Film Hub South West & West Midlands is a network of independent cinemas, film festivals and cross-arts venues which offer a strong programme of British independent and specialised film and are active in developing new audiences for a diverse range of cinema.
Associate Membership is open to all constituted film exhibition organisations in the South West & West Midlands that wish to join with the network in developing audiences for British Independent and specialised film.
In a fantastic waterside location at the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, accompanied by a programme of learning and participation activities. Five exhibition spaces, a theatre/cinema auditorium, Reading Room and Light/Dark Studios are housed in the Grade II listed, fully accessible building. The converted warehouse also contains one of the country’s best arts Shops as well as a Café Bar serving the best in local and seasonal produce.
awen is an award winning media production social enterprise based in West Cornwall. Our work inspires and empowers communities by telling their stories in a variety of creative formats. We exhibit and distribute our work in galleries, museums, festivals, village halls, on-line and DVDs.
awen has gained regional, national and international recognition producing films and digital media on many diverse subjects. The ethos at the heart of our company is the creative use of digital media including documentaries, short dramas, on-line photo diaries, web platforms, exhibitions and cultural heritage apps. Our participatory projects engage with communities to raise under-represented people’s voices using digital technology as tools for positive social change. Our productions grow out of long-term relationships with our communities using integrated, participatory approaches.
Over the last four years we have been running a successful archive film project reaching rural communities across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. The Tre Project – Rediscovering Cornwall and IOS through Archive Film was originally funded by South West Screen then Heritage Lottery Fund and Feast. Tre means ‘Home’ in Cornish. The project repurposed archive film and made new short films with communities and schools, held events, live music and film screenings, Q&A’s with guest speakers, brought down the Vintage Mobile Cinema and visited 30 village halls with tailor made film programmes which were curated with the community.
Behind The Curtain Film Festival
Polish Expats Association (PEA) launches ‘Behind the Curtain Festival’, a new, expanded and unique Central and Eastern European film and new media festival. The festival will take place in November 2014 and will be spread across various Birmingham venues inlcuding mac Birmingham, Millennium Point and Ikon Gallery. Screenings will take place over the course of 5 weekends.
The idea of the festival is based on a combination of film, video art, audio/video installations and music.
Festival consists of three strands:
- the film programme
- multimedia exhibition and
- performance events.
‘Behind the Curtain Festival’ will bring high quality films and new media from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to Birmingham and is envisaged to be a key event on the Birmingham and UK wide festival calendar. The festival will contribute to the a vibrant and coherent Arts and Culture Festivals sector through bringing only the best Central and Eastern European cinema and through working with local, Birmingham based artists promoting British film.
Cinegi is the new digital distribution service that allows film clubs and societies to screen film and alternative content in full HD. It has been developed in line with the strategic aims of the BFI, ICO and Cinema for All (BFFS).
With a growing selection of content including independent films such as Finding Vivian Maier, foreign language such as Camille Claudel and arthouse film, shorts, recorded theatre, music, opera and ballet, Cinegi is committed to widening the choice for audiences in areas with the least access to independent and specialised film and alternative content.
Following a private beta in Cornwall in the summer the Cinegi is now a UK wide public beta and we would love to see screenings happening across the Film Hub South West and West Midlands regions.
Bristol Palestine Film Festival
www.bristolpff.org.uk | @bristolpff
Fabian’s Film is a Community Interest Company based in Exeter. Our mission is to promote film projects which reflect the culturally diverse landscape of the UK; a form of Transnational British Cinema. This ethos extends to collaboration: providing opportunities for under-represented and marginalised communities in the UK to use cinema as a way to articulate their own identities.
In addition to this, we seek out ways in which to develop new models of production in terms of film practice; challenging hierarchical structures and processes that exist in contemporary narrative cinema - from concept to realization. To do this, we foreground the notion of the creative process, applying site-specific methods of research/practice which are tailored to suit each individual project.
We are also developing a mentoring strand to encourage young and emerging filmmakers to realise strong and unique personal visions.
Falmouth University The School of Film & Television
Based at Falmouth University the School of Film & Television is home to the acclaimed BA Film course and exciting new BA Television and MA Film & Television courses. It has a committed public engagement strategy working with The Poly venue in Falmouth and Cornwall Film Festival in the county at large to bring world-class filmmaking and industry talent to Cornwall for the benefit of students and local audiences. The School is dedicated to helping develop a strong film culture in Cornwall through screenings, themed seasons and special events that are part of the core delivery of its various degrees but also enable a diversity of film content to be screened locally that is of the highest quality and wherever possible includes contextual introductions or Q&As that increase awareness and understanding of the full range of cinematic possibilities. Filmmakers who have partaken in attended screenings and Masterclasses so far and confirmed for the future include BAFTA winning director Kieran Evans (Kelly + Victor), Victoria Wood (Svengali), Jeanie Finlay (Sound It Out, The Great Hip Hop Hoax) and Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Croupier, Flash Gordon).
Live & Local
Live & Local was founded in 1994 as a live performance community touring scheme in Warwickshire and has since extended its service to cover Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire. The organisation is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and funded by 27 local authorities. We work in partnership with a network of over 180 voluntary organisations that choose and promote events for their local communities.
In 2012 we launched our rural cinema scheme – Big Picture Show – in Warwickshire, delivering cinema in partnership with rural promoting groups. Our network continues to expand and we are seeking to both broaden and deepen our audience engagement through developing the film programme and creating projects with other creative organisations.
Odeon Broadway Plaza
First of its kind, ourscreen is an innovative digital platform that lets anyone watch the films they want in their local cinemas. ourscreen enables film fans to create screenings of their favourite films in three steps. We have already 250 films on the platform, ranging from recent hits like Under the Skin, to foreign language masterpieces like Jules et Jim, to cult classics like Scarface and family favourites like E.T. More films are added every week.
Since its launch in Spring 2014, ourscreen has been the platform for the successful screening of the World’s first people-powered premiere football documentary Next Goal Wins. ourscreen's first ever successful screening was UK indie-horror The Borderlands.
Pop Up Docs
Pop Up Docs is a pop-up cinema that screens the very best in award-winning documentary films in various alternative and sometimes unusual locations in Bath.
It aims to inspire people to think about the wider world in different ways by showing thought-provoking films that encourage people to engage with the world around them. We believe in making these films accessible to a wide variety of people by making the screenings affordable and operating on a not-for-profit basis.
Pride Bristol is an organisation that promotes equality and
celebrates LGBT lives through an annual programme of arts based events culminating in a one-day festival in the centre of Bristol.
Our programme includes an annual Pride film festival, screening some of the best LGBT films produced from around the world.
We hand select the films in order to give a unique opportunity for the LGBT and extended community to engage with film and subject matters that are otherwise limited by the Hetro-normative narratives of the mainstream film industry.
Bristol pride is developing its film programme by means of engagement by incorporating stop animation workshops of which our first was within the 2014 programme.
In 2015 we are including a short film winter programme in partnership with The Iris Prize based in Cardiff. This is an exclusive and exciting partnership development.
The Iris Prize partnership marks a significant opportunity to develop our film festival bringing filmmaking opportunities to our audience and increasing our engagement and creative possibilities.
We have increased film audience year on year and broadened our audience both in breath of the LGBT and wider community and our age demographic by developing our film selection and reputation.
Producers' Forum is an independent organisation serving the vibrant community of filmmakers and content producers, in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond.
Our membership includes Producers, Writers and Directors as well as a good mix of DOPs, Editors, Art Directors, Sound Recordists and Composers as well as lots of others! We began as just a handful of producers trying to help each other out back in 2003 and have grown to a much wider group with a strong regional and national influence that helps us develop our careers, connect with others, have a voice and grow our creative endeavours.
We aim to be at the forefront of film and media related issues. We provide training, networking, master classes and mentoring via peer to peer and leading figures in the industry. In an industry currently undergoing profound change, we provide a unified lobbying voice. TOGETHER we believe we can make a real difference to our own and other members' creative endeavours, and our industry.
Puppet Place is a hub for puppetry and animation in Bristol. Since 2009 we have run the biennial Bristol Festival of Puppetry: an international celebration of all things animated on stage and screen. We take pride in creating an ambitious and imaginative programme that is accessible to all comers and stretches the boundaries of puppetry and animation.
Outside of the Festival we run a programme of workshops, talks and events for everyone from the complete beginner to the experienced professional. Our building is home to a vibrant community of puppeteers, creative technologists, designers, film and theatre makers, including world renowned companies Pickled Image and Green Ginger. We work in collaboration with local and international partners on all our activities and we are always interested to develop new partnerships and new ways of working.
River Tamar Project
The River Tamar Project is a public art programme that commissions and works with creative practitioners who occupy the space between art, architecture, design, science and technology.
Working with the communities who live on its banks, our mission is to explore a future human use for the River Tamar. Our remit covers 22 miles of the rivers tidal length and the surrounding rural area, including West Devon, East Cornwall and Plymouth. We create projects that consider this natural asset and help develop new thinking and innovative ideas for the rivers future, whilst understanding its past. Our approach is to commission work that explores the international reach and context of the river, and work with the most exciting arts practitioners and innovators to create a major cultural programme for the area.
In 2014 the River Tamar Project produced a major international film festival; It’s All About the River. The festival combined epic cinema, archive and documentary film and premiered specially commissioned works by international, national and local artists and filmmakers. Films linked to a river theme, allowing the festival to celebrate the history of the River Tamar and explore its future use and the impact of water on a global scale.
Somerset Film is a social enterprise and registered charity. Our vision is to give everyone in and around Somerset theopportunity to be creative with moving image and digital media, and through our collaborative approach, to act as a catalyst for a more just and equal society.
We aim to increase opportunities and provide access to equipment, expertise and activities to increase creativity, develop transferable skills, nurture local talent and raise aspiration. We prioritise those at risk of social or physical isolation or exclusion working with all age groups and abilities to increase media literacy, build self-esteem and promote social cohesion.
The Drum Arts Centre
The Drum is the UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre, our mission is to lead and facilitate the development, presentation and celebration of creative, performing, visual, participative and digital arts for the benefit of all our communities. Our vision is for The Drum to become a premier centre of excellence for intercultural arts and culture that will provide strategic leadership and advocacy – locally, nationally and internationally, and become a progressive, innovative arts community that values its customers, audiences, participants, artists, staff and partners alike.
Our film programme aims to profile work, which may not receive exposure in the mainstream cinemas. Whilst at the same time we aim to screen films addressing key themes and issues affecting communities, which make up our audiences.
We achieve these aims by working in partnership with individual filmmakers and distributors to provide a platform for their films, offering box office incentives. Developing the partnership enable The Drum to build its audience for film. For instance films have been programmed in partnership with Aston Black Sisters, Shakti Women, South Asian Alliance, local schools, colleges and universities.
As a member of the Film Hub will enable The Drum to focus its film programme and develop strategic partnerships, whilst supporting local filmmakers.
The Little Theatre Cinema
The Little Theatre Cinema is a neighbourhood movie house in an art deco building in the centre of Bath. Since its opening in 1936, the building has remained in the hands of the same Bath family, although the cinema operation itself has been part of the Picturehouse collective since 2004.
A wide variety of film is shown at the Little, with international, independent and quality mainstream all finding space here. The cinema boasts thriving membership schemes, including special varieties for senior citizens and children as well as a general one for film fans of all ages. The Little hosts live broadcasts from the world of opera and theatre, together with frequent filmmaker Q&As and special introductions, both in person and via Skype or satellite. The Little also plays host to the majority of the screenings that comprise the Bath Film Festival.
The building has two screens (138 and 69 seats) and is equipped with digital, 35mm, blu-ray, dvd and satellite in both. New seating was installed last year. The cinema is fully licenced for the sale and consumption of alcohol throughout. In addition, the Little is a licenced and very successful wedding venue.
The Theatre Orchard
The Theatre Orchard is an arts development charity founded in 2007 and with a principle focus on North Somerset - though much of our work does have a wider geographical remit. Our core objective is the development of a thriving, inclusive cultural life for this often overlooked region, and whilst we have concentrated primarily on developing and touring performing arts projects and products, the film medium is becoming an increasingly vibrant part of our programme.
Since 2011 we have been working with professional film-makers to develop community based films in and with the socially deprived communities of Weston-super-Mare, giving local people a voice on key social issues. These films are rolled out in partnership with national agencies to give long-term impact.
We are currently developing a long-term partnership with Clevedon Curzon (North Somerset’s indepedendent cinema) in order that we may combine forces as two of the key cultural providers in North Somerset, exploring cross-artform commissions and programming - reaching out to new audiences across the region.
20th Century Flicks
20th Century Flicks is the longest known running video shop in the world. With a collection of more than 18,000 films including 2,500 rare titles on VHS format, Flicks has become one of the largest film collections in the UK. In addition to renting films, Flicks has a small cinema room available for private hire to its members. The Flicks Kino seats 11 and is suitable for a variety of screenings and discussions ranging from children's birthday parties to regular film groups.
We also offer a digitising service and intend to transfer some of our rare VHS titles onto digital format to make it more accessible across digital platforms, this project is currently in its research stage. There is a small production arm starting up and we have plans to begin film education courses in the Kino, produce a quarterly film journal and offer a consultation program for film students.
20th Century Flicks presents a monthly film screening at The Cube accompanied by video essay work and conversation. Flicks also hosts a regular film trivia quiz at The Christmas Steps and encourages everyone of all levels to take part. We are committed to making film and film culture accessible and enjoyable across Bristol and further afield (we offer a postal rental service too).
Ujima Radio CIC is a media company and Social Enterprise staffed, managed and run entirely by a team of Volunteers. It is an inner city local Bristol Community radio station, based in St. Pauls, that supplies news, discussion and music. Ujima has a listenership of approximately 24,000 people, Ujima has created new opportunities in media to share information and improve employment, training and provide a platform for cultural and creative expression. Ujima helps to build bridges and work in partnership with organisations and communities alike.
Ujima is an ambitious company designed to impact positively upon whole communities across all age-ranges. Since launching in 2008, the station has attracted over 250 volunteers, whilst it currently caters for over 100 volunteers. Ujima uses its resources toprovide a voice for those who feel they have no stake in society, we have promoted a range of events from Bristol Harbourside and St Pauls Carnival working with Bristol City Council, Watershed and the BBC.
Most importantly, our broadcasting philosophy is to use radio and related media such as photography, filming and social media as the means to build bridges between the diverse BME communities and the wider communities in Media Training and Education.