Propeller Scheme Supported Projects 2017 –

Support to smaller, targeted film projects, screenings and events across our region in 2017.

    Through our Propeller Scheme we are looking to support smaller, targeted film projects, screenings and events across our region that look to build audiences for British and international film.

    For 2017 Propeller has been split into three strands: Diversity, Future Audiences and Screen Heritage.

    Below are a list of projects we have awarded so far in this scheme:


    Not Just Bollywood, ‘Hindies’ & The Indian Film Industry
    Propeller Strand: Diversity
    Run by: The Dukes
    Location: Lancaster
    Date/s: September 2017

    The Dukes are taking part in HOME’s Not Just Bollywood: ‘Hindies’ & The Indian Film Industry film season. The season highlights contemporary critically acclaimed Indian independent films. The season will take stock of the ways in which the Indian indie film scene has seen a notable shift in genres, audience tastes and storytelling.

    The Propeller Scheme support will go towards marketing the season and also to support the ability to screen Kothanodi, which has a higher fee due to it not having UK distribution. With the print in the country for HOME’s season this is a rare and exciting opportunity to present Lancashire audiences the opportunity to watch an Indian film they wouldn’t otherwise had the chance to see.The other 3 films intended for the season are Hotel Salvation, The Lunchbox and Court.

    More info will be on The Dukes website when they have it.



    Oswestry Film Society LGBT Season
    Propeller Strand: Diversity
    Run by: Oswestry Film Society
    Location: KinoKulture, Oswestry
    Date/s: 18 Oct, 15 Nov, 22 Nov, 29 Nov & 13 Dec 2017

    Oswestry Film Society has been running since October 2015 and they screen films twice a month, running three themed seasons throughout the year. Our remit is to enrich our local audience’s experience of cinema as an art form by programming a range of films both old and new; that include British and international cinema, documentary films as well as popular American titles.

    Now established, their desire is to branch out and take some risks in terms of  programming content and diversify their audience further. This carries a certain financial risk – since strong audience numbers would not be guaranteed -which is why they sought funding from the Propeller Scheme to support their first ‘off-shoot’ season of LGBT cinema ‘Pride’.  A series of films with LGBTQ+ themes. Documentaries, acclaimed world cinema and recently released British films…..Pride has something for everyone.

    Pride Season at a glance…

    Wednesday Oct 18th 2017 – Britain on Film: LGBT Britain (PG)

    Wed 15th Nov 2017 – Handsome Devil (PG)

    Wed 22nd Nov 2017 – God’s Own Country (15)

    Wed 29th Nov 2017 – Blue is The Warmest Colour (18)

    Wed 13th Dec 2017 – Transamerica (15)

    More information and tickets can be found on Oswestry Film Society’s website.


    Aziz Ibrahim: Lahore to Longsight
    Propeller Strand: Screen Heritage
    Run by: HOME
    Location: Manchester
    Date/s: Wed 11 Oct 2017

    Longsight Anson Estate artist Aziz Ibrahim is a master collaborator, working with diverse artists/projects such as The Stone Roses, Overload (Pakistan), Paul Weller, Mike Joyce (The Smiths) and Project 70 Asian Blues (Arts Council England).

    The event offered a radical orchestral interpretation of original compositions and the unreleased album Lahore to Longsight, that charts the journey of Aziz’s father from a divided India to Pakistan to Manchester and the path to self-identity and acceptance, for a son torn between vastly different cultures.

    To accompany some pivotal songs in the concert, archive film material from 1960s Lahore and Longsight will be provide a backdrop to the musicians’ performance. With thanks to North West Film Archive for allowing the use of these special films.


    Scalarama North West
    Propeller Strand: Young Audiences
    Run by: Scalarama / Cinema Nation
    Location: North West
    Date/s: September 2017

    Scalarama is a multi-venue film season taking place every September across the UK, involving over 500 different exhibitors nationally. In Manchester and Liverpool, exhibitors including cinemas, film clubs, festivals and arts organisations have joined together to pool their resources, to create a large scale film season that looks to serve as an introduction to new audiences to the film landscape in the city.

    Scalarama North West proposes to focus on promotional campaigns across the two main cities, and also include screenings in Leigh and Egremont to help bring awareness to their continued work and link them to a national, inclusive event. The support is necessary as Scalarama is a not-for-profit activity, and unlike previous years, there is no core central funding from BFI. All events are self funded and Scalarama does not take a cut of the box office of events.

    There will be a focus on new and young audiences this year, with promotions and event additions looking to entice audiences interested in cinema but not knowing where to start, and to make families aware of the offerings of some of their partner organisations.


    Refuge Film Season at FACT
    Propeller Strand: Diversity
    Run by: FACT
    Location: Merseyside
    Date/s: September – December 2017

    Accompanying FACT’s latest exhibition Under Cinema is a wide-ranging programme, Refuge, which investigates the notion of ‘refuge’ or ‘safe-space’, in relation to art (and by extension to cultural institutions). These events consider how art and artistic approaches can represent, or begin to give a platform to, a diversity of narratives usually underrepresented in mainstream media and discourse. The series, developed in collaboration with a variety of local partners, explores the positive effect of these possibilities but also their limitations and failures.