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BFI FAN CON – Connecting the BFI Film Audience Network

The first BFI Film Audience Network Conference will take place in Belfast at Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT) and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) from Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th September 2024.

This conference is for all BFI FAN members. Cinemas and film exhibitors from across the UK will gather to strengthen their professional networks, learn about some of the most exciting FAN projects, and draw inspiration on new ways to reach and engage audiences in a diverse screen culture

The exhibition sector has faced extraordinary challenges in recent years and this biannual event will serve as a space to reflect on and celebrate the vital role we play in our communities. The conference will explore practical examples of grassroots approaches to audience development and engagement, informed by member experiences and interests, and – in response to the most pressing systemic and structural issues facing our sector – will also use the event as a forum for discussion and a springboard for collective advocacy and change. 

The conference will open with a preview screening on Wednesday, 11th September and be followed by two days of sessions and workshops across Thursday and Friday. On Thursday evening, there will be a conference dinner in the Great Hall of QUB, and on Friday evening, there will be the opportunity to join a specially curated cinematic tour of Belfast.

Read more about the confernce and book tickets.

Bursary support and Membership

  • This event is eligible for bursary support. FHW can cover travel/accommodation costs for members to attend. Find out more.
  • If you’re not a Film Hub Wales member, you can join here.
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Welsh Film Preview Events

Our Preview Days include screenings of upcoming Welsh-made, Welsh-language and Welsh archive film releases designed to support the wider programming and reach of  films with Welsh connections.

The events are exclusively for members of Film Hub Wales and members of Film Hubs around the UK and we supply all attendees with film information packs and offer networking at different member venues across the country. Film Hub Wales can also offer funding towards minimum guarantees, marketing and/or a contribution towards event costs where talent is available.

Further events will be scheduled according to the availability of upcoming film titles and details will be listed below.

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Film Forum

We’re making time to talk about films!

Join us online for our quarterly programming get-togethers where we’ll talk about a selection of the best new British independent and international film releases.

The sessions are hosted by curator Rachel Pronger. There will be film tips for your upcoming programme, time to talk with peers about the films you’re looking forward to and to discover the ones you might otherwise miss. We’ll also discuss how to programme and market them.

These sessions will run quarterly to support you with year-round audience development. Exhibitors of all shapes and sizes are welcome, we’ll explore how to make the sessions useful for everyone.

About Rachel
Rachel Pronger is a curator, writer and programme consultant. She began her career working in communications for the BFI London Film Festival, Picturehouse Cinemas and Film Hub Scotland, before moving into programming roles at Alchemy Film & Arts, Tyneside Cinema, Sheffield DocFest and Aesthetica Short Film Festival. As co-founder of feminist film collective Invisible Women she has co-curated programmes and delivered events for partners such as the BFI Southbank, Cinema Rediscovered, Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam, BalkanCanKino Athens, HOME Manchester and Glasgow Film Theatre. Her writing on film has been published by outlets including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, MUBI Notebook, Little White Lies and BBC Culture. She also regularly chairs Q&As, panels and workshops centred on feminism, archiving and film history.

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