TFS History

How the Topsham Film Society started

On 19 March 2004 over 180 people were invited to a free screening of Cinema Paradiso in Matthews Hall Topsham to gauge support for the formation of a film society.

The evening was a great success. A committee was formed to found the Topsham Film Society, confirmed on 4 May by a constitution following the model recommended to members of the British Institute of Film Societies. A programme for the season was selected and invitations to join followed. The first film shown was the Coen brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There on 3 September 2004 with an initial membership of 203. By the end of the season this had grown to 250.

Digital projection was chosen as the most appropriate operating format. At first equipment was kindly loaned from private sources but later this was replaced by units available under a group loan scheme operated by BFFS South West Group.

Following technical advice and research, and with the financial support of several Topsham organisations, it was decided to purchase and install permanent projection and sound equipment in Matthews Hall in September 2014. This is owned by Topsham Community Association for the benefit of hall users and made available for a variety of audio-visual purposes as well as films.

The Society now shows 12 films each year between October and March, each usually with a matinee and an evening performance.

Upcoming Films

TFS 2023-24 Season

End of Season

The 2023-24 season has now finished.

The Topsham Film Society (TFS) was established in 2004 and has shown more than 200 films. It is run on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of the local community by a committee of volunteers.
We show films in Matthews Hall on two Fridays each month during a season that usually runs from October to March and includes a minimum of 12 films.

Films shown include; contemporary, classic, foreign language, and local interest films. There are two screenings of each film; matinees begin at 3pm and all films (including those in English) are subtitled, and evening showings begin at 7.30pm.

A list of films screened by TFS can be found by clicking the More Info tab and selecting the relevant archive.

The next season begins on Friday 4th October 2024. Information about the films in the 2024-25 programme and a membership application form can be found on this website from August onwards.