Beyond Boundaries 360

Image credit: Cables & Cameras 2023 - Kelvin Williams

Beyond Boundaries 360 is a FREE collaborative development programme for South West based individuals and small organisations who are interested in cultural film curation, event production and audience development. 

Working towards a more inclusive and representative film exhibition sector (see Who Can Apply? below for more on this), Beyond Boundaries 360 offers a space to connect with other practitioners, build up your industry networks as well as get support to access funding to put on your own film event(s).  

What is Beyond Boundaries 360? 

It is a series of interactive sessions that are responsive to the needs of participants. You can expect practice-based insights from industry experts and peer participants as well as space to develop your own curatorial voice and ideas. 

Over a five-month period (28 Oct 2023 – March 2024), participants will work collaboratively to develop film events from idea to screen, utilising knowledge gathered over the sessions, in tandem with their own experience. The programme sessions will be a mix of in-person workshops at Watershed in Bristol and via Zoom online.  

You will be part of a cohort and get access to experts within various fields of event producing and film programming including the Beyond Boundaries 360 alumni, who have a wealth of experience in the exhibition sector to share.   

The Film Hub Community Manager Neil Ramjee, and the wider team, are on hand to offer 1-2-1 support  as well as make introductions to other organisations in response to individual needs or project development. Participants can also access bursaries to support travel, accommodation, enrolment fees or accreditation costs to enable your attendance at the workshop and relevant conferences, events and film festivals (up to £100 per participant). 

Ideas developed through Beyond Boundaries will have the chance to be pitched to cinemas and partner organisations in the South West region and be put forward for consideration for National Lottery funding from Film Hub South West and BFI, to put on your events.  

Who can apply? 

Beyond Boundaries 360 is open to individuals based in the South West region that are committed to bringing their film event ideas to audiences on the big screen and who are excited to collaborate with others .  

We welcome those who are at the early stage of their career in film exhibition, and/or who wish to move into cultural film curation from another sector. We are also open to applications from individuals that lead or are part of a small company/organisation. 

Please ensure that you have the time to take part in this programme (see draft schedule below). To gain the full benefit of Beyond Boundaries 360, we strongly encourage applicants to attend the majority of the workshops.   

We are particularly encouraging applications from those from a background that is *underrepresented in the film/screen industries

(*for example, you are from a community that experiences racism, you did not go to university, you had free school meals as a child, if you identify as LGBTQIA+, you are a disabled person (as defined by the Equality Act 2010)).  

If you’re not sure where you fit into this, please get in touch

However, anyone with a keen interest in the above areas is able to apply

Selection criteria

This opportunity is for people based in the South West region: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, West of England, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Isles of Scilly. 

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria: 

  • demonstrating a high level of interest in film and cinema 
  • a clear commitment to inclusion 
  • a motivation to develop yourself and your work.  

How to apply

To apply, please fill out this form by Monday 2 October 2023 

Please find a text-only document version of the form below to plan your application. 

If you would like the application form in any other format (for example, large print or you would prefer to send in a video or audio file), then please contact us via email on filmhub@watershed.co.uk.   

We have a limited amount of places (up to 10) for people to take part in Beyond Boundaries 360. Applicants will be notified by mid-October.  

Ahead of the deadline on Monday 2 October 2023, if you have any questions or wish to discuss whether these sessions are a good fit for you, Film Hub Community Manager Neil Ramjee will have 1-to-1 slots to discuss the programme on Tuesday 26th September.  


Book in here to talk with our community manager about the programme to see if it is right for you. 

Application form WORD version 

Application form PDF version  

Deadline for applications: Monday 2nd Oct 5pm BST 

Timeline 

These are indicative sessions.  
Exact dates/content TBC to be developed based on participants’ areas of interest and availability collected at the application stage and during our introduction session. 

We would like all participants to commit to attending the majority of sessions. 

Sat 28 Oct: 2pm-6pmIntroduction session Watershed, Bristol 
 – in person (mandatory
Mid-NovemberFrom Idea to Screen: 360 of Event Producing, Watershed, Bristol  
Early DecemberResource Building: budgeting, and fundraising 
JanuaryCommunity Building, Marketing & Audience Development 
End of JanuaryDeadline for applicants who wish to apply for funding from the Pitch Pot
MarchReflections – Did you achieve your goals? 
What did you learn and what would you do 
differently? 
March onwardsSuccessful applications to Pitch Pot – event delivery  

In our introduction session, participants will be invited to Watershed in Bristol to have the opportunity to get to know each other and co-design the collaborative space that will be this edition of Beyond Boundaries. The space will be facilitated by Film Hub Community Manager Neil Ramjee who has worked in both the community and commercial film scene for the last 10 years, whilst moonlighting as a culture and film critic with input from Jazlyn Pinckney who has extensive experience in engagement, participation and in coaching the creative sector to hold intersectionality at the centre of design.

Image credits: Neil Ramjee (left) /Jon Aiken (right)

This will also be an opportunity to review the proposed programme and share what you might be missing, as there will be scope for input shaping elements of the programme as we progress. 

Between each session, there will be opportunities for participants to come together to discuss ideas, raise questions, and share knowledge either with the support of the Film Hub team or independently. We strongly encourage collaborative working and will be able to help make spaces (online or in-person) available to make this happen. 

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