"To encourage interest in film as an art form and as a medium of information and education by means of the exhibition of films of interest to members of the society.
To promote the study and appreciation of films by means of publications, discussions, lectures, exhibitions and screening"
/our aim is:
Croydon Film Society has been operating successfully for almost sixty years, bringing quality cinema to the outer Eastern fringes of Melbourne.
Screenings began in the Croydon Hall when a dedicated group of people thought that the good folk of Croydon should be given the opportunity to see films they would not be able to catch in their local cinema. They began with 16mm, but had the foresight to buy two 35mm projectors from an old cinema. This enabled them to expand the choice of available films enormously, and gradually over the years the membership built to a high of 700 or so in the eighties. But our screening venue was suddenly closed on us and we had to find emergency accommodation. The Mooroolbark Community Centre came to our rescue, and we shall be undyingly grateful to them for this, but the screening conditions were not ideal and gradually our membership dropped off. And so we approached the then independent owners of the Croydon Twin Cinemas, who were delighted to host our screenings.
They shortly sold out to Hoyts, but Hoyts continued the relationship and our membership gradually built up again. But then Hoyts too suddenly pulled the plug. This time, however we were forewarned and forearmed, and able to make a very smooth transition to the Reading Cinemas in Chirnside Park. Their facilities are excellent, the staff are co-operative and the slightly different location enabled us to expand our reach out into the hills. The venue change was so successful we soon found that to accommodate in comfort all who wished to join, we needed another cinema - so Cinema 4 was added. In 2008, for the first time in many years we closed membership before our first screening. But alas this too came to an end with Head Office deciding to raise our venue hire to a rate beyond out means. But every cloud has a silver lining, and in 2016 we are returning to the Croydon Cinemas, which are now proudly back in the hands of a real film enthusiast - George Aleksiunas We are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership.
Those film projectors we purchased are long gone. They were replaced by our various patrons' own projectors, but today film is no more - just the very highest quality digital projection, which has enabled us to broaden the scope of the films we show.
The society is run by a team of volunteers, who strive to emulate the expertise of those foundation members who began the society back in 1956, in particular Betty Jope who virtually ran the society (and the Federation of Victorian Film Societies) single-handedly for many years. We commemorate her efforts in a tribute screening of a classic film once a year. The current Committee has members who date back to the early 70s. The twelve committee members serve a term of three years - every year four of the positions are put up for election.
In support of our objectives, The CFS Student Film Award, initiated in 2012, is awarded each year to the most promising first year film studies student at Deakin University.