Film Exhibition in the South East Research Report – Launched


In 2014 FHSE commissioned a series of Research Projects. The research aims were to deepen the knowledge and understanding of the region’s Film Exhibition sector. Identify areas of strength and weakness and look for opportunities for development, establish base line metrics to judge performance of FHSE interventions.

One of the first challenges for Film Hub South East was understanding more about film exhibition regionally.  Following years without investment, our sector was fragmented and under-networked.  We wanted to get an accurate picture of our region that would provide a baseline, identify gaps and highlight good practice and provide some insight into the challenges faced by our members and potential members so we could target our support and investment. Last year we employed the services of specialist consultant Bigger Picture Research who have produced a detailed report and provided a fascinating snapshot of film exhibition in the region.  This will help members to get a sense of how they fit into the ‘bigger picture’, identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership and help the Hub to channel our resources to have the greatest impact.

FHSE area map

We were particularly interested to note:
·         Of 303 exhibitors in the region: more than one third are volunteer-run film societies or community cinemas.
·         We have 105,000 seats in the region with 73% in commercial cinemas
·         73% of our exhibitors  programme 10% or less specialised film – with commercial cinemas programming the least.
·         Kent exhibitors tend to be commercial cinemas and mixed arts venues with very little rural and community provision; the opposite is true for the west of our region in rural Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire where film societies thrive.

Film Hub SE is committed to empowering our members through sharing our data and are making the research available so that it can help inform your own planning and networking.

These research reports will form the basis of FHSE Business Plans for the future. The full Film Exhibition report is downloadable here: FHSE Exhibition in the South East


Technical Ambassadors [TAs] are on call now!

Wherever your venue, whatever its size, a site visit from a Technical Ambassador will help with your technical issues.

Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition provides bespoke, in-person, affordable technical advice and assistance to independent exhibitors of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re hoping to develop an additional screen at your mixed arts venue, or looking to maximise the potential of your film society’s blu-ray set-up, Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition can help you to affordably achieve your goals.

Technical issues being solved right now…
Site visits are taking place across the UK, from Cornwall to Orkney, with TAs tackling issues such as acquiring and installing DCI compliant equipment; making the most of a DVD system for a remote film society; and what kit is most appropriate for a touring cinema.

TA site visits are only available until February 2015…
If you have any questions or queries about the programme, email or call 020 7079 0474.

This Way Up: Exhibition Innovation

This Way Up: Exhibition Innovation – register for your pass now!

Film Hubs North, North West Central and Scotland are delighted to announce working together over the next three years to produce This Way Up: Exhibition Innovation, the first-ever annual event focusing on film exhibition.

The 2014 edition will take place at Tyneside Cinema on 2-3 December, and feature industry speakers and a programme of events designed to offer the nationwide exhibition sector a new platform for ideas, collaborations, networking and discussion.

Delegate passes cost £50 and are available now.

Bursaries to support pass, travel and accommodation costs are available to members of the BFI Film Audience Network. Please take a look at applying for a travel and training bursary if you would like to attend this event:

Programme Awards 2014/15 announced

Programme Awards 2014/15

As part of the 2014/15 Programme Awards, we’d like to announce the following organisations success on their applications! As the projects progress we will add in case studies, images and links to activity so you can watch and follow their success stories. Each of the awards is up to £5,000, so please take a look to see what kind of activity we can support.

Remember you must be a member to apply for these awards, so find out about this here.

Abingdon College and District Film Society  – Oxfordshire
Cinema Plus Activities 2014/15

Worthing Theatres – West Sussex
1985 Season

Selsey Cinema Club West Sussex
How Soon is Now?

South Hill Park Arts Centre – Berkshire
Science Fiction – Science Fact

University of Portsmouth – Hampshire
Conflict and Resolution Across Global Cultures

Fabrica – East Sussex
Fabrica Film Club

Towner – East Sussex
Sea Interludes – Sea on Film

Resource Productions – Berkshire
Slough International Film Festival



LFF Discounted Accreditation for FHSE Members

Our lovely friends at London Film Festival are offering Film Hub South East Members discounted accreditation at a reduced rate of £80 (inc VAT); normally worth £114!

Film Hub South East members should contact for more information on how to receive this. Accreditation is already open so don’t waste any time emailing us!

Members will need to apply, have their application assessed by LFF and then they will send out a payment form. Unfortunately they are not able to offer a discount on Premium Accreditation.

Accreditation info on the website:

Industry Professional Delegate Package:
·         Access to Press & Industry Screenings before the Festival (22 Sept – 8 Oct at BFI Southbank)
·         Access to Press & Industry Screenings during the Festival (expanded programme runs from 9 – 17 Oct at Odeon Covent Garden)
·         Access to Buyer & Seller Screenings (13 – 17 Oct at the BFI Stephen Street Screening Rooms)*
·         Industry events and networking
·         Access to the new Delegate Centre, located at the BFI’s Stephen Street headquarters in London’s West End
·         Use of the new online Digital Viewing Library
·         Use of the new digital Delegate Viewing Library stations in the Delegate Centre
·         Access to West End Festival Hub including networking activities, drinks and receptions
·         Printed Industry Guide
·         Festival Delegate bag





Date: Thursday 25 September
Leigh Rd, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9DE

FREE Lunch included

In partnership with Eastleigh Film Festival, Film Hub South East invites you to an Industry day and opportunity to listen to experts from the Cinema Exhibition and Distribution sector about their specialisms and discuss how films are brought to market.

Panelists include

Jason Wood – Director of Programming for Curzon Film; Jo Blair, Senior Programmer Picturehouse Cinemas; Tom Abell, Chairman of Peccadillo Pictures; Tara Barnett, Sales Executive at 20th Century Fox.

FHSE Programme

11am                        Feature Film JIMI: All is by my Side
1pm                          Lunch in the Cafe (FREE)
2pm                          Jon Barrenechea gives Film Hub South East development update
3pm                          Distributors Panel: Tom Abell & Ollie Charles Pecadillo Pictures, Tara Barnett 20      Century Fox, Nathan Gilligan Soda Pictures

4.15                          Networking Drinks in the Atrium

6pm                          Eastleigh Panel discussion and Eastleigh short film awards (remember to sign-up)

7.30pm                        UK premiere of Ego, directed by Lisa James-Larsson (remember to sign-up) 

Places are FREE. To book a place visit 

Members are also welcome to attend Eastleigh’s Industry Day events. An ideal opportunity for aspiring filmmakers, Eastleigh have brought together a panel of experts from various strands of the movie-making world. The day will offer a wide range of free continuing professional development workshops as well as networking opportunities, an insightful panel discussion, screenings of the Eastleigh Film Festival short film competition-winners and the UK premiere of Lisa James-Larsson’s romantic-comedy Ego.

Hub Members sill need to book onto the Eastleigh events individually including the Panel Discussion, short film awards and screening of Ego. For more details and to book places visit

Eastleigh Industry Day

Eastleigh Industry Day

Thursday 25 September 2014

The Point theatre in Eastleigh will be the host venue for the first ever Eastleigh Film Festival Industry Day on Thursday 25th September. An ideal opportunity for aspiring filmmakers, Industry Day will bring together a panel of experts from various strands of the movie-making world. Film Hub South East will be joining in the fun at the Eastliegh Industry Day. Watch this space for the programme and our exciting line up.

The day will offer a wide range of free continuing professional development workshops as well as networking opportunities, an insightful panel discussion, screenings of the Eastleigh Film Festival short film competition-winners and the UK premiere of Lisa James-Larsson’s romantic-comedy Ego.

New Vacancy: Sci-Fi Project Manager for BFI Film Audience Network programme

New Vacancy : Sci-Fi Project Manager for BFI Film Audience Network programme
£30,000 (pro-rata per annum)
Contract: 6 months fixed term, 4 days a week

As part of the BFI Sci-Fi blockbuster season, national members of the BFI FAN have created programmes of screenings, guests and events to bring classics of the Sci-Fi genre to UK audiences in new and exciting ways.

There will be at least 576 BFI FAN Sci-Fi screenings and events, showing 419 titles across 124 locations across the UK and we are looking for a Sci-Fi Project Manager to help coordinate these UK-wide screening and marketing activities.

This post will be based at Film London; the successful candidate will have excellent project management skills with a strong background in marketing and communications.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 4 August.

Please see the Film London Website for further details.



Job Vacancy: Projectionist/Driver

Vacancy: Picturehouse Cinemas
£100 per day + accomodation + per diems

Picturehouse Cinemas are looking for a projectionist that either has HGV driving experience or would like to train for a HGV license to drive and operate Picturehouses’ new Cinemobile unit, a 100-seat mobile cinema which will travel the country showing films to audience all year-round. You’ll need to be willing and available to work frequent weekends and to be living “on the road” for days or sometimes weeks at a time.

You need a clean driving license held for more than 3 years. Please accompany your CV with a cover letter.

Deadline: 1 August

Advice Surgeries – Bookings Now Open

28 JULY – 1 AUGUST 2014
Available by phone, skype or in person

Film Hub South East Advice Surgeries are now open for bookings. These have been launched to  coincide with the round of the Film Hub South East Programme Awards.

All FHSE members will be able to have the opportunity to meet in person, skype or talk on the phone with a member of the Management Board.

Advice surgeries are open for all Film Hub South East members to discuss issues that may be affecting their organisation:

  • funding applications
  • programming and curatorial issues
  • digital tools
  • legal and business planning
  • project management
  • event planning and management
  • licensing
  • technical advice

For more information on advice surgeries and how to book click here