We are passionate about the past, present and future of cultural cinema and believe that the shared experience of cultural cinema can change lives and communities for the better.
Film Hub South West is the driving force behind a growing network of over 110 cinemas, film festivals, cross-arts venues and other film exhibition organisations. Our region covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, West of England, Hampshire, The Isle of Wight and The Isles of Scilly.
Film Hub South West is led by internationally renowned cultural cinema Watershed based in Bristol UNESCO City of Film and supported by funds from the National Lottery. We are part of the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN), a unique collaboration of eight Film Hubs managed by leading film organisations across the UK (of which Watershed is one). The BFI Film Audience Network is at the heart of the BFI’s latest strategy BFI2022 which seeks to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone.
We work collaboratively with our members to develop a thriving and inclusive film sector enabling more people get to show, watch and make films where they are.
Whether you’re new to film exhibition, or you’re an established film venue or festival, we’re here to help. Membership is free and offers a range of benefits, including access to training, financial support, film programmes/seasons, members only industry newsletters, resources and networking opportunities.
There are plenty of opportunities for our members to come together to help shape our approach. In addition to quarterly Film Hub meet-ups, members can participate in themed sessions addressing specific regional challenges, request one-to-ones with members of the Film Hub team and take part in an annual members’ survey. All members are invited to take part in our annual Members Advisory Forum in early September, a collective space for our growing and increasingly diverse membership to inform our strategic plans for the year ahead.
We collaborate closely with strategic partners across the region and BFI FAN including Into Film, the Independent Cinema Office, the UK Cinema Association and Cinema For All working collectively towards a thriving and inclusive film sector. Get in touch with the Film Hub team if you are interested in partnering up with us.
As of 2018, thanks to National Lottery funding, Film Hub South West is also home to BFI NETWORK South West Talent Executive Alice Cabañas as part of the national BFI NETWORK scheme which nurtures and champions the UK’s most exciting and breakthrough filmmaking talent with a package of production funding, training and mentoring. We support writers, directors and producers at the start of their careers with original stories to tell and inspired approaches to their craft. Find out more about how we support filmmaking in the region.
In addition to our work across the region, Film Hub South West also leads on the BFI FAN New Releases Support with funds from the National Lottery. Since summer 2018, BFI FAN has supported four new release films each year with the help of a a pool of regions and nations based film marketers that work on film campaigns coordinated by Campaigns Manager Ti Singh.
Discover the latest titles to receive FAN New Release support, which include amazing films from across the globe that deserve to be seen on the big screen and find out more about the support available.
We also oversee FAN communications and branding including Booking Now – a monthly newsletter which keeps all FAN members up to date on films, events, tours and added value opportunities such as talent available for booking.
A practice based session designed to inspire and challenge cinema and archive practitioners to think about reframing film heritage
In May, BFI NETWORK South West held a Script Development Workshop in Bristol, led by Selina Ukwuoma.
A focused workshop on working with Boards of Trustees or Directors to get the most out these relationships and help carry your organisation forward.
Bringing together regional and local film festival to share expertise, exchange ideas and develop a more connected and collaborative film festival network in the South West.