The committee selects films each term, usually from recent releases. It is our aim to select films of merit, including subtitled foreign films, and to avoid films already screened by Village in Launceston. Films must already be available in the country and from the film distributor.
Members are welcome to email suggestions for films; please note that we are aware of films that are reviewed in the press and on TV. It is the films that slip beneath the radar that we are most happy to learn about. Please check that we have not already screened the film by using the search function on the website to check beck copies of NEWSREEL.
The popularity of the LFS means most members renew their membership year after year. However, following membership renewals in November each year, 150-200 places usually become available for new members. To become a member, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then be placed on the waiting list. If you are seeking membership for more than one person (eg a couple), please include details of all people. You will be contacted by email when an offer of membership becomes available. Please note, there are usually more names on the waiting list than places.
Lost cards will be replaced for a cost of $10, by applying online here. Your new card will be posted out to you. You can still attend films whilst this process takes place – please notify the Committee Member at the door.
Guest memberships are not available, as the LFS is a “members only” society. Our screening licence requires that admission to screenings is strictly for members only. Guest memberships breach the Tasmanian Federation of Film Societies (TFOFS) rules and the LFS constitution. The Australian Council of Film Societies (ACOFS) has advised that membership to a Film Society must be issued in the name of the individual person who has applied for membership.
It is not possible to lend your card to someone else, as the LFS is a “members only” society. Our screening licence requires that admission to screenings is strictly for members only. This means that the member named on the card may attend the film once per week. It is not possible to lend your card to others, and you may be asked to provide identification.
Memberships cannot be transferred. Membership of the LFS is managed through a waiting list, as demand for membership exceeds availability. If you know someone who would like to become a member, please encourage them to join the waiting list.
Number of members – How many members are there in the LFS? Can it be increased to reduce the waiting list?
There are currently approximately 1,500 members of the LFS. The largest theatre in the Village complex holds around 300 people, providing a maximum capacity of 1200 seats per week over four sessions. This means a seat cannot always be guaranteed at any screening. The scanner provides us with data on attendance figures to assist with managing membership numbers.
Scanning of membership cards provides the committee with information about attendance at screenings. The only information on the card is your name and membership number. Each membership is valid for use (by the member only) for one screening per week. If you do not have your card, a Committee Member will be there to assist. Rest assured that if you are a paid-up member you will be able to see the movie. But please understand you may be delayed entry while other members are admitted.
During the school holidays, the cinema is not available to the LFS as Village increases its screenings for school age audiences.
NEWSREEL will be posted out to members before each term commences. You can request to download NEWSREEL from the website rather than receive a copy. If you did not receive your copy in the mail, there are a small number of extra copies kept at the cinema. If you have lost your copy, you can view and download NEWSREEL on the downloads page.
The committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting held in February each year. Members of the LFS may nominate for a position. If you feel you have something to offer the LFS speak to one of the committee about nominating. The committee seeks people with business and computer skills to run the business of the society. Meetings are in the evening once a month and there are many administrative tasks to attend to between meetings, as well as being available at the door during weekly screenings on a regular basis.