Film Hub North works in Northumberland, Cumbria, Yorkshire, County Durham and Tyne & Wear to support a vibrant and self-sustaining exhibition sector.


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OPEN CALLS for audience development projects

Film Hub North is delighted to announce that our January 2016 round of open calls for audience development projects is now live offering a total of £60,000 in awards.

The January 2016 round is now open and will close at noon on Monday 18 January 2016.

We're offering Hub members the opportunity to apply for investment to deliver bold and innovative programmes of specialised and independent British film, engaging diverse new audiences and enriching the experience of existing audiences in the FHN region.

In both rounds of open calls we are offering to two investment opportunities:

Strategic Audience Development Proposals – awards up to £20,000
A larger investment opportunity to encourage the development of longer term strategic projects that will have a demonstrable impact on audiences across the FHN region and strengthen the sector itself. 

Pilot Audience Development Proposals – awards up to £5,000
In this opportunity we are inviting proposals for pilot projects that have the potential to be up-scaled and rolled out or replicated across the FHN region. 



To be considered for either round of calls please read the open call guidelines carefully and download and complete the following:

• FHN Strategic Audience Development Application Form OR FHN Pilot Audience Development Application Form 

• FHN Investment Budget Template

You are also required to provide the following supporting documentation:

• Relevant sections of your organisation’s business plan relating to film exhibition or official documentation providing evidence of your commitment to film exhibition 

• Child protection policy – where relevant

• Management accounts – executive summary showing any organisational profit and loss

• Risk register – relative to delivery of the project

• Applicants to the Strategic Audience Development opportunity require a letter of support for the applicant organisation. This must be from an organisation that formally endorses your existing activity such as a core or major project funder or local authority, and is vital to the application process for this fund

• If not already a FHN member please complete a FHN Membership Application Form

The deadline for applications is Monday 18th January 2016 @ 12 noon. Completed applications should be submitted via email to

If you require any assistance with your open call application or discuss your proposal prior to submitting please email Sam Barnett -


APPLY FOR membership

Film Hub North is inviting applications from organisations to become members of the Hub. Hub membership is free of charge and is open to any organisations working in exhibition in the Film Hub North that are committed to the vision of the BFI FAN and will support delivery of its aims. This includes:

• Multi-venue cinema organisations (single or multi-screen)

• Single venue cinema organisations (single or multi-screen)

• Not-for-profit cinemas

Film Festivals

• Film Societies and clubs

Film Archives

Community venues

Mixed Arts Venues

• Event-based, touring and pop-up operators

• Museums & Galleries

Organisations in rural areas

Organisations that combine interest in film and diversity

• Universities and colleges with dedicated film interests

• Related funders and organisations (i.e. local authorities and lottery distributors)

Benefits of membership include access to investment opportunities, training, networking events and conferences, bursaries for industry events, and shared information and data through the Hub network.

Membership applications are on a rolling basis.


To apply, please download and complete the application form above and return to Sam Barnett:

APPLY FOR bursaries

Film Hub North is committed to supporting professional development and networking opportunities within the film exhibition sector in its region. It aims to fulfil the ambitions of the British Film Institute’s Film Forever strategy and enable organisations to work in partnership to expand the depth, reach, breadth and sustainability of specialised an independent British film in the UK.

Anyone working for a Film Hub North member organisation can apply for bursaries to support travel, accommodation, enrolment fees or accreditation costs to enable you to attend conferences, networking or screening events and film festivals. Bursaries from £50-£500 are available on an ongoing basis, but you must allow up to four weeks turn around for applications.

To apply, applicants must outline what they will achieve with a bursary for use towards an opportunity that might not otherwise be accessible to them. If an application is successful, the Hub will require a written report (approx. 300 words) about your experience after the event, detailing the impact it has had on you or your organisation and how it will assist with wider Hub objectives. Bursaries are reimbursed upon receipt of an expenses claim form and original receipts after the event.

Bursary applications are available on a rolling basis


To apply, please download and complete the application and equal opportunities form below:


Please send your completed applications to Sam Barnett:

A&E: Advice & Experience MEMBER Advisory Scheme

Do you need support with marketing plans to attract new audiences, completing funding applications, selecting films for a specialised season or improving your project evaluation? 

Film Hub North, in partnership with Film Hubs Central East and North West Central, is proud to present the Advice & Experience Advisory Scheme, making high-level industry experience accessible to our membership for free.  

A group of sector specialists have been recruited covering the following areas of expertise: 

  • Bid-writing/fundraising
  • Income generation
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Programming
  • Audience Development
  • Audience Engagement and Education
  • Working with staff and volunteers
  • Business development
  • Budgets and financial management
  • Marketing
  • Press
  • Public speaking

Advice sessions are now available to book for half-day on-to-one sessions. Sessions can take place on the phone, skype or face to face and will be followed up by a report covering key next steps for your projects.

For more information on who the advisors are please see this page - and if you are interested in booking a free session please email us with details of the support you need


fhn hexham roadshow

Each year Film Hub North hosts a series of roadshows across the FHN region offering information and advice sessions on accessing investment support, presentations from our members and partners showcasing their projects and sharing best practice, and networking and training opportunities.

Our next roadshow is scheduled for the 25th February 2016 in Keswick. If you would like to present or get involved this year, please contact us

Access Helpline - free Disability advice service

Film Hub North members can benefit from a new helpline, which will provide support and guidance in all aspects of their work in relation to disability and disabled people; both as customers and employees. The Helpline will be facilitated by Freeney Williams Ltd the UK’s leading specialist consultancy in this field.

If you have any queries about making your events more accessible, how to ensure you welcome disabled customers and what to do if problems arise, email enquiries[at] stating the name of your Hub member organisation and your query.

The time is now

It is time to get involved with The Time Is Now! #TTIN

The Time Is Now is a UK-wide programme of films and events highlighting women forcing change. The project has been awarded BFI Programming Development Fund Lottery money to support a number of contextual events that run alongside the screenings.

This bespoke collection of films comprises brand new releases, previously unreleased features, international offerings and archive footage. Launching with Suffragette (2015, Sarah Gavron) in October and including He Named Me Malala (2015, Davis Guggenheim) in November, this project provides a curated menu of titles on preferable terms, for venues to select from to complement and contextualise these new releases while also offering opportunities for engagement with further specialised films.

The programme includes the production and distribution of a printed zine targeting young women, a web app and a marketing & PR campaign. The target audience for this programme are females below the age of 35, we would like to encourage everyone to reach this demographic with this exciting programme which can be tailored to the needs of your organisation.

If you would like to get involved, send an expression of interest to Joan Parsons. The films in the programme have been negotiated down to reduced terms and we will also be providing some stickers, badges and zines to all venues.

The Time Is Now is a UK-wide film project, launching Oct 15, celebrating women forcing change curated and produced by Showroom Workstation and Film Hub North in partnership with Pathe and Twentieth Century Fox. The Time Is Now is a BFI Film Audience Network initiative.

This way up 2016: exhibition innovation

For the third year running This Way Up returns in 2016. Film Hubs North, North West Central and Scotland worked together last year to host This Way Up: Exhibition Innovation.

This Way Up: Exhibition Innovation 2016, which is funded and delivered as part of the BFI Film Audience Network and open to the nationwide exhibition sector, takes place in 2016 in Glasgow.

This Way Up is a place where the sector gather to look at emerging trends, learn from other art-forms, develop practical skills and explore new models. Delegates will hear from key speakers from the sector and from panels on the pressing topics facing the industry. The event also acts as a networking and incubation space for developing collaborations and audience building activity.

Delegates heard from key industry speakers on topics including distribution, multi-platform releases, alternative content, training and funding.

This Way Up 2016 job vacancy - deadline 11th May 2016

We are currently recruiting for a Project Coordinator to oversee and successfully manage the delivery and coordination of This Way Up 2016This Way Up 2016 will take place in late November 2016 in Glasgow.

To apply send a CV containing relevant information and a covering letter to Sambrooke Scott. To view the Job Description please click here

how audiences form

How Audiences Form is a collaborative research in development pilot project from The University of Sheffield, Showroom Workstation and Film Hub North, researching film provision in three case study areas within the Film Hub North region - County Durham/Wearside, Humberside and South Yorkshire - aiming to understand existing audience engagement with specialised and independent British film, identify emergent trends in film and cinema engagement, and to explore possible initiatives aimed at improving audience engagement.

The initial findings will provide the groundwork for future collaborative research between Sheffield University and Film Hub North to examine the wider region and make suggestions on how Film Hub North activity develops.

You can download the How Audiences Form report here.

You can view the prototype data visualisation for the project here.

steering committee

The Steering Committee acts as an advisory body representing the interests of the Hub’s members, providing industry expertise to assist FHN with strategic development and meeting the wider FAN objectives. Members are expected to attend four meetings per year, nominally one per quarter. Full information the Steering Committee’s role and operation is provided in the Terms of Reference document.

The current Steering Committee members are:

To discuss the Steering Committee further please contact Anna Kime, FHN Manager on anna[at]


Film Hub North is part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). The ambition of Film Forever, the BFI’s plan for 2012-17, is to encourage people to build a lifelong relationship with film, to help build audiences for a broader range of films across all platforms and ensure that film culture can be accessed and enjoyed by everyone across the UK. FAN is at the heart of this; a network coalition of organisations across the UK that will work together to extend film choice, increase and broaden film audiences, and enhance opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about film.

Film Hub North is a network of cinemas, cross arts venues, festivals and those working in the exhibition sector in our region that share a commitment to enhancing the opportunities for people to engage with world cinema in all its diversity and to developing the cinema sector across the regions and beyond.

The region covered by Film Hub North is Cumbria, Yorkshire, County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear. 

Film Hub North is led by Showroom Workstation.

Frequently asked questions about Film Hub North

Contact US

Film Hub North
The Workstation
15 Paternoster Row
S1 2BX

Tel: 0114 221 0227


Anna Kime, Hub Manager –
Sam Barnett, Hub Coordinator –

Twitter: @Filmhubnorth

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