Compass Presents: The Box Shorts

Celebrate screen heritage and our return to cinemas with seasonal packages of FREE archive film shorts available to cinemas across the South West with short, culturally rich treasures, compelling in content and chosen specially to connect local audiences to their communities, landscapes and histories.

In partnership with The Box Plymouth and supported by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) a selection of short films have been carefully curated, spliced and diced by archive aficionados Compass Presents.

With a fresh package available each season (August 2021 – March 2022), this is an opportunity to enrich the viewing experience of your audiences with no impact on your budget or workload. The Box Shorts is a joint venture between expanded cinema practitioners  Compass Presents and The Box Plymouth. This activity is funded by the Film Audience Network (FAN). 

Having worked extensively with archive film footage, both traditional exhibition, and more experimental presentations,  Compass Presents are on a quest to increase access to archive film and give it a platform that enables audiences to connect with their moving image heritage. Handpicking clips from The Box archives, Compass will create themed, seasonal packages (approx 5 minutes in total) for you to screen before your feature films.

It is Compass Presents’ hope that a taster of these archive shorts will inspire audiences to seek out archive film in the future, and give them a deeper, more located experience of film viewing at the cinema.

A summary of the packages on offer:

Summer (Tate St Ives)

Inspired by Haegue Yang’s straw ‘characters’ and her interest in the traditions of the region, Haymaking in Cornwall (silent, 1930) is a charming depiction of the haymaking and harvest season, and the revival of the ‘crying the neck’ ceremony that had all but died out at this time. A bonus film TV Delivery to Eddystone Lighthouse (silent, 1979) , places audiences firmly in the coastal South West with an engaging coastal sea-adventure from the archives.

Watch the trailer

  • Age suitability: PG
  • Runtime: 6.33 MINS
  • Format: MP4. .MOV or AVI.

Autumn

A package of selected titles for the season, with more information and film stills coming soon. The package will available on 16th September 2021 ready for screening in October/November .

  • Age suitability: PG
  • Runtime: (TBC) Approx 5 minutes
  • Format: MP4. .MOV or AVI.

Winter

A package of selected titles for the season, with more information and film stills coming soon. The package will be available on 18th November 2021 ready for screening in December and January 2022. 

  • Age suitability: PG
  • Runtime: (TBC) Approx 5 minutes
  • Format: MP4. .MOV or AVI.

Spring

A package of selected titles for the season, with more information and film stills coming soon. The package will be available on 13th January ready for screening in February and March. 

  • Age suitability PG
  • Runtime: (TBC) Approx 5 minutes
  • Format: MP4. or AVI.

How to book The Box Shorts at your cinema

Simply sign up via the link below and fill out a short form to be added to a mailing list. Compass Presents will then send out each of the packages two weeks ahead of them appearing on your screens.  As well as sending you the video file itself, Compass will also supply you with a marketing pack including info text, suggested social media and images.

This project is funded by the Film Audience Network (FAN) through funds from the National Lottery. A condition of the funding is that we report on screening numbers and audience figures for each screening, for each participating cinema. Compass, therefore, ask that you collect this data and email us at the end of each package with this information.

By signing up you are not committed to all seasonal packages, and you can screen the archive shorts at as many or as few screenings as you wish across the months they are available.

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