Cinema Nation is a queer-led Merseyside based research and innovation Community Interest Company that explores, supports, champions and encourages all forms of film exhibition, especially within community settings.

We are proud recipients of the Roebuck Cup, awarded each year by Cinema For All at the Film Society of the Year Awards to individuals and organisations who have contributed to the development of the community cinema movement.

To contact us, follow us on Twitter @cinemanation or via monikamichael (at )

Michael Pierce, Liverpool
Michael worked for the BFI London Film Festival’s Industry team and at the Phoenix Cinema as a projectionist, before joining Curzon Artificial Eye, working in Marketing and Events before project managing the Curzon Home Cinema initiative. He has an MA in Film Curating from the London Consortium/London Film School and now lives in Liverpool. His recent work has been as producer and consultant for Food for Real Film Festival, a founding volunteer programmer at Liverpool Small Cinema. He produced the 2015 This Way Up conference at HOME, Manchester and in 2016, he was appointed regional marketing coordinator for I, Daniel Blake for eOne Entertainment.

Monika Rodriguez, Liverpool
Originally from Madrid, Monika moved to Liverpool in 1998 and has never looked back! She has an MA in European Studies from Liverpool John Moores. In 2012 she started Think Cinema, unique in its format of film screening with a debate afterwards. She was a co-founding volunteer programmer at Liverpool Small Cinema and Big Adventure Cinema, working with a variety of organisations such as Eat Me and Preach, Tate Liverpool, International Slavery Museum and University of Liverpool. She is coordinator of Scalarama Liverpool and in 2018 joined the Cinema Nation team.

Monika and Michael are supported by Phil.

Philip Foxwood, South East
Twitter: @_foxwood
After a BA in Film & Drama at Reading, Phil worked at independent production companies in Soho before producing several short films and a feature. Following a year’s training in the Communications team at LABAN Deptford, Phil co-founded the groundbreaking cinema venue Roxy Bar & Screen in London Bridge, which he ran for seven years before joining the BFI as Britain of Film project manager. In 2011, Phil and Michael founded the Scalarama seasons with Scala Forever, now in its seventh edition and involving over 500 different exhibitors from across the world, and in 2013 they co-founded Cinema Nation together.