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Frequently Asked Questions

BFI Film Audience Network

Film Hub Central East


What is the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN)?

As outlined in the BFI's plan for 2012-2017, Film Forever, the ambition is to encourage people to build a lifelong relationship with film, to help build audiences for a broader range of films across all platforms and ensure that film culture can be accessed and enjoyed by everyone across the UK. The BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) is at the heart of this; a network coalition of organisations across the UK that will work together to extend film choice, increase and broaden film audiences, and enhance opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about film.

What are the hub regions?

The Network consists of 9 regional groupings (or Hubs) in the following areas: Central East, the North, London, Northern Ireland, North West Central, Scotland, South East, South West/West Midlands, and Wales. Each Hub is led by a Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) based in these regions/nations. The role of these FHLOs is a vital and influential one, providing cultural leadership within the Network, and working with the BFI to achieve shared ambitions for UK film audiences.


What is the Film Hub Central East?

Broadway (FHLO) is leading the Central East Film Hub in order to enhance, create, and support opportunities for people to engage with specialist cinema. We are building a network of members that share a commitment to our aims for the future of specialised film.

What is the Film Central East Hub Region?

We are covering: Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, and Suffolk.

What are the aims of Film Hub Central East?

The Film Hub will function within the core strategic objectives outlined within the BFI's Film Forever plan. These core objectives are:

  • Reach - To increase and broaden audiences for specialised and British independent film
  • Breadth - To considerably extend film choice for audiences across the UK
  • Depth - To enhance opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about film

These aims will be achieved through:

  • Understanding the audience potential across the region
  • Building a network of members committed to achieving Film Hub Central East aims
  • Ensuring excellence in delivery across the sector

How much money has Film Hub Central East been awarded?

Film Central East has been awarded £1.1 million over a period of 4 years.


What are the benefits of becoming a hub member?

Membership will provide you with access to funding, training, and sector development initiatives offered by Film Hub Central East. It will encourage collaborative programming and audience development projects, provide access to regional and UK wide initiatives and allow organisations the opportunity to draw upon the experience of Hub members.

Being a Hub Member enables the opportunity to deliver projects and programming in coordination with the Film Hub Central East.

In order to take part in any of the Film Hub Central East schemes and funds, you will need to be a Film Hub Central East Member.

Who can become a hub member?

Any organisation based or operating within the Central East region that can show a commitment to the aims of Film Hub Central East.

How much does membership cost?

Membership is free. All that is required is to demonstrate a commitment to Film Hub Central East aims and objectives.

How do I become a hub member?

All you have to do is submit an expression of interest, see our page Join the Hub for all the information.

Is a hub member an individual, or an organisation?

Hub members are typically organisations, yet we encourage an inclusive Film Hub and welcome individuals with expertise or experience within the film sector.


For more information about the BFI and the Film Audience Network see their website.