Beyond Boundaries 360

Are you passionate about cinema?
Do you want to put on your own screening events?
Need some help to get started?

Register for Beyond Boundaries 360, a package of support offered over 6 months, designed to help you develop your practice as a film curator, programmer or event producer, giving you the skills and confidence to plan and deliver public-facing film events.

Beyond Boundaries 360 is a FREE skills development opportunity aimed at individuals based in the South West who are under-represented in the cinema sector, particularly people of colour, disabled people, LGBTQI people, women and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

About Beyond Boundaries 360

Beyond Boundaries 360 is part of Beyond Boundaries, a rolling fund aimed at supporting people and organisations based in the South West with backgrounds that are currently under-represented in the cinema sector to:

– Originate, develop and deliver ambitious cinema events and experiences
– Shine a light on different and diverse cinematic stories
– Come up with fresh approaches to attracting new audiences for cultural cinema beyond the mainstream

Running from October 2019 – March 2020 Beyond Boundaries 360 will offer a series of skills development workshops and targeted support for up to 15 people from the South West.

What will I get out of Beyond Boundaries 360?

Through Beyond Boundaries 360 you will have the opportunity to spend time with your peer network and to access a package of support, including skills development workshops covering topics such as curation, event producing, fundraising, budgeting and social media. You will have access to one-to-one mentoring with industry professionals and knowledge exchange with your peers.

You will also have the opportunity to pitch for funding up to £2,000 towards a film season or one-off screening event, either individually or in collaboration with members of the group.

As well as developing your own practice, you will be encouraged to work with the other participants of Beyond Boundaries 360 in developing one another’s ideas. Where possible, you will be supported to partner with cinema exhibition organisations in the South West.

Who is it for?

Ambitious and passionate individuals or small organisations, who currently feel underrepresented in the film exhibition sector.  People of colour, people who consider themselves to have a disability, LGBTQI people and women and those from low socio-economic backgrounds are all under-represented in the film exhibition sector.

No previous experience of film programming or curation is necessary but we will ask you to come prepared to share your ideas for film screenings with the group.

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

When and how will Beyond Boundaries 360 run?

Beyond Boundaries 360 workshops will take place on a Sunday once a month from the 6th October. Each session will be interactive and involve group working and sharing, as well as having a practical skills development element on a particular area of focus, as follows:

6th October 2019 – Film curation & programming

3rd November  2019 – Event producing and delivery

8th December 2019 – Fundraising, finance & budgeting

12th January 2020 – Marketing & social media

2nd February 2020- Technical skills

1st March 2020 – Future planning

Each workshop day will start with a film screening at Watershed at 09.30am. The workshop session will then run from 11.30am to 4.30pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Alongside these workshops we will be working with participants to develop and deliver a number of screening events to take place in February – March 2020* in the South West.

Participants will have the opportunity to pitch for between £200 –  £2,000 of funding towards activity during that period.

(*Note that our rolling fund is also open year round if some of the project ideas don’t fit within these dates.)

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for the current intake. We will open BB360 again in April 2020.

Meet the Beyond Boundaries 360 participants here.

Apply here for Beyond Boundaries 360

If filling in forms is not your thing but you would like to be involved please email me on tiffany.holmes@watershed.co.uk to express your interest or call 07791 630 667 for a chat.

Bursaries are available to support costs of attending sessions including travel, accommodation and child care, please indicate your needs on the application form.

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