2019 Audience Awards

Film Hub South West Audience Development Open Call aims to support film festivals, networked activity and ambitious audience development initiatives that invite and inspire audiences across the region to understand and enjoy the past, present and future of cinema in all its forms.

Through the 2019 we received 19 applications and have now agreed support for 7 projects across the South West.


Afrika Eye – Voices from Africa

In 2019 Afrika Eye is planning a week long festival of film, arts and culture with events taking place in a number of community venues and involving a range of community partners with a flagship film event over the weekend 8,9,10 November at Watershed (confirmed) Our film programme will offer screenings, speakers/panel discussions, live music launch and AVF session. Our proposed theme for this year is ‘Voices from Africa’ with a strand focusing on the power of words/language /stories/translation and representation within the realm of film, arts and culture from and about Africa. We aim to produce a ‘Feast of Words’ similar to our Feast for Mandela in 2018, which brought in our most diverse audience in terms of age, ethnicity and gender, incorporating film, live-art, music, dance and food from Africa.

Priority area: Diversity, Access & inclusion

Award: £10,000

Cheltenham International Film Festival (CIFF) – 2019, The Inaugural Edition

CIFF is dedicated to screening in competition the films of emerging directors from around the world with the aim to discover and support filmmakers early in their career.

Out of competition, the Festival will pay homage, every year, to celebrated directors.  In 2019, the  Festival will honour Mike Leigh and screen two of his early films, selected personally by the director.

In addition to film screenings, the festival will host master classes, workshops, panel discussions, audience/director Q&As, talks, special screenings, parties, receptions, network events and dedicated events for students of film.

Priority area: Cultural Engagement

Award: £4,500

Cornwall Film Festival – Evolve

2019 Cornwall Film Festival is a 14-day festival, held over 4 venues with community, diversity and quality sitting at the heart of the Festival programme. The festival attracts passionate film audiences with an International film programme, masterclasses, speakers, director Q&A’s, networking, event cinema, screen education and skills events with 3 days of focused activity at The Poly Falmouth from Friday 15,16,17th November 2018 and outreach events around Cornwall until 6-17th November.

Priority area: Young Audiences

Award: £6,000

City Eye – Southampton Film Week

Support from Film Hub South West will enable Southampton Film Week (SFW) to have a higher profile and to develop key areas of  programming such as accessible screenings. SFW: Youth Film Festival will be focused on reaching and engaging audiences from across Southampton’s communities and beyond. The programme for SWF 2019 will bring an exciting mix of classic cinema and new independent, British and international film to audiences in Southampton. A live music and film strand will present archive film with unique musical performances and showcase the work of local artists at venues across the city.


Priority area: Cultural Engagement

Award: £5,000

FilmBath – Film Festival 2019

FilmBath Festival 2019, 7 – 17 November.  A long anticipated and much loved festival, 2019 will be Bath’s 29th film festival. The festival will screen between 43 and 53 feature films and 30 – 40 short in up to 6 venues across Bath over 11 days to an audience of 4,500 – 5,000. Building on successes in 2018, the festival will screen a diverse range of films from Africa, Asia and South America, many of which would not otherwise be screened locally.


Priority area: Cultural Engagement & Young Audiences

Award: £10,000

Purbeck Film Festival 2019

Purbeck Film Festival brings the best of UK and international film to local audiences who, for varied reasons, viz lack of cultural centres, very poor public transport and rurally/coastal isolated communities with little/no access to the urban cinematic experience. PFF is committed to fostering cine-literacy and enjoyment of films beyond the mainstream, through introductory talks, wherever possible with industry experts, film notes and a programme which is richly diverse in terms of country of origin, context, subject matter and language and seeks to redress the imbalance of representation in mainstream film. In 23 years of screening films, over 20 countries, many languages and many periods of cinema are promoted to audiences who would not have other chances to see classic, art-house, independent, or foreign language films. This 2-week period of the festival itself has grown yearly and particularly in the last 3 years to serve an audience of over 4000, c. 30% of whom are new to the experience, with a growing number watching multiple films. We operate in over 35 venues bringing film to remote and often small communities in a range of village halls but also in pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, museums etc. All additional features, talks, notes, VIPs, themes, enhance appreciation.


Priority area: Cultural Engagement

Award: £12,000

South West Silents – Revolutionary Silents

A season of screenings under the banner of Revolutionary Silents, focusing on the revolutionary changes within filmmaking that are evident in the silent era. Whether you consider the stars, the directors, or even the themes emerging within the films of the time, Revolutionary Silents will challenge audiences to look a-new at silent cinema through a programme of rarely seen titles. Revolutionary Silents will present a selection of films touching on themes ranging from sex, politics, religion and gender including titles such as: Sex in Chains (1928), Body and Soul (1925), The Scar of Shame (1927), The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924), and Stride, Soviet! (1926).


Priority area: Screen Heritage

Award: £5,000

The Point – Eastleigh Film Festival

Eastleigh Film Festival was launched and managed by The Point’s team as a sub-project in 2014 with EU Interreg funding to explore the potential for cultural events to regenerate town centres, develop night time economies and engage with communities and businesses. The Festival now sits within our annual calendar as ‘Eastleigh Film Festival curated by The Point’. The curatorial emphasis is based on bringing the fun back into going to the movies through a mix of cult classics and themed films with an Eastleigh Film Festival spin. Films are creatively linked to their hosting venues across the Borough, allowing us to provide a unique experience and reach new audiences, increasing engagement in a geographically spread area with disparate public transport infrastructure.

Priority area: Cultural Engagement

Award: £3,000


Wessex Archive – Working in Shadows

When the Second World War was declared in 1939, the female population of Britain was called upon to fill all manner of roles. Women stepped up on the Home Front and abroad, which saw their lives drastically change.

Elliott’s of Newbury was a manufacturing firm whose workforce, during the 1940s, was predominantly female. The factory was adapted to war work, and amongst other things was responsible for producing various Spitfire components as one of many Shadow Factories. The firm commissioned a series of films from this period.  These films are held in the extensive collection of Hampshire County Council’s Wessex Film & Sound Archive on behalf of West Berkshire Museum.

Following on from a recent appeal to help identify some of the workers seen on screen Wessex Archive will present an unmissable opportunity to see archive footage that has not been publicly shared in over 75 years, brought to life with an exclusive improvised live score.


Priority area: Screen Heritage

Award: £4,000

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