Portsmouth Film Society is thrilled to announce the momentous occasion of Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre’s two-years anniversary on Sunday, May 19, 2024. To commemorate this milestone, we’re hosting an electrifying Paella Party and Live Blues Night followed by an exhilarating Extravaganza film quiz.

Reflecting on our journey, Portsmouth Film Society has soared to new heights in its second year of operating the cinema, marking a triumphant shift from years of pop-up events. Despite facing formidable challenges in the creative industry landscape, our team is elated at the remarkable accomplishments of this inaugural year. We extend heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers, supporters, and audiences of Southsea Community Cinema and Art Centre, whose unwavering dedication has been instrumental in our success.

Embracing a culture of continuous improvement, our predominantly volunteer-driven team remains steadfast in enhancing our public offerings and outreach initiatives. Overcoming initial hurdles, including securing grants from esteemed entities such as Southern Coop for the Recovery Festival and the groundbreaking I am Only Human Filmmaking Course, we’ve tirelessly worked to elevate our service, exhibition, and educational programs.

We extend profound thanks to the esteemed organizations and groups who’ve graced our venue, enriching our community with their presence:

  • Gig Buddies Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth Creates
  • Farmington Wrap Around Service
  • Portsmouth City Council Public Health and Portsmouth Business Support
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth BookFest
  • The Portsmouth Art Society
  • The Society of St James
  • Gosport Community Cinema
  • INTO Film
  • Goldsmith Productions
  • Portsmouth Climate Action
  • Pompey Poetry Party
  • Royal Armories
  • Therapy DnB Local DJs
  • BFI Film Hub SouthWest
  • Southern Co-Op
  • Local  schools: Trafalgar School, Priory School, Mayville School, Highbury College, and My Friendly Planet Art & Design School.

Steve Pitt from Portsmouth City Council, the Leader of the Council for Culture, Leisure & Economic Development said:  

“Huge congratulations to Southsea Cinema and Arts Centre on reaching their second anniversary. As someone who has also run a venue, I know how determined you have to be to make it succeed and I know the SCAAC team are working hard to ensure it has a bright future. I also look forward to directing some theatre there later in the year!”

Aysegul Epengin, the Managing Director of Portsmouth Film Society, and cinema manager, expresses her awe at reaching this significant milestone: 

“Two years old! It’s a testament to our resilience and the overwhelming support from our community, including the invaluable backing from Portsmouth City Council and Southern Coop. Our mission to utilise film as a powerful educational tool and establish ourselves as a premier arts destination in Southsea continues to drive us forward. We owe immense gratitude to our dedicated volunteers, whose passion fuels our endeavors. As we celebrate, we invite everyone to explore our upcoming free film screenings, a token of appreciation for our patrons.”

Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre’s vibrant journey over the past year is beautifully encapsulated in more than 400 captivating photos: Photo Album Link

Stay updated with our current film program: Film Program Link

In addition to our indoor endeavors, Portsmouth Film Society continues to enrich the community with outdoor cinema events across four diverse locations, igniting cinematic magic in:

  • Fort Nelson (PO17 6AN)
  • Southsea Skatepark (PO5 3NZ)

Join us as we pay homage to heroes during the D-Day 80 Commemorative events: D-Day 80 Tribute Link

Embark on an eco-conscious cinematic journey at our Green Film Festival, taking place at the Southsea Cinema and Arts Centre from May 22nd to May 26th. Explore thought-provoking films and engaging events centered around environmental issues and sustainability: Green Film Festival Link

Join us as we celebrate our achievements, embrace diversity, and champion the power of cinema to inspire change.