A new organisation has been established in Birmingham to help filmmakers connect, produce their films, find finance and distribute their work. The Ministry of Film (www.ministryoffilm.org.uk) has been set up by Chris Barrow, studio head at The Lampworks, to help create a solid network and foundation for the film industry in Birmingham and the region.
The MOF will be working to help filmmakers in all ares, including conencting them to funding for feature films. It is a membership organisation, aiming to attract other filmmakers and creatives to not only benefit from its work but to get involved and help shape the region's industry.
However work shas begun on the MOFs new home. Housed in the Birmingham & Midland Institute on Margaret Street is a 110 seat cinema which the MOF plan to restore and bring back to life.
"Our aim is to renovate the cinema and foyer, including the bar to establish a new venue which will be an independant cinema, showing classic films of all genres.
The Ministry of film is creating a new hub for filmmakers.
A place for networking, development, production, funding, marketing and firstly exhibition."
Chris Barrow MOF
In order to help raise the funds required, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched on IndieGoGo.
The aim is to make it a destination for filmmakers… a venue to screen their work and show their talent.
It’s spacious, has a cool retro style (which we intend to mostly keep) and is located in the heart of the city, a short walk from both New Street and Snow Hill stations.
The cinema needs more than just cosmetic renovation… we need a brand new sound and projection system installed, so we can screen films in the very best quality, to ensure we do them justice.
They have already had the work evaluated and supplier for the facilities secured, so just need to funding to install it.
The MOF will also be renovating the bar space and hallways, to create a venue where the Ministry of Film and local filmmakers can host events, premiers, networking or just come and relax for a drink and a chat.
Going forward there will be special screenings and talks with industry experts. Selected programming chosen by some of the most renound producers, directors and creatives… And special screenings of independent films that deserve to reach a wider audience.
All required licencing has been arranged so the Ministry of Film Bar and Cinema will be ready to open as soon as work in completed.
This is a stunning venue and the cinema is an underused gem that may be lost forever so if you wish to help, please do support he campaign.
Indiegogo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOmpNbloONI