Film Hub North opportunities March 2017


The Great Exhibition of the North needs you - Deadline - 22nd May

The Great Exhibition of the North launches its open call today. They are in the process of identifying high impact, memorable experiences and content which will celebrate Northern arts, design and innovation at key locations across NewcastleGateshead.

They want to hear from those with creative vision - who can deliver an outstanding idea to help create a memorable experience which draws on and celebrates the North.

Click here to download the creative commission guidelines or click here to access the call for commissions page for more information.

If you've got any questions, email for the attention of Laura Hunter. 

THIS WAY UP 17 - Save the dates

We’re delighted to announce that This Way Up 17 will take place in Hull on Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 November 2017. Put the dates in your diary and Delegate Passes will go on sale in June.

In the meantime take a look at our TWU16 highlights video. This Way Up 16 took place in Glasgow on 29 & 30 November 2016 with over 310 delegates and contributors engaged in 25 sessions, workshops, talks and events.

Sheffield DocFest job vacancy - Venue Coordinator - Deadline 29th March 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team in an essential front line role at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017. Your role will ensure that specific elements of the Festival run smoothly, and that Public audiences and industry delegates have the best experience possible. The successful applicant will be confident in working with staff, volunteers and the public, and have experience of working on events in a technical or production or front of house capacity. You will be the face of each venue, acting as a central point of contact.

You will work with an assigned Festival department: Films, Alternate Realities, Talks & Sessions, Marketplace, Production, Events and/or Box Office, to assist in the delivery of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 to the highest standard. For more information on job and person specification please see below.

They are inviting prospective applicants to apply for this role by reading the full application pack and equal opportunities forms found here.

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on 29 March 2017.

ICO Young Audiences Screening Day - Friday 5 May, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

The ICO have announced their Young Audiences Screening Day, an industry screenings event showcasing films for children and young audiences (16-30 years old).

As well as screenings, the event will incorporate capacity building sessions on how best to develop audiences for a diverse range of cinema aimed at young audiences. Sessions will be targeted both towards venues that are just starting to think about creating programmes for young people, and venues that are keen to expand or develop their offer. In addition, you'll be able to meet and network with fellow exhibitors.

Booking for this event will open soon. For more information please click here.

Edinburgh International Film Festival job vacancies 

Edinburgh International Film Festival are now recruiting for volunteers and staff. There are multiple roles available ranging from marketing to technical staff. 

For more information please click here

Showroom Workstation now recruiting - Marketing Coordinator - Deadline 23rd March

Showroom Workstation are recruiting a Marketing Coordinator to take responsibility for social media channels, targeted email marketing campaigns, production of flyers and adverts, updating website content, copy writing and other content generation.

For more information and to download a job application pack please click here

Eclipse is looking for a vibrant individual to join the company - General Manager - Deadline 17th March 2017

Main Purpose of Job:

Focused on overall administration and operations of the company’s activities, helping to deliver the company’s ambitious and internationally significant Artistic Programme.

Act as main source of contact with the Company as the face for any enquiries from artists, partners and general public.

For how to apply and full job pack:

Flatpack: Assemble - Film Camp

Friday 7 April, 10:00 - 18:00, networking drinks from 17:00-18:00

Birmingham & Midlands Institute, Day pass - £15 (incl. lunch and refreshments)

Flatpack 10 have officially launched Flatpack: Assemble, a year-round partnership with the BFI to help build a more thriving, connected film community across the West Midlands. At Flatpack 11 the Assemble team are back to host Film Camp, a new one-day event exploring some of the latest innovations in cinema exhibition.

The inaugural Film Camp will take place in Birmingham and is designed to bring together film exhibitors from across the country to share their wealth of experience as well as discuss new models and ways of thinking. Film Camp is open to everyone from large-scale exhibitors to community cinema organisers and student film groups as well as anyone interested in showing films.

Please click here to purchase your tickets.

Mad to be Normal now available for booking

Mad to be Normal which recently closed Glasgow Film Festival is now available for members' booking ahead of its theatrical release on the 6th April!

Starring David Tennant, the story explores the controversial, yet revolutionary, Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing and the community he created in Kingsley Hall, East London during the 1960's.

Watch the trailer

To book, contact Daz Spencer Lovesey -

Available for bookings - Zip & Zap and The Marble Gang

Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang - a live-action family adventure packed with special effects and lots of entertainment will be available for bookings from 31 March.

“A slice of wholesome, family-friendly entertainment.” Hollywood Reporter

“A visually lush children’s adventure movie.” Eye For Film

Watch the trailer (UK)

Released by Soda Pictures/Children’s Cinema Club. Please contact Hannah Roeg / 0207 377 1407 with booking enquiries. 

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2017 is open for entries

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) is one of the UK’s leading festivals for new cinema and artists’ moving image.

Based in England’s most northerly town, BFMAF is a dynamic forum where fresh artistic voices develop and audiences hungry for complex and challenging art are nurtured.

Entries will be considered for September 2017's full programme including:

Berwick New Cinema Competition

Essential Cinema


Live Events & Performance

For more information and the entry form, click here.

Tyneside Cinema Job Vacancy - Programme Manager - Deadline 20th March 

Following on from our recruitment for a Director of Film Programming the Tyneside Cinema are looking for a Film Programme Manager.

They are seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic and highly organised professional to support the delivery of Tyneside Cinema’s film programme. This is a new role, created within a newly organised structure and at an exciting stage of the organisation’s development.

The postholder will work closely with the Director of Film Programming and other members of the programme team, and collaboratively with colleagues across Marketing and Operations to ensure effective management and delivery of a high-quality and distinctive programme.

There will also be some opportunities within the role to create and lead on original programming.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with some wanting to pursue a career in film programming.

To find out more about the post, please download the job description here.


Please download and complete an application form and an Equality and Opportunity Monitoring Form - here - and email it to: with ‘Programme Manager’ in the subject line.

Alternatively you can post your application form to:

Recruitment, Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG

Please note we do not accept CVs.

Deadline for applications is Monday 20th March at 12pm.

Interviews will take place w/c 27th March. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Business Planning Workshop - Tuesday 28 March, Watershed Bristol

This one day workshop, led by Kim Ludolf Koch, CEO of Cineplex Deutschland - the biggest brand in the German market - will focus on the nitty gritty of business planning for independent cinemas. Whether you are just starting out, are planning to expand or want to increase revenues, this workshop will give you the tools to develop a realistic plan and budget model.

Topics covered will include:

• Admissions Forecast

• Elements of a business plan

• Why look at figures!

• Stepped Margin Calculation

• Break-Even- Analyses

• Benchmarking

As well as working with one of Europe's leading media experts, you will also have the opportunity to access one-to-one advice and share experience with Film Hub Members. The workshop is free of charge to Film Hub Members and travel/accommodation bursaries are available. Register here

Fundraising Training for Film Hub Members - Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th April - Watershed Bristol

Tuesday 4 - Wednesday 5 April, Watershed Bristol

We're offering a two day Fundraising Training Course to help translate your passion for cinema into fundraising success. You will come away with the tools to write a brilliant case for support, practice at asking for donations, ideas for involving and cultivating relationships with new donors and and a template for your own fundraising strategy.

The comprehensive course covers the fundraising cycle, individual giving and major donors, trusts and foundations, what makes a fundraising strategy and case studies of successful fundraising campaigns

The cost of this training is £160 per person however Film Hub Members can attend free of charge. Register here.

Leeds Young Film Festival - Festival Volunteers Wanted 

Leeds Young Film Festival welcomes children, young people and their families to the largest event of its kind in the North of England. The festival features a programme of new and unseen cinema for children from around the world, as well as classic screenings, moving-image related workshops and masterclasses. Leeds Young Film Festival will present The Film House, Animation Central and the Virtual Reality Zone over Easter weekend 2017 (Friday 14th April till Monday 17th April). 

Leeds Young Film need a range of dedicated volunteers to help with the set-up and ushering of this exciting event. As a volunteer for The Film House, Central Animation and the Virtual Reality space at Leeds Young Film Festival, you will be assisting the smooth delivery, set-up and take down of this event. Duties will include:

1. Please complete the application form by clicking on the link below and then email a passport style photograph (a head and shoulders picture of yourself) to The deadline is Sunday 19th March by 17:00.

2. In the 'Why would you like to volunteer' section - please state if you have a particular interest in Virtual Reality, Animation, or live cinema experiences.

3. If you are particularly interested in the set up or take down of the festival make sure you select shifts on the Thursday afternoon and Monday evening.

4. You will hear from us about the status of your application on Friday 24th March.

5. Volunteer induction will be on Monday 27th March at 17:30 in Leeds Town Hall, which YOU MUST ATTEND

Toni Erdman assets now available

Soda Pictures have provided some brilliant assets for Toni Edrmann! Find the poster, trailer, stills and more available to download.

Developing Your Film Festival 2017 - 19th - 24th June 2017

If you want the next edition of your film festival to have a bigger audience, stronger international reputation and improved sponsorship and partnerships, this course was designed for you. 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.

Developing Your Film Festival 2017 is taking place at Edinburgh International Film Festival. You will have the chance to make new connections and see the beautiful city of Edinburgh, as well take in the world’s oldest continually running film festival.

Developing Your Film Festival is taught interactively by experts from the Independent Cinema Office as well as key festival staff from the best festivals from around the world (in the past, we have welcomed representatives from the Berlinale, Hot Docs, Rotterdam, Toronto and many more). You will come away with a clear strategy that you can implement immediately, as well as new contacts from festivals around the world.

On the course you will learn practical lessons about:

  • Sponsorship
  • Partnerships
  • Audience development
  • Programming
  • Press strategy
  • Income building

To find out more and to apply for Developing Your Film Festival, click here.

If you want to talk about whether Developing Your Film Festival is right for you, email the ICO:  

I, Daniel Blake flat rate screening fee for community venues in 2017

Troy Agency are offering I, Daniel Blake, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, from the 1st of January on DVD at the flat rate of £80.00 plus VAT. This offer is specifically aimed at community organisations and venues interested in showing the film.

If you are interested in this programming opportunity please contact Simon Troy from Troy Agency -

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 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 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

Light Years Film - UK tour

One hot summer’s day, Rose (newcomer Zamira Fuller) longs to see her mum (Beth Orton) but nobody will take her. Her father (Muhammet Uzuner), struggling to cope, disappears to work, her sister (Sophie Burton) waits to meet a boy on the local golf course and her brother (James Stuckey) is preoccupied at home communing with spirits online. Taking destiny into her own hands she sets off alone deep into England’s forgotten edge lands to reach her. Rose’s odyssey provokes her disconnected, fractured siblings and parents into a poignant reunion to face their challenges together. LIGHT YEARS is the debut feature from BAFTA award winning director and photographer. Esther May Campbell and features the acting debut of acclaimed singer/songwriter Beth Orton alongside Muhammet Uzuner (ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA) and a cast of young newcomers. LIGHT YEARS is a poetic and startling story of loss, hope and the deepest of human connections.

To watch the trailer please click here

To book tickets to a screening near you please click here.

For more information about the film please click here 

Aya Distribution programming opportunity 

Aya Distribution, a sales and distribution company with a focus on African cinema are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a BFI Programme Development Fund to release the award winning and highly acclaimed film Sembene!. For the first time this film captures the life of the father of African cinema Ousmane Sembène, told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, his colleague and biographer, Samba Gadjigo - who is also the co-director of the film.

Sembene! has been screened in Cannes 2015, Telluride 2015, Toronto 2015, and many other prestigious festivals, and comes highly acclaimed. We plan on releasing the film Sembene! theatrically across cinemas in the UK alongside one-off screenings of three of Sembene’s other works mentioned in the film: Xala, Moolaade and Black Girl.

If your cinema would like to consider screening these four films between October - December 2016 please contact Justine Atkinson. The co-director Jason Silverman will be available between 12-20 November to take part in a post screening Q&As, this will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. 

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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