The third round of the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund is now open, working to help cover some of the costs associated with showing films in community venues. Community venues which have been running for 6 months or more and have set up a profile on the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema website are eligible to apply for equipment, chairs and black out blinds.
The venue must be able to demonstrate sufficient levels of existing activity with a British and specialised film programme to be eligible to apply for equipment such as screens, projectors, Blu-ray players, sound equipment, chairs and blackout blinds. The fun only supplies specified equipment and doesn’t currently offer cash grants for any other types of equipment or for equipment from other other supplier.
POUTFest 2015 brings you five brand new LGBT feature films along with an anthology of ten gay short films, the theme this year is “family” with all five features celebrating the many different forms of family life in the 21st Century.The intention of the tour is to build an audience for a regular, sustainable programme of LGBT material that also appeals to an audience outside of the niche, bringing alternative material to audiences who would otherwise not see it and to engage an entirely new audience that does not normally go to the cinema.
There are four main features; 52 TUESDAYS, SOFT LAD, DRESSED AS A GIRL and A GIRL AT MY DOOR, accompanying these are two additional programmes for cinemas that would like that little bit “extra” – FUTURO BEACH and the short film anthology TRICK & TREAT. The POUTfest programme booklet is available in print and online to view or download from here: http://bit.ly/1DPelAU.
POUT is for both cinemas and other organisations so you would like to bring POUT to your members and audience get in touch and they’ll bring POUT to you.
The tour is supported by the BFI and has media partnerships with GT, DIVA, QX and Ultimate Planet to publicise information on the tour across the UK through print, online and social media. There are also opportunities to bring talent to you, provide special introductions and host Skype Q&A’s.
Hub Member’s are now able to book the cinema in the dark package for FREE which includes all the info required to set up your own event (non-Hub Members costs on request).
For more info or to discuss this opportunity email: email@example.com Carnival of Souls – inspired by the legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and is also conceived as a response to the practical but often dull delivery of audio description for blind and sight-impaired audiences.
Seated in a traditional cinema space and equipped with wireless headphones, the audience will be plunged into blackout for the duration of a purposely-adapted tale centered upon the 1962 experimental horror of the same name, cited as an important influence upon the films of David Lynch and George A. Romero. Carnival of Souls includes an original score, atmospheric field recording, soundscape, audio effects and experimental narration.
Binaural audio is a specialised method of recording sound that creates a 3-D sensation for the listener of being physically present at the point of origin, and can also be described as a form of audio ventriloquism. Stereo sound is perceived by the listener as taking place ‘inside’ the head, as if a line were drawn between left and right ears. Binaural sound is discerned ‘outside’ the head, projected into physical space, with additional properties of direction, distance and range. The result is a heightened, personalised intimacy, capable of triggering autonomous sensory meridian response – a physical, reflexive reaction, ranging from goosebumps to shivers, increased heart rate and twitching.
Director Bren O’Callaghan, Producer Sally Folkard, Scriptwriter Len Horsey and Composer Euan Rodger are working in consultation with the support of Chris Pike at BBC Research and Development with additional assistance from disability access specialists Full Circle Arts.
Film Hub NWC are leading on Carnival of Souls with the intention to create an open-source toolkit of notes, blog posts, diaries, comments upon technical findings and feedback from a supplementary focus group of blind and sight-impaired audience members so that others might also learn from and build upon the experience.
The experience first took place at Cornerhouse on Friday 27th February 2015 and at the brand new venue HOME as part of their HOMEwarming weekend on 23 & 24 May 2015.
The Newbridge Memo project are appealing to Welsh Cinema Hub members to get on board and show their support for the historic building and cinema venue, by voting for the project in a nationwide competition and sharing this information with their colleagues and friends.
The Newbridge Memo has beaten off competition from 620 different organisations to reach the final stage of this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.
Newbridge Memo is the only Welsh project competing against six other projects to be crowned the winner in the ‘Heritage’ category. The winner of the award will get a £2,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy, and be invited to attend a star-studded Awards ceremony which will be broadcast on BBC One in September.
Newbridge Memo has received over £2.9 million National Lottery funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund and £500,000 through Big Lottery Fund.
It’s easy to vote, so we are hoping people will support them, to thank the many volunteers, trustees, musicians and others who supported the project for the last 12 years. Known as a People’s Palace, built by working people, for working people, and it would be a fantastic reward for everyone involved in the project – our staff, volunteers and local community – to receive national recognition for their hard work.
Watch James Dean Bradfield from the Manics and learn more about the project by visiting the mazing short video clip produced by Elbow Productions showing part of their Heritage Experience film: https://vimeo.com/132816560
EarFilms produce immersive live events purely using audio – creating a cutting-edge narrative journey for the imagination. Teaming 3D Audio, unique sonic story language and live narration the show is housed within a custom 3D listening environment. Additionally audience members are blindfolded to focus their senses.
The vision is to create a first of its kind experience that truly unlocks the listener’s imagination. EarFilms breathes new life into the tradition of storytelling, turning it into a hyper-real experience and providing an antidote to a World which is fast being taken-over by screens.
Their latest film, To Sleep is to Dream has recently been selected by the British Council to feature as part of their 2015 Edinburgh Festival showcase and is currently booking venues for a 2016 Spring tour.
Set in a society where the act of dreaming is outlawed, Jack Richards – a man lost in the system – has a glimpse of a dream. When he sees a symbol from his dream in waking life he follows it and finds himself in an underground group of resistance dreamers living beneath the city. They reveal their discovery. Buried deep beneath the layers of dreams, is a lost realm of existence. To find it, Jack must journey through his own subconscious and beyond. And so begins an incredible adventure in Jack’s bid to discover this magical realm and reclaim it for all.
Haunting and magical, To Sleep To Dream is a story of hope in darkness, the power within a dreamer and the boundless freedom found in imagination.
Female film directors across Wales will be encouraged to progress their careers with Ffilm Cymru Wales’ latest emerging talent Launchpad Lab through the lottery funded BFI NET.WORK.
The intensive training event, presented in partnership with Creative Skillset and CULT Cymru, will offer emerging female directors mentoring, masterclasses and the opportunity to rehearse, shoot and edit scenes from their developing feature projects with a professional cast and crew. Held between 24th and 28th August at Barry Memo Arts Centre, the directors’ lab will also include film screenings and a networking reception hosted by BAFTA Cymru. Additionally, there will be open-sessions to stimulate wider debate across the sector on pro-active ways to support women overcome challenges to entering or remaining in the sector and to share their stories.
The offer comes in the context of a wider UK and international debate on the relative lack of female directors, with just 14% of UK films directed by women in 2013, according to BFI statistics.
Ffilm Cymru Wales is working to actively encourage more aspiring female filmmakers, across all grades and including directors, through increased access to training, mentors, networks and through creating spaces to share experience of the challenges and opportunities in working in the sector. This will help shape future offers of support.
Net.WORK Wales Manager, Tracy Spottiswoode commented “It’s important to listen to those who aspire to join and stay in the sector to better understand what they need and where the real impediments are. We’re committed to improving inclusivity of the workforce in Wales and have already seen a transformation in the engagement and applications that we’re receiving in areas where we’ve provided targeted support, as with our recent sold-out Lab to encourage greater ethnic diversity in the sector.”
Established in 2006 and formerly known as the Film Agency for Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales has a remit to help to develop a film sector in Wales and maximise the economic, educational and cultural benefits of film. Ffilm Cymru Wales supports Welsh or Wales-based writers, directors and producers with development and production funding, industry assistance and mentoring opportunities. We aim to bring film makers and audiences together by encouraging more people to see more films in more venues. We also promote the use of film in education and community regeneration, producing educational resources in conjunction with teachers to aid literacy and general learning.
The BFI NET.WORK is a UK-wide talent development programme for new and emerging film writers, directors and producers. The BFI is committed to discovering and supporting the next generation of British filmmaking talent. In Wales the NET.WORK is delivered by Ffilm Cymru Wales, providing funding for the development of feature film projects, training and mentoring, as well as bespoke career development.
Scalarama in an international celebration of cinema, an inclusive film season across September that has involved over 400 film exhibitors since its beginning. Now in its fifth year and supported by the BFI’s Programming Development Fund, Scalarama is changing, becoming even more grassroots and truly a DIY film season where anyone can be involved. September’s Scalarama is a time to project your passion, and connect with others to share ideas, tour films and unite over celebrating cinema.
BFI FAN members could be involved this year – by putting on events, by spreading the word or by attending screenings in your area. This is the year to make September the UNOFFICIAL Month of Cinema… and Scalarama needs your help!
This year, to aid planning there is a new Google Group and a Resource site (with info, files, logos etc.) so do check those out if you want to join the national conversation.
Scalarama Events have to happen in the month of September (1st – 30th) and there is a print deadline of Monday 13th July for the free, nationwide Scalarama newspaper (see here for last year’s). Events need to be submitted via www.scalarama.com
Here are some ways to get involved:
SHOW A FILM:
It’s simple to get involved – no fees or box office splits go to Scalarama – it will always be a free and inclusive season. You just need to show a film in September under the Scalarama banner. All events will be on an interactive online map and those submitted before 13th July will feature in the newspaper. The Scalarama team have organised discounts from distributors (including BFI, Arrow, Second Run, Eureka, Dogwoof, Artificial Eye, Soda, Third Window) so do check those out here. If you are interested in taking part let the team know at firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll add you to the map at Scalarama.com.
UNITE WITH OTHERS UNDER A THEME:
This year Scalarama has launched Core Themes which will in future be suggested by the exhibition community. Themes for 2015 include PROJECT 51 (improving equality in cinema by SHOWING it, especially around female representation), celebrating film formats with CELLULOID FOREVER and VHSTIVAL, and marking SECOND RUN DVD’S TEN ANNIVERSARY and JOHN WATERS’ BFI retrospective. Distributors and programmers have also suggested titles including works by Takeshi Kitano, new restorations of DRAGON INN and 54: DIRECTOR’S CUT, live soundtracks from Minima and to experimental film BEGOTTEN. More information here. If you fancy connecting with other exhibitors on these themes or titles, join the Google Group to register your interest.
BE A LOCAL COORDINATOR:
So far key cities have united those who like showing films to others, with meetings in Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, London, Liverpool and Nottingham all taking place. Local activity and co-promotion is what Scalarama is all about, and your local BFI Film Hub is keen to support this. Find your local Scalarama coordinator here, or contact email@example.com if you want to organise yourselves locally.
Do let the Scalarama team know if you are keen to get involved, it would be great to have you on board.
Job title: Project Co-ordinator (part-time) Salary: £16,730 pro rata Fixed Term: August 2015 – May 2016 Location: Merthyr Tydfil
Zoom Cymru and the Merthyr Migration project – brief overview
Zoom Cymru, a charitable enterprise which works across Wales providing self-development opportunities for young people through engagement with film and digital media, seeks a Project Co-ordinator for a new and exciting Heritage Lottery Funded project.
‘Merthyr Migration’ will explore the reasons for, and impacts of inbound migration from international Catholic communities on Merthy Tydfil, through the production of creative media. Young people from Bishop Hedley High School will lead the project, and via engagement with community, studies of archives and local observations, a range of activity and digital content is to be undertaken and produced exploring themes around why migrant Catholic communities came to Methyr and how they have influenced the local environment. A final film, produced by the young people, will be archived in a number of collections and shown at community events to tell a positive story.
Young people will be supported in developing heritage skills and understanding by staff from Cyfartha Castle Museum and Gallery. Zoom Cymru will support the young people with personal development and in gaining a recognised qualification.
An introduction to the role and responsibilities
The role of the Project Co-ordinator is to deliver activity and manage the project’s planning and budget requirements, working closely with other team members and project partners to ensure the effective delivery, against an agreed range of performance indicators.
The key responsibilities include:
Managing relationships with project partners.
Promoting the project to pupils within the school as an extra-curricular activity.
To plan sessions which place young people at the centre of activities, developing heritage, personal and digital media skills.
To ensure high quality digital output as a result of the project which has allowed young people to engage.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
Developed project management skills.
Experience of working with young people.
Knowledge of film production process and experience of post production film editing.
The Project co-ordinator will be part-time, committing to 3 days per week from a base in Merthyr Tydfil and be employed by Zoom Cymru on a salary of £16,730 pro rata. Access to own car and a DBS that will be clean on application is essential.
The BFI today launches Britain on Film, a new project that reveals hidden histories and forgotten stories of people and places from the UK’s key film and TV archives. From today the archives go digital on BFI Player, giving everybody in the UK free access to 1,000’s of film and TV titles featuring where they live, grew up, went to school, holidayed as a child, or any place of interest in Britain. By 2017, thanks to National Lottery funding and the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, 10,000 film and TV titles from 1895 to the present day will be digitised. The public can get involved with the project via Twitter and Facebook, with a campaign launching today that sees 60 films from all over the UK released over 60 days, and special screenings and events across Wales.
Through the project, Britain on Film curators have found extraordinary footage of ordinary people and places from across the collections.
Wales’ highlights include:
Men Against Death (1933) – the first sound film ever to have been made and set in Wales featuring Dorothea Quarry and its slateworkers who are “poised between heaven and earth”
Tryweryn – The Story of a Valley (1969) – a documentary filmed by schoolchildren of the events up to and the flooding of Capel Celyn, including the last ever day at the village school.
Letter from Wales (1953) – a charming Welsh language drama produced for the Children’s Film Foundation, set in and around Llandwrog featuring a happy blend of children, animals and indulgent adults.
Tiger Bay and the Rainbow Club (1960) – silent film showing life in Tiger Bay, a diverse community celebrating weddings and children enjoying trips and activities at the local Rainbow Club.
Time of Change (1967) – a tale of two employees at the Anglo Celtic Watch Company in Ystradgynlais, otherwise known as ‘The Tick Tock’.
Dulais Valley – a dizzying array of community celebrations in and around Onllwyn between the 1950s-70s. Filmed in colour by Master Baker John Dillwyn Williams. Hywel Francis, the MP for Aberavon from 2001 to 2015,features as a young boy.
Babs’ Recovery (1969) – a Ministry of Defence film showing the excavation of Babs the racing car from Pendine Sands after it crashed and killed Wrexham’s John Godfrey Parry Thomas in 1927 as he attempted to beat the land speed record.
This newly accessible film and TV presents a Britain that is vibrant, diverse and eccentric, whilst shining a light on issues and situations that affect every generation. Many of these films have never – or rarely – been seen since their first appearance and can now be searched for by specific UK locations through BFI Player’s ground-breaking new Film and TV Map of the UK, which also enables people to share films with their family, friends and communities.
While researching the project, Heather Stewart, Creative Director, BFI, discovered her great grandmother, grandmother and mother together on film in scenes from Children’s Excursion (1952) featuring Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway, the village she grew up in.
“I’ve never seen my family on film before so it was a wonderful surprise to discover three generations together. There’s a perennial joy in location spotting; couple this with the emotional power of film and Britain on Film has the potential to touch everyone in the UK.
Britain on Film changes the film and TV archive landscape forever. It’s vital that the UK’s film and TV archives – Britain’s national collection – can be enjoyed by everyone, and now they can. The unprecedented scale of this project is a testament to the collaborative effort and skills of the BFI National Archive and the regional and national archives of the UK.”
Through Britain on Film, a moving and intimate portrait of the diversity of British life is revealed by professional and amateur footage of vanished landscapes, urban and rural communities, historic traditions and folklore, people at work and at play, and British characters in all their unique glory. Newsreels, advertisements, home movies, forgotten TV shows, and films by government departments all offer surprising insights into British life in the 20th century.
Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI said
“For 120 years cameras have captured almost every aspect of life in the UK on film, but too often these have been inaccessible to all but the most determined researchers. Now, Britain on Film is transforming access to films from the UK’s archives and giving new life to them by making them available, no matter where you live.”
The Screen and Sound Archive of Wales has teamed up with the BFI on the Britain on Film project. Film development officer Iola Baines said:
“There are some incredible pieces of Welsh film, rarely seen until now, which tell us so much about our shared history and our communities. Britain on Film has enabled us to unlock film heritage and to share this compelling footage with the wider public. Now we can all explore the landscapes and streets where we grew up, the communities of a previous generation and cultures and traditions that are now long gone.”
Britain on Film is the result of the BFI National Archive and the UK’s national and regional film archives and rights holders joining forces to bring these films together with a major programme of curation and digitisation that started in 2012 and continues until the end of 2017.
Film Hub Wales – one of nine Film Hubs around the UK that are part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN initiative – is organising a series of Made in Wales screenings to share Britain on Film’s archive shorts to run from November 2015 to January 2016).
Screenings and events will take place at; Chapter, Cardiff; Memo Arts Centre, Barry; Gwyn Hall, Neath Port Talbot; Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea with more venues to be confirmed.
ABOUT BRITAIN ON FILM AND UNLOCKING FILM HERITAGE
Britain on Film is one of the largest and most complex archival projects ever undertaken and is part of the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage programme (2013-17). Unlocking film heritage for everyone in the UK to enjoy is a key strategic priority for the BFI and Britain on Film is the public launch of a vast programme of work, which has been ongoing for over three years. This work has included a sophisticated programme of data capture, cataloguing, copying to archival standards, meticulous preservation of original materials, thorough searching of archives across the country, new state of the art equipment and digital storage facilities and the transfer of films to the BFI’s online video platform, BFI Player.
Unlocking Film Heritage and Britain on Film are thanks to £15million funding from the National Lottery and the additional support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Britain On Film will be hosted on the BFI’s YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter so audiences can find and experience it in the easiest way possible
BFI curators will be writing features highlighting important films and themes on the BFI website. Their expertise will add context and provide new ways in for the British public to find films that illuminate the places they know and love
Join the conversation at #BritainOnFilm
Britain on Film is a project from The BFI National Archive and the UK’s Regional and National Film Archives
About the Regional and National Film Archives
The English Regional Film Archives and other National Film Archives (listed below) hold significant collections of film and video material specifically relevant to their regions or hold dedicated collections such as Imperial War Museums, preserved in specialised storage facilities and made widely available for education, research, communities and the wider public.
East Anglian Film Archive
Imperial War Museums
London’s Screen Archives
Media Archive for Central England at the University of Lincoln
North East Film Archive
North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University
Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive
Scottish Screen Archive
Screen Archive South East
South West Film & Television Archive
National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales
Wessex Film and Sound Archive
Yorkshire Film Archive
About the BFI
The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK – investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
Promoting British film and talent to the world
Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences
The BFI is a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:
As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK.
Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.
The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.
About the BFI National Archive
The BFI National Archive was founded in 1935 and has grown to become the one of the largest and most important collections of film and television in the world with over 180,000 films and 750,000 television programmes. For over 80 years the BFI has been an international leader in film preservation and guardian of Britain’s unparalleled film and TV heritage. The BFI is an innovator in presenting films to audiences in new and dynamic ways, from cinemas to film festivals, outdoor events to online video-on-demand. At the heart of all its activities is the BFI’s central aim to ensure that everyone in the UK has access to the widest possible range of film and their own film heritage.
That heritage includes all time great British directors Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean and Powell and Pressburger; and the rich vein of documentary filmmaking, in which Britain led the world, including the lyrical work of Humphrey Jennings. The archive also boasts a significant collection of filmmakers’ papers as well as extensive stills, posters and production and costume designs along with original scripts, press books and related ephemera.
Expert teams undertake the time-consuming and complex task of restoring films at the BFI John Paul Getty Jr Conservation Centre in Hertfordshire. The BFI’s most precious film materials are kept in optimum conditions in the world-leading Master Film Store in Warwickshire.
About BFI Player
FI Player is a ground-breaking video on demand service which offers a uniquely diverse range of films, from the latest releases to the rarest silent cinema classics, giving UK audiences a rich and rewarding digital film experience. The Britain on Film collections are accessible through the BFI Player. http://player.bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film
About the BFI Film Audience Network
The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) is a ground-breaking initiative that gives audiences across the UK the opportunity to see a diverse range of films in a cinema setting. For filmmakers, getting films onto cinema screens is a highly competitive business, particularly for specialised films which includes archive, documentary, independent and foreign language films. The BFI FAN aims to change this.
With £8.7 million of Lottery funding over four years (2013-2017) BFI has set up partnerships with nine lead organisations (Film Hubs) to work full-time with cinema exhibitors, film festivals, educators, film societies, community venues, film archives and other organisations in their regions or nations to boost audiences for film across the UK.
The Film Hubs, which drive audience engagement locally, work together with the BFI at a UK-wide level to grow audiences for British independent and specialised film. They currently comprise: Broadway, Nottingham and Cambridge Film Trust; Chapter, Cardiff; HOME, Manchester; Film London; Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast; Regional Screen Scotland; the University of Brighton; Showroom Sheffield and National Media Museum, Bradford; and Watershed, Bristol. These organisations and their partners form the BFI FAN.
The Film Hub for Central East (Cambridge Film Trust & Broadway Cinema, Nottingham) has secured funding as part of the BFI’s Programming Development Fund to administer and coordinate more than 80 screening events across all UK Film Hubs including film from the regional archives to engage with a wider audience in a number of venues.
About the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. We are happy to be supporting Britain on Film – a significant, UK-wide film archive project, which will make titles from the BFI National Archive and national and regional screen archives available to the British public, offering a unique opportunity for insight and reflection on places, communities and histories throughout the UK.
The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. We make grants of £30 – £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change. We also operate a £26 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.
The UK-wide partnership of film funding organisations which helps to discover and develop new writers, directors and producers, has launched a digital platform where new writers and directors from anywhere in the UK can search for funding opportunities and introduce their work to NET.WORK partners and the wider industry.
Submissions are now open for new films for Ffwrnes Ffilm Ffest 2015. The festival at Ffwrnes in Llanelli exhibits short films by new and fresh filmmakers, providing a platform for local, national and international filmmakers to engage with new audiences.
Working to create a better film making communities in areas outside of Cardiff, the festival brings together filmmakers to create an environment for both individual pursuits and collective collaborations. The festival also gives audiences in Llanelli and surrounding areas the opportunity to see films from new filmmaking talent.
The weekend will consist of film screenings, industry talks, awards and networking opportunities, providing aspiring filmmakers with the opportunity to meet industry professionals and make valued contacts.
The only specifications are that the film must be a maximum of 20 minutes running time and the filmmaker must have no previous professional creative credits (e.g. writer or director).
Along with technical aspects and the overall quality of the production the panel will also be looking for outstanding creative potential.
For full terms and conditions and an FAQ for submissions please visit the Ffwrnes Website.
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