Film Hub North West Central is part of a UK-wide network of Hubs which aims to bring film to UK audiences in new and exciting ways. HOME leads the Film Hub North West Central covering Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

HOME is one of the Hub Lead Organisations for the groundbreaking new deal for UK audiences, the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN). As outlined in Film Forever, the BFI’s plan for 2012-2017, the FAN ambition is to build a wider, more diverse UK cinema audience, with a richer appreciation of British and international film.

The Film Hubs work collaboratively with partner organisations in their local areas and, together with the BFI, form a new Film Audience Network strategic leadership group to ensure a joined-up UK-wide approach. The Hub Lead Organisations across the UK collectively receive BFI lottery funding of up to £7.5m over four years (2013-17) to bring new film experiences to UK audiences, no matter where they live.

BFI FAN consists of a network of organisations across the UK, Film Hubs, that work together to extend the diversity of film choice, increase and broaden film audiences, and enhance opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about film.

The BFI FAN funding is used to support a range of audience development activities at a local, regional and cross-regional level, and the network supports major national celebrations of cinema across each of the Film Hub regions, with the ambition to stage some simultaneously. Film Hub activity is tailored to local audiences and geography, and includes support for touring and archive programmes; pop-ups and live events; projects aimed at engaging the next generation of film fans and sector led skills training in areas such as programming, marketing, fundraising and technical delivery.

For information of current supported projects see here. 

Picture above: Abandon Normal Devices, Alien plus Magnetic Rose, Jodrell Bank 2014

Photo credit: Chris Foster

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Steering Group

Our Steering Group represent the interests of Film Hub NWC members and they contribute to the overall strategic activity of the Hub. The group is made of up a wealth of experience and is representative of our region, delivery, priority areas for the future of the Film Audience Network and key strategic partners. The group consists of:
Gabrielle Jenks

Gabrielle Jenks

Director at AND Festival

Gabrielle studied Visual Arts and Film at The University of Liverpool and has previously worked at FACT Liverpool as the Programme Coordinator before going on to be Director of Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival. AND is a catalyst for new approaches to art-making and digital invention, commissioning ground breaking projects which challenge the definitions of art and moving image.

Claire Sharples

Claire Sharples

Cultural Citizens Programme Coordinator at Curious Minds

Claire is the Cultural Citizens Programme Coordinator for Curious Minds, a company dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people through great art and culture. Claire has previously worked across arts, culture and media production in London and Manchester, as well as international projects in Europe and Asia. Her areas of research and study include: Art, design and film history; Visual and material culture and Communication for Development, with a focus on socially engaged creative practice and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Funding Manager at Big Lottery Fund

Sharon has over 12 years experience working within the grant making sector. She began her career at the Big Lottery Fund working as a grants officer, and this is where her passion for helping to bring funding to areas and people most in need was sparked. She now manages a network of local funding officers in England who provide early advice and support to organisations wanting to access Big Lottery Funding as well as running the national large grants programme. Having studied Social Geography at university, Sharon has always had a keen interest in people, places and social inequalities and has spent much of her career working in communities across the North building an understanding of the demographic makeup of the region.

Shaun Curtis

Shaun Curtis

Director at Metal

Shaun joined Metal following four years working across Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool, as Curator of Young People's Programmes. In these roles he worked internationally and curated, commissioned and produced many multidisciplinary performances, exhibitions and events; often with a focus on the intersection between music and visual art. Prior to this Shaun also worked in programming, education and participation capacities for DaDaFest International (Disability and Deaf Arts), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Liverpool Biennial. During his career Shaun has worked in collaboration with many artists and creative organisations across a broad spectrum of disciplines including; Warp Records, Punchdrunk Theatre Company, Actress, Jeremy Deller, Matthew Herbert, Oneohtrix Point Never, Martin Creed and Kate Tempest.

Phil Dove

Phil Dove

Head of UK Operations at The Light Cinemas

With a background in hospitality, Phil was invited by Light Cinema to lead the opening of their new UK cinemas with a brief to instill outstanding customer service in the teams, promote staff retention and create multi screen cinemas which genuinely reflect the needs & desires of local communities. There are three Light Cinemas to date, and four cinemas will open in 2016 (Bolton, Walsall, Addlestone & Thetford) with a further nine sites signed off beyond that.

Peter Pack

Peter Pack

Treasurer & Programmer at Shrewsbury Film

Peter Pack has helped to run several film societies over the years. Most recently, he has been treasurer and one of the programmers at Shrewsbury Film Society since it started in 2011. When not watching films, he is often to be found cycling. In his day-job, he is a deputy headteacher.


Johnathan Ilott

Johnathan Ilott

Film and Live Events Programme Manager at The Dukes Lancaster

After studying Philosophy at Lancaster University, Johnathan stuck around in the city working various jobs at The Dukes in Lancaster until the organisation eventually promoting him to Film Programme Manager in 2009. Added responsibility for programming live events and performing arts followed in 2014. The Dukes is a cinema, theatre and cultural centre, based in Lancaster which has been delivering a programme of world, specialised and independent film to audiences for over 40 years.

Felicia Chan

Felicia Chan

Lecturer in Screen Studies at University of Manchester

Felicia is a Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester and Programme Director for its Screen and Theatre MA programmes. She is a founding member of the Chinese Film Forum UK and her research explores the construction of national, cultural and cosmopolitan imaginaries in cinema, as well as the influence of institutional and industrial practices on the production, distribution and reception of film. She is the co-editor of Genre in Asian Film and Television: New Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) and has published in several journals and edited volumes, including Theorizing World Cinema (I.B. Tauris 2012), East Asian Film Stars (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), and Whose Cosmopolitanism? (Berghahn 2014).