Film Hub NI is part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). Supported by National Lottery funding, FAN is a unique collaboration made up of eight Hubs managed by leading film organisations and venues strategically placed around the country, and is the backbone of the BFI’s strategy to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone across the UK.   You can find more information on the FAN here.

Film Hub NI is managed and delivered by Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT) in Belfast. Established in 1968, QFT champions film culture in all its rich diversity and is passionate about promoting cultural cinema across Northern Ireland. QFT’s values, knowledge and years of expertise is reflected throughout all Film Hub NI activities and is fundamental to deliver key Film Hub objectives.

Film Hub NI has been in existence since 2013, based at QFT, harnessing the creativity and energy of the bourgeoning film exhibition sector across Northern Ireland. From 2013-2017, FHNI have supported 95,000 attendances at film screenings, supported over 90 independent film projects across NI and recruited 83 membership organisations from Enniskillen to Newcastle, Belfast to Dungannon. The membership ranges from large-scale exhibition organisations to a wide range of community level outfits, who are helping to bring the joy and love of film to a wider audience, especially in rural areas.

 Across the next four years, FHNI will work with its members, Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI to develop opportunities for young people and diverse audiences to engage with the film world. This initiative takes its place in a very exciting film landscape in NI, with exhibition joining the film production and education sectors in a developing and blooming scene, led by Northern Ireland Screen.

 Nationally, £4million of National Lottery funding per year until 2022 will enable BFI FAN to continue its broad range of activity to encourage greater engagement with independent and British film across the UK and give greater support to new talent where they live. With increased decision-making responsibility, Hubs will continue to back innovative audience development activity, enabling them to meet the specific needs of their local exhibitors and audiences, and deliver greater choice and access to a diversity of content to audiences everywhere, with a focus on reaching 16-30 year olds.

Film Hub NI is:

• A central point to administer and deliver access to project support and investment, information and resources.

• An audience development initiative that will identify and grow the appetite for independent and specialised film across Northern Ireland.

• A strategic platform to build capacity and develop an infrastructure that provides all those who love film with new inspiration and opportunities, creating new, lifelong audiences for film.

• An advocate for film and cinema in Northern Ireland and further afield.

For more information on how to join Film Hub NI please visit the Membership section of the website.

Film Hub NI Staff

Project Manager
Hugh Odling-Smee
028 90 973054

Marketing and Audiences Officer
(Monday - Thursday)
Sara Gunn-Smith
028 90 972575