Saville Audio Visual has won the contract to help local organisations across the UK in setting up or enhancing their cinema facilities, as part of the BFI's Neighbourhood Cinema programme.
Launched this month with funding of £2 million over four years, the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema programme is part of the BFI's audience development activities to ensure that everyone in the UK has access to a wide range of film, no matter what their location or background.
Many people in the UK are unable to enjoy a cinema experience owing to geographic, social or economic circumstances in their locality, but community organisations are now able to apply to the BFI for equipment for their Neighbourhood Cinema. They'll also be supported by technical advice and information from the BFI, its strategic partners and suppliers through a dedicated website – www.neighbourhoodcinema.org.uk.
Saville AV has a nationwide network of regional offices and wide experience in film shows and supporting film and video cinema installations.
Richard Topping, Saville's regional technical manager, said: "We are proud to have the opportunity to advise and equip local organisations in improving their own cinema facilities. Working with the BFI, we have configured a choice of equipment packages including projectors, screens and sound equipment for different budgets and locations. We are also assisting in the setting up of the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema website."
Amanda Nevill, BFI chief executive, said: "Audience love cinema and we passionately believe that everybody should be able to see and enjoy a wide range of films locally, no matter where they live in the UK. This initiative is about supporting existing neighbourhood cinemas and encouraging and inspiring communities to rise up and get new ones of the ground, so that the magic of film can be enjoyed by audiences everywhere. This is at the heart of the BFI's rally cry, Film Forever!"
Saville Audio Visual was awarded the contract through a tender process activated through the London Universities Purchasing Consortium.