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Up there on the right hand side, you'll see a little invite to 'become a member of Support your local Cinema' - but what does it mean? Well, here's the idea.
Basically, it seemed that there wasn't any one place for cinemas to find out information about other cinemas, to support each other, ask questions, share resources and so on. So, we thought we'd make it and here it is.
Once you become a member, you are automatically a part of our wider network, benefiting not only from our published resources but from Member offers like our app, touring programmes, exclusive articles and the ability to create your own profile, upload photos and blogs, and to start discussions - which we hope will be the most useful. You can start a conversation about anything from 'who has the rights to Elem Klimov's Come and See?', to 'How do I start a Facebook fan page?'
Get involved. Share, learn, discuss. That kind of thing.
(If you're not sure how to make it work for you, email email@example.com or take a look at 38minutes.co.uk which was a major inspiration for this site. They are good,them.)
Here are some of the ways we think the site could work:
1. News and Information: Scanning the Horizon
In the first instance, we see this site as a sort of a radar for all things social media and independent cinema related. We'll keep our eyes peeled for news, emerging trends, useful events, and
training and funding opportunities and streamline it all direct to you.
Check out our blogs, newsletter, Twitter feed and Facebook page.
2. Practical Advice and Guidance
It's all very well sticking our heads above the parapet to understand the lay of the land, but it's not much use if we don't turn theory into action. Therefore, we make it our mission to take the hypothetical and the potential and translate them into practical suggestions for you. Every blog will include a lesson or a tip, we'll produce monthly case studies, and we'll look at other
industries' models and see how they might apply to film.
We'll also ensure to keep our resources section as comprehensive and as well stocked as possible so you should have everything you need at your fingertips.
Look out for case studies with working models outlined, and our fortnightly round-up newsletter of useful information, programmes, applications, sites and more.
As the world gets ever more social, we thought it might be useful to have our own industry specific social network just for cinema professionals. Inspired by the wonderful 38minutes.co.uk and
ffilm.co.uk sites, this platform offers you the opportunity to create a profile, write blogs, join relevant groups, make professional links and friends, sync your social media feeds, and more.We're a diverse group across a vast space (Europe!), so this is a bit of an experiment. But here are some ways that I see it might work!
1. why not use blogs to signpost content that you are generating anyway - blogs, photos, video, podcasts etc. All blogs are published to the home page, and if you are particularly keen to
highlight something, I can ‘feature it’ so that it stands out.
2. send us news and information that we can include in a regular news bulletin - events, training, festival submissions, announcements (firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com)
3. use Groups such as Touring Programmes to share information about seasons or programmes that you want to offer to other cinemas
4. make connections with other cinema professionals and keep in touch with contacts from conferences and events, exchange information through the site’s messaging and comments
options and generally keep the conversation going!