Coventry will be transformed into one big cinema for 2021.
And for the first time in a long time, we can get excited for real life, non-virtual events.
‘CineCov’ is a programme that will transform the city into a cinema over the next twelve months.
The programme will see over 150 screenings and film events taking place in parks, community centres, forests, towpaths, and churches.
We can expect to see a special tribute to Coventry’s role in the Italian Job, and the long-awaited re-opening of Warwick Arts Centre’s brand new three-screen cinema as part of the programme.
CineCov has been organised to coincide with the launch of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture, and organisers say it will celebrate film’s power to transport us and to bring us together.
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The programme has been organised by FlatpackProjects and Film Hub Midlands who have worked with partners across Coventry to get the project off the ground.
The organisers of CineCov are still finalising the details of the programme, but have revealed some of what we can expect over the coming 12 months.
FlatPack Project said: “For the past year we’ve been working with partners and communities in and around the city to explore what a film programme for Coventry’s City of Culture year might look like. Amongst other things we ran the first online edition of our ‘Build Your Own Filmnight’ with a range of budding curators and producers, and spoke to a host of festivals, venues and collectives with burning ideas for special film events in 2021/22.”
And hinting at what we can expect to see in terms of real life screenings, they said: “Over the next 12 months, the city will become a cinema with screens popping up everywhere from forests and parks to churches and towpaths as we celebrate film’s ability to bring us together and take us somewhere new.”
What do we know so far?
- A special event revisiting The Italian Job, shot in Coventry in 1968
- Reopening programme at Warwick Arts Centre’s brand new three-screen cinema
- Screen tributes for a wealth of homegrown talent including composers Delia Derbyshire and Clint Mansell.
- Family films and activities at the Canal Basin during August Bank Holiday weekend.
Organisers have said the bulk of the programme will take place from the end of September onwards with details released in August.
Before then there will be a few outdoor events taking place so keep an eye out for details.
Where did the idea for CineCov come from?
A huge range of local partners have been involved in development of the programme, from UK Asian Film Festival and Coventry Biennial to the Media Archive for Central England and Coventry Cathedral.
Just as importantly, CineCov is designed to give Coventrians the tools and skills to put on their own screenings.
During lockdown people from across the city took part in a series of online workshops on different aspects of film exhibition, and funding and equipment support will be available if you’ve got a burning idea for a film event.
Ian Francis, director of Flatpack Projects said: “As cinemas begin to reopen and Coventry steps into the limelight, this is a really exciting moment for a programme like this.
“We hope CineCov will be an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in this brilliant city and to discover something new.”
For the latest on CineCov visit the event website: www.flatpackfestival.org.uk/news/cinecov
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