Thanks to support from BFI FAN’s Advice Sessions, managed by Film Hub Scotland, we teamed up with Fadhili Maghiya (Watch-Africa Cymru), Yvonne Connikie (Cinema Golau) and Umulkhayr Mohamed for this session.
During the session we explored how to build authentic, long-term, exhibition strategies with programmes and experiences for all film goers, whether they are from diverse backgrounds or not. Shaped by lived experiences, Fadhili, Yvonne and Umulkhayr gave inclusive reopening advice for diverse film programming by and for minoritised communities, as exhibitors re-open post Covid-19.
As cinemas and festivals re-develop their business models for re-opening, it’s vital that we listen, reflect and work to address inequality in UK cinema exhibition. This includes the global Black Lives Matter movement and how we take action to support inclusive film culture on screen, in the audience and in our organisations.
From this, we’ve put together some top tips from each session, resource recommendations and organisations to check out below.
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Images © (left to right): Black Joy (BFI), Sembene! (BFI), Jon Craig Photography, Hotel Salvation (BFI), Watch-Africa Cymru, Birds Eye View, Mark Carline (Moonlight Flicks), Handsworth Songs (BFI), Black Girl (BFI)