PFS News/Blog

Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is bidding for a new home.

We would like to take on and operate Lumps Fort building as a community café and community cinema themed to the heritage of the fort – with particular regard to the Cockleshell Heroes.

We are the Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) which started in 2010.  Initially to fill a gap in the film provision in Portsmouth, we have built a strong reputation for presenting the best in world and specialized cinema  exhibition over the years.

In response to Portsmouth City Council’s (PCC) tender for Lumps Fort on the Southsea seafront which was issued on 05 Nov 2018, PFS has expressed interest in entering into a long-term contract to open a multi-purpose Community Cinema and Arts Centre.

Whilst we are participating in a competitive process and will not know if we are successful until 2019, we are proposing a family friendly centre in Southsea to complement existing Canoe Lake and seafront offerings.  The centre would also fill a need expressed by local artists, business people and educators for a venue to host smaller events without having to leave the island, as no such venue exists in Portsmouth today.

Dana  Hamdan – Architectural Floor plans and images

The proposed 70 seat capacity centre would include a multipurpose theatre and:

  • a community resource for regular screening of films as well as for meetings and private parties
  • a conference/classroom facility for PFS to run educational workshops, which will be available for hire
  • an exhibition space for local artists which doubles as a reception area available for hire
  • an upmarket cafe operated by Garage Lounge that will provide secondary income
  • a family friendly soft play area
  • and a permanent home for the Portsmouth Film Society, providing a stable foundation for our charity
  • a new space will be for the local community use

Please show your support for the proposed multi-purpose Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Centre which, if we are successful in our bid, would be a great asset to the community, as well as provide a regular home for PFS to grow.

Please support us for our Crowdfunding GOFundMe 

Portsmouth City Council changed the terms of the building and they put the building tender again.  If PFS is selected as the preferred vendor after the retender, PCC will work in partnership with PFS to pursue the grants most likely to succeed.   PCC will provide guidance but PFS will be responsible for writing the grants. The new time-table is for the project:

  • Notification of preferred bidder – Tuesday 4th June 2019
    • Standstill period ends – 23:59 on Friday 14th June 2019
    • Exclusivity Agreement awarded by – Friday 28th June 2019
    • Exclusivity periods starts – Monday 1st July 2019                                                                                                     

Lumps Fort in Southsea and locally listed building.

Portsmouth announces 6th Pride LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2019

University of Portsmouth’s Equality and Diversity Champion, Professor Sherria Hoskins, will be opening the Pride LGBTQ+ Film Festival on Wednesday 6 February, 7 pm, in Eldon Building screening room 1.10.

A selection of films have been put together to explore this year’s theme of Peace, Activism and Reconciliation with the support of the Portsmouth Film Society (PFS)

“We believe in the power of film to raise awareness and bring about positive change in society”, says Cecilia Young, chairperson of the Portsmouth Film Society.

Postcards from London (2018) opens the festival with the story of a young man on a journey to self-discovery when he went to London in search of a job.

Anchor and Hope (2017) looks at the life of a couple who want to have a baby and found themselves facing a number of conflicting and difficult decisions. Reader in Film Studies, Dr Deborah Shaw will introduce the film and lead a discussion on the issues raised.

A Moment in the Reeds (2018) tells the story of Leevi who falls for Tariq, a Syrian asylum seeker and the festival closes with the documentary A Deal With The Universe (2018) which is filmmaker Jason Barker’s debut feature. Autobiographical and made entirely from personal archive and home video diaries, the film follows Jason’s incredible story of how he came to give birth to his child, charting over 15 years of his and his partner’s life. This film is groundbreaking in terms of its intimate insights into gender identity and new parenthood.

Equality and Diversity Manager, Dave Small, said “We value our partnership with the Portsmouth Film Society to celebrate LGBT History Month and we are proud of the University’s work to support LGBTQ+. We hope all communities from across Portsmouth will take advantage of these screenings, and come together to support LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion in Portsmouth”

The Festival supported by University Of Portsmouth, BFI FAN and Film Hub South West.

Our students’ films are online now:

Love in First Sight  ( the best Audience Award in our I am Only Human Project )
Billy Bum
Punching Bag

‘I Am Only Human After All’ workshops in full flow!

Over the last few weeks, Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) have been hosting community workshops within university buildings. These workshops aim to work with individuals who have been neglected and ignored within our society. Now five weeks in, the workshops have been going in full flow, with a packed class-room every week!

The workshop’s main goal is to use film and photography to help break down social barriers and unite diverse cultures and bring people from all ethnicities, races and ages together for a good cause. Coordinated by Aysegul Epengin, who is not only the founder of PFS but a PhD student at the University of Portsmouth, these workshops not only help people discover and learn new skills and talents, but hope it can bring light to people’s lives, with the individuals being referred by charities such as the Salvation Army, Recovery Café and Empowering2change.  These individuals have battled with homelessness, substance misuse, and multiculturalism, and this project hopes to help people move on from past troubles by educating them to gain new skills.

One session was about photography skills. Each member of the project was asked to bring still images of landscapes or holiday memories with them from the last workshop, and this task was heavily participated in by all members. Aysegul discussed each photo, citing its positive and negative elements, and how this could be improved in the future. Not only were all the members highly passionate towards this task, but this showed that despite the society ignoring these individuals due to their past dilemmas, the community have come in to help.

I am Human After All is a project that will be running for 20 weeks until the 25th of April, and is a free course for adults. PFS’s chair Cecelia Young said: “At the end of the project, we hope the people involved will gain a sense of achievement in making the film, be more confident, be more reflective in public, gain a feeling of being accepted and being clearly human.”

This project helps the unfortunate to tell their story, and help others to tell theirs using film and photography, and those wanting to take part should get in touch with the PFS at