Gremlins in the works for Community Christmas Cinema Season
An NI-wide community cinema initiative is stepping into Christmas with a range of movie screenings guaranteed to warm the festive cockles!As part of an ongoing project, Film Hub NI, working with Clanmil Housing Association and supported by Belfast Film Festival and Into Film have announced a string of family Christmas classics to be screened on their very doorstep!
The festive choices which include Elf, Gremlins, Nightmare before Christmas and Love Actually will be screened in the heart of socially housed communities in Bessbrook, Dungannon, South and West Belfast.
This is the festive leg of an ambitious project, is also supported by ‘The Housing Associations Integration Project’ (HAIP), is a unique cross-border initiative aimed at promoting good relations across housing associations in Northern Ireland and the Border Regions. The €1.1m project, which is funded by the EU’s Peace IV Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), will bring together social housing residents from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds to share experiences, learn about differences and embrace diversity in the communities in which they live.
Organisers hope this ground-breaking, interactive pilot scheme - which began with a successful series of spooktacular Halloween Classics in October - won’t just directly connect communities with cinema, but will lead to further engagement, with the hope of rolling out further community cinema projects throughout Northern Ireland.
Tim O’Malley, Community Development Manager at Clanmil Housing, said:
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Film Hub NI by bringing a festive cinema experience to communities we work in across Belfast, Bessbrook and Dungannon. Following on from a really successful Halloween movie festival, we hope our Christmas classics will bring a touch of movie magic to the build up to the big day.
“Christmas is a time for family and fun and we hope the people who come along really enjoy this opportunity to celebrate together. Events like these can make an important contribution to creating a sense of community. These shared experiences can help develop the lasting relationships and true sense of belonging that helps communities thrive.”
Those Christmas Screenings in full:
First Steps Women’s Centre, Dungannon
Bessbrook Community Centre, Bessbrook
7pm Love Actually
Clanmil Caffrey Hub
4pm Nightmare Before Christmas
Curzon Building, Belfast
7pm Love Actually