City Eye

City Eye supports and develops film culture through its exhibition, film training and production activities. The organisation runs Southampton Film Week, the City’s annual film festival and seeks to provide opportunities for filmmakers and film artists at all stages of their career development to showcase their work.

For audiences we seek to provide a rich, inspiring and intriguing programme focused on building engagement across the festival and beyond. Our programme mixes home grown filmmakers with those form further afield, focusing on independent and world cinema, film with live music and other art forms.

SFW:Shorts, the festival’s own film competition, invites films up to 10 minutes duration and awards prizes for Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Fiction and Best Artist film along with an Audience Award and Regional filmmaker Prize. SFW also provides an umbrella for the Youth Film Festival, SFW:YFF, focused on creating film culture and opportunity in production and viewing for younger audiences.


In our new base in Studio 144 at the heart of Southampton’s emerging Cultural Quarter City Eye offers a range of production and post-production spaces and screening rooms for audiences up to 40 people. Our focus is on community and offering affordable and accessible film focused opportunities for those new to cinema or production and to career filmmakers and digital artists interested in exploring alternative places and ways of working.


City Eye is currently planning to launch its screening activity at Studio 144 which we hope will include regular screenings of independent film less likely to have been available through our local cinemas, including drama, foreign language, documentary, art, archive and screen heritage works. We are also working towards an independent Saturday morning Into Film Club enabling children and young people free access to films curated by Into Film.

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