Chapter named as a lead partner for the BFI's Film Audience Network

Posted on: 03 Sep 2013

Chapter are delighted to be one of eight organisations that will be working with the BFI and regional partners to bring more specialised and independent British film to UK audiences in new and exciting ways.

In a ground-breaking new deal for UK audiences the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) takes a significant step forward as the BFI names eight lead partners (Film Hubs) appointed to help bring diverse and exciting films and events to audiences right across the UK.

These eight organisations will collectively receive BFI lottery funding of up to £7.5m over four years (2013-17) to bring new film experiences to UK audiences, no matter where they live. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff will be leading the Film Hub for Wales and has been awarded up to £800,000 funding over the four-year period (2013-17).

The Film Hub will work closely with the Film Agency for Wales and key venues across Wales to further enhance the offer for audiences, building connections with their extensive film education, archive and film talent programmes to bring more filmmakers, films, Masterclasses and workshops into cinemas across the nation.  Throughout, the offer will be driven by broadening and deepening audience choice and access to film across the Nation, and will be informed by audience data and feedback to tailor the offer.

The other seven organisations leading the Film Hubs are: Watershed, Bristol; Broadway Nottingham and Cambridge Film Trust; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Film London; QFT (Queen’s Film Theatre), Belfast; Regional Screen Scotland; and the University of Brighton.

Film-watching is one of the UK’s most loved and important cultural activities, but many film fans cannot easily access a diverse range of films and the BFI FAN aims to change this. BFI FAN brings film, education, community, exhibition, archive and events experts together to offer more choice and grow new audiences, particularly for specialised and independent British film - a key priority for the BFI, as set out in Film Forever, its five year plan for UK film.

Sally Griffith, Director of Film and Cinema at Chapter says;

“This is an exciting time for film audiences across the whole of the UK. Chapter are delighted to be the regional HLO (Hub Lead Organisation) for Wales and be part of what is a truly ground-breaking initiative from the BFI. The Film Hub for Wales will ensure the delivery of a 4-year programme that is relevant, innovative and challenging and will cover the length and breadth of Wales. The significant support from the BFI for this project will ensure the development of wider access for audiences to engage with specialist film through events, screenings, education opportunities and collaboration with other regional HLOs.”

Pauline Burt, Chief Executive of the Film Agency for Wales says;

“The Film Agency for Wales has been a long standing supporter of cinemas and cultural centres across Wales, offering funding to 19 venues across the Nation, including Chapter.  This additional BFI funding, and in particular the networked approach, will provide significant improvements for audiences – the customer – with better access to more diverse content and an enriched cinema, art-house or pop-up event experience.”

Lord Puttnam CBE;

“The BFI’s FAN funding will be used to support a range of audience development activities including local, regional and UK wide celebrations of film. Film Hub activity will be tailored to local audiences and geography, and will include support for touring and archive programmes; pop-up’s and live events; projects aimed at engaging the next generation of film fans and sector led skills training in areas such as programming, marketing, fundraising and technical delivery.”

Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI says;

“BFI FAN is an important and exciting new initiative that goes to the heart of the BFI’s vision to bring a greater choice of film to audiences, no matter where they live in the UK. BFI FAN enables a whole range of partners across the UK - already experts at understanding their local and regional audiences - to truly work together as a network to the benefit of audiences and filmmakers.”

Speaking on behalf of the eight Film Hubs Ron Inglis Director of Regional Screen Scotland says;

“The collaborative process that has led to the creation of BFI FAN has illustrated a huge appetite for change and improvement at the grassroots and we look forward to building on this. In ten years time, we want to look back on the setting-up of the Hub of the UK Audience Network as a turning point for film culture in the UK: the start of a repositioning and understanding of the importance of film as a form of entertainment but as well as a way of engaging audiences in ideas, dialogue and debate about culture and society. We believe that presenting the diversity of world and British cinema enriches our cultural and social lives as individuals within diverse communities.”

BFI FAN will commence activities in the autumn. Local and regional organisations who are keen to get involved should visit the BFI FAN website for more details:

Follow the progress and actions of the Film Hub for Wales at

For further information and to express interest in receiving updates about the Film Hub for Wales, please contact Lisa Nesbitt (



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