As part of CCA Brighton’s online exhibition COMMUNAL in April 2020 two films from the Cinenova collection were screened online within their Front Room film programme. A transcription of this audio introduction can be read here

The films selected for screening were:

Adriana Monti Scoula Senza Fine (Italy, 1983, 40minutes) Thursday 16 April 2020.

Susan Stein Tracks (UK, 1989, 24 minutes) Thursday 23rd April 2020.

An audio recording from part of our event in the Essay Film Festival 2019, You’ll Never Work Alone, celebrating the Feminist Film CollectiveA discussion about community media and collective practice, with Judy Mazonowich (WITCH), Bea Freeman (Black WITCH and Black Women’s Media Project), Artist Deborah Findlater and chaired by Artist & Researcher Ash Reid (Goldsmiths)

14th April 2020


  • All digitised titles can be previewed at LUX, London and we also offer an online previewing service, contact for more information.
  • When booking a work please give at least 6 weeks notice prior to the screening date.
  • To book a work we will require: confirmation of the screening date, the preferred format, the number of screenings you wish to hold and a delivery and invoice address. 
  • All distribution is handled from the Cinenova office. 
  • All payment must be made in advance of Cinenova dispatching the work.
  • As well as providing a distribution service Cinenova also offers programming and exhibition advice and a viewing service for researchers and programmers. Please email for details.
  • Please email Cinenova to check which of the titles in this catalogue can be hired and for the hire cost of the title. Fees are determined by the duration of the work, format and usage.
  • There is also a £30 administrative handling charge added to all orders.

Hire fees for single screenings*

1 – 5 mins £50
5-10mins £75
10-30mins £100
30-60mins £150
Over 60 mins £250
Over 120 mins £300

* PLEASE NOTE: individual filmmakers might have higher fees than this so please contact about the specific titles for a quote.

Previewing films:

A digital collection of selected works from Cinenova are available for online previewing for research purposes only. The preview account is valid for a two week period and costs £30.  To request an preview account login, please contact

Accounts are strictly for professional research purposes only and are non-transferable. A login, valid for a two week period, offers access to all works currently hosted online.

To book a screening, please download and complete our UK or INTERNATIONAL booking form, and send it to A viewing session can also be booked through this email, or to request an online preview login.

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Since 2001 Cinenova has been run by volunteers dedicated to the constellation of films, histories and politics that make up the collection, believing in the necessity of keeping it autonomous and in active distribution, rather than dispersed into larger and more general archives.

Rent and Storage – £3000

– An effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the closure of cinemas, exhibition spaces, and film festivals. This has led to a significant decrease in bookings from the Cinenova
collection. Cinenova is currently running at a loss to cover our basic overheads including the rental of our desk space and storage unit. The calculated deficit being just over £3000 for the year.

Digitisation and Access – £10,000
– Many of the works distributed by Cinenova exist in precarious states such as worn film prints and unstable tape formats, so a large part of our ongoing work is in preserving the collection. In 2021 we plan to begin digitising and captioning 10 key works from the collection. In addition, we will commission contextual information and educational resources for each of these works.

Core Equipment – £2000
– The focus of our external fundraising applications has been on commissioning texts and inviting people to curate film packages because this is what funders tend to support. The maintenance of our core equipment, a computer, and data storage, whilst less applicable to these projects is the very core of our administrative responsibilities to the collection. Your support would help us to buy a new computer and external hard drives, which we are unlikely to get funds for from other sources.

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The Cinenova Working Group carries out projects – some ongoing, others one-off exhibitions – that widen the scope of distribution. Our projects aim to bring the collection to new audiences, whilst seeking to make public the contemporary conditions of the organisation and wider questions about the contemporary status of feminist film distribution.

Cinenova is a volunteer-run organisation preserving and distributing the work of feminist film and video makers. Cinenova was founded in 1991 following the merger of two feminist film and video distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, each formed in 1979. Cinenova currently distributes over 300 titles that include artists’ moving image, experimental film, narrative feature films, documentary and educational videos made from the 1910’s to the early 2000’s. The thematics in these titles include oppositional histories, post and de-colonial struggles, representation of gender, race, sexuality, and other questions of difference and importantly the relations and alliances between these different struggles.

Cinenova offers access to an extensive archive and advice relating to moving image work directed by makers who identify as womxn, transgender, gender non-conforming and gender nonbinary. Cinenova is informed by its history as a key resource in the UK independent film distribution sector and internationally.

The Cinenova Working Group, founded in 2010, oversees the ongoing work of preservation and distribution, as well as special projects that seek to question the conditions of the organisation.

Current Working Group:
Emma Hedditch
Charlotte Procter
Irene Revell
Moira Salt
Louise Shelley
Marina Vishmidt
Cinenova Coordinator:
Reman Sadani

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Cinenova currently has over 400 feminist film & video titles in its collection, made up of an assortment of works that range from experimental film and artists’ film and video, to narrative feature film, documentary work and educational video. Made between 1912 and 2001, the titles cover oppositional histories, post-colonial struggles, reproductive labour and the representation of gender, race and sexuality, focusing on the relations and alliances between these different struggles.

For more info on booking films or previewing our digital collection, click here.