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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

A film society is a membership club where people can watch Private screenings of films which would otherwise not be shown in mainstream cinemas. In Spain they are known as Cineclubs, and in Germany they are known as Filmclubs. They usually have an educational aim, introducing new audiences to different audiovisual works through an organized and prepared program of screenings.

Editorial work reinforces the work of these organisations, as they produce hand-programmes, brochures, schedules, information sheets, and even essays, supporting the significance of their exhibitions.

Two common features that may characterize a film society screening are:

They begin with an introduction of the film to the audience and end with the promotion of a debate / discussion about the film, where assistants, organizers and sometimes filmmakers, interchange their views.

There are networks in many different countries, and these are organized into federations, councils, collectives, and local networks.

Famous film societies include Amos Vogel's Cinema 16, Cinémathèque Française, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.

Before you set up your own film society it is important to understand the legalities, in many country's you can simply show a commercial film you may already own to an audience, this is because this falls under a different licence too the one that came with your film when you bought it, for example see Showing a commercial film to a private audience.

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