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London audiences get access to international film-makers and rare film content thanks to the Boost Award

Date posted: 16.04.2014

Seven ambitious and unique film exhibition projects have been selected to receive Film Hub London's Boost Award.

The recipients will use the funds of up to £3,000 each to support bold programming initiatives and increase audience engagement at screening events in different locations around the capital, with 25 new partnerships forged between Hub Members showing film across London.

The successful organisations have all signed up to Film Hub London. Managed by Film London the Hub is a network of exhibitors who work together to increase cinema accessibility and audience diversity in the capital, particularly outside central London.

Applications for the next round of the Boost Award open tomorrowSee if your project fits the bill

Boosting activity across London

Film London's Boost Award helps with costs including screening fees, print transport and talent appearances. It allows exhibitors to broaden their scope by showcasing film content that isn't widely available and helps add value to screenings by funding extra content such as film-maker Q&As and live music.

Condition of the funding is that recipients must partner with at least two other Hub members to deliver the events at other locations around London, leveraging the expertise and talent associated with the initiatives.. As a result, 25 new partnerships have been forged between film exhibitors in London, and even wider audiences will be reached.

Successful projects

An exciting variety of projects have received this round of the Film Hub London Boost Award.

A Nos Amours – Chantal Akerman: Expanded

Partnering with the ICA and JW3

Screening collective A Nos Amours' will bring Belgian director Chantal Akerman to London for a retrospective of her work including screenings and seminars at the ICA Cinema and new Jewish arts venue JW3 in North West London.

Crystal Palace Festival Group – Secrets of Nature – Sounds Unseen

Partnering with Sydenham Arts Festival, Zanzibar nightclub and Apiary Studios

Crystal Palace Festival Group will present a series of ground-breaking silent films. Secrets of Nature (1903-1927) will be shown with a new live musical score at St. John the Evangelist Church in Upper Norwood and Zanzibar nightclub in Sydenham as part of the Sydenham Arts Festival, with a further screening at Apiary Studios in Hackney.

Elefest – Elefest Rescores

Partnering with Cinema Museum, Peckham and Nunhead Festival and Hackney Attic

Elephant and Castle-based Elefest will present two live rescores to Modern Times and The Fabulous World of Jules Verne performed by the Cabinet of Living Cinema and the McCarricks at the Cinema Museum during the festival. The Peckham and Nunhead Film Festival and Hackney Attic will also host screenings with further showings at Shortwave and Lexi Cinema to be confirmed.

LOCO –  LOCO Present Matterhorn

Partnering with JW3 and Anxiety UK Arts Festival 

London Comedy Film Festival LOCO will present screenings of Dutch comedy Matterhorn, followed by a Q&A with director, Diederick Ebbinge at JW3 and as part of Anxiety UK Arts Festival in South London.

London Borough of Tower Hamlets – Cutting East, Electro Chaabi

Partnering with Genesis Cinema, Clapham Picture House and Mosaic Rooms

Youth-led programme Cutting East will present Egyptian music documentary Electro Chaabi plus a Q&A with director Hind Meddeb at a screening at the Genesis Cinema.  The film will then screen at Clapham Picturehouse as part of its young documentary film-makers group and discussions are ongoing with Mosaic Rooms.

Open City Docs Fest – Avi Mograbi Retrospective

Partnering with the ICA and Hackney Picturehouse

Open City Docs Fest will bring award-winning Israeli documentarian Avi Mograbi to London to participate at a retrospective of his work at the ICA, Hackney Picturehouse and at Open City festival venues in Bloomsbury.

SCI-FI London Film Festival 2014 – Bunker 6

Partnering with The Bunker and Stratford Picturehouse

SCI-FI London are screening new Canadian film Bunker 6 with director Q&A at a new venue The Bunker, a preserved World War II bunker in Dalston. The film will then repeat at Stratford Picturehouse again with the director present for introduction and Q&A.

Do you have an idea for a similar project? Applications open tomorrow for the latest round of the Boost Award. Find out more about what we fund

Committed to expanding the film culture offer across the whole of London and growing film audiences, Film Hub London is part of the UK-wide BFI Film Audience Network.

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