Live Cinema UK is very proud and excited to launch a brand new series of cinema events in Bradford this year: the Bradford Community Screenings Programme.

Funded by Film Hub North, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, the programme will see 10 venues around the city host upwards of 25 screening events over a 6 month period, beginning in September 2016.

It’s a fitting programme for the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, and it hands the power of curating a run of screenings all over the city to the people of Bradford themselves.

Community and creative groups will be given access to funding, as well as expert programming help, screening equipment and marketing support so they can present the films of their choice to a Bradford audience.

They will also be fully supported by Live Cinema in adding any other live elements to their screenings if they choose to do so.

The response to the call-out for venues and groups has been varied and incredibly encouraging.

At our initial meeting at Kala Sangam arts centre in Bradford on 5th July, we met groups and venue owners from around the city, including restaurants, community cinemas, theatres, special interest groups, independent businesses and arts practitioners, all interested in being part of this exciting opportunity. Cary Sawney (pictured) of London Indian Film Festival, and previously of Bradford’s own Bite the Mango film festival, welcomed attendees and is delighted to be offering programming support and advice to new venues as part of the programme.

In the longer term, the programme will create and support this new network of exhibitors so that the screenings can continue under their own steam in the future.

If you have a venue or represent a group who would like to find out more about the Bradford Community Screenings Programme, there’s still time to contact us for information.