Open Call: Web design for the Winter Gardens Film Festival

July 2021

Objectives
We need a new website that helps us to showcase this unique festival by:

🎬 Increasing awareness of the festival,

🎬 Generating more online ticket sales; and

🎬 Boosting engagement with our blog posts and social media accounts.

This annual film festival showcases the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

The programmes are always varied, covering a range of genres from musicals, comedy, horror, documentary, silent classics, artists’ moving image and contemporary film. We also host a range of live cinema events, workshops, archive film talks, live music and performance.

The main screenings take place in the art deco Opera House and Grand Foyer of Blackpool’s famous Grade II* listed Winter Gardens.

  • Every two years we host a film competition with entries from across the globe.
  • Each year we choose a theme for our Sunday program. Past recent themes have included Vote 100: women in film and Protest: Take a stand.
  • We host special events for specific groups such as screenings for schools and relaxed (dementia-friendly) screenings.
  • We always host a number of vintage themed events. We have a loyal following of people who adore living history and dress up in vintage clothing for the occasion.

The festival is a partnership project between the Winter Gardens Trust and Aunty Social CIC. 2022 will be its 6th year. Festival events were not held in 2020 or 2021 due to lockdown. We are a not-for-profit film festival. We have a large team of dedicated volunteers and we often hold events that raise awareness and funds for important local and local causes. We also host pop-up cinema screenings and events in a number of community venues throughout the year.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please download the web design brief.

Due to our funding conditions, this opportunity is limited to individuals and organisations based in the UK.

📷 Desk Set (1957) with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

This opportunity is supported by Arts Council England

Work with Us

From time to time, the Winter Gardens Film Festival offers opportunities to work with our team on a variety of exciting projects. We update this page regularly so do make sure that you check back.

July 2021: Open Call
Web design brief for the Winter Gardens Film Festival

Closing date: Friday 13 August 2021
Value £2000

Objectives
We need a new website that helps us to showcase this unique festival by:

🎬 Increasing awareness of the festival,

🎬 Generating more online ticket sales; and

🎬 Boosting engagement with our blog posts and social media accounts.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you can find more information and a brief here.

Ways to work with us

1.  Submit a proposal

We’re currently inviting proposals for artists, performers, organisations and other creatives who have ideas for something they’d like to do at the 2020 Film Festival.

The deadlines are:

·         Performance and Visual Arts: 1 October 2021

·         Film: 22 October 2021

·         Participatory Activities e.g. workshops: 22 October 2021

Send an email to let us know what you would like to do.

2. Buy an early-bird wristband

We’re releasing a limited number of early-bird weekend wristbands. These include admission to all festival events activities at a bargain price. These will be available from 19 November 2021.

3. Become a partner or sponsor

The film festival is a partnership between voluntary arts organisation Aunty Social CIC and the Winter Gardens Trust. This is a not-for-profit event therefore partners and sponsors are crucial to bringing the best to Blackpool. There are many ways to support the festival in this way, take a look at the different options and we can work out the best one for you.

  • Sponsor an event: We have a number of sponsorship packages available, starting from £100. Please contact us for more information.
  • Host a festival screening or event: Do you have a venue in Blackpool?
  • Fancy hosting a fringe event?
    We’d love to have you on board! Just email us and we can help you with programming, delivery and promotion.

If you’re a local business that would like to be involved in any other way, we’d love to hear from you too!

4. Become a volunteer

This event is proud to be volunteer-run and led. Every year we invite new volunteers to join us.  There are lots of things that you can do: from ushering to character acting, box office to social media, leafleting to room dressing; we’re always looking for more people to join in. You’ll be part of a big group of friendly people who take part in film, art, heritage and social activities all year round.

Find out more and sign up as a general festival volunteer.