THIS WAY UP 15 Programme and Speakers Announced

2 - 3 December, HOME, Manchester

THIS WAY UP 15 have just announced their programme and speakers for this year's conference. 

With over 40 speakers – leading lights from the world of film exhibition and beyond – and 20 panels, workshops, keynote talks and lunchtime labs confirmed so far, this packed two-day event promises to challenge everything you thought you knew about cinema.

Join your hosts Film Hubs North, North West Central and Scotland, at HOME this December to debate and discuss the trends, models and ideas currently impacting the sector.

Here’s a flavour of the programme:
The Film is Not Enough 
With the rise of event cinema, sing-a-longs and tweet-a-longs, is there a danger the original purpose of cinemas is being lost? Speakers include: Tony Jones (Cambridge Film Festival), Rhidian Davis (BFI), Gaby Jenks (Abandon Normal Devices), Lisa Brook (Live Cinema) & Ian Forrester (BBC Research & Development).
Critical Conditions 
Can critics still help drive audiences to films that lack marketing punch, or has the growth of fan-sites, bloggers and youtubers eroded their power to influence? Speakers include: Michael Rosser (Screen International), Simran Hans (freelance), Sophie Monks Kaufman (Little White Lies), Charles Gant (Heat, The Guardian) & Kevin Bourke (The Big Issue).
The lack of gender equality in filmmaking has long been recognised but little has changed. What can film exhibitors do to help provide a platform for female voices in cinema? Speakers include: Kate Taylor (BFI London Film Festival), Corrina Antrobus (The Bechdel Test Fest), Ellen Tejle (Bio Rio, A-Rate, Sweden) & Joan Parsons (Showroom Workstation).
Devaluing the Doc 
Are programmers shoving the humble doc into limited runs and not maximising its potential to deliver healthy box office? Speakers include: Tim Robey (The Daily Telegraph), Claire Aguilar (Sheffield Doc/Fest), Jeanie Finlay (filmmaker, Sound it Out, Orion), Sonja Henrici (Scottish Documentary Institute) & Oli Harbottle (Dogwoof).
Close that Window
Is the narrowing of the release window a threat to cinemas or should we be confident in the appeal of the communal experience? Catharine Des Forges (ICO), Agnieszka Moody (Creative Europe), Madeleine Probst (Watershed), Damian Spandley (Metrodome), Ailsa Ferrier (Curzon Home Cinema) & Katie Ellen (BFI).
And not forgetting our fabulous keynotes:
Without Walls – Marianne Maxwell, Producer, National Theatre of Scotland
Audiences 2.0 – Nick North, Director of Audiences, BBC
Cross the Streams: Risk and Reward in Audience-centred Approaches – Anna Higgs, Executive Producer, High Rise, A Field in England

You can view the full 2015 programme and speakers here.
We will announce exact timings and the results of our open session pitches soon. In the meantime, have you booked your pass yet?
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Delegates signed up so far cover a wide range of exhibition specialisms – programming, management, education, audience development, marketing, front of house – don't get left behind!

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Remember, members of the BFI Film Audience Network can apply for a bursary to attend – contact us for more details.