Film Hub NI update
As you’ll know, Film Hub NI is currently in a transition period before hopefully embarking on FAN 2 which takes us through to 2022.
We are currently consulting on our application to the BFI for 2018 onwards and we would urge you to respond to the survey being circulated in order to let us know your views on the future work of the Hub. Your views will be reflected in the application that goes forward so the new FHNI can best meet the needs of the exhibition sector.
The transition period will be busy however. We are looking to both develop activity in the year, while strategically and operationally preparing for the new iteration of Film Hub NI beginning in 2018.
The headline areas we’ll be working on with the membership and key stakeholders are:
Cinema Day on 29th August: Information on this year’s plans are here. Our focus this year is to develop the membership take up and increase media coverage of the event.
New Release Scheme: We’ll be continuing to take part in this national scheme, so opportunities to have supported screenings of the specific titles available.
Engaging audiences: There is a small pot for specific projects or screenings. This will be a rolling open call for proposals.
Screen Heritage: We’re planning to organise a series of events in conjunction with Northern Ireland Screen’s Archive and Education department and membership in order to develop the possibilities of screening archive material. Resources are available to support proposals which utilise archive material.
Diversity in Rural Areas: We plan to support members in rural areas to engage with diverse audiences. While we welcome proposals in all of the BFI diversity areas we will be particularly interested in proposals centring on socio-economic disadvantage and gender.
Young Audiences: We’ll be developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in this area, and opportunities to deliver activity will be available to the whole membership as the year continues.
Toolkits: We’re developing a range of toolkits to support members across a wide range of specific areas as identified by membership. These will be available in September.
FHNI Website: We are reworking the FHNI website to develop its effectiveness in spreading the good news about the activity, passion and skill of the independent sector in NI. We’ll be looking at it being more useful for membership and audiences alike.
Bursaries: Bursaries will be available this year, at a smaller level, for skills and network development for membership.
We’ll be updating you as we continue throughout the year on each of these, but please contact us with any questions at this stage.