Club Governance

Goals Of The Club

The fundamental purpose of the club is to bring films to Andover that would not normally be seen here on the big screen. Such films include:

  • British Independent films
  • Art-House films
  • World Cinema
  • Classics that deserve to be seen on the big screen

In delivering this the club has three objectives:

  • Cultural – bringing interesting & unique films to the town
  • Educational – each club presentation begins with a brief presentation of what is notable about the film. In future, we also intend to hold Discussion Groups to explore challenging aspects of films presented
  • Social – bringing people together to share experiences. As well as film presentations and the possible future addition of Discussion Groups, we are also looking at future club events, such as studio tours, film locations and festivals.

How Films Are Choosen

The vast majority of films shown by the Club are ones suggested and voted for by the members of the Club. The general public are welcomed at all screenings, you don’t have to be a member, but if you want to enjoy genuine savings and get involved in choosing the films shown then become a member.

Film Selection Process

The Committee has formulated a process that it believes allows members to select from a wide and varied range of films whether it be for a selection of recent releases or a choice between classics for a specially themed evening. The standard process takes on two stages, firstly, a designated Committee member has the task of selecting an initial list of six films that cover a) the criteria the club adheres to and b) is appropriate to the form that the specific evening will take. Once the list has been researched and drawn up, taking into account availability from distributors, the six selected are submitted to the other Committee members for the second stage of the process. On receiving the list and using a points related to preference scoring system the list is trimmed down from six to three choices where they are then announced and offered out to the membership to vote upon.

This standard process is the default approach for monthly film selection but complimentary to this the Committee has within its mandate the opportunity of making up to three ‘Committee Choices’ per season. This allows the Committee to make a single, direct choice of film and is enacted when for instance a specific film has had a significant amount of member requests prior to any voting, immediately fulfils all the criteria required by the club and/or becomes available unexpectedly as in the case of The Artist. An unexpectedly delayed DVD release allowed the club to quickly arrange a single screening that the distributor, previously only wanting to release the film for a week at a time, had not been initially keen to allow.

When considering a film from the very recent past, one that hasn’t and is unlikely to come to Andover, the Committee has made the decision in order to retain the authenticity of the cinematic experience, and maximise any potential audience, that the films offered are not available on DVD or any other home format before screening. The club is unique in the respect that it has a relationship with ODEON’s booking office and therefore has access to films whilst on their theatrical release, this is unlike the majority of other film clubs around the country, and allows the screening to benefit from the initial interest and acclaim a film may receive on its release. There is also another issue for the club to consider when making ‘recent past’ selections which has been placed on us by the changing nature of the industry and the equipment that ODEON now uses. ODEON is now a digital-only venue, countrywide, so only films delivered in the DCP hard drive format can be presented. The move from celluloid to digital has been swift and DCP is now accepted practice within the industry, the result being celluloid presentations in mainstream Cinema chains are now virtually non-existent.

Although the home formats DVD and Blu-ray are not the preferred medium of delivery of a film in a modern up-to-date cinema when considering classics it is in the majority of cases unfortunately the only choice. When ODEON bought Reel and converted the cinema to an all-digital DCP format venue it dispensed with all of its celluloid projectors immediately narrowing the library of films available to us. Though not perfect there is a route whereby virtually any film can be shown via DVD/Blu-ray as long as the copyright holder can be established. The rights for a single screening can be purchased through the appropriate company meaning the club can potentially screen any classic. Although this allows the club a pre-digital era breadth of choice the compromise in picture and sound quality in its projection and asking the membership to pay to view a film on a format easily available for home viewing is something the Committee remains fully conscious of. Appreciating that this route offers the club flexibility in its choices and the opportunity to present classic, unique and rare films the Committee tries to balance this with offering the best cinematic experience possible.

The Club’s Constitution

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Annual Meeting Minutes

Annual General Meeting 26/09/2015

Andover Film Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the 2014/15 season was held on Saturday 26th September 2015.

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Annual General Meeting 16/07/2014

Andover Film Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the 2013/14 season was held on Saturday 16th July 2014.

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Annual General Meeting 20/07/2013

Andover Film Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the 2012/13 season was held on Saturday 20th July 2013.

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Annual General Meeting 14/07/2012

Andover Film Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the 2011/12 season was held on Saturday 14th July 2012.

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Annual General Meeting 09/08/2011

Andover Film Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the 2010/11 season was held on Saturday 9th August 2011.

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Annual General Meeting 17/07/2010

Andover Film Club’s most recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Saturday 17th July 2010.

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Annual General Meeting 14/09/2009

Andover Film Club’s first Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Monday 14th September 2009 at the White Hart Inn, Andover.

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