WOKING'S New Cinema Club won the Best Programme Notes award at the national Film Society of the Year Awards held on March 26 2005 at the 80th anniversary celebrations of the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) in Birmingham.
Presented by national newspaper and TV film critic Derek Malcolm, the award recognised Woking's New Cinema Club's "exemplary service to its community through the time and effort put into educating its membership with literate, accurate and assessable information - all in the name of providing diversity of cultural choice to those who are not catered for by standard multiplex cinema fare".
The Woking club's efforts in making so many minority interest and foreign language films accessible to a wider, albeit local, audience, was commended by David Miller, chairman of the BFFS.
He said: "Film societies in the new millennium are dynamic and innovative. They provide a cultural service to the public in diverse and innovative forms, in communities from the Isle of Skye to West Norwood in South London. These awards recognise the outstanding work that takes place within these societies."
Iain McGlashan, chairman of Woking's New Cinema Club, whose award was picked up by club secretary Barbara Millington said: "We are proud to have been bringing quality examples of world cinema to Woking for 25 years and delighted to win this award in our club's silver anniversary year.
"We won a commendation in the overall society awards as well."
The BFFS Film Society of Year Awards give recognition to the often unsung work of an army of dedicated film enthusiasts who work voluntarily for their film societies.
The Woking club won Film Society of the Year in 1988 and 2001, received a BFFS silver award in 1986, best programme notes in 1990 and 2002, runner-up best notes in 1997, 2000 and 2001 and a special commendation in 1987, 1992 and 1993.
Barabra Millington receives Best Programme Notes award from film critic Derek Malcolm.
We were proud to receive the Engholm Award for Film Society of the Year 2001.
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May, 20th Sunday 2018