The Rural Touring Cinema
FLIX IN THE STIX is the latest project from Lincoln-based community organisation Blueprint: Film Foundation. It is a touring cinema that hosts a monthly screening in selected villages across Lincolnshire, showing a varied and interesting selection of films, including recent releases, award-winning films and classic titles. Films will be screened by a technician on state-of-the-art equipment, transforming the local hall into a cinema for one evening a month.
There will be food and drink available at the screenings, with proceeds going to support the local communities. Ticket sales are either fully or half-donated to the village hall committee for use within the hall and local community.
Through Flix In The Stix, Blueprint: Film Foundation aims to provide a low-cost activity for communities in and around Lincolnshire without the hassle of travelling further afield into surrounding towns and cities and to provide an enjoyable evening out for people unable to travel.
Blueprint: Film Foundation are an innovative community interest group with a passion for film. For almost a decade, they have been delivering a host of film and multimedia projects across Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. This project was originally funded in part by the British Film Institute’s ‘Neighbourhood Cinema’ initiative, and the ‘Awards For All’ Big Lottery Fund.
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It is our ambition to grow Flix in the Stix to be as far-reaching and inclusive as possible. We are looking to develop the programme through further funding and sponsorship opportunities, and work with local councils, committees and village halls to bring Flix in the Stix to as many places as possible.
Due to funding restrictions we are no longer running free screenings to village halls, but we are able to provide the monthly service to villages who have sought their own funding and are always happy to host one-off screenings. Our staff are experienced in applying for grants so can offer support in finding funding, should you wish.
We also recommend approaching local businesses, who might be willing to sponsor a screening or a whole year/season of screenings. As an incentive, we could put their logo on the Flix in the Stix flyers we provide and here on the website, as well as on screen before the film starts. We could even run a short video advert if supplied.
If you do self-fund the service through grant money or sponsorship, we charge £5,000 for a full year of Flix in the Stix (which includes kit hire, technician, film licenses, flyers, online marketing, social media coverage etc. for 12 screenings) or we can run a one-off screening (without flyers/marketing) for £400 if you’d rather test the waters first. Other alternatives (such as a ‘season’ or 6 months) could be worked out too.
If you fund your own screenings you would take home the full box office takings (we usually charge £4 per ticket, but you can charge what you like), which would help offset costs on top of the profits made from selling refreshments. Raffles seem to go down well too, particularly if you can get prizes donated rather than buy them each month.
If you are interested in joining the tour, or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have an event you’d like a screening, whether indoor or out, we would be more than happy to run this for you. We’ve run cinemas in and around Lincolnshire for a number of years, including a City Centre outdoor screening of Grease for Lincoln Film Festival. Whatever your desired screen size and technical requirements, we can cover it all.
If you’d like to discuss your event and the possibilities of screening options, please email us email@example.com