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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Llandaff North residents will see the Tivoli Cinema open again in its original building – 55 years since it closed its doors for the last time. Now the site of James & Jenkins Garage, the old Tivoli became a car showroom in 1961, however this year, as part of the Llandaff North Festival, local residents will convert the showroom back to its original use and screen “The Night We Dropped a Clanger” – the last film shown at the Tivoli before it closed in 1959.
Organisers have been working with Mark James, of James & Jenkins, who has moved the cars out of the showroom to recreate the old cinema all so that people can enjoy the film in its original venue. “The building itself looks very different now, of course, but if you look carefully, you can still see one or two of the cinema’s features. When we took over the building the old projection room was upstairs with the screen at the far end of what is now our large showroom. I’m pleased we can be part of the festival in such a significant way.”
Festival organiser, Lewys Wootten said, “Whe n we learned that the garage was the original site of the cinema we researched online and saw that the last film shown there was a wartime comedy starring some great British talents – Brian Rix, Leslie Phillips, Hattie Jaques, Liz Fraser, and a young Andrew Sachs. It seemed the natural choice for our pop-up cinema. There will also be a children’s matinee show on the Sunday afternoon. We want to see families from Llandaff North, as well as film fans from further afield, come along to support our pop-up cinema“
The films will be shown on Saturday, 27th and Sunday, 28th June as part of the Llandaff North Festival 2015. All proceeds will go to the local festival and tickets will be available on the night or from Lew’s Coffee Shop on Station Road.
The Llandaff North pop-up cinema is supported by Cinema For All. Renown Pictures, the company that owns the rights to “The Night We Dropped a Clanger” were also delighted to help with a DVD copy of the film. They recently launched Talking Pictures TV, a satellite channel dedicated to showing classic British films.
Festival organisers hope their ‘premiere’ will lead to regular film screenings throughout the year for children and adults, as part of a Llandaff North Cinema Club.
Fantastic news for Film Hub Wales Member Cellb in Blaenau Ffestiniog, who have this week announced that they have been successful in a bid to Arts Council Wales and have been granted a Capital Lottery grant of £70,000. This is also joined by funding from the Magnox Socio Economic Scheme, allowing them to install a state of the art Digital Cinema set up worth £90,000 in it’s music venue in the old Magistrates Court Building.
Cellb have already been hosting pop up cinema events in their multifunctional creative arts venue, however we are looking forward to seeing what they have planned for the future now that they are capable of hosting more films on a bigger scale.
To follow their new venture and find out first about their new cinema programme visit the Cellb website.
Do you want to push the boat out when it comes to programming, but don’t have money in the kitty to justify the risk? Are you itching to create exciting cinematic experiences, but need some backing to get you there?
Cinema For All offer support for this all year round to Community Cinemas and Film Societies, however to help a little more they are looking to award one lucky organisation the following:
1 free Cinema For All membership (12 months)
3 free film screenings*
2 Community Cinema Conference full weekend passes (3-4 October)
This prize is worth over £750 in screenings, freebies and member benefits. To enter, send your response to the following question to email@example.com by 30th June:
If there were no restrictions, no funding issues and venue location was of no issue, what would your ideal film night look like? (no more than 500 words)
Cinema for All are looking for a group that wants to diversify their programme by introducing more specialised film, so tell them about what British films, world cinemas, documentaries, archive screenings or animations you’d love to screen and how you’d make a night your audience will remember. The more imaginative, the better so get creative! The winner will be announced in early July. Good luck!
The Independent Cinema Office have just announced that Summer Screening Days will be taking place at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield on Saturday 25th July – Monday 27th July 2015. This is the next in their series of four national events taking place across the year. Screening Days are the industry screening events for programming, marketing and education staff of cinemas, film festivals, and film societies.
The weekend gives film exhibitors first-hand knowledge of upcoming film releases to help them select, market and get strong audiences at their screenings. The ICO focus on key art house and independent titles, and the summer event will showcase titles scheduled for release in August–November 2015.
See films that will help your programme stand out, meet and exchange ideas with colleagues, and hear from industry experts on important developments.
To find out more about screening days, book your place or see which films they are screening, please visit their website.
Bursaries are available for these events, for more information see here.
Cinema For All – Film Society of the Year Awards are now open for applications!
Winning an award can bring a huge amount of profile and exposure to new audiences, not to mention a confidence surge for volunteer groups. The award ceremony is on the 3 October in Sheffield, and will be co-hosted by actor and film-maker Mania Akbari (Ten, Life May Be). It will be a really special evening, with goodies, prizes, quizzes and a huge after-party ’til late.
Groups can download application forms from the Cinema For All website, where they can also find guidance notes, tips from previous winners and much more to help them with their application: www.cinemaforall.org.uk/awards.
There are 11 categories to choose from, including the brand new award for Best Single Event and the Filmbankmedia Audience Award, which comes with a prize of £1000.
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