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Community Screen Scheme spreads cinema love across London

Date posted: 18.03.2014

Parks, galleries, pubs and community centres across the capital are set to shine with movie magic, thanks to the first round of projects supported by Film Hub London's Community Screen Scheme. The community spirit is also heading to a multiplex near you as a result of a groundbreaking partnership with Vue Entertainment.

Developed in response to research by Film London showing big gaps in cinema provision and engagement across the capital, the scheme aims to encourage, enhance and support community cinema projects bringing film to underserved areas. 

Projects cover nearly every borough of London

Film London received a total of 30 applications, proposing activity in 21 London Boroughs. Every project was of an extremely high standard and the breadth of boroughs represented is testament to the creative passion for cinema being unleashed across London.

Ten projects were selected by a panel of Film Hub London Advisory Board members, and will each receive £3,000 in funding to support their activity.

The first projects funded by Film Hub London bring Gujarati Films to Vue Croydon, a diverse programme of films with live performances, food and workshops to Chadwell Heath Community Centre in Barking and Dagenham and a cinematic celebration of 20 years of Freedom & Democracy in South Africa to Haringey.

The people of Southwark, Hounslow, Lewisham, Hackney, Camden, Barnet and Lambeth also stand to benefit as a range of film events hit their high streets.

The projects

For 2013/2014 Film Hub London's Community Screen Scheme is funding 10 projects:

Partnering with Vue Croydon Grants, Apsara Arts will launch a series of monthly screenings showcasing Gujarati films aimed at senior citizens from the Gujarati community, underserved by mainstream cinema.

Cinema 6 will convert Arcadia Missa Gallery into a high quality single screen cinema for a six week public film programme with a core season themed around 'community and cinema' alongside screenings organised by local community groups.

Partnering with Vue Wood Green, Black History Studies will present a programme of documentary screenings celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela on the 20th anniversary of the first democratic elections in South Africa. 

  • Cultural Community Solutions Limited | Our Park Presents | Hounslow

Our Park Presents aims to open up Hounslow's parks as spaces for engagement and creativity. The borough's friends and community groups will be asked to pitch to use film to 'animate' a local park.

  • Green Shoes Arts Community Interest Company | Chadwell Heath Cinema Club | Barking and Dagenham

The new Chadwell Heath Community Centre will host the Chadwell Heath Film Club with a diverse programme of films with guest introductions, moderated discussions, live performances, food and workshops developed by a steering group of local people.

Open City Docs will host four free monthly documentary screenings at Somers Town Community Centre followed by Q&As. Accompanied by regular 'mentorship meetings' the project will encourage the creation of a committee to continue the film club after the pilot period.

Science Fiction Theatre is a new monthly film club dedicated to introducing the audience to lesser known science fiction film. Rapid plans for expansion include a Saturday morning Science Fiction film club for younger audiences.

A pilot for an ongoing partnership between Sydenham Film Club and Sydenham Arts Festival, Fragments is a programme of six screenings, Q&As, discussions and workshops to be held at a number of local venues during the Festival in July.

  • West Hampstead Cinema Club | West Hampstead Cinema Club | Camden & Barnet

Run out of West Hampstead Community Centre, the West Hampstead Cinema Club screens films with a local connection to a local audience. Attracting mainly older audiences, film nights include introductions, discussions and Q&As, and aim to reach out to care homes and older peoples' social groups to strengthen communities and reduce isolation for those at risk.

Running from September 2014 to July 2015, Kids' Whirled is a term-time educational programme of Saturday afternoon film screenings for children and their families at Whirled Cinema, Loughborough Junction.

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