Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition
01/02/2018 - 31/03/2018
Open for applications now
Take me to:Our Technical Ambassadors Technical Ambassador visit to The Poly Cinema
- Need advice about making the best value choices when it comes to upgrading any element of your equipment? Sound, projection, internet, servers?
- Would you like to be able to show more Event Cinema but aren’t sure how it’ll go on the night?
- Would you like to host outdoor screenings but want to get the right kit?
- Would a second screen make your venue more profitable and diverse but you don’t know how it’ll work in your space?
- Would you like to show local archive material but need advice on creating a DCP?
Applications are open for the next round of Technical Skills visits. To find out more, click the Apply button above.
Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition provides bespoke advice and assistance for independent exhibitors of all shapes and sizes across the UK. A technical expert will visit your venue and give you the tailored advice you need, with recommendations you can apply instantly.
To deliver this service we have the expertise of 15 Technical Ambassadors (TAs) – a fleet of highly skilled and experienced projectionists, technicians and engineers from across the UK who are based in your region to help assist with whatever your non-emergency technical issue.
Check out this video from Dunoon Film Festival, where Tech Ambassador Ian Brown from Film Mobile Scotland talks you through some of the key things to think about when planning an outdoor screening.
Our Technical Ambassadors
Peter James Knight has been a Freelance Projectionist and AV Technician since 2000, working with such companies as BAFTA, Disney, Universal Pictures and Norden Farm Arts Centre. He believes that going to the cinema should be a fantastic experience and is keen to share his knowledge with others.
Chris Milton is a Screenings Manager and QC Specialist at Motion Picture Solutions. After fourteen years working in projection, he has acquired a wealth of experience and knowledge, which he is happy to share to improve the standards of projection in cinemas.
South West West Midlands
Ewan Dunford is Technical Resources Manager at Watershed with over 10 years experience in the field. It is imperative for Ewan to be able to effectively train and disseminate knowledge gained over the years in a constructive and concise manner on a level that is accessible to everyone.
Simon Nicholls is Chief Projectionist at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, having previously worked at Gloucester Guildhall and Borderlines Film Festival. With his varied experience, he aims to promote the essence of high quality presentation skills and pass these on to a new generation of film technicians.
Faye Chamberlain is a Projectionist at Chapter, where she works with a full range of formats, both digital and analogue. Her wealth of experience and interest in new technology will allow her to help other exhibitors, both those with existing experience and those new to digital presentation.
Jennifer Graham is Projectionist at the Queens Film Theatre and previously a Technician and Technical Manager at Odeon Cinemas. She is eager to pass on her love of cinema and projection as well as to share the knowledge and skill-sets required in the changing cinema environment.
Andrew Thomas is a full time Audio Visual Coordinator at Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Halls. As a Technical Ambassador, he hopes to promote and improve independent cinema presentation as well as assist other venues in raising the bar for high quality and imaginative film events in Northern Ireland.
Alasdair Blaikie is Projectionist at Filmhouse Cinema, Edinburgh. He brings a wealth of experience gained at UK and international film festivals as well as in the art house and multiplex sector. He looks forward to helping others understand the capabilities and complexities of digital cinema.
Ian Brown is Company Director and Engineer at Film Mobile Scotland, where he runs a touring DCI compliant cinema in Scotland and Northern England. He believes that his experience setting up cinemas and installing cinema equipment will prove invaluable as a Technical Ambassador.
Robbie Duncan is Projectionist at Glasgow Film Theatre. He has a vested interest in understanding how digital exhibition will change over the coming years and hopes to impart this information to others to maintain the highest level of cinema experience.
Pete Naples is a Senior Engineer at Omnex Pro Film Limited. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, he is keen to share his knowledge and experience through the Technical Ambassador programme to increase site staff knowledge and confidence.
Symon Culpan is Projectionist and Theatrical Lighting and Sound Technician at the National Science and Media Museum. He has also been working as a freelancer for festivals and theatres including Hyde Park Picture House and Hebden Bridge, experiencing a wide range of projection equipment.
Leigh Heathcote is Assistant Chief Projectionist at Broadway Cinema. He has worked as a projectionist for various organizations for almost a decade and believes his knowledge and enthusiasm can help others achieve a high standard in film presentation.
Joe Delaney is Technical Manager and Assistant Manager at the Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge. Working for an arts cinema with a varied programme and a busy film festival, alongside working with the Cambridge Film Trust, has given Joe a very good understanding of all aspects of film presentation.
Paul Willmott is Technical Manager at Saffron Screen. He is committed to the highest standards of projection and welcomes this opportunity of using his experience to raise standards across the many types of cinema now appearing across the country.
Technical Ambassador visit to The Poly Cinema
How to apply
Please note that you must become a member of your local BFI Film Audience Network Hub to benefit from this training. Click here for more information on the Film Audience Network.
A half-day (3hr) session is £120.
Up to 10 individuals can attend the training and organisations can group together if requiring assistance for a similar issue.
We have a limited number of bursaries available to organisations who would be otherwise unable to benefit from this service. Applicant organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £400,000. We will prioritise not-for-profit organisations.
Bursaries can cover up to 75% of the Technical Ambassador fee (£120).
- The ICO will process and manage all applications and match Technical Ambassadors to applicants in collaboration with the BFI Film Audience Network.
- The sessions will take place at applicants’ venues on their own equipment wherever possible (for teams of up to ten people).
- Venues can join together to gain assistance on a shared issue.
- Applicants to this service must be a member of your local BFI Film Audience Network Hub. For more information and to find your local Hub please click here.
- We are committed to ensuring this service reaches a wide range of exhibition organisations across the UK. As a result, we generally cannot offer more than 2 visits per venue.
- Assistance will be subject to availability of a suitable Technical Ambassador.
- We will endeavour to arrange your site visit to take place within 30 days of request upon approval.