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Posted: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:33

5 Top Tips for Sundance

Melissa Gueneau, Press and Marketing Coordinator at Broadway Cinema

Planning a trip to Sundance? Whether you are a volunteer or just attending the festival, here are five tips to help you have a great first Sundance experience.

1) KNOW YOUR VENUES. Although Sundance and Park City has an excellent free bus network that covers all venues, some theatres are further away than you may think – sometimes, much, much further away. The majority of the festival takes place in Park City itself, but screenings do take place in Salt Lake City and Ogden too, to give the local population a chance to enjoy the festival without having to travel miles in the snow. Watch out in particular for:

Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room – a luxurious ski resort and spa that sounds like it's nearby but is a good 45 minutes to an hour out of Park City. Although if you find yourself with a bit of spare time, Sundance Resort is a great place to have a nice dinner and a little break from the slight madness of the festival.

Peery's Egyptian Theater – not to be confused with the Egyptian Theatre. Whilst the Egyptian Theatre is at the top of Park City's Main Street and an absolute must visit for a midnight screening, the Peery's Egyptian Theater is all the way in Ogden which is over an hour's drive away from the main festival.

Salt Lake City Library Theatre – which, like the entry above, is not to be confused with the similarly named Library Center Theatre in Park City. Both will be shortened to "The Library" at one point or another but you may want to double check if you're not keen on the 30+ miles that will lead you to Salt Lake City.

2) LAYER UP. Pictures from recent editions of the festival may have looked sunshiny, but do not be fooled: Park City is a mountain town and in the middle of January it will snow. And I don't mean British snow. I mean real mountain snow. The kind that drops 3ft whilst you were watching a two-hour film. The kind that wakes you up with a snow cannon in the morning. And because Park City doesn't just have real snow, but real winter, it also gets cold. And I don't mean British cold. I mean actual mountain cold. Temperatures can drop all the way to -15C overnight and whilst it will somewhat warm up in the day, it will get cold again pretty quickly as soon as the sun goes down. Having said that, all the venues are extremely well heated. So you don't want to end up overdressing and then barely being able to breathe as soon as you walk indoors. The best way to handle this is to layer up – enough so you don't get cold if you have to queue two hours in the snow, but easy to peel off once you get inside where it's nice and cosy. Oh, and from the weather conditions described above, it goes without saying that you need gloves, a hat and some good snow boots. Sundance is the most laid-back film festival there is when it comes to the dress code. They want you to be safe, warm and comfortable.

3) TALK TO EVERYONE. Sundance is an extremely friendly festival and because the town is so small, almost everyone takes the bus or walks. You may end up in a queue in the snow for an hour, sharing a table at El Chubasco with a bunch of people, or wondering if you'll ever make it out of that ride to Temple on a bus sliding on snow and ice – chatting to the person next to you will immeasurably improve your experience. You'll meet great people – perhaps even a festival guest – and you'll exchange super helpful tips on what films to catch next. The Sundance programme is huge and might be a bit overwhelming but word of mouth travels fast. If you hear three different people recommend a same film you hadn't really planned on seeing originally – sign up to that waitlist immediately.

4) DON'T MISS NEW FRONTIER. We all know Sundance as the snowy capital of indie film. The film programme is so dense and so exciting that you will want to watch (almost) everything; all the while knowing that task is pretty much impossible. But since you're not going to be able to watch everything, you might as well allocate some time in your trip to go check out some of the New Frontier programme. New Frontier is a strand that focuses on the nature of storytelling and how technology impacts on the way we tell and experience stories. The strand celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. The programme is extremely rich and offers a variety of experiences including film, art, live performance, virtual reality, and much, much more. It is an absolute must.

5) HYDRATE. This tip comes last but it is actually the most important one. If I had to only give one tip, that's the one I'd give. Park City is a mountain town. You are at high altitude and air is thin and dry. You will be tired, not running on much sleep or a healthy diet, and you really don't want to get altitude sickness (imagine having the worst hangover possible) to get a hold of you whilst your body is already trying to pretend it's doing okay. Sundance has water fountains in all venues and all over Park City. They are even marked on the festival maps. So grab a reusable bottle – you can get some free ones from Main Street – and drink up.

Posted: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:18

Community Connectors Scheme Opens

Do you want to diversify your offer, grow your audience, and broaden your programme?

FHCE's Community Connectors scheme could help you achieve these goals by working directly within the communities you wish to reach.

We understand that diversity can be a daunting challenge, but that it is also key to creativity and building stronger communities- with our online mapping tools and bespoke guidance provided by Sophia Ramcharan, Broadway's Audience Development, Diversity and Engagement Co-ordinator, we intend to guide you through the process every step of the way.

The total fund available is £30,000 and we are welcoming applications from £5,000 to £10,000.

See the scheme page on how to apply and previous community connector projects.

And make sure to contribute to our mapping exercise as well - you'll find it helpful in assembling your application.

The Community Connectors scheme has now closed for applications.

Posted: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:06

BFI Consultation: Help shape the future of film

BFI Consultation: Help shape the future of film

The BFI has launched a public consultation to help shape its new five-year strategy for film, TV and the moving image (2017-2022).

This is a chance to add to the debate and let the BFI know what your priorities are at an important time, when the exhibition funding landscape is being decided for the next five years.
We are encouraging all Film Hub members and interested parties to attend and feedback on the issues and priorities that are important to you and how BFI can make a difference to the exhibition sector.

Have your say online (consultation closes 8 September 2016) or attend one of the remaining roadshow events currently taking place at locations across the UK.

Posted: Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:00

Audience Development Day - Sign up now

Tuesday 5 July, 11:00am - Broadway, Nottingham

Join us for our first Audience Development Day at Broadway, where we will be drawing from our experienced staff and previously supported projects to help build your audience.

We'll be kicking off with a workshop on how you can understand data to help you grow your audience.

And in the afternoon we'll be putting the spotlight on diversity, looking at how to engage with local communities and broaden your offer.

We still have opportunities for funding this year, and this Audience Development day will establish the perfect foundation to apply.

This is a great opportunity to meet the Film Hub Central East team, and other members of the Film Hub.

RSVP now via Google Forms

Posted: Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:59

Vlogging at Flatpack Film Festival

A report from Georgia Pinfold, see the film at

Imagine books made music, Dogs & Cats in slow motion and Shakespeare's, Romeo and Juliet set at a beach. Flatpack Film Festival exhibited all of that…and more! On day one we explored central Birmingham and made our way to Impact Hub, a modern, stylistic venue filled where we were put into groups for a team building exercise called Spaghetti and Marshmallows led by YouTubers Jonbehere (Jon Aitken) and Shamphat (Shamil Ahmed).

After networking and building relationships with likeminded people we plunged into a Vlogging masterclass with Jon and Sham. I learned a lot about the composition of an image and top tips into vlogging, including always remember to look down the lens to create direct address with your audience. Their ideas were insightful to the vlogging industry, which I didn't know much about. From there, we found some films to see and headed to BMI (Birmingham & Midland Institute) to see Rare Visions: Shakespeare on Film, for his 400th death day anniversary?! There was a mix of humorous pieces and live action performance combining film and music, which was unique and although it was not to my taste, it was a superb concept.

For me, the Sound Book Project was the most innovative idea I saw over the weekend. The combination of music, books and film put together my three favourite mediums to create boocordions? (Accordions and books ha!) It was so clever, something I had never thought of before and would happily see again.

That evening, we watched a brand-new feature film based on the Tom McCarthy book, Remainder. The cyclical structure joined with the psychological thriller genres intrigued me, and at some points freaked me out! It only took a single gruesome shot to allow me to look away. I particularly found it amazing how a fantasy narrative could feel so real! From watching and enjoying the film so much I would like to read the original book to compare it and endure the amazing writing of Tom McCarthy.

Day 2, Laura and I got to interview Sham and Jon about YouTube and their ideas. Although they are not the most well-known YouTubers on the web, their passion for vlogging is just as big. I learned a lot from their work, how to address their audience and to always be themselves on camera (which I need to work on more). Overall, their work was encouraging and made me think about vlogging in the future. The concept of vlogging is perplexing, striking the balance between the real world and the fantasy vlogging world. The weekend as a whole was remarkable, introducing me to new films that I wouldn't usually watch. I hope to vlog again in the future and to continue going to film festivals to widen my knowledge of film.

Posted: Tue, 03 May 2016 17:00

Community Connectors Scheme Launches

We've closed this scheme for applications, keep an eye out for future opportunities.

We are launching our new Community Connectors Scheme to build upon the work achieved by our existing projects, as the scheme has been one of our most interesting and successful so far.

Broadway will now be leading Community Connectors 2016 as a stand-alone application scheme, utilising the experience and staff speciality in this area. We're drawing on the experience from previously supported projects, and inviting those practitioners and connectors to speak at our training events.

Read the guidelines and application form.