A big thank you to everyone who came along to our Exhibition Industry Day in November, bringing along such great energy and ideas to make the day a success.
The day had a thematic slant on audience development and widening access within film exhibition. We invited a selection of talented practitioners who presented some innovative and stimulating screening projects, all of which have centred around either screening film content that represents diverse and marginalised communities or which has actively engaged audiences from those communities.
We were lucky enough to have Coach, Writer and Presenter Gaylene Gould with us all day, to host and steer discussion in thought-provoking directions. Galyene spoke of cultural neglect and what it feels like to rarely see a positive representation of your cultural heritage on screen, as well as a warm and positive antidote to this.
Sarah Watson and Lizzie Banks talked to us about Oska Bright Film Festival and the activities they run throughout the year, and the important part it plays in developing a platform for films made by and with people with a learning disability
Paul Jackson from Legacy Film presented the Legacy Pop Up Cinema which provides positive representation in film for those of the African and Caribbean diaspora.
We were treated to an interactive presentation from Suzy Harvey, a professional performer who runs the fabulous Musical Matinee Club at De La Warr Pavillion. This is a programme of relaxed screenings specifically for adults with dementia.
Jacob Engelberg presented the work of Eyes Wide Open Cinema, a queer film strand based in Brighton and founded in 2013.
Cinema Consultant Julia Vickers facilitated an interactive exchange to help attendees develop projects and networks and identity future opportunities.
All in all it was a big success and as a result of the dialogue that took place, one of our members has started a new exhibitors networking group. We’ve had some great feedback too:
“Really inspiring. Lots of potential for the future.”
“Very interesting speakers and extremely useful workshop and exchange of ideas.”
“Very energising and relaxed but an inspiration.”
“Informative, engaging. Loved the diversity of the panel.”
“Great meeting & learning about like minded people & possible future partners.”
“I felt very welcomed. I connected with lots of great people running projects in the SE I hadn’t heard about before and felt inspired by other peoples ideas and enthusiasm.”
“Interesting, thought provoking, inspiring.”