Community engagement and outreach is a fundamental part of using the Film Archives.
Over the years, a number of funding streams have helped develop both a digitisation programme and partnership projects. This has made it possible for a wide range of regional projects to use our footage.
The following projects were delivered through South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA). The Box will continue to use film in its learning and community offer.
Into Film schools engagement partnership (2018-2019)
We work closely with Into Film tasked with taking film heritage into schools and we provided content for a pilot project with schools around Bath in 2018. In 2019 we’ll be taking part in ‘Investigating the Archives Day’ at Downend School in Bristol organised with the South West representative of Into Film and another Screen Heritage project in Swindon.
Film Audience Network screenings (2018)
We work closely with Plymouth Arts Cinema offering archive film screenings before making it available to FAN SW exhibitors. We offered a programme, ‘Donald Crowhurst – Lost at Sea’, to accompany the screening of the film The Mercy (2018) at Plymouth Arts Cinema.
Plymouth College of Art student live brief (ongoing)
A client brief asks first year Digital Media Production students to develop shorts as part of an editing module, using Britain on Film content from the film archive that reflect current issues in society. Outer Worldly (2017) was won by Patryck for his interpretation ‘Little Poland’ and Attitudes and Platitudes (2018) by Stephen Palfry for ‘Meaningful’. The short films are published on our social media channels. 2019 will be based on already digitised content ‘Dancing Love, Joy and Dreams’.
Independent Cinema Office touring programme (ongoing)
The Film Archive is part of the Independent Cinema Office’s Britain on Film touring programme; Black Britain on Film (2017-2020), Welcome to Britain (2018-2020) and Protest! (2019-2021).
Villages in Action screenings (2017-2018)
This project is part of the Heritage Lottery-funded Unearth Project covering local heritage in eight Devon villages (2017-2018). Film shows and programmes were delivered to Whimple, Starcross, Rattery, Brentor, Buckfastleigh, Chagford, Crediton and Cheriton Fitzpaine and local heritage enthusiasts were hosted at the Film Archive.