As we’ve acclimatised to COVID-19 restrictions, Film Feels: Connected has been giving film fans a whole new world of film to explore.
Bringing together more than 50 programmes from UK cinemas, festivals and film societies, the season offers UK film fans new ways to connect with unique, bespoke and diverse film screenings and special events, beyond the tried and tested streaming platforms.
Film Hub Scotland members that have received funding include:
- Glasgow Film Theatre: Cinema Essentials (July-August) The GFT hosts a series of interactive discussions via their Facebook channel, starting with a recent release then exploring panelist's favourite films around a theme, including Summer, Music and films about family. Learn more here.
- Cample Line Each month, Cample Line will schedule a film selected by their curation team, which will be launched with a communal viewing and a live discussion. Learn more here.
- Africa in Motion: Looking Back, Reaching Forward (August) Screenings of classic and contemporary African films, plus discussion to explore and critique, representations of Blackness on-screen. (COMING SOON)
- Matchbox Cineclub: Tales from Winnipeg (28-31 August) Matchbox present a limited season in collaboration with the Winnipeg Film Group, including rare and exclusive work from John Paizs, Guy Maddin, Kevin Nikkel & Dave Barber. The season and all additional content will feature brand-new SDH/captions for D/deaf audiences. (COMING SOON)
- World of Film International Festival (WOFF) The third edition of EuropeNow Film Fest, initially set for June 22 – 24 in Reykjavik, Iceland, will now take place online from the 31st July to August 2nd, with a selection of features and shorts from across Europe. Read more here.
- Cinetopia: DOC is excited to present Love Your Local, a programme of documentaries and curated discussion ONLINE exploring the significance of community. At a time where social distancing has imposed huge changes to our social habits, this programme intends to explore different aspects of the importance of finding yourself being part of a community. Explore the programme here.
“We’re spending almost three hours a day watching TV and films during lockdown,” said Annabel Grundy, Film Feels Connected project lead, “so Film Feels Connected adds a whole new dimension to the kinds of things readily available. From Russian cinema to Japanese animation, award-winning short films, queer cinema and much needed comedic relief, we’re working with organisations and cinemas all over the UK who are selecting films they love, to share with audiences online.”
The team behind Film Feels Connected hope that while the cinemas are dark over the summer, curious film fans will visit the Film Feels website and take a risk on some true cinematic gems. All chosen by respected cinema programmers, film festivals and cinephiles who want to share their passion for cinema.
“Independent venues and festivals really care about their audiences, and so many organisations have quickly pivoted to an online programme, to connect with people and try new ways of working even in the face of challenge and uncertainty. From community film club watch-alongs to experimental programmes of new work from arts collectives, the opportunity for audiences to discover and share new films and experiences is alive and well,” says Annabel, “plus, the chance to get closer to the directors and writers behind the films with online discussions and interviews, is greater than ever before; particularly for those who are isolated or unable to access physical venues at this time. Film still has the power to connect us all.”
Visit filmfeels.co.uk to find out about the all the films and events you can join in with over the summer.