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Film Forres to invest £3000 funding in mobile cinema

By Garry McCartney

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Emma Salt Harrison serving ice cream at Rafford Village Hall Film Forres Mobile Event.
Emma Salt Harrison serving ice cream at Rafford Village Hall Film Forres Mobile Event.

A LOCAL community group has been awarded nearly £2000 towards a mobile cinema.

Film Forres is grateful to the Berry Burn Community Fund for £1868.80 which the volunteers will add to £1000 they are providing themselves to get the Film Forres Mobile (FFM) project on the road.

Group chairman Gareth Edwards confirmed the money will cover the cost of insurance, maintenance, transport, poster creation, advertising and marketing.

He said: “We were delighted to hear our application for funding had been successful, enabling a year’s pilot project to roll out across the area. We can now offer a cinema experience outside of our home at Forres Town Hall. The funding will ensure delivery of a pilot programme over the next 12 months, working with eight local groups to create a diverse range of events.”

Film Forres can now offer FFM for free to groups who want to show a film or use the mobile facilities to help fundraise, or more. Film Forres welcome any interested group to get in-touch.

Gareth said: “Berry Burn have recognised the potential of the pilot scheme we hope to be able to offer for years to come. Our longer term aim is to work collaboratively with community groups and local businesses to enhance the experience, appealing to the wider community.”

A successful trial event was held at Rafford Village Hall on May 14, when Film Forres screened ‘Waking Ned’ to 50 people. They enjoyed a raffle and ice-cream provided by Grant Park-based business Mather’s.

Gareth said: “Screening in village halls and other local venues brings families, friends, neighbours and colleagues together. FFM can be used to fundraise, educate and entertain. These benefits are especially useful to halls forced to close during Covid, with costly bills to pay.”

FFM has a dedicated team ready to work on all aspects of potential events, from practical issues such as the feasibility of a venue to licensing and a projectionist on the night. Email Ruth Whitfield at admin@filmforres.co.uk for more information.

Gareth said: “After the first year, we will evaluate the showings and if successful, will apply for funding for more events. We will be exploring opportunities to work with local businesses to enhance partnerships in hospitality and general sales.”

Film Forres has an account with licencer FilmBankMedia, accessing both PVSL and STSL licensing, dependant on circumstance.

Film School Forres is offering free film-making workshop at Transition Town Forres on Monday, July 18. Email Tim at filmschoolforres@gmail.com for more information.

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