Covid-19 Response for Exhibitors (2020)

Our thoughts are with our members across the South West in these strange and unprecedented times. Watershed is still currently closed but we at Film Hub South West remain open and are available to discuss your projects or any concerns you may have about Film Hub support in the coming months. You can contact us via  

As cinemas including Watershed start reopening from 17 May onwards and other film exhibitors reboot, we will be sending out updates and sharing ideas via Basecamp. If you are not yet signed up, join as a member now for free. 

Purbeck Film Festival, 2021 Image Credit: Fry Film

You can find the latest updates and guidance regarding the Covid-19 outbreak for exhibitors and venues gathered on The Bigger Picture website here. 


Also look out for other resources there such as this Simple Guide To Comms during closure & working towards reopening and Film And TV Charity: Support Services. 

We also recommend members join the following Facebook groups: 

UK Cinema Network  – This group has been set up to help those of you in venues, in these trying times, to connect, share information and support each other. 

UK Film Freelancer Network – A peer to peer network for anyone working freelance in film exhibition and distribution in the UK – support, opportunities and more. The useful links document will continue to be added to and please feel free to add anything you find of use to the group. 


Please keep in touch and stay well. 

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