Film Hub North opportunities March 2018


Opportunities for Film Hub North members

Creative Adventures in Dementia: A Life More Ordinary Festival

Thursday 17th, 18th May | The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE

A unique 2-day exploration of how the arts are touching the lives of people living with dementia in wonderful and remarkable ways.

‘A Life More Ordinary’ at The Dukes in Lancaster, invites people living with dementia, family friends, health and care professionals, artists, researchers and, clinical commissioning teams, to share and discover some of the ground-breaking ways that the arts help us understand dementia better and play an invaluable part in how we journey through life together.

This event will include keynote speakers, performances and workshops by some of the most pioneering artists, practitioners, researchers and extraordinary people, working with people with dementia, in a variety of settings and in unique ways.

Click here for more information and to book your place.

Pop-Up and Community Cinemas Workshop: Bradford 

Join us for an informal information session that will provide advice on sourcing good quality, affordable and durable equipment that suits your space, level of expertise and set-up requirements.

Film Hub North, in partnership with the ICO, are running an informal information session and presentation on the considerations to be made when sourcing equipment for community film events and pop-up screenings, as part of our Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition scheme, which provides bespoke advice and assistance for independent exhibitors across the UK. Led by projectionist and technician Symon Culpan, the Community and Pop-up Cinema Workshop aims to equip exhibitors with practical advice and tips on what to think about when purchasing equipment and setting it up in smaller, non-traditional cinema settings. Symon will demonstrate the essential kit required for optimal presentation, when to think about upgrading, and will respond to individual queries in a Q&A session.

You will learn:

What to consider when sourcing or upgrading your equipment

The screening equipment options available to you

The basic equipment required for screenings, and how much it should cost

How to minimise set-up and professionalise small-scale screening events

The workshop will be hosted in/around the Bradford area, and we will notify all attendees once a decision has been made.

This event is open to all types of exhibitors, from small community cinemas and film clubs to mixed arts venues, galleries and museums.

Refreshments will be served. 20 places available for Film Hub members. If you are interested in attending this Tech Skills event, please RSVP to to confirm your attendance or click here for more information. 

SSFX The Anthology Film freely available for screenings

The SSFX project challenged independent filmmakers from around the world to create short-films incorporating a series of strange sounds from space recorded by satellites. 

The resulting highly creative works, spanning a wide array of topics and genres, have been combined into a feature-length anthology film. Watch the trailer here.

To arrange a screening of the anthology or any of the individual shorts, or for more information, email The filmmakers and scientists behind the project may be available to attend for Q&A.

¡Viva! 2018

Pablo Berger's Abracadabra

Booking for HOME’s 2018 edition of ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival is now open.

HOME have secured a discounted fixed price deal with a selection of films from the line-up that can be booked by FAN members for a one-off screening during April-June 2018 (see individual films for any further date restrictions).

HOME will provide online marketing material and arrange international print transport. Venues will be responsible for inbound domestic shipping and screening fees. 

Download booking details by clicking here.

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 2018 Programming Fellowship now open

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival is seeking UK based early career film curators and critics interested in gaining experience and new skills in festival programming. 

The successful applicant will join a team of programmers led by BFMAF Director Peter Taylor and will contribute to the 2018 Festival. The role will involve attendance at the whole festival which takes place from Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd September 2018. 

This is a freelance contract. For the full job description, person specification and how to apply please click here

Work with Into Film in 2018

Do you want to attract young audiences to your venue? Work with Into Film in 2018

Into Film is a not-for-profit organisation that can help you develop young audiences, giving them the opportunity to watch, make and understand film in new and creative ways in your venue. We work in partnership with Into Film to help drive attendance within venues and to create and promote programming opportunities. 

To talk about audience development and research

To talk about taking part in the Into Film Festival

To talk about local partnerships between schools and your Hub Bex.wolfendale@intofilm.orgClick here for more information about the benefits of working with Into Film.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018 submissions now open

Call for Entries! The 8th BAFTA-Recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is looking for practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of filmmaking forward, to showcase their work to a wider audience.

The ASFF 2018 Prizes include screening your film at a major BAFTA-Recognised UK and International Festival, Eligibility at the EE British Academy Film & Television Awards (BAFTA) and the possibility of winning an award for Best of Category, Festival Winner (£1,000), Best Screenplay (£1,000) & People's Choice.

Submit your film here. Deadline 31 May 2018.

Dark River Programming Opportunity 

Arrow Films are releasing Dark River on 23rd February including follow-on bookings and one off bookings from 16 March.

Dark River is the third feature from acclaimed British Auteur director Clio Bernard, director of The Arbor and The Selfish Giant.

A bitter dispute between a brother and sister over the tenancy of their family farm, a once beautiful small holding on the Yorkshire moors, unearths traumatic memories that have lain dormant for years. 

Book the film or request a screener: Codie Entwistle,  01923 587023

2018 Opening Our Doors events announced

Opening Our Doors: Inclusive Cinema is a day of interactive workshops, lively discussions and case studies by experts and FAN members for FAN members. 

Following on from the Dementia Friendly Screenings Training in Lancaster - we are delighted to announce a series of Opening Our Doors events across the UK. The next day will be held at Broadway Cinema in Nottingham on 22nd February. 

Click here for more information about the event and to register your place. 

Upcoming dates:

Thursday 22nd February, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham - click here to register. 

March, Northern Ireland - Venue and specific date TBC.

Cinegi Programming Opportunity

Cinegi Arts&Film is the new digital distribution platform that makes filmed theatre, music, dance, ballet and opera available to audiences in public screenings in all kinds of venues across the UK.

You don't need access to an internet connection at your venue to use Cinegi – simply book and download onto a Windows 10 laptop where you are online, then you can set up and playback anywhere without needing to be connected to the internet.

Cinegi Arts&Film is launching into 2018 by offering you a time-limited selection of programmes at discounted prices. The programmes available under this offer are Othello, La Traviata, The Passion and Key Change. 

Developing Your Film Festival now open for registration

Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania, Tuesday 20th - Sunday 25th March

Delivered by the ICO, Developing Your Film Festival is an intensive programme for film festival professionals, taught by some of the world's experts on taking your festival to the next level.

For more information and to apply please click here.

Please submit your application by Sunday 10th December 2017. 

Flatpack Film Festival now open for short film submissions

Flatpack Film Festival has opened their annual submissions for their short film programme for Flatpack 12 next year. Running from 13th-22nd of April 2018, this is a fantastic opportunity to feature your work at an internationally recognised and renowned film festival.

For more info and submissions click here.

That's not all, Flatpack are also launching an exciting new development programme for 10 UK based artists!

Click here for more information.

Now: Chinese contemporary artist Short Film Compilation now available to book

NOW is a collaborative programme aimed at reinvigorating discussion around the role of female contemporary artists in the art ecology of present-day China. As part of it, a moving image programme has been curated. These films are available to book for free.Screenings must take place between 16th Febuary until 31st July. All enquires should be sent to bren@homemcr.orgFor more information about the film programme please click here

Sunrise Programming Opportunity with live score

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival are offering your venue the opportunity to screen F.W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Story of Two Humans (USA, 1927). This classic silent film includes a live music accompaniment from the Jane Gardener Quartet.

If you are interested in booking the film please contact

Britain on Film: South Asian Britain - Programming Opportunity 

In the 70th anniversary year of Partition and Indian Independence, explore the history of Britain’s South Asian population with the ICO's latest Britain on Film programme. Weaving together archive footage from across the UK throughout the 20th century, it touches on the lives of disparate communities originally from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Bookings start from as little as £20, and the ICO are able to offer archive experts to come to your venue for free. 

 For more information and to book visit the ICO website.

In Between - Programming Opportunity

In Between is now available to book at your venue, following the lives of three strong, independent minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition, they find them-selves ‘in between’ the free and unfettered lives they’re aspiring to lead and the restrictions still imposed on them by their country and their families.

Watch the trailer here.

Booking Contacts: - Theatrical Bookings - Film Society Bookings

Britain on Film: Coastal shorts now available for booking

Following the success of the Britain on Film: Rural project, a number of Britain on Film: Coastal screenings are taking place within the Film Audience Network, a series of archive films focusing on the over-arching theme of coast and sea. 

Britain on Film: Coastal trailers for Yorkshire and the North East are now available for booking at your venue. For more information and to watch the trailers click here.

The trailer is available to book for free on DVD, if you are interested in booking the trailer to screen before your films please contact

Wales One World Season: Tales from the Silk Road season - expression of interest

Wales One World Film Festival are accepting expressions of interest to take part in a touring programme in Spring next year.

Following the ancient trade network of the Silk Road, from China through Mongolia and Central Asia to the Mediterranean, this programme presents some outstanding films from this region, which have won awards on the festival circuit. Possible film titles include 40 Days of Silence, Free and Easy, Khibula and Pomegranite Orchard. 

Please register your interest with

UNREST feature film and VR Programming Opportunity

Unrest VR is now available to book at your venue, an immersive interactive project inspired by the director's experience of living with ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis). The film premiered at Tribeca in April 2017 and won the Alternate Realities VR award at Sheffield Doc/Fest, which honours the best virtual reality project. 

Watch the trailer here.

UNREST will be released in UK & Eire by Together Film on 20th October 2017. For booking requests related to the feature film or the VR, please contact Rebecca Ashdown -

Playback Touring Exhibition programming opportunity

 Playback Touring Exhibition is made up of individual touchscreens displaying 150 short films made by young filmmakers - giving your audiences the ability to discover the filmmakers of tomorrow.

Venue-based Film Hub North members are invited to express interest in hosting the Playback Touring Exhibition at your venue. There are no costs associated with booking the exhibition. 

For more information please click here or contact

Random Acts short films selection now available for venues 

An exciting programming opportunity is now available for venues, Random Acts Presents screens an exciting selection of short films by young artist filmmakers aged 16-24 in cinemas across England. From animation and comedy, to dance and spoken word.

For more information about Random Acts please click here, you can view the film selection here

Norwegian Short Films programming opportunity!

Cinema For All has arranged for a package of Norwegian shorts to become available free of charge on a non-commercial basis for film societies and community cinemas through their contacts at the Norwegian Federation of Film Societies. The short film package is available to screen from Blu-ray and DVD.

You do not need to be a Cinema For All member to book the package. To book, contact the Norwegian Film Institute: for further information.

To find out more about the Norwegian Film Institute please visit the website by clicking here.

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 for 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 these 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

Accessible Screenings UK

Accessible Screenings UK is now live.  The site is intended to be a 'one-stop shop’ for disabled customers, providing them for the first time with a searchable listings resource for all subtitled, audio described and autism-friendly screenings at UK cinemas, providing access information on a site-by-site basis, as well as a mechanism for customers to report on their experiences.

To view the site please click here.

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