Our annual season of film celebrating Northern cinema
Our North is Film Hub North's annual season of film - a chance to celebrate 'Northern-ness,' what it means to be Northern and how this is represented through the moving image. Screenings will take place at cinemas, festivals, film clubs and special events throughout July and August.
There's lots of ways to take part in the season: you can screen titles from our curated core programme and benefit from discounted film rental rates and additional support; you can supplement the core programme with your own activity and apply to the Our North Pitch Pot to fund this; or you can make Our North your own and apply to the Pitch Pot to support a separate programme that responds to the season's theme.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 15 June.
For its inaugural edition, Our North focuses on the writers that have been instrumental in bringing Northern voices to wider audiences. The core programme features productions written by key Northern figures such as Jim Allen (Manchester), Shelagh Delaney (Salford), Andrea Dunbar (Bradford) and Barry Hines (South Yorkshire).
Spanning television, short and feature filmmaking, and showcasing a variety of voices and genres, the Our North curated selections offer flexible programming options and plural visions of life in the North. The core titles are:
- Days of Hope (Dir. Ken Loach | 1975)
- United Kingdom (Dir. Roland Joffé | 1981)
- Red, White and Zero (Dir. Lindsay Anderson, Tony Richardson, Peter Brook | 1967)
- The Arbor (Dir. Clio Barnard | 2010)
- Rita, Sue and Bob Too (Dir. Alan Clarke | 1987)
- Threads (Dir. Mick Jackson | 1984)
Members who screen titles in the core programme can benefit from reduced film rental rates, additional materials like marketing assets and programme notes, and advice and support from the Film Hub North team.
Beyond the core programme, we want you to make Our North a celebration of your North. Members are encouraged to take inspiration from the curated selections and respond to the season in imaginative ways, using the theme of celebrating Northern stories to plan events that will enhance your programme and develop new audiences. This might involve screening a series of films that speak to your locality, inviting special guests to introduce screenings, or holding pop-up events in spaces that connect to the Our North programme.
The Our North Pitch Pot is available to help make these programmes happen. Members can apply to the Pitch Pot to receive financial support for their own Our North activity - funding can be used to cover costs like clearing film rights, covering speaker fees, creating marketing campaigns or hiring an event-specific venue. Members interested in screening core programme titles only do not need to apply to the Pitch Pot.
We're now accepting expressions of interest in Our North and the Pitch Pot.
More information about the core programme, the Pitch Pot and how to apply can be found in the Our North guidelines.
The Film Hub North team are here to help should you wish to discuss your application or have a chat about programming and marketing ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org.