PFS MISSION STATEMENT

TO USE ENGLISH AND INTERNATIONAL FILM AS A MEDIUM TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION AND ENCOURAGE BOTH FILM AND DIVERSITY APPRECIATION.

PFS AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

  1. To encourage interest in film as a medium for public education, information and entertainment by means of the exhibition of films of artistic, cultural or informative character.
  2. To advance the education of the public in the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film.
  3. To promote the study and appreciation of film by such means as presentations, lectures, discussions and exhibitions.
  4. To bring people together to share experiences. We aim for uniting different cultures and breaking down social barriers.
  5. To celebrate the diversity in community and show films for B.M.E. groups in the community.

“Our mission is great art and culture for everyone – we can only achieve this if we make a commitment to promoting and embedding diversity throughout the work we fund and support. We call this the ‘Creative Case for Diversity’. Arts Council EnglandPower through diversity.    Investing in diversity.


“Diversity and equality are crucial to the arts because they sustain, refresh, replenish and release true potential of our artistic talent – from every background. England’s diverse nature offers unique opportunities for artistic collaborations and innovation. Portsmouth Film Society is a non-profit community interest company run by volunteers which aim to use English and International film as a medium to support the development of Local Culture, Community & Education by encouraging general Public participation and raising awareness & understanding through the medium of specialised film. We aim to unite different cultures and races within our local community by breaking down social barriers and promoting inclusivity.


To celebrate the diversity in community and support for Black Minority & Ethnic groups. We achieve this by committing to and promoting diversity throughout the work we fund and support. We call this the ‘Creative Case for Diversity’. We have engaged with our Communities at varying age ranges with projects such as Sunset Cinema, I Am Only Human and other Community filmmaking projects. 

Here is a brief page with information about the PFS team:

DANIEL K. SPENDLOVE - SECRETARY

An Honors Graduate in Film Production, has some experience as a Dailies Production Assistant and is an avid volunteer with an enthusiasm for film practice & community focused events within the Hampshire region.

My favorite film is Seven Samurai .

AYSEGUL EPENGIN- CHAIR/COORDINATOR

Founder of Portsmouth Film society, from 2009, and coordinator and programmer. She is a filmmaking tutor in the High Education. “I will continue to be an advocate and champion for cinema exhibition. My intention is to run a small part-time cinema in Portsmouth in the future, something which is severely lacking in this area.”. 

ALINA BUTU - TRESURER

This quote describes me definitely:

“Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.”

CECELIA YOUNG – TRUSTEE & EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Favourite film.  The Good Earth

Passion. Making a sad person laugh every day.

BILLY STEVENSON – TRUSTEE & EVENTS MANAGER

Billy co-ordinates our Sunset outdoor cinema events, contributes all year to our social media advertising, and undertakes filming projects to enter into competitions. “Watching a story from my head go into production, is both a fearful and exciting experience.”

SIMON KNIGHT - TRUSTEE

I have done a lot of things in my life and am older and more experienced than most around these parts I meet.

Have had a very varied some say colourful life and career. Have lived in Europe, the US, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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SIMOON ROOZ- TRUSTEE

I am came from Poland and supported PFS as a volunteer the last two years. I am a local music DJ and anything related with music, I like to involve and create.  I produce Progressive house, Trans, Hip Hop and Rap music.

My favourite film : This Is Spinal Tap

CHRIS J. MARTIN -TRUSTEE

Favourite film: The Searchers. Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) to Martin Pawley (Jeffery Hunter): ”That’ll be the day!”

Secretary of Portsmouth Film Society for past six years. Favourite film is The Searchers for John Wayne, John Ford and Max Steiner’s Wistful Score, and magnificent Vistas of the West. Also keen on art, particularly 20th century British, poetry, and folk music.

ROGER GOLDSMITH - TRUSTEE

Roger is a full time writer of stage and screenplays, based in Southsea, Hampshire.Favorite film: God Fatherfootage. (keep watching;)

His favourite film : Pink Floyd The Wall/Wonderful life

JON CALDBECK - WEBSITE DEVELOPER

I built this new version of the website. I develop WordPress websites for SMEs & CIC’s in the United Kingdom. I also provide help with whole range of other services including Keyword Research, SEO, Google Analytics Support and Website Competitor Analysis.

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MILES HANMORE - STUDENT VOLUNTEER

I’m a UOP Film Industries and Creative Writing student, who joined PFS earlier in 2020. Have a firm interest in any and every style of filmmaking; I also enjoy screenwriting as a craft. My lifelong ambition is to beat the current world record holder for most films watched in a lifetime (28,000).

ANITA ALEXANDROVA – STUDENT VOLUNTEER

I am UOP photograph student and a film enthusiast. I have always been interested in how films present different cultures and ideas. I have a love of films and enjoy many genre and film styles, whether it’s the newest blockbuster or a small independent.

KALIF KALUME -VOLUNTEER

I came from Congo and I am a local artist. I met with PFS as a student in a BME filmmaking project at Omega Centre. Since then I am helping for PFS outdoor event and filmmaking projects. I like creating storyboards for film projects.

PETER MCIVER - VOLUNTEER

My raison d’etre is to be nice, that’s what I do. I’m interested in films, genres, directors, anything to do with cinema, and the opportunities to meet people PFS affords me.

I’ve been with PFS for seven years. I like it because of its community spirit. I love the films of David Lean, my favourite film is Love is All: 100 years of Love on Film by Kim Longhonitto

DARREN STEVENS - VOLUNTEER

I come from recovery back ground and I like to help PFS for outdoor cinema adventure.

DYLAN PANK - TECH. VOLUNTEER

I am a Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Media and Performing Arts in the Univesity of Portsmouth, teaching film and Video Production. I have been making and working on short films since the mid-90s, having studied filmmaking in Canada and Newcastle. I love science fiction cinema and still dream of electric sheep.