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Posted: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:40

Sci-fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Part of the BFI's Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder UK-wide celebration of Sci-Fi, Film Hub Central East have unleashed our collaborative programme with our members across the region.

See our dedicated page on Sci-fi for all the details - dates will be announced soon.

Highlights include:

Don't Panic! Independent Cinema Milton Keynes / MK Gallery

The Created Woman, Mayhem Film Festival, Nottingham

Village Screen of The Damned, Norfolk

Sci-Fact, University of Nottingham

#BFISciFi Nationwide

Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder will include over 1,000 screenings of classic films and television programmes at over 200 locations across the UK, from outdoor events at iconic British sites to screenings in multiplexes, local cinemas, and community venues; in one of the largest and most ambitious sci-fi seasons ever created.

See all the events around the UK

Vote for the greatest Sci-fi characters of all time

And all the information on the BFI website

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:30


Technical Ambassadors (TAs) have been selected from each of the nine BFI Film Audience Network Hub areas (listed below) across the UKhighly skilled and experienced projectionists, technicians and engineers who can help improve standards of digital presentation across the UK through an 'on-call' service model for exhibitors across their regions or nations.

Applications for support were officially launched earlier this week at the Technical Ambassadors New Technology Forum at BFI Southbank, where the team of Technical Ambassadors from across the UK gathered together for the first time. The Forum included a keynote speech from David Monk, CEO of European Digital Cinema Forum (formerly of Texas Instruments), presentations on future cinema technologies, including immersive sound, Higher Frame Rate (HFR), laser projection and new high brightness "white screens". Forum attendees were also given a backstage tour of the film vault and technical facilities at the BFI Southbank.

For the first time there will be a taskforce of skilled and experienced projectionists, technicians and engineers available to independent and specialist exhibitors to visit them on site, who can help improve standards of digital presentation across the UK - all the while strengthening their knowledge, obtaining new skills and making new contacts Technical Ambassadors will be available for booking by independent exhibitors through an application process on the ICO website. Please see

For the next 6 months the Technical Ambassadors will deliver on-demand assistance and training to organisations within their own and neighbouring FAN Hub regions who request assistance and training with their digital equipment. We envisage training sessions may cover the following areas:

  • presentation skills for screenings; live-by-satellite events; conferences; live music; 3D; pop-up screenings; Skype Q&As and building playlists
  • maintenance skills: server maintenance; updating software; testing sound equipment; measuring light levels; charging lamps
  • creating DCPs or other kit compatible digital files
  • Setting-up and updating technical equipment including kit requirement assessment; quality but cost effective kit recommendations; system configuration and interface; installation of second-hand equipment; advice on funding and budgets.

Professor David Monk (referred to by many as the "Godfather of Digital Cinema") said: "This is a really important initiative to make expert advice available that is truly impartial, accurate and current. The numbers of people in the UK that really understand digital cinema exhibition are pretty few and far between. The Technical Ambassadors have a great opportunity to share knowledge and address issues facing independent cinema owners planning to upgrade their facilities or better use their existing kit."

Catharine Des Forges, Director of the ICO, said: "A lot of the enquiries we get in the office are on technical issues; it can be very difficult for independent exhibitors looking to develop their facilities to gain bespoke independent advice and Tech Skills will be of fantastic benefit to the sector."

Eddie Berg, Director of Partnerships for the BFI, said: "The BFI Film Audience Network is all about bringing a greater choice of film to audiences across the UK through a network of partners who understand their local audiences and who can now take up the advances offered by digital technology to capitalise on creating new opportunities for audiences to engage with film."

Rebecca Davies, Film Partnership Manager for Creative Skillset said: "In the fast-paced environment of digital exhibition, this support network of technical expertise will be an invaluable resource to the Film Audience Network and its partners. Venues will be able to access affordable on-site expertise to train and educate staff in managing new technical challenges, helping to create in-house solutions in the future and ultimately enabling optimum presentations for audiences."

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.

Film Hub Central East have three brilliant Technical Ambassadors, if you're interested in booking see the ICO page, and don't forget we offer bursaries!

Posted: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:47

Expressions of Interest Close

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

We've had a tremendous response from across the region with some exciting seeds planted.

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.

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:30


We're delighted to announce the launch of our first Expression of Interest cycle!

Through submitting an Expression of Interest, you'll become a member of the Hub for the next three years.

So far we've been working on getting the hub up-and-running, with initial activity being mainly pilot projects informing the hub's early development through a limited number of members. You can see a list of our current members, and we'll soon be showing off some of the activity we've supported so far.

For the rest of the project we want to increase the number of members and broaden the activity. Our aim is to offer a welcoming, transparent, and engaging Hub; so we'd like to emphasise that an Expression of Interest is not an application, but a start of a conversation on how we might collaborate. If we're unable to support you this time round, then we'll offer feedback and help you develop your ideas so that you can resubmit in a future Expression of Interest call.

Take a look at our guidelines .pdf and Expressions of Interest form below, and get in touch with the Hub if you have any questions.

You're welcome to submit multiple Expressions of Interest for different activity, or if you wish to both deliver and receive activity.

There is a possibility that we'll not be able to meet all of your requests for support in this year, which is why we're planning calls for Expressions of Interest every six months until October 2016.

When is the deadline for this call?

Friday 30 May 2014

When are the proposals considered?

June 2014

When will support for activity be announced?

June 2014

When will activity start?

From October 2014

When is the next call for Expressions of Interest?

September 2014 (for activity starting in March 2015)

Posted: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:57

Screen Heritage Material Available to Book

Our archive organisations for the Central East region have created nine short programmes for screening through our network.

Both MACE and EAFA have produced shorts covering locations in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Cambridgeshire.

Some are available to watch on our Screen Heritage page.

If you're interested in showing any of the archive package, contact us on

Posted: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:07


Film Hub Central East Welcome Day at the Broadway Cinema in Letchworth Garden City, open to the exhibition sector in the Central East region.

On the day you will meet the Film Hub Central East team and representatives from the exhibition sector to discuss how the Hub can support you to cultivate audiences over the next three years.

The guidance session for activity will complement the guidelines for expressions of interest released in the next few weeks.

The day will involve:

  • Official Launch of Year 2 Expressions of Interest
  • Guidance Session for Proposing Activity
  • Heritage Screening / Working with Archive Presentation from MACE
  • Satellite / DCP Demonstration
  • BFFS Information Session
  • Peer to Peer Networking Session

Lunch is provided and RSVP is required by Monday 14 April, we can accommodate a maximum of 2 persons per organisation.

To RSVP please e-mail

Take care planning your journey, as the Welcome Day is held at the Broadway Cinema in Letchworth Garden City, and not Broadway Cinema in Nottingham.