About the Cambridge Film Trust

A cinema full of people

The Cambridge Film Trust (CFT) is a registered charity that fosters film culture and education for the benefit of the public, in Cambridge, the Eastern region and throughout the UK.

We believe passionately in the power of film as a medium that can change lives and make the world a better place. It can expose people to new perspectives and ideas, aiding cross-cultural understanding and contributing to community engagement and well being. 

We deliver a year-round broad portfolio of independent and specialised film screenings, special events and tailor-made projects, both in and outdoors, across the UK. These include archive screenings, classic film shows, silent film screenings with live accompaniment, as well as the prestigious Cambridge Film Festival, one of the most well-respected events in the UK festival calendar, which was founded in 1977.

Every year, we find an audience for more than 200 predominantly independent and specialised films and our film events and educational work benefits an audience in excess of 20,000, including thousands of children and young people, with the latter also engaging in our film industry training and mentoring activities.


Our primary objectives are:

  • To enrich people’s lives, and encourage them to see the world in new ways, by exposing them to exciting and innovative cinema which has the power to open minds and change people's perspectives in enjoyable, educational and memorable ways;
  • To foster high quality independent cinema from around the world with an emphasis on diverse storytelling and meaningful on-screen representation of characters, themes and narratives, that would not otherwise be accessible;
  • To champion the cultural value of film and ensure that everyone has access to it, no matter what their gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or social background, specifically to promote the benefits of engagement across disadvantaged and diverse groups, beginning with the very young and supporting those with lower income and at risk of social exclusion.

Throughout the year, the Trust also employs its expertise to advise regional and national organisations. For instance, CFT has played a crucial part in supporting the British Film Institute (BFI), through its role as a Hub Lead Organisation, to promote film activity and build a more resilient cinema sector at a regional and national level.