An initiative in Liverpool to show more films directed by women is one of 17 projects being backed by Film Hub North West Central – part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Elsewhere Cinema’s 58% aims to tackle gender inequality within the film sector, by showing more movies that are directed by women and “non-binary filmmakers” at Liverpool Small Cinema.

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In Place of War has also received cash to put on the Create Film Festival. This project explores creativity in areas of conflict through leading filmmakers. Taking place across Manchester, it will feature 4 events: DR Congo, Kurdistan, Hip Hop and Women. There will be 12 screenings of feature length and short films.

“We are delighted to support such a range of creative film projects this year. It is gratifying to see so many organisations, big and small, approaching their film programmes with innovative ideas to find new audiences, and to provide existing audiences with stimulating, thought provoking and exciting cinema,” said Nicky Beaumont, development manager, Film Hub North West Central.

Strategic support has been offered to Rewind Fast Forward, from Re:Dock. This is a unique archive of Liverpool’s music, fashion and subcultures, within the LBGT and BAME community. It’s been curated by feminist filmmaker, DJ and poet, Sandi Hughes.

Wigan Steam will also get backing for its Science Fiction and The Fact series of screenings and workshops, aimed at young people.

Ahead of the launch of Chester’s new multimillion pound venue, Storyhouse, the organisation will provide funding to support a series of pop-up cinema events to develop programming for specialised cinema audiences.