The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) is a National Lottery supported network of organisations working to build and develop audiences for British and International cinema. FAN draws together cinemas, festivals, film societies, mixed arts venues and creative film exhibitors from across the UK to broaden and enhance audiences to engage with and learn about film.
The Film Audience Network is currently led by 9 Film Hubs, spread throughout United Kingdom. Beyond the Multiplex is partnered with three of these hubs: Film Hub North, based at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield; Film Hub South West and West Midlands, based at Watershed in Bristol and Film Hub North West Central, based at HOME in Manchester.
The Hubs bring together regional networks of cinemas, cross arts venues and those working in the exhibition sector. Their aim is to enhance the opportunities for people in their regions to engage with a rich and diverse film culture, through project funding, training support, sectoral advocacy, advice and informal consultation, audience research and local delivery of National projects, touring films seasons and sectoral intiatives.
Film Hub North covers Cumbria, Yorkshire, County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, and is led by the Showroom Workstation in Sheffield.
Film Hub North West Central covers Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire, and is led by Home in Manchester.
Film Hub South West & West Midlands covers the regions from Cornwall, to the Welsh Borders, to Dorset, Bristol, and up to Birmingham, and is led by The Watershed in Bristol.
The Audience Agency is an independent not-for-profit consultancy working with cultural organisations to build audiences. They have national offices in London and Manchester, with a team of expert consultants across England and Wales. The Audience Agency hope to contribute to increasing the number and diversity of people engaging with a broad range of culture, and the depth and scope of their involvement.