In December 2016, the BFI launched its new strategy BFI2022, which outlined its ongoing commitment to giving everyone across the UK the opportunity to enjoy the diverse range of great British and international cinema, past, present and future.
To build on the success of the Film Audience Network (FAN) so far, and to mirror the geographical boundaries applied to England by the Arts Council, the BFI has set out a number of key changes that impact on the South East and East of England regions from January 2018:
- There will be one Hub that covers the whole of the South East and East of England: Bedfordshire, Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Luton, Medway, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Peterborough, Reading, Slough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk, Surrey, Thurrock, West Berkshire, West Sussex, Windsor & Maidenhead, and Wokingham.
- Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will be served by a new, expanded Film Hub South West.
There is an open application process for the contracts to run the UK’s eight new regional Film Hubs, including the new Hub for the unified South East and East region. We will deliver our Stage One application for this to the BFI by 9th June 2017. You can read more about the new geography and the application process.
Our vision for the future
At Film Hub South East we’ve spent the past four years working with more than 170 of you around the region on exhilarating, trailblazing initiatives in film exhibition. We look forward to welcoming new partners in the East and continuing our work with existing Hub members throughout the new region.
We are now developing our application for the future Film Hub South East and East, in which our focus will ensure greater diversity and inclusivity, and nourish and engage UK cinema audiences with contemporary, archive, British and international film.
Tell us what you need from your Film Hub
We believe very strongly that continuing to work collaboratively with creative partners will put us in a strong position to bid for, and deliver, against the BFI FAN aims and objectives for BFI2022, ensuring we continue to meet the needs of our members across a busy region within the UK.
So, tell us what you think the Hubs do well, and what other needs you have from your Film Hub:
Please take five minutes to fill out this short survey.
We’d like your response by Friday 2 June in order to include your ideas in our new plan. For more information about the latest developments in the BFI’s Film Audience Network from 2018-2022 and what this means for FAN Members, please read our blog.
Thanks to all Hub Members for your continued support of Film Hub South East.
Key contacts for Film Hub South East:
We are really keen to hear from all exhibitors within the new South East/East region. Please do get in touch with any questions, and let us know what you value about your Hub.