CFS Online

Kim Snauwaert in The Best of Dorien B

Something new for our 75th season

Welcome to CFS Online, our programme of online films primarily for members who did not wish to attend our “physical” screenings at The Playhouse Theatre during the Covid epidemic.

With other community cinemas and film societies, we have linked up with YourScreen, a spin-off from the Cheltenham International Film Festival. We have secured four films from YourScreen’s programme for you to view at home. They will be available free to anyone who has already paid their full subscription of £17 for the first half of the season. They are also available at no extra cost to anyone who chooses to upgrade their £5 membership until Christmas at a cost of £12, or to those who decide to bring forward their deferred membership at a cost of £17. Of course, members who upgrade or bring forward their membership can also attend the remaining physical screenings between now and the New Year.

If this first season is successful, we hope to offer a second season in the New Year.

When you use the CFS Online scheme, you have access to the four films we have selected, which are listed below. You can choose to watch any of the other films on the YourScreen website by paying £9.99 to YourScreen to view them.

To find out more about the scheme, go to To go straight to the films and start selecting, go to

The films

The four films we have selected between now and the New Year are:

System Crasher (Germany 2019). An excellent film about a nine-year-old girl who challenges the social care system to an unprecedented degree. Funny as well as heart-rending. This film will also be one of our presentations at Cheltenham Playhouse in the New Year, Covid regulations permitting. Available from 23 October to 20 December.

The Best of Dorien B (Belgium 2019). A busy vet and mother experiences a sequence of shocks that jerk her out of her cheerful complacency. A wry and touching film (pictured above). Available from 23 October to 22 November.

Beyond the Horizon (Switzerland/Belgium 2018). A poignant drama about a boy in rural Switzerland dealing with the extraordinary drought of 1976, his father’s despair at the imminent collapse of the family farm and his mother’s sexual obsession with a new partner. Available from 6 November to 6 December.

Kuessipan (Canada 2019). Two girls in the Innu community in Canada pledge lifelong friendship. Then one forms a relationship with a white boy and their unique bond is threatened. Available from 20 November to 20 December.


How the scheme works

Members who have asked to take part in CFS Online, you will have been emailed a Promo code to view each film. You will need this to ensure you are not charged. If you do not have the code, or lose it, contact our membership secretary.

As with the CIFF, films will be available for periods ranging from three weeks to two months, but once you start watching a film you will only have 48 hours to finish. Members will be need to sign in with their names and email addresses and choose a password to accept YourScreen’s terms and conditions and access the films. We are assured that no emails will be collected by YourScreen for marketing purposes. Your screen’s Privacy Policy is available here.

To see the films, you use your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, or go to the YourScreen FAQ for help on watching films on your television using Chromecast or an HDMI cable.

What are the system requirements?

You can watch on PCs running Windows 7+, and Intel-based Macs running OSX 10.12+. You can also watch on Android tablets and phones using Chrome, and on iPhones and iPads using Safari. You can, of course, plug your laptop or tablet into your television using an HDMI cable. You will need a broadband or fibre internet connection: dial up will not work.

The full system requirements are listed in the FAQ on the site.

Help will be available by sending an email to

How do I stream the films? 

Click the link above for detailed instructions on how to work through the streaming process.