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Posted: Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:14

BFI Launches 2022 Strategy

Presenting a five-year plan designed to shape the BFI's next chapter for film, television and the moving image.

Read the strategy

Posted: Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:55

A&E: Advisory & Experience Scheme has new advisers

The Advice and Experience advisory scheme was initially run by Film Hubs Central East, North and North West Central giving members access to high-level industry experience.
Following that successful pilot the scheme has now launched across Film Hubs Scotland, London, South East, and South West & West Midlands, along with the recruitment of a number of fantastic new advisers!

The aim of the scheme is to provide Hub Members with access to FREE 1-2-1 specialised advice on a range of topics from effective marketing to introductory programming.

  • Are you struggling to put together a marketing plan for your venue?
  • Do you need advice on attracting new audiences?
  • Want help with selecting films for a specialised season?
  • Need guidance on constructing a working budget for a film project?

If you feel you are lacking in a specific area of expertise we can provide you with the assistance and knowledge you require to help your organisation develop and grow through our A&E Scheme.

A group of sector specialists are 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.

Take a look at our advisor's biographies and specific key expertise here: - password is FAN1617.

If you're interested in arranging an session with any of our advisers or want to discuss the scheme further get in touch with Andy -

Posted: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:10

SONITA selected for the New Release Strategy

We are pleased to let you know that SONITA has been selected as the fourth New Release Strategy film.

FHCE members can access support to help you promote your Sonita screenings, email Andy at for more info.

You can request a screener via Verve who are also handling bookings:

The New Wave page for Sonita is here: and the press pack may be useful (in links section).

The New Release Strategy is a new initiative supported by the nine regional UK Film Hubs which aims to expand the reach of foreign language and independent films so they can be seen by more people in more cinemas throughout the UK.


Watch the trailer:

With English Subtitles

Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

Country: Germany/Switzerland/Iran

Year: 2015

Duration: 90m

Available: 28th October Theatrically

Sonita dreams of being a famous rapper. But as an Afghan teen living in Tehran, her dreams are dangerous: the Iranian government doesn't allow girls to sing, and at home, she is expected to become a teenage bride. With the help of filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, Sonita is offered a chance to turn a dream into a reality but a perilous journey lies ahead.

"An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, Sonita highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation." Sundance

Posted: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:23

Sign up for free Branch Area Report

ComScore (formally known as Rentrak) are offering BFI Film Audience Network members access to their FREE Branch Area Report.

This useful report shows daily grosses for all films playing at each cinema in your regional area (ComScore use TV regions to segment the UK).
This will give you:

  • The chance to benchmark your own cinema's performance against other local cinemas to see if your ticket sales are out-performing the market as a whole
  • Localised insight into how films you aren't playing have performed
  • Suggestions of new titles or genres you could consider booking
  • Guidance on how different types of film perform on different days of the week

This report is designed for exhibitors (including cinemas, multi-arts venues and community cinemas) that host regular weekly screenings. It is useful for management, box office, programming and marketing staff.

Each participating cinema will receive the report for the TV region they belong to, every Friday, covering the 7-day playweek just finished. The report will be in PDF format and will show gross revenues (including VAT).

To access this free report cinemas must agree to share their data with all distributors and other exhibitors in their region. All distributors see data for all films. Only exhibitors that share their data can see other cinemas' data – it's a reciprocal arrangement. Data for individual cinemas is never shared with anyone outside of distribution and exhibition.

All cinemas are welcome to join (or leave) the Branch Area Report sharing group at any time. Interested cinemas should email

Posted: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:31

BFI Black Star Blockbuster Season Film Menu

The BFI Film Audience Network has been awarded funding by the BFI Programming Development Fund to mount a nationwide contribution to Black Star, the latest UK-wide blockbuster season led by the BFI. Black Star will be the largest ever national programme of films and events celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors, running between October and December 2016.

As part of this programme we are offering support for members to screen titles from the ICO's BFI Black Star film menu attached with £200 per screening for additional audience development activity or a flat rate of £200 for specific marketing for new audiences. It would be preferable to focus on one screening and on getting a good audience for that event rather than multiple events with low numbers.

Support is also available to programme either of the two below re-release titles but these need to be booked separately with the distributor directly;

Boys in the Hood – 28th October / BFI Distribution

In the Heat of the Night – 18th November / Park Circus

Proposals which are aligned to the two National weekends will be encouraged;

Hip Hop Weekend: 4th - 6th November

Comedy Weekend: 2nd – 4th December

Please see the below ICO film menu for details of the available titles. If you wish to participate in the season please complete the attached proposal form and return that to Andy Rae & cc

The timeline has now been extended to be part of the national tour, with revised dates as:
Monday 28th November – Applications for the National Tour support grants

Friday 16th December – Final date for ALL bookings of titles with the ICO

Tuesday 28th February – Final date for ALL activity to have taken place

For more information on the season please visit:

Posted: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:07

Distributor Slate Day

The second Distributor Slate Day will be held in September, following the success of the first event last year.

Designed to build even stronger links between distributors and exhibitors, the day will see distributors - including majors and independents - present upcoming their theatrical slates to Film Hub exhibitors, showing marketing and release information, trailers, artwork presentations, and exclusive preview footage from upcoming releases.

This free event encourages exhibitors and distributors to work even more closely together to explore how they can help UK audiences experience a wider range of British and non-mainstream film.

The day will also include a networking lunch and evening drinks reception, creating opportunities for distributors and exhibitors to network, share ideas and build new and mutually beneficial relationships.

Distributor Slate Day is hosted by Film Hub London and Film Hub South East, with support from Picturehouse Cinemas. Screen International is the official media partner.

Find out what went on at Distributor Slate Day 2015

How to attend

Distributor Slate Day is a free event.

Exhibitors must be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) to attend.

There is no cut-off date for applications however numbers are limited, so don't wait too long to reserve your place.

Contact us for details on how to register a place.


When: Tuesday 20 September

Where:Picturehouse Central

Cost: Free

Attendance: Film Hub members only