One year since a global pandemic closed our cinemas and restricted physical events, we have had time to reflect on our artform and its place in the community and the hearts of audiences. We have felt yearning for the big screen experience and the simple pleasures of being alone together in the dark. Simultaneously there have been seismic shifts in the industry and cinema, and so now we must reckon with how things were and what must change. The mood is apprehensive, but also hopeful- we can imagine new ways to amplify new stories, better serve all audiences, and enjoy the communal experience of film once again.
Film Feels returns for 2021, once again celebrating films’ unique ability to transport us, to illuminate ideas, and to spark a conversation. This year we are feeling Hopeful and are welcoming programmes and events that look at films imbued with hope, dreams of the future, and new ways of reimagining film itself. With a particular emphasis on creating space for voices that don't get heard in mainstream programming. We will be welcoming both in-venue, online, and hybrid proposals.
We are offering funding up to £5,000 for organisations to present screenings and engagement activity as part of the season.