Making it Matter

10:00 – 11:25 | Playhouse

PrintHow do we create a local film festival that is meaningful and engaging to our local community? Film festivals can benefit their communities in far-reaching ways, they bring people, venues, businesses and organisations together around a shared goal. They have social value for their economy, culture, heritage and wellbeing. But how do you create a strong vision for your programme, identify your resources, address what a community wants, or what is missing from the local culture? In this session, we’ll be discussing how to make it matter, how to create a programme that can engage audiences of all kinds and consider what inclusivity means in different communities.

Confirmed speakers are:

Ann Campbell from Dunoon Film Festival and Venue Manager at Dunoon Burgh Hall

Ann Campbell has worked with Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust for 8 years supporting programme development, community engagement, large scale funding applications and the delivery of the major capital refurbishment of what was a neglected Victorian venue.  Ann moved to the Cowal area in 2003 with almost 20 years of experience in community development and youth work in Glasgow.  In 2013 the first annual Dunoon Film Festival was launched by the DBH Trust and Ann relished the opportunity to combine that community development experience with her love of film to create something new for the area.  Ann has been co-ordinating the Film Festival ever since.

Tanya Karlebach from Cromarty Film Festival

Tanya moved to Cromarty in 2009 and was roped into the Film Society more or less on her first day and despite the occasional moan, feels it is one of the best parts of her Cromarty life.  The Society runs a monthly screening programme on a yearly theme as well as the Film Festival in December and in recent years has become a registered charity with the loosely assembled committee becoming a more formal set of Trustees.  The Society remains an entirely volunteer run organisation with a current group of about 8 involved in planning and delivering all events.

Jonathan Coburn, Founder and Director of Social Value Lab, an international centre for social impact research.

Jonathan has worked for over 20 years to support communities to find enterprising solutions to social, economic and cultural needs. Over the period, his focus has been on enabling community organisations to use evidence that can help to make sense of local needs, and tell their story in a balanced and compelling way. Jonathan worked with Regional Screen Scotland to produce Your Cinema, Your Community – a study into the value of local cinemas for people and communities – and an associated toolkit to help cinemas better measure performance and impact.

Richard Ashrowan, Creative Director of Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival.

Image courtesy of Dunoon Film Festival.