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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.

Watch Now

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.

Posted: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:42

New Release Strategy - Phase 2

New Release Strategy - Phase 2

We are excited to be launching the second phase of the New Release Strategy at ICO's Summer Screening Days, Phoenix Leicester from 1-3 July.

The New Release Strategy is one of the ways the BFI Film Audience Network supports cinemas to sustain and grow the audience for independent films. We know that independent films often pose a greater risk for exhibitors, especially those outside of London. Via the New Release Strategy, we work with distributors to ensure the film campaign extends beyond the capital and give exhibitors all the support we can to make sure they reach the target audience.

Cinemas that screen NRS films receive the NRS Marketing Pack, a one-stop-shop with lots of handy promotional tools and assets, and can apply to their Hub for additional marketing support or activity.

This year, the focus for the New Release Strategy is on young audiences (16-30). As a BFI2022 priority area, and key audience development area for the sector in general, we're keen to work with exhibitors and explore the ways in which cinemas can successfully get more young people through their doors and enjoying a great range of independent cinema.

We are aiming to support three films this year via the New Release Strategy - join us for the lunchtime NRS session at Screening Days on Saturday 1 July, 1pm for more information (and a free sandwich!) and check out the current NRS shortlist below.

We are really pleased to be welcoming 11 young creatives from across the UK to Screening Days. They will form an NRS focus group, watching the shortlisted films and giving their honest feedback - what they liked and why, how we could promote these films to other people their age and what kind of special events would be appealing to them. If you're not attending Screening Days, don't worry, we'll be sending a full update after the event.

New Release Strategy Shortlist

The BFI Film Audience Network Programming Group (which consists of a Programming Representative from each Hub area, as well as Strategic Partners the ICO, Into Film and Cinema for All) has shortlisted the below films. The final selections will be confirmed after Screening Days.

God's Own Country (Distributor: Picturehouse - opens Fri 1 Sept)


Patti Cake$ Distributor: 20th Century Fox - opens Fri 1 Sept)

September showing at ICO Screening days


Hotel Salvation (Distributor: BFI - opens Fri 25 Aug)


Daphne (Distributor: Altitude - opens Fri 29 Sept)


Not showing at Screening Days:

120 Beats Per Minute (Distributor: Curzon - opens Fri 20 October)


I am not a Witch (Distributor: Curzon - not dated)


You can feed back on the shortlist at the Screening Days event, or by getting in touch with your local Programming Representative. The Programming Representative in Film Hub South West & West Midlands is Watershed Cinema Curator, Mark Cosgrove. The next BFI FAN Programming Meeting is 27 July.

What is the New Release Strategy?

The New Release Strategy (NRS) is an initiative aimed at supporting some of the best new films from across the globe. Backed by the nine UK Film Hubs, over £80,000 was invested during its pilot year from March 2016-March 2017, helping support five titles: The Pearl Button (New Wave, 18 Mar 2016), Mustang (Curzon Artificial Eye, 13 May 2016), Chevalier (Studio Canal, 22 July 2016), Sonita (21 Oct, New Wave) and The Fits (24 Feb 2017).

Find out more about the New Release Strategy and learnings from the pilot year by reading the Evaluation Report here.

Posted: Wed, 31 May 2017 15:31

LGBT50 and India on Film

LGBT50 and India on Film

Two exciting nationwide programmes across 2017.

The BFI is marking 50 years since a major landmark in human rights – the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales – with a number of screenings and events at BFI Southbank this summer, on BFI Player, around the UK and during BFI Flare. bfi.org.uk/lgbt50

India has one of the world's richest and most prolific film industries. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and throughout the year we celebrate the diversity of Indian filmmaking and films about India - in cinemas and online. bfi.org.uk/india-on-film

Please get in touch to discuss any ideas you may have for any potential projects that can be supported through our Programme Progression Scheme.

Posted: Tue, 02 May 2017 22:23

Broadway and Flatpack Projects in a joint bid for Film Hub Midlands

Broadway and Flatpack Projects in a joint bid for Film Hub Midlands

In late 2016 the BFI announced their 2022 strategy, building on the success of the Film Audience Network and proposing a new Film Hub Midlands, comprising of Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, and Worcestershire.

The vision of BFI Film Audience Network is to build a wider, more diverse UK cinema audience with a richer appreciation of British and international film.

Broadway, as current Film Hub Lead Organisation for the Central East region and Flatpack Projects, as current strategic partner for the West Midlands, have connected to bid and deliver a newly created Film Hub Midlands against the BFI2022 Strategy.

The BFI's overview does mean the current region of Central East will cease to exist, and the counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk will become part of the South East region currently served by Film Hub South East https://filmhubse.org

We are excited for the opportunity to create a new Film Hub Midlands and want to build on the early successes of FAN, to refine and strengthen its unique role in growing film audiences in the UK and to help it achieve even more – in line with the overarching priorities of BFI2022.

What next?

We are keen to hear from exhibitors who operate within the new Midlands region and encourage you to get in touch with the teams at FHCE and Flatpack Assemble so we can be as responsive as possible to regional contexts and needs. Key contacts are:

Eleanor Thornley - FHCE Manager e.thornley@broadway.org.uk 0115 8507815

Andy Rae - FHCE Coordinator a.rae@broadway.org.uk 0115 8507845

Amy Smart - Flatpack Assemble Project Manager amy@flatpackfestival.org.uk 0121 7711509

Key dates

  • April - 9 June 2017: Preparation and submission of Stage One BFI FAN application. On approval:
    • July - October 2017: Preparation of BFI FAN Stage Two application.
    • September - December 2017: Preparation of Stage Three BFI FAN application.
    • January 2018: Commence delivery of Film Hub Midlands