Film Hub South East:
Film Hub South East (FHSE) is one of nine regional Hubs, which form the UK-wide BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), which was created and is led by the British Film Institute (BFI).
The mission of FHSE is to facilitate and support a collaborative network of exhibitors across the South East in order to extend film choice, increase audiences and enhance audience engagement with specialised and independent British film across the UK.
Working across Berkshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex, FHSE provides Hub members with a wide range of financial support, training, networking, audience research and screening programmes. From local film clubs to multiplexes, FHSE brings together film exhibitors to better serve its diverse population, reaching as many new and existing audiences as possible.
We support film exhibitors to provide a wider film choice for audiences and to create and sustain new and diverse audiences for film. Our role is to encourage exhibitors to champion the art of film and to show stories on screen that relate to their audiences’ lives and which help them understand the lives of others across the UK and the world. We fund projects that give audiences access to exciting films that will help them develop a lifelong passion for seeing film on the big screen.
The BFI’s definition of ‘specialised film’ relates to those films that do not sit easily within a mainstream and highly commercial genre. The BFI believes in the diversity of film and of audiences. We want films to find their audiences and audiences to build their appreciation of a wide range of films. A wider knowledge of film gives us a wider knowledge of different cultures and ideas. We believe that the on-going development of film culture relies on both familiarity with the great titles of film history, and on experimentation with new ideas and forms.
For a full outline of specialised cinema please click here.
We currently have 172 member organisations in the South East region, who we support through providing training, networking and funding opportunities. Working with commercial, cultural and community organisations (including independent and commercial cinema operators, film societies, art centres, community venues, museums and galleries, schools and universities), we help to develop skills and knowledge through free and subsidised training and the funding of particular projects.
Film Hub South East is funded by lottery funds distributed by the British Film Institute