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. We work collaboratively with our members to develop a thriving and inclusive film sector enabling more people to show, watch, and make films where they are.
Film Hub South West is the driving force behind a growing network of over 200 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).
You can find out more about the BFI Film Audience Network and the different projects led by regional Film Hubs across the UK to support different strands of activity here. The BFI Film Audience Network is at the heart of the BFI’s latest strategy BFI Screen Culture 2033 which seeks to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone.
Film Hub South West is home to two BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who nurture the South West’s new wave of filmmaking talent. Supporting writers, directors, and producers at the start of their careers who have original stories to tell and inspired approaches to their craft. Discover more about BFI NETWORK South West here.
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, join our monthly Members’ Meet-ups, 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 Nadia Attia, 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 Cross FAN Programming with funds from the National Lottery coordinated by Producer Ti Singh.
This autumn, FAN will partner with BFI on a new UK-wide programme titled CINEMA UNBOUND: THE CREATIVE WORLDS OF POWELL AND PRESSBURGER, celebrating one of the greatest and most enduring filmmaking partnerships: Michael Powell (1905-1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902-1988). Find out about how you can get involved in the BFI’s Powell and Pressburger season.
We also oversee 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.
Across our various roles as BFI FAN Film Hub Lead organisation, Watershed is committed to maintaining positive relationships with the people and communities we work with whether they are grant recipients, partners, freelance practitioners, external stakeholders or others. We welcome feedback, positive and/or negative on your experience of working with us. When we are not as good as we should be, we want to know about it so that we can put things right. Most of the time, concerns can be dealt with through informal discussions with the people involved directly.
This is the approach that we encourage as a first step because, in most cases, matters can then be resolved quickly and straightforwardly.
However, if this is not appropriate for any reason, we have a structured process for handling complaints.