Advice Surgeries

As part of the Film Hub South East network, members have the chance to meet with industry experts to discuss their funding applications, programming and curatorial issues, digital tools, legal and business planning, project management, event planning and management, licensing, technical advice and more.

Advice surgeries are free for all members of Film Hub South East and can be held by phone, Skype, or in person in Brighton.


We have scheduled a number of advice surgeries to take place between Monday 28 July and Friday 1 August to support members hoping to apply for our Programme Awards Open Call. These will all be held with Film Hub South East managers and staff – see below for their specialisms.

Each appointment will last up to 45 minutes each.

Monday 15th December 

Jon Barrenechea – 10am – 1pm

Tim Brown – 10am – 1pm

Wednesday 17 December 

Donna Close – 10am – 1pm

Thursday 18 December

Emily Kyriakides – 10am – 1pm

In addition there is a service of complimentary appointments which you can make directly with our Audience Development Producers, Ellen Cheshire (West) and Nicky Beaumont (East).

You can contact them on and



Management Board

Jon Barrenechea
Project Development Manager, Picturehouse Cinemas
Former General Manager at Duke of York’s Picturehouse and Duke’s @ Komedia cinemas in Brighton (2004-2013)
cinema management, marketing, technical, project management, Community Screen awards, audience development

Tim Brown
Director, Cinecity
Specialisms: Programming, curation, film festivals, special events, Programme Awards

Donna Close
Manager of Arts & Culture, Brighton & Hove County Council
Specialisms: Pop-up screenings, partnerships, governance, fundraising

Frank Gray
Director, Screen Archive South East
Specialisms: Screen Heritage (Archive), curation, education, Programme Awards

Emily Kyriakides
Senior Producer, Lighthouse
Specialisms: digital strategy, short films, training & sector development


Sessions are 45 minutes long and scheduled by the team in the Film Hub South East office.

If you would like to book a session, please call us or email stating:

  • your name
  • a brief description of your project
  • your preferred advisor
  • preferred date and time
  • Type of session (i.e. phone, skype, in person)


Phone: 01273 643119