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This Way Up Development Forum: Call for Participants

BFI’s Film Audience Network is looking for a group of creative and committed individuals to join the This Way Up Development Forum. The role of Forum is to support and shape the programme for the annual conference, now in its seventh year.


This Way Up (TWU) is the annual UK film exhibition innovation conference that promises to inspire and enlighten, provoke and challenge.

With audience behaviour changing at an accelerating rate it’s more crucial that This Way Up provides a space where film exhibitors come together to discuss the pressing issues, to learn about new models, new thinking and new opportunities and to meet each other to share our experiences. 

TWU was created by Film Hub Scotland and Film Hub North in 2014 and is a key part of the BFI Film Audience Network’s Member Support and Development programme. The event is produced in collaboration with Film Hub Midlands with significant input from the other Hubs within the FAN and key partners of the network.

With previous editions taking place in Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Hull, Liverpool and Nottingham, 2020 sees This Way Up adapt to the current global health crisis. Further details on how this year’s conference will be delivered to follow. 

This Way Up Development Forum

For the 2020 edition we are inviting a group of up to 8 people to support in the development of ideas, content and future ambitions. 

We’re looking for curious, imaginative, inspiring, playful and engaged individuals from a range of backgrounds and with a range of specialisms. We’re looking for people with a passion; whether they be long-term professionals or volunteers doing it in their spare time. 

We are hoping for genuine, insightful, constructive input from you and will be sharing information that is potentially unstructured or in early drafts so ask that this be kept in strictest confidence. 

The Development Forum will: 

  • Have key experience in film exhibition and be able to visualise the potential of TWU

  • Be able to contribute to collaborative discussions thinking creatively to produce a programme of high quality 

  • Be willing to work as a member of a team, to state personal convictions and, equally, to accept majority decisions and be tolerant of other views 

  • Be able to act with integrity and in the best interests of the FAN, avoiding personal conflicts of interest 

We’re very keen to work with people from a range of backgrounds and lived experiences, so encourage people from under-represented backgrounds - young people, socio-economically diverse, D/deaf and disabled, Black, Asian and minoritised ethnicities, LGBTQIA+ - to apply.

Your commitment to us:

  • To advise and support us in shaping a creative, vibrant and fresh programme for TWU

  • To attend the first online development meeting on 20th August

  • To attend the second online development meeting in early October

  • To participate in This Way Up online/in Bristol on 3rd and 4th December

Our commitment to you:  

  • £500 fee for participation

  • Recognition for contribution towards TWU 2020 programme

  • We understand many barriers exist for people wishing to take part in this type of group so can offer support for childcare, access costs and other costs you may need covered, please speak to us if you have any questions about this.


Monday 20 July: Inviting applications

Monday 3 August: Deadline for applications

Between 10-13 August: Telephone or email interviews

Friday 14 August: Confirmation of Development Forum Team

Thursday 20 August: First online Development Forum Meeting (4hrs minimum, with breaks)                              

How to Apply:  

If you are interested, send us an email: sayhi@thiswayupcon.com by Monday 3 August, stating the following:

  • Your current role, interests, passions or profession 

  • A short statement (no longer than 200 words) on why you are interested in joining the Forum and what experience (professional or personal) you bring

  • Your contact information, email address and telephone number

  • Whether you would like a call back to talk about childcare or access costs 

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