What we do

Photo from an access CINEMA screening event

access>CINEMA is the resource organisation for regional cultural cinema exhibition in Ireland.

Our mission is to provide all audiences throughout Ireland with access to the best of Irish, world and independent cinema, via our national network of non-profit and voluntary organisations.

access>CINEMA’s purpose is to deliver a diverse range of quality cinema, that is not available on commercial cinema screens, to local Irish audiences; to provide advice, expertise and support for cultural film programming and technical presentation; to support and present the work of Irish filmmakers; and to grow, develop and promote opportunities to expand access to and participation with cultural cinema exhibition regionally.

We support member groups with:

  • film programming advice
  • information on technical requirements on all cinema exhibition formats
  • delivery of promotional/ support material so groups can actively promote their film programmes locally
  • developing and touring original film programmes
  • promoting high quality programming, presentation and technical standards for film exhibition

Our members are primarily a mixture of professional arts centres and voluntary film societies and they exist in many different types of venues, both large and small, throughout the country.

Our success relies on developing and maintaining partnerships with a variety of local organisations so as to facilitate and increase access to cultural film exhibition.

These partnerships are often unique to the individual area’s requirements and circumstances. We continue to seek new opportunities to expand the provision of cultural cinema regionally.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you to develop film exhibition in your area please contact us.


As part of access>CINEMA’s role to promote diversity in exhibition content, audience and location, we occasionally take on a distribution role on films that may not otherwise find an audience. 

Currently access>CINEMA distributes 2-3 films a year with the support of the Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA

Recent releases include Leave No Traces, La Syndicaliste and Come Back Anytime.

National and International Networking

access>CINEMA is a member of Theatre Forum and Business to Arts.

At an international level,  ccess>CINEMA is a member of Europa Cinemas (the international network of  cinemas for the circulation of European films) and the  International Federation of Film Societies (IFFS) / Féderation Internationale des Ciné-clubs (FICC).


access>CINEMA receives annual funding from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon under its Regularly Funded Organisations category.


Registered Charity Number: CHY 5036

Company Registration Number: 117878

VAT Number: IE4812228S