Timon Singh, Campaigns Manager, Film Hub South West
Timon Singh is the Campaigns Manager (Marketing, Communication and Audiences) for the BFI Film Audience Network, leading on communication and brand strategy for the network as well as the support for new film releases across the UK.
Working closely with FAN partners, the BFI and regional Film Hub teams, Timon oversees FAN’s communication and brand strategy, including editing various FAN platforms, including The Bigger Picture, which encourages the sharing of best practice amongst exhibitors through case studies, toolkits, articles and research, as well as the central BFI FAN portal.
He also leads on FAN’s support for the New Releases scheme, collaborating closely with a UK-wide pool of marketing freelancers as well as distributors involved (the Independent Cinema Office, Into Film and BFI). For BFI FAN New Releases, four films are selected each year with a focus on supporting exhibitors across the UK to programme titles that might be perceived as being ‘risky’ or ‘too challenging’ and helping them connect with audiences, particularly new and diverse ones.
Timon also oversees Booking Now, a monthly newsletter that is delivered to all FAN members. It includes booking opportunities for a wider range of new releases as well as nationwide seasons (eg the BFI Blockbuster) and touring programmes. To submit content, head to BFI FAN New Releases, and to sign up for the newsletter contact your Regional Hub.
Toki Allison, BFI FAN Access Officer, Film Hub Wales
Toki works on the Inclusive Cinema project, led by Film Hub Wales, in collaboration with all the UK film hubs to support a more inclusive approach to building audiences. She launched inclusivecinema.org in 2018, a digital resource collating a wealth of resources, case studies and data around marginalised groups, which aims to help exhibitors in diversifying their audiences. She works on campaigns driving better access to cinema for audiences living with dementia, neurodiversity, as well as Disabled, BAMER, LGBTQ+, and poorer audiences, and fundraises and advocates for access for all. She freelances in cinema and arts programming and audience development, as well as consulting on equality, diversity and inclusion.
Stefanie Roders, Film Culture Coordinator, Film Hub London
Steffi is the Film Culture Coordinator at Film Hub London, leading on the delivery of Distributor Slate Days, one of FAN’s annual main industry events. Teaming up with Film Hub Scotland for this two-day event in London, Slate Days is designed to build stronger links between distributors and exhibitors and provide exhibitors with a comprehensive overview of upcoming independent releases.
She also oversees the Hub’s Exhibitor Activation Programme activities, coordinating the award of grants to London exhibitors for projects reflecting Film Hub London’s key objectives of developing diverse, young and inclusive audiences, as well as the Cinema Incentive Scheme, working with independent cinemas in London to sustain and grow the UK audiences for British and independent films.
Steffi also coordinates Training and Travel Bursaries through which members of Film Hub London can access a range of funding and training opportunities to enhance their professional development for the benefit of themselves and their organisations with the ultimate aim of boosting and diversifying audiences.
Moira McVean, Young Audiences Coordinator, Film Hub London
Moira works with film exhibitors, Film Hub Lead Organisations, Into Film and BFI to support young audiences (16-30 year olds) activity across the country. Lead of the Young Audiences Advisory Group, Moira monitors, reviews and collates young audiences activity taking place across FAN, disseminating information on best practice.
Moira has conducted extensive research into the barriers to attendance for 16-30 year olds and is now working with FAN venues to advise on ticketing schemes among other audience development initiatives. Moira is also the lead of the FAN Young Consultants group – a group of 20 young people under the age of 30 working in film exhibition formed to provide an authentic ‘youth voice’ for FAN. Working with the group, Moira is able to advise on programming and eventising for 16-30 year olds in collaboration with distributors, information about which will be shared through the FAN Booking Now newsletter.
Formerly Senior Film Programmer at the Barbican, specialising in programming for families and children, and then Head of Curation at Into Film, where she led on the curation of the annual Into Film Festival for school children aged 5-19, Moira’s current role also aims to bridge the gap between film education and the film exhibition sector.
Advocating for the value of young people’s involvement in the sector, Moira monitors the development of Young Programmer groups across the UK, highlighting creative engagement, training and networking opportunities.
Annabel Grundy, BFI FAN Major Programmes Manager, Film Hub Midlands
From live cinema events to seasons celebrating film’s long and varied history, Annabel oversees the BFI FAN’s Major Programmes, UK-wide programming that all FAN members can get involved with, delivering annual BFI-led ‘Blockbuster’ seasons and FAN-led ‘Film Feels’ programmes.
Passionate about arts and film culture, Annabel has produced and managed festivals, theatre and cultural programmes in the UK and Australia, showcasing new voices in theatre and film, as well as new forms and technological innovation.
She now helps to grow audiences for film across the UK through national seasons and events and is excited by the range of expertise and creative ambition within FAN to reach new and diverse audiences, keeping cinema alive and relevant now and in the future.
Andy Robson, Screen Heritage Producer, Film Hub North
Andy oversees Changing Times, the four-year nationwide screen heritage programme that encourages BFI Film Audience (FAN) members to programme ambitious screen heritage screenings and events throughout the UK, celebrating the moving image collections of the UK’s public regional and national film archives.
Working closely with FAN members, regional and national film archives and wider partners, Andy aims to increase exhibitors’ confidence with screen heritage material, foster stronger links between the exhibitor and archive sectors and engage young and diverse audiences with archive collections.
Adam Castle, FAN Training Coordinator, Film Hub Scotland
Adam oversees Membership Support and Development (MSD) across the UK for the Film Audience Network. Working with Film Hub North, Adam is the organisational lead for This Way Up, the UK’s independent film exhibition conference. The two-day event welcomes 250 delegates each year for talks, workshops and networking on the future of film exhibition. Working with Film Hub London, Adam supports on the delivery of Distributor Slate Days, an annual two-day event in London building stronger links between the exhibition and distribution sector.
Working with Film Hub London and Film Hub Wales, Adam delivers the Innovation Lab, a residential training focusing on young audiences in 2019 and cinema by and for people of colour in 2020. In 2018 Adam relaunched the Advice and Experience Scheme, bringing it UK-wide. The scheme provides one-on-one industry advice to hub members across the UK. Also in the MSD remit is National Training, delivered by the ICO, and the Indie Box office newsletter written by Charles Gant.
In a freelance capacity Adam runs a queer cabaret, programmes film screenings and is a filmmaker.