The inaugural conference of the RFN took place in Birmingham on 7-8 February 2015. More than 140 delegates from around the world attended, shared their work and discussed the network and its future. In the closing debate it was agreed that, while the RFN should not commit to hosting an annual event per se, the next conference would indeed take place in 2016. A group of RFN affiliates based in Glasgow agreed to host the event, which will take place in a range of venues across the city over the Mayday weekend. For more information on both the inaugural conference in Birmingham and the Glasgow event, please visit the Conference page. Plans for future events, including when they will take place and who will be responsible for organising them, will be discussed in Glasgow and subsequently added to this site.
Aside from its conferences, the RFN is also designed to provide an infrastructure to support various projects initiated by people involved in radical film culture. While the RFN has no funding to offer, its international community of affiliated organisations and communication platforms can help facilitate project development. Anyone can develop a project in association with the RFN or using the infrastructure it provides. Please just let everyone know!
The RFN is currently supporting two Projects. The first is an Exhibition Group designed to build closer ties between the range of exhibition organisations affiliated to the network. These range from annual film festivals to monthly screening groups, co-ops and clubs as well as venues such as the Star and Shadow in Newcastle, The Cube Microplex in Bristol or the Small Cinema in Liverpool.
The second project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the UK and relates to the RFN as a whole. Entitled ‘Sustaining Alternative Film Cultures’, the project will host four events (three in the UK and one in the US) over two years (2015-17), and aims to bring those involved in the network together to explore in more detail the nature of contemporary radical film culture, the challenges it faces and how the network can support it sustainability and development in the long-term.
For more information about either of these projects or how to get involved please visit the Projects page or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.