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Posted: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:19

Cinema For All Conference - Ipswich Film Society

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

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 michaelw@vertigofilms.com

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

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 a.rae@broadway.org.uk

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

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

Posted: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:15

New Release Strategy - God's Own Country and Daphne

New Release Strategy - God's Own Country and Daphne

We are delighted to announce the next BFI FAN New Release Strategy titles, God's Own Country (Picturehouse, 1 Sept) and Daphne (29 Sept), two great British films that deserve to be seen on the big screen in cinemas all over the UK.

From film talent events to making the most of grassroots networks both God's Own Country and Daphne will benefit from an expanded marketing campaign that will raise the visibility of these films all over the UK – and with the Strategy's focus on young audiences (age 16-30) you can expect lots of opportunities and ideas for engaging with audiences this age. Cinemas booking the films will receive more details on these opportunities over the coming weeks.

If you show NRS films and are interested in additional event or marketing activity, you can also access support from Film Hub Central East – get in touch to register your interest and for more information. And, as with all NRS films, you will receive an expanded marketing pack containing everything you need to successfully promote the films including top quality social assets, engaging copy and great event ideas.

Booking is now open for both God's Own Country and Daphne. Check out the details below and contact the distributor for more information and to book.

God's Own Country

Dir: Francis Lee
UK | 2017 | 104 mins
Released 1 September
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Captivating and broodingly beautiful, God's Own Country is the award winning debut feature from writer/director Francis Lee. Bracingly open hearted, this is a thrillingly romantic story set in the heart of rural Yorkshire.
Booking: nick.m@picturehouses.co.uk

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Dir: Peter Mackie Burns
UK | 2017 | 90 mins
Released 29 September

Director of the acclaimed, multi award-winning short film Milk, Scottish filmmaker Peter Mackie Burns marks his transition into features with this tightly focused, remarkably authentic character study of brittle 31-year-old Londoner Daphne.
Booking: delphinelievens@altitudefilment.com and SileCulley@altitudefilment.com

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Posted: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:04

Under-25 Evaluation

Under-25 Evaluation

We'd like to share with you an evaluation of the Under-25 ticket offer that Broadway as the Film Hub Lead Organisation has been piloting since summer 2016.

Young Audiences are a main priority of the Film Audience Network, with boosting 16-30 year olds for specialist film an absolute focus, notable as 2015 recorded a nationwide ten year low for cinema audiences aged 16-25.

Film Hub Central East supported Broadway to create a new ticket for audiences under 25 years old, priced at £4.50, a £3.90 reduction from a full priced ticket. This was a pilot scheme to test whether such an offer would attract a younger audience, but also be commercially viable.

In summer 2016 Broadway launched the under-25 ticket; valid any day, any time, on any screening where regular ticket prices apply, and also available to purchase online.

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