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Film Hub Scotland at GFF 2019

Film Hub Scotland delivered a day of members’ activity at Apartment 29 during the Glasgow Film Festival industry programme. Here’s a rundown of how the day went, with lots of chat and tea in between sessions! If you’d like copies of any of the PowerPoint presentations featured, just drop us a line: charlotte@filmhubscotland.com.

The costs of running a cinema or film club, regardless of size, can add up –from film licensing, marketing, staffing and running costs to devising larger events and festivals. Of course Film Hub and Screen Scotland are here to help, but seeking funding from local and national companies can be a lucrative source of income, and lead to mutually beneficial partnerships!

Isadora Tharin, Head of Corporate and Partnerships at Cause4, talked us through the stages of researching, creating and nurturing these relationships. Some of the key tips from her presentation:

  • Research! Draw up a list of local businesses or corporate sponsors that you feel would be a good fit with your venue or festival
  • Identify those areas of common ground and where your interests and aims align, and compose a clear proposal that highlights this – are you targeting the same audiences as they are? If so, use that to your advantage!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask! Arts organisations often undervalue themselves, so emphasise the cultural and social importance of what your cinema does.

Post-lunch, Paul Gallagher (Programme Manager, GFT) and Charlotte, (Programme and Marketing Coordinator, Film Hub Scotland) presented an hour of upcoming programming opportunities and new releases. Starting with Nationwide touring opportunities from BFI Major Programmes and the ICO's new Britain on Film programmes, we identified some key titles that Scottish audiences could be enjoying in the coming months – from MUBI’s Nordic-noir-fairytale Border to Dogwoof’s Oscar-nominated skate-doc Minding The Gap. For more information on the titles covered in the session, please find the PDF here. As always Film Hub are here to help you with programming and marketing ideas!

Next, we heard from Creative Carbon Scotland’s Catriona Patterson who shared her work with The Green Arts Initiative; a community of over 200 arts organisations working collaboratively to make their practices and spaces greener and more sustainable. It’s free to join and you can find out more information at this link! GFT’s Caroline Rice and Kirsty from Take One Action shared the ways that they have integrated Green thinking into their organisations – from plastic-free cinema spaces to TOA's directory of films that explore global environmental and humanitarian crises.

Following on from the enthusiastic reception to the PechaKucha sessions at This Way Up, we invited members to deliver micro-presentations of 5 minutes or under, sharing a recent success, an upcoming event or a provocation. We heard from Jen Skinner of Screen Argyll, Sean Welsh of Matchbox Cineclub, Louise Carney of Heartland Film Society, Esther Currie from Stirling’s MacRobert Arts Centre (who presented on their innovative pay-what-you-can pricing scheme – more on that soon) and Femspectives’ Kathi Kamleitner, who previewed their upcoming festival.

We're busy preparing for our next Industry Day. See you at EIFF!

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