New Exhibitors' Network for London
Date posted: 11.12.2013
Membership is now open for Film Hub London, a new network of film exhibitors which aims to expand the film culture offer in the capital and boost audiences. Members will be able to access new funds immediately and more opportunities will be rolled out in the New Year.
Launched at Film London's Exhibitors' Breakfast today at Riverside Studios, membership to the Hub is free and open to any project in Greater London's film exhibition sector. Ranging from commercial cinema chains, through to film clubs, societies and beyond, the more members the Hub has, the greater its impact.
A Collaborative Network
Film Hub London aims to unite the exhibition sector, to drive fresh thinking and industry collaboration and ensure audiences across London can discover film in all its diversity.
"Film Hub London offers formal and long term investment to the capital's exhibition sector, but our success depends on the strength of our membership" explains Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commisison.
Outlining his ambition for the project, Wootton said "I am confident that collectively we can build a bright future for film exhibition in the capital – for all exhibitors, for all venues, for all audiences."
Hub members become part of a community of exhibitors, aiming to improve cinema access across London. At quarterly Exhibitors' Breakfasts, members will have the opportunity to share best practice, learn from each others' experience and develop collaborative projects.
About Film Hub London
Film Hub London is part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). Film London has been appointed Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) for the region, and will oversee a substantial four-year project, investing £200,000 a year of Lottery funding, through BFI FAN, for audience development in the capital, with a focus outside central London.
Building on Film London's 10 years of experience in facilitating and supporting a range of inclusive and engaging London exhibition ventures, Film Hub London will encourage small-scale exhibitors to take more risks and large-scale exhibitors to expand their scope.
Access to Funding and Training opportunities
Film Hub London members can access a range of funding and training opportunities.
These schemes include:
- Bursaries to support training needs
- The Boost Award to help members host film-makers or films otherwise outside of their budget
- Bespoke programmes of London-made content
- Funding and training to improve provision for disabled and D/deaf audiences in the capital
More opportunties will be announced in 2014.
A New Partnership with Vue
The Hub has also secured a partnership with Vue Cinemas, capitalising on their broad geographical distribution of sites outside central London, to support new community led film activity.
Film Hub London Advisory Panel
Film London has brought together an exceptional roster of industry experts to help lead Film Hub London in an Advisory Panel. The Panel will guide Hub activities, represent members' interests and agree its annual aims and objectives.
"With Film London it is our ambition to ensure that the films available represent London's audiences and we develop those audiences", said Kate Gerova, Creative Director of Birds Eye View Film Festival and Member of Film Hub London's Advisory Panel. "I'm keen to ensure we have an impact in all corners of the capital."
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