Rusthall Community Cinema
Films we all choose, watch, then discuss. A charitable entertainment hub run by volunteers.

How Films are Chosen

Stage one

All who live or work in Rusthall or the surrounding area are encouraged to suggest films by completing the contact form. Each person may submit up to 6 films.   Anonymous submissions are not accepted.

Please include the year the film was made (or director's name) if you want to suggest a specific release. These suggested films are then passed on to a selection panel of all paid up annual subscribers for consideration.

Stage two

Twice a year all paid up annual subscribers are invited to meet and discuss the long list created in stage one. Each receives the list of nominated films a week before the meeting so that trailers may be watched and research completed. At the meeting (to which anyone may attend) the merits of each film may be extolled by the original suggestor or another member may comment. Once films have been discussed the selection is put to the vote of all those present and any absent members who submitted a vote in advance of or shortly after the meeting.

Voters are asked to assign 100 votes each. These may all be cast for a single film or spread over several films in any number. Votes totalling more or less than 100 will be multiplied by a constant to equalise the relative value with other voters. The films with the most votes move to the next ballot.

Stage three

The short list that comes out of the subscribers' vote is then sent to all those on our email distribution list who are asked to select their films of choice by allocating 100 votes between any number of films as above. The most popular films (subject to media availability and suitable license permissions) are then chosen to form the basis of the next season and will be screened in the six months following. Any films not selected are then open to be put forward to the following long list - the top 10 films that did not get voted onto the play list are automatically carried forward.

Short films

Before the main film we usually screen one or two short films or arrange other entertainment - typically totalling 20 minutes. While all members are welcome to submit suggestions using the contact form, the choice of which film(s) to be screened in this slot rests with the videographer of the day. The shorts are intended to be an interesting surprise. They are often specialised films (as defined below) that deal with a controversial topic, could be in a subtitled foreign language, possibly a documentary, perhaps locally made, and are usually not from the main stream production houses.

The criteria

Voters are encouraged to choose films that best meet as many of the following requirements as possible, the top two are paramount.