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Posted: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:13

Cinema Engagement Launches

We're delighted to launch our Cinema Lifelong Learners initiative, allowing all our members and audiences across the region access to engagement programmes.

We believe that engaging an audience is not just about watching films, and we really want to help our members have easy access to a great range of film courses, with the expertise of people who have been making them successful for years not far away.

You can use our new online database to find engagement specialists to deliver courses, introduce screenings, and run workshops for your audience.

You can browse for tutors or speakers, whether they are in your region, and their expertise in film as well.

You can receive a grant from the hub to kickstart your own engagement programmes.

We know that trying new things can be an adventure, this is why we're offering grants to all hub members for engagement programmes to help remove any risks, see filmhub.broadway.org.uk/grants

Make sure to read Broadening Cinema, a report on the role of education in audience development from industry specialists Cinema Plus and Cambridgeshire Film Consortium.

Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:53

Technical Support for Venues

  • Would you like to be able to show more screenings of National Theatre Live but worry your staff aren't sure how it'll go on the night?
  • Would you like to host outdoor screenings this summer but want to get the right kit?
  • Would a second screen make your venue more profitable and diverse but don't know how it'll work in your space?
  • Would you like to show local archive material but need advice on creating a DCP?
  • Do you just want to be sure you're making the best value choices when it comes to updating any element of your equipment? Sound, projection, internet, servers?

Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition provides bespoke advice and assistance for independent exhibitors of all shapes and sizes across the UK. A technical expert will visit your venue and give you the tailored advice you need, with recommendations you can apply instantly.

Click here to see some examples of the difference this scheme has made to film societies, small venues, mixed arts venues, film festivals and community cinemas.

To deliver this service we have the expertise of 20 Technical Ambassadors (TAs) - a fleet of highly skilled and experienced projectionists, technicians and engineers from across the UK who are based in your region to help assist with whatever your non-emergency technical issue.

The Central East region is covered by three highly experienced and skilled Technical Ambassadors:

Leigh Heathcote is Assistant Chief Projectionist at Broadway Cinema. He has worked as a projectionist for various organizations for almost a decade and believes his knowledge and enthusiasm can help others achieve a high standard in film presentation.

Joe Delaney is Technical Manager and Assistant Manager at the Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge. Working for an arts cinema with a varied programme and a busy film festival, alongside working with the Cambridge Film Trust, has given Joe a very good understanding of all aspects of film presentation.

Paul Willmott is Technical Manager at Saffron Screen. He is committed to the highest standards of projection and welcomes this opportunity of using his experience to raise standards across the many types of cinema now appearing across the country.


A half-day (3hr) session is £100 (+VAT = £120). Up to 10 individuals can attend the training and organisations can group together if requiring assistance for a similar issue.
A limited number of bursaries are available for organisations who would otherwise be unable to benefit from this service. Please click here for more information.


Please read through all the information on the ICO website before completing an Application Form and send to training@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk.
If you are applying for a busary, please complete the Bursary Form and return alongside your Application Form.

This training programme is supported by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with Lottery funding and by the industry.

Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:20

Expression of Interest Summer '15 Opens

A huge thanks to those who have sent an Expression of Interest to us, we've had a great response and we'll be back in touch within the next few weeks.

This Open Call cycle is now closed, and we'll be reopening in Autumn '15.


We are delighted to open Film Hub Central East's 3rd call for Expressions of Interest.

FHCE has supported over fifty projects born from our EOI process, and it has proven to be a fantastic opportunity for venues in the Central East region to expand their programmes and engage with new audiences. Examples of supported can be found on our projects page filmhub.broadway.org.uk/projects

Keeping in mind the Film Audience Network's core aims of Reach, Breadth, and Depth we are being a little more strategic in our approach for this call so we are able to engage new audiences with a wider range of films in your venues.

Subsequently, this time around we are focussing on two key strands of activity and are only looking to receive EOIs looking to engage with Young Audiences and/or Diverse Audiences.

Full guidelines can be found to download below, and as ever Andy and I are always on call to answer any queries you may have.

We look forward to reading your proposals!


Posted: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:00

Launch of A&E: Advisory Scheme for hub members

Film Hub Central East is collaborating with two other Hubs from the Film Audience Network - North and North West Central - to provide Hub Members with free access to key industry specialists.

The Advice & Experience (A&E) Advisory Scheme will enable Members direct access to high level industry experience on a broad range of topics - from effective marketing to introductory programming.

A group of sector specialists have been recruited and are now available to book for half-day 1-2-1 sessions. Sessions can take place on the phone, skype or face to face and will be followed up by a report covering key next steps for your projects.

Do you need support with marketing plans to attract new audiences, completing funding applications, selecting films for a specialised season or improving your project evaluations? The A&E scheme can help.

If you are interested in booking a free session please contact the hub with details of the support required.

See the Storify for the full biographies of the advisors.

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:19

Advice and Experience Scheme

This scheme has now closed for applications

Apply to be an industry advisor on the new A&E: Advice and Experience Advisory Scheme

In collaboration with Film Hubs North and North West Central, we are inviting applications from industry experts to advise our memberships on a range of topics.

We want our members to have access to high level industry experience on a broad range of topics - from effective marketing to introductory programming. Whether on the phone, Skype or face to face we want our members to be supported with advice and expertise.

We want to recruit industry advisors with experience in the following areas:

    • Bid-writing/fundraising
    • Income generation
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Programming
    • Audience Development
    • Audience Engagement and Education
    • Working with staff and volunteers
    • Business development
    • Budgets and financial management
    • Marketing
    • Press
    • Public speaking

Once recruited advisors will be available to present at Hub events to help launch the service and subsequently to offer advice on a one to one basis. We expect advisors to coordinate meetings with Hub members independently, to assist with promoting the opportunity and to keep Hubs updated regularly.

Advisors will be paid £100 per session and we expect to recruit advisors for a minimum of 10 sessions. Any expenses incurred are covered by the session fees.

To apply please complete this brief application form.

Application deadline: Friday 30th January 2015 @ 5pm

Advisors will be contacted by 6th February 2015, and we hope the scheme will run for the duration of 2015.

Posted: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:00

Expression of Interest Close

Our expressions of interest for proposing activity with the hub are now closed.

We've had another brilliant response from across the region, and we'll be in touch over the next month to carry on the conversation.

If you're still interested in becoming a member of the hub, we're continually accepting members for receiving support and resources - so just get in touch.