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Posted: Sun, 01 Sep 2013 10:00

Broadway and Cambridge Film Trust Become BFI's Film Hub Central East

Broadway is pleased to announce that, in a partnership with Cambridge Film Trust, it is one of eight organisations who will be working with the BFI and regional partners to bring more specialised and independent British film to UK audiences in new and exciting ways. As the Film Hub Central East we cover a geographical area comprising of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex

In a ground-breaking new deal for UK audiences the BFI's Film Audience Network (FAN), today takes a significant step forward as the BFI names eight lead partners (Film Hub Lead Organisations) appointed to help bring diverse and exciting films and events to audiences right across the UK.

Film-watching is one of the UK's most loved and important cultural activities, but many film fans cannot easily access a diverse range of films and BFI FAN aims to change this. BFI FAN brings film, education, community, exhibition, archive and events experts together to offer more choice and grow new audiences, particularly for specialised and independent British film – a key priority for the BFI, as set out in Film Forever, its five year plan for UK film.

The eight Film Hubs across the UK will work collaboratively with partner organisations in their local areas and, together with the BFI, will form a new Film Audience Network strategic leadership group to ensure a joined-up UK wide approach. Broadway Nottingham and Cambridge Film Trust will lead Film Hub Central East.

The eight organisations named today will collectively receive BFI lottery funding of up to £7.5m over four years (2013-17) to bring new film experiences to UK audiences, no matter where they live.

The BFI's FAN funding will be used to support a range of audience development activities at a local, regional and cross-regional level and the network will support major national celebrations of cinema across each of the Film Hub regions, with the ambition to stage some simultaneously. Film Hub activity will be tailored to local audiences and geography, and will include support for touring and archive programmes; pop-ups and live events, projects aimed at engaging the next generation of film fans and sector-led training in areas such as programming, marketing, fundraising and technical delivery.

Through FAN, the BFI aims to unite a range of partners including cinema exhibitors, film festivals, educators, film societies, community venues, Regional Film Archives and others. BFI FAN will complement the BFI's film education initiatives to form a comprehensive new audience development strategy, as set out in the BFI's Film Forever five-year plan, to help put film at the centre of UK cultural life.

BFI FAN will commence activities in the autumn, so if you are a local or regional organisation who would like to get involved, or if you require more information, please contact:Filmhubcentraleast@broadway.org.uk