention from the jury. Portsmouth Film society was an overall winner in the award for community programme. Ms Epengin said “We are particularly proud to win the community award, as it is a tribute to the work the society has done in creating links local organisations such as the Workers Educational Association, Portsmouth Racial Equality Network, Portsmouth Multi-cultural Group, Portsmouth Climate Action Network, Portsmouth Festivities, the University and Portsmouth College. We will continue to develop and organise events that are relevant to all sections of the Portsmouth community in the future, such as our upcoming event with the BBC and Wessex Film and Sound archive, presenting memories and images of Portsmouth history on film.”Portsmouth Film Society was founded as a not-for-profit society in in the winter of 2009 as a way to bring different kinds of cinema to Portsmouth, including independent films, British movies, foreign language cinema and classic revivals. The British Federation of Film Societies supports many of the 300 film societies in the country, and the annual awards celebrate the best achievements among those societies.

Portsmouth Film Society at the 2010 BFFS film society of the year awards. Portsmouth Film society was been nominated for two awards in the Film Society of the Year Awards 2010 held at the annual British Federation of Film Societies national conference in London. The BFFS National Conference is the only national event dedicated to the needs and interests of film societies and not-for-profit community cinemas. It is the annual opportunity to get together, share ideas and celebrate community exhibition.The awards were be held on the Saturday 18 September and Portsmouth Film Society has commendations in two categories, Best Programme and Best New Film Society.