Manchester Film Co-operative is a co-operative, meaning that it is owned and run by its members – the people who come and watch the films. You don’t need to become a member, you can just come and watch the films if you want. But membership is open to all. You just need to buy a £5 share to become a member.
As well as giving you democratic ownership in the co-operative membership entitles you:
- To one vote in any elections or decisions made by the co-operative;
- To propose films, speakers and other ideas for vote by the members of the co-operative;
- To get involved in running the film screenings (finances, ordering films, advertising etc).
The co-operative is a not-for-profit organisation, and the members manage the day-to-day affairs of the film co-operative and determine its overall strategic direction. It is currently run as a collective, with members volunteering for particular roles and getting involved as they wish.