Supported Activity

Common Ground - Harvest Film Festival

Harvest Film Festival explores our relationship to farming, food and land through its curated programme of fiction, documentary, art and archive films. It also encourages communities, especially in remote rural areas, to get together, celebrate their locality and the season, and see films that they would not otherwise watch. As well as bringing communities together in places where there is little or no cultural activity, the festival wishes to explore how film and agricultural activities can exist side-by-side.

Pitch pot support will enable the Harvest Film Festival to expand to new venues in Dorset and Somerset and will support a young ambassador to develop a marketing strategy aimed at reaching young audiences in rural communities. 

Pitch Pot Award: £1,500

Priority: Young Audiences + Engaging Audiences

Admissions: 300

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Compass Presents - Celluloid Sail

Celluloid Sail is a unique archive, film and circus experience aboard the Tall Ship Kaskelot. Using a multi-artform approach, located archive footage is projected onto the sails of the Kaskelot in harbours across the UK. Specially constructed screens and audio installations are hidden within the bowels of the ship, ready for audiences to discover. As night falls, the vessel then transforms into an expanded cinema; before the film starts, audiences sat on the water’s edge are treated to an archive film infused live circus performance on the ship’s rigging.Celluloid Sail was the BFI’s flagship and only touring production for their ‘Coast & Sea’ themed, third and final year of ‘Britain On Film’; a programme dedicated to engaging audiences with archive film.

Pitch pot funding will support additional activity focusing on engaging young audiences with Celluloid Sail to include partnership working with colleges, universities and young people's charities in tour cities and to promote event to young audiences, through competitions, and volunteer positions within the young communities associated with these orgs (Plymouth Uni, Belfast Uni, Belfast City College, UWE, Tomorrow's People, Queens Film Theatre).Additional marketing to / engaging young audiences via social media and through printed materials/

Pitch Pot Award of £1,500

Priority: Young Audiences + Screen Heritage

Admissions: 500 (theses admissions are in addition to those captured as part of Britain on Film funding which will be accounted for separately). 

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Shextreme Film Festival - On Tour

An annual one-day festival celebrating women in extreme sports and adventure for audiences in Bristol.

Showcasing active women both on screen and behind the lens, Shextreme Film Tour’s purpose is to empower and inspire aged 16 – 30 women with a love for adventure. Funding will support an expansion of the Festival to venues in the South West: Exeter Phoenix, Lighthouse Cinema Newquay and The Poly in Falmouth and enhanced marketing strategy in collabiration with Neon Stash: UK’s leading PR company in action sports with a particular passion for women in adventure and Claire-Jane Carter, an award-winning adventure filmmaker.

Pitch Pot Award of £1,500

Priority: Young Audiences

Admissions: 300

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C-Fylm - Films for Our Future

C Fylm is Cornwall’s film club network, supporting community venues to screen films for their local audience. C Fylm offers people across Cornwall the chance to watch great films in their own community, in great company, and at an affordable price. 

Pitch Pot funding will support 5 additional screenings of documentary films with discussions around topical and diverse subjects as a new strand in programming to create opportunities for audiences in Cornwall with increased opportunites to engage with specialised film. Funding will support targetted marketing for these screenings to reach new audiences in Cornwall as well as speaker fees for discussion panels.

Pitch Pot Award: £750

Priority: Engaging Audiences

Admissions: 240

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mac birmingham - Black Britain on Film - Griot Elders Project

As part of a wider audience engagement initiative mac is developing a relationship with Afro-Caribbean elders in the north Birmingham areas of Aston and Newtown. After the closure of The Drum arts centre last year, cultural opportunities in the area are sparse and engagement in the arts is extremely low, particularly amongst older demographics. mac has partnered with the Black Arts Forum to produce the Griot Elders Project, engaging elders within these locations through storytelling, dance, music and art. The aim is to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation, revive the arts in the community, and dispel assumptions that our venue is out of reach or unsuitable. More information on Griot Elders Project can be found at:https://macbirmingham.co.uk/project/griot-elders-project

Pitch Pot funding will support travel and subsistence costs to enable participants to attend a screening of Black Britain on Film at mac removing any difficulty or barriers to access. Giving an opportunity for the group to start getting to know each other, to experience a unique cultural offering otherwise out of reach for them, and to establish an association between the project and mac as a cultural venue in order to build familiarity with the venue, and secure longer-term engagement with mac, and the arts generally.

Pitch Pot Award £870

Priority: Access & Inclusion + Screen Heritage

Beneficiaries: 42

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Stroud Film Festival - Audience Development

Stroud Film Festival is planning four events over the next year outside of the festival run to maintain and build on our audience by reaching out to different members of the community and involving them with film events, which continue our aim of widening participation in film audiences.

Pitch Pot funding will support audience development activity to include 4 screening events with surrounding activity and an enhanced marketing strategy including website development.

Pitch Pot Award: £1,500

Prioirty: Young Audiences + Engaging Audiences

Admissions: 300

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Cornwall Film Festival - Discovery Young Programmers Award

Cornwall Film Festival creates film events, special screenings and produces an education programme annually

Pitch pot support will enable CFF to set up and run a Young programmers award at the 2017 Cornwall Film Festival to engage the next generation of cultural ambassadors. The aim will be to boost the reach of film titles & cultural engagement for young audiences and to grow the engagement of 16-30 year olds with British independent and specialised film.

Pitch Pot Award: £1,500

Priority: Young Audiences

Admissions: 300

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Bristol Palestine Film Festival - Young Audiences Outreach

The aim of the Bristol Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) is to bring Palestine-related cinema, arts and culture to the widest possible audience. In doing so, the festival hopes to deepen public understanding of Palestinian society and forge links between the Palestinian communities represented on screen, and the audiences watching them in Bristol. BPFF aims to reach out to new audiences and encourage them to watch films they may not otherwise seek out.

Pitch pot funding will support the development of new activity within the Bristol PFF focused specifically on young audiences, as well as extending marketing activity this year to reach out to a wider audience.

Pitch Pot Award: £1,450

Priority: Young Audiences + Access & Inclusion

Admissions: 350

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Portable Pictures - Deliverance at Beeses

Teaming up with Beeses Riverside Bar and Bristol Ferry, Portable Picture will stage the ultimate outdoor screening of John Boorman's 1972 thriller Deliverance complete with hog roast and option to arrive by boat. 

Pitch pot funding will be used to extend marketing of the event to reach a wider audience

Pitch Pot Award: £100

Priority: Engaging Audiences

Admissions: 100

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The Royal Cornwall Polytechnhic Society - Open Poly

Working with Cornwall Council and under their Autism Strategy, we would like to be the first Cornish cinema to offer specifically tailored screenings for these children and their families / carers. Using advice we have sought from the National Autism Society (NAS), schools who specialise in working with severally autistic children and from our volunteer base, we believe that The Poly could provide a good range of children centred screenings that enable audience participation in film.

Supporting audience development and enhanced maketing for the Poly to include six screening events and open day and printed materials.

Pitch Pot Award: £1,215

Priority: Access & Inclusion

Admissions: 240

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FilmBath - Marketing & Outreach

Our mission is to champion and showcase diversity on screen and behind the camera to as inclusive an audience as possible, and to inspire exhibitors to programme more diverse films both in the UK and beyond.

Funding will be used to support a series of outdoor screenings in deprived areas of Bath and a new, enhanced marketing campaign for the festival to ensure that as many people as possible know about the festival and the films on offer. To build a younger audience to empower the next generation of audiences to advocate for film to be central to our culture and to create the opportunity for EVERYONE to participate in the rich culture of film and discussion at the festival

Pitch Pot Award: £1,500

Priority: Young Audiences + Access & Inclusion

Admissions: 1,170