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Pictureville Cinema showcases some of the best short films made by young Northern filmmakers

Short films by young Northern filmmakers take centre stage.

On Tuesday 5 September at 18.00, Pictureville Cinema will be showcasing some of the best short films made by young Northern filmmakers as part of the DIY Filmmaking Challenge: Unbound.

The no-budget micro-shorts explore stories of freedom, escape, creative expression and limited possibilities centered around the theme ‘unbound’. The free special event will screen the shortlisted entries and announce the winning filmmaker, who will receive £1000 in development funding to produce their next short.  

The full film line up is: AMPuTV: The Number One Star by Georgia Madden; The Journey Home by Noah Lei Underwood; Vines by Taylor Clarke; Chump Change by Frankie Currie and Saudade by Darshan Gajjar. The shorts will be screened alongside Youthless directed by Jordon Scott Kennedy and Hanging On directed by Alfie Barker, produced by Hollie Bryan.

The screenings will be followed by a discussion with Bradford-based producer Hollie Bryan of Cosmosquare Films, local writer-director Jordon Scott Kennedy of Idle Work Factory, and BFI Network Talent Executive Jen Bradfield from Film Hub North. The panel will explore the process of DIY filmmaking, offering advice for filmmakers and answering questions about the industry followed by the opportunity for networking.  

Commenting on the showcase, Manon Euler, Head of Film Hub North, said: “We’re thrilled to team up with The Unit and National Science and Media Museum for our very first DIY showcase. To be able to present fresh new work from the North in Yorkshire’s biggest indie cinema is a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers and audiences alike. Hearing from local filmmakers Hollie Bryan and Jordon Scott Kennedy will prove invaluable to the next generation of talents.”  

Bradford-based producer, Hollie Bryan added: “It's really great to see a platform in Bradford for early filmmakers and I feel very grateful to be a part of watching all these great films and seeing such a brilliant level of creativity in the North.”

DIY Filmmaking Challenge: Unbound is part of BFI Film Academy, delivered by Film Hub North, in partnership with The Unit Bradford and National Science and Media Museum. BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for ambitious 16- to 25-year-olds anywhere in the UK, to get to know more about film and how to forge a career in the screen industries.

The DIY Filmmaking Challenge Showcase is free, but booking is required. For more information and to book tickets, please visit:  


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The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. It draws on more than three million objects from its national collection to explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies, and their impact on our lives.

The museum creates special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults, and is home to Pictureville, Yorkshire’s biggest independent cinema with three screens including Europe’s first IMAX and the only public Cinerama venue in the world.   

Please note, the museum is now temporarily closed to the public until summer 2024 to undergo a ‘once-in-a-generation’ transformation. Pictureville Cinema and Bar will remain open 7 days a week. For more information and updates on re-opening, please visit


Film Hub North is a network of organisations committed to fostering a vibrant, flourishing film culture in the North of England. Led in partnership by HOME Manchester and Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, Film Hub North supports and represents a wide-ranging group of exhibitors and filmmakers throughout the region.

Working across Cheshire, County Durham, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Northumberland, North and East Lincolnshire, Tyne & Wear, and Yorkshire, Film Hub North distributes National Lottery funds on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network and BFI NETWORK. Film Hub North provides funding and training that helps exhibitors expand their reach, develops local filmmaking talent and, ultimately, ensures that audiences in the North have access to a rich variety of cinema.


The BFI is a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image. The BFI mission is: 

  • To support creativity and actively seek out the next generation of UK storytellers 
  • To grow and care for the BFI National Archive, the world’s largest film and television archive 
  • To offer the widest range of UK and international moving image culture through its programmes and festivals - delivered online and in-venue 
  • To use its knowledge to educate and deepen public appreciation and understanding 
  • To work with Government and industry to ensure the continued growth of the UK’s screen industries
  • Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Tim Richards


Supported by National Lottery funding, the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), is central to the BFI’s aim to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone. Established in 2012 to build wider and more diverse UK cinema audiences for British and international film, FAN is a unique, UK-wide collaboration made up of eight Hubs managed by leading film organisations and venues strategically placed around the country. FAN also supports talent development with BFI NETWORK Talent Executives in each of the English Hubs, with a mission to discover and support talented writers, directors and producers at the start of their careers.

BFI FAN Film Hubs are:

  • Film Hub Midlands is led by Broadway, Nottingham working in partnership with the 
  • Birmingham-based Flatpack 
  • Film Hub North is led by Showroom Workstation, Sheffield and HOME Manchester 
  • Film Hub South East is led by the Independent Cinema Office 
  • Film Hub South West is led by Watershed in Bristol 
  • Film Hub Scotland is led by Glasgow Film Theatre 
  • Film Hub Northern Ireland is led by Queen’s University Belfast 
  • Film Hub Wales is led by Chapter in Cardiff 
  • Film Hub London is led by Film London


Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million of funding has been made available to support communities across the UK during the Coronavirus crisis. The National Lottery is playing a critical role in supporting people, projects and communities during these challenging times. By playing The National Lottery, you are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide response to combating the impact of Covid-19 on local communities across the UK.