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Posted: Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:29

Young FAN Toolkit

Currently over thirty Young Programmers groups operate across the UK. Young Programmers groups are involved in Film Festivals, Cinema Venues, Film Societies and many other settings.

One of Young FAN's objectives during the development phase of the last 6 months was to put together a simple guide to assist those thinking about setting up a Young Programmer group.

This "toolkit" has been put together from materials produced over the last year and is now in one easy to read document available here.

We hope you find it useful. Here you'll find top tips for working with YP groups compiled by Nicola Kettlewood at the CMI, Edinburgh and some thoughts by young people on how to engage young audiences gathered from our recent focus group sessions at the ICO Screening Days in Leicester.

We intend for this to develop and grow, so if you have any feedback or wish to add anything to the document that you think is missing, then please email us.

Posted: Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:55

This Way Up Blog - Saffron Screen

Andrew Jenkins, Saffron Screen

Five short months ago I was appointed Business Manager of Saffron Screen, an independent community cinema seating 200, based within the local high school which shows a wide range of films and events. We welcomed an audience of 37,000 over 447 screenings in 2016.

My prior experience was in theatre management in London, so cinema is a new venture for me – likewise this was my first This Way Up Conference and first visit to Hull. Consequently the many faces in the foyer of Hull Truck the next morning were largely unknown to me but I was soon chatting to the other delegates.

Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 gave the introductory speech, followed by Moira Sinclair, CEO of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, who discussed the need for industry resilience to the huge range of digital platforms for home viewing. Moira stressed the need for long-term engagement with the community, and highlighted the need for coaching, mentoring and shadowing in the workplace, including the Government's apprenticeship scheme.

Next up was Jenny Sealey MBE, Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre, who gave an impassioned speech. Her company creates theatre for, and places centre-stage, D/deaf and disabled people. Jenny feels that access is everyone's responsibility which needs to encompass everyone in the organisation from the top down to make all welcome, both as guests and colleagues.

Simran Hans, writer, critic and Film Programmer, asked what kind of labour props up the UK film exhibition industry. Low pay in the industry continues to be an issue and there has been some recent publicity surrounding a well-known cinema chain. Simran also stressed the importance of engaging with young people and encouraging new voices at programming level.

After lunch which catered for every combination of allergy, I attended a discussion on Exploring European Innovation, with Boglarka Nagy of Elvire Popesco, a film centre in Bucharest, who talked of innovation and creating social and communal experiences, suggesting that students should be invited to run their own events, such as monthly film groups. At her particular venue, ticket pricing was seen as the main obstacle, and a £1 (equivalent rate) ticket was introduced. A price reduction to £4.50 for the young at the Broadway Nottingham increased that demographic's attendance by 40% in 12 months. Boglarka suggested targeting colleges and universities, community and youth organisations and recommended young-people-only-screenings where they can attend the cinema safe in the knowledge that it won't be full of their parent look-a-likes!

The day finished with a private view of the Turner Prize shortlist at the Ferens Gallery, with excellent canapes and plenty of wine and beer.

An inspiring second day talk by Alice Morrison, adventurer and author, took us on a journey of her physical accomplishments leaving us with the message that 'It's OK to fail' and the role potential failure plays in pushing our boundaries.

Next Up was 'Safety Not Guaranteed – Security and Safeguarding Cultural Events.' Not the terror threat talk which I had perhaps anticipated, this focussed on the current sexual harassment concerns within the industry. So, what do we do in the future with a Weinstein production or a Kevin Spacey film? Obliterating the film entirely would impact the many other people involved in the making of the film and so perhaps one reaction could be to screen these films but address the issues via a post-film discussion or blog.

Many thanks to Film Hub Central East for providing Saffron Screen with a bursary to cover my attendance. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to learn more about our industry and to meet so many people in such a short space of time. I'll definitely be back next year. Thank you to all the speakers and those who organised the event.

Posted: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:19

Cinema For All Conference - Ipswich Film Society

Terry Cloke, Ipswich Film Society

The Cinema For All annual conference, held annually in November at the Showroom Workstation in Sheffield, is a must for any film society or community cinema. It's always well attended and this year was no exception with 200 people from over 50 film societies and community cinemas travelling to Sheffield from all over the United Kingdom. I've been a regular at this event for a number of years and find that it is a terrific opportunity to find out more about what other people are doing in their local area to encourage an interest in cinema. The highlight of the weekend is the annual "Film Society of the Year" awards ceremony. This recognises outstanding achievements by film societies and community cinemas in categories such as "Best New Society", "Best Marketing and Publicity", "Best Student Cinema" and "Best Film Programme". It's an acknowledgement of all the hard work that volunteers all around the UK put into the promotion of cinema.

Networking is one of the main reasons I attend the weekend event and I'm not ashamed to say that I am happy to pinch any good ideas that I come across. Often this is finding out about a guest speaker who gave an interesting talk or picking up tips on how to advertise to attract new members or finding out which films have proved popular with their audiences. There are ample opportunities to talk to other people, whether this is at the Friday night drinks reception or during the lunch breaks. In fact, getting ideas for films to include in future programmes is another reason I find the weekend event so useful. I always bring along copies of our brochure to hand out so that other people can see the types of film we show. Lots of societies and community cinemas do the same and I collect as many as I can to feed into our programming meetings. Our programme is a season of 16 films running from September to May and this gives us quite a bit of flexibility in choosing a wide cross-section of both English language and foreign language titles.

So, networking is a big part of the weekend, but there is also a selection of films being shown as well. Over the course of the weekend there were seven films ranging from a revival of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", the musical comedy from 1953 starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, to the latest film from Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, "Loveless", the follow up to his 2014 film "Leviathan". Besides a chance to watch films that might appeal to our members there was a brilliant key note speech on New Indian Cinema given by Ashvin Devasundaram, lecturer in World cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. Like many people I had thought of Indian cinema as either the extravagant, colourful Bollywood musical or the more traditional and serious black and white films of such directors as Satyajit Ray. Ashvin's presentation made us aware of the rise of the new wave of independent Indian films that is revolutionising Indian cinema. He showed several extracts from recent new wave films such as "The Lunchbox" 2013 and "Lipstick Under My Burkha" 2016 to challenge our assumptions about traditional Indian cinema.

Finally, the packed weekend programme included a series of panel sessions, workshops and master classes that ran in parallel to the film screenings. Topics varied from a discussion session on "Young audiences and where to find them" to practical classes in marketing, growing your audience and social media. This was another chance to learn from the experiences of other societies and community cinemas as well as here from experts in more technical areas such as social media. It was a very rewarding weekend and is highly recommended for anyone in the film society or community cinema movement.

Posted: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:57

New Release Strategy supports The Prince of Nothingwood

We are delighted to announce the next film to receive BFI Film Audience Network support through the New Release Strategy will be The Prince Of Nothingwood.

A joyous portrait of Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan's most popular actor, director and producer, The Prince of Nothingwood is a heartwarming documentary and often funny tale of creativity against all odds.

Now available to book theatrically from 15 December (and on Blu-Ray/one-offs from 22 December).

Watch the trailer

To request a screener or make a booking enquiry, contact Michael Wailes on

As a New Release Strategy film, marketing support is available from Film Hub Central East, please get in touch for more details.

The film will also benefit from an extended regional press and marketing campaign, and a comprehensive marketing pack designed to make it easier for cinemas reach a younger (age 16-30) audience.

Posted: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:49

LGBT and Asian Britain Shorts Now Available for Booking

Film Hub Central East have collaborated with Media Archive for Central England (MACE) to produce three shorts, now available to book for free.

Inspired by the BFI India on Film Season and LGBT50, these shorts are perfect to accompany your autumn programme. Combine with titles from the India on Film Tour, or upcoming titles like God's Own Country and Centre of My World.

All shorts are available on formats of DCP files, digital files (.mov and .mp4), and DVD.

To book contact FHCE Coordinator Andy Rae with your request and dates

Asian Britain

Sitars and Saris

5 minutes

A lesson in embroidered saris and jewellery with a soothing sitar soundtrack.

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Asian Leicester

6 minutes

Divali in 1980s Leicester, with a visit to the classic Natraj cinema.

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LGBT Lives

6 minutes

A compilation of stories from midlands LGBT lives, including separate swimming lessons, politics, and trans stories.

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Posted: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:06

Film Hub Central East Members Event

Thursday 28th September, 1:30pm - 6:00pm

Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton

Join us in Northampton at the luxury Errol Flynn Filmhouse for our Members Event.

We'll be celebrating Film Hub Central East, and all we've achieved together over the past four years.

Expect our usual blend of projects, advice, and opportunities available.

It's also your chance to talk to us about the future of the Film Audience Network as part of the BFI's 2022 Strategy.

So please do join us for a glass of something sparkly.

If you need help with travel costs - please let us know.

Register Now