A United Film Hub North Whats next?


Growing Film Audiences across a United North, 2018-2022

In December 2016 the BFI launched their new strategy BFI2022. In that document, they set out their commitment to giving everyone, everywhere in the UK the opportunity to enjoy and learn from the richest and most diverse range of great British and international cinema, past, present and future.

The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) is central to this commitment and will be underpinned by the desire to boost diversity and inclusivity - to build a broad film culture across the UK which recognises and values the quality of difference and seeks to rebalance under-representation on screen, in the workforce and in audiences.

Building on four years of the FAN Network, the period 2017-2022 will see changes to the network, bringing activity in line with 2022 priorities and aligning with other National geographic delineations for arts support.

As part of these changes, the North of England region is expanding to be served by one unified hub that covers a wider area.

There are some key changes that impact on the North of England:

• Staffordshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire will no longer be part Film Hub North West Central, and will be served by a new Midlands Hub

• There will be one Hub that covers the whole of the North of England, mirroring Arts Council England’s North Area: Cheshire, County Durham, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Northumberland, North Lincolnshire, Tyne & Wear and Yorkshire

• Across all of the UK, Hub membership criteria will be standardised, so that no matter where your organisation is in the UK, venues, festivals and other exhibitors will have support from the local Hub

Our Approach

The two existing Film Hubs in the expanded North region have worked hard over the past four years to establish effective ways of supporting Film Hub members in delivering great work. We therefore believe very strongly that bringing the work of the existing Hubs together under a unified Northern Strategy will enable us to build on the considerable strength of film in the North of England.

In a joint bid to run the future Film Hub North with leadership from the exhibition sector, HOME, Showroom Workstation and Tyneside Cinema have formed a collaborative and creative Partnership in order to bid for, and deliver, against the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) aims and objectives for BFI2022, ensuring comprehensive reach across what is one of the largest UK regions – both in landmass and population.

What Happens Next

This next stage of FAN’s development cultivates the successes and in-depth work undertaken by FAN and its Hub members over the last four years and provides additional support in order for the Hub regions to take on further responsibilities including Film Festival strategy, Talent Development and areas of specialism relating to facets of film heritage and audience development*

There is opportunity to grow the significant achievements of the region and to capitalise on the cultural leadership roles of Tyneside Cinema, HOME and Showroom so that Film Hub North meets the overall FAN aims:

• To deliver a larger, more diverse, confident and sustainable audience for a wider range of British and international film - with a primary focus on the collective viewing experience.

• To create a stronger, more connected and confident sector for the distribution and exhibition of a wider range of British and international film.

• To support, source and develop new filmmaking talent and distinct voices from and in the region.

• To commit to the BFI’s Diversity Standards to increase representation on and off screen for UK film and film audiences from a wide range of people.

The Partners will work together, building on previous successes, to plan and deliver Film Hub North ensuring that the diverse needs of the Hub Membership are met, the body of work presented is of high curatorial quality and the Hub successfully meets its intended targets.

As we develop our application the Partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to frame the way that they work together and to ensure transparency, and consistency. The bid for future Film Hub North is led by the three Chief Executives of the partner organisations.

Film Hub NWC - filmhubnwc@homemcr.org

Film Hub North – info@filmhubnorth.org.uk

For the full BFI 2022 strategy please see http://www.bfi.org.uk/2022/