We are delighted to be starting 2019 with our first ever multi-year funding investment from Film Hub North, part of the BFI Film Audience Network. Our 3-year Engine Awards funding will support a new network of venues in the North of England to host regular live cinema events with partner organisations including ARC Stockton, Brewery Arts Centre, The Brick Box, Leeds International Festival, HOME, the Rheged Centre, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Showroom Cinema and Tyneside Cinema. This network of organisations will work collaboratively with support from Live Cinema UK to attract new audiences aged 16-30 through co-programming and commissioning of new live cinema events – film screenings with ‘live’ in-venue elements, including but not limited to live soundtracks, digital integrations, theatrical immersion, movie parties, audiovisual performance (VJing) and simultaneous interactive moments. Funding will support new live events at all venues plus audience development activity to create and retain new young audiences for venues, whilst part-supporting a variety of organisational development areas including the recruitment of a new Marketing and Operations Coordinator post, and a new Board of Directors.

We are so excited to be developing the North of England as a centre of excellence for live cinema, and can’t wait to get started on new commissions and touring with our nine new partners in 2019.