This Way Up: Day 1

Good morning folks and welcome to the first day of #thiswayup14! Thanks to everyone who came along to last night’s delegate welcome dinner, it was great to see so many of you there and looking forward to today. First up this morning we’ll be hearing from Tyneside Cinema’s Mark Dobson and our Master of Ceremonies Jon Barrenechea (Picturehouse Cinemas), who will introduce the day’s proceedings, plus the BFI’s Ben Roberts, who will deliver our opening remarks.

Following Ben, we’ll hear from our keynotes with the day’s provocations. Gabrielle Jenks (Abandon Normal Devices) joins us to discuss tweetalong cinema and the rise of the online experience within the exhibition sector; Michael Pierce and Phil Foxwood (Cinema Nation/ Scalarama) will discuss the changing relationship between programmers and audiences in the face of readily available online viewing data; Ian Francis (Flatpack Film Festival) will be asking whether contemporary exhibition can be both luxury and democratic; and Emma Keith (National Theatre Live) will put to us the demise of cinema in favour of the multi-art form experience… and that’s all before lunch.

If you aren’t able to join us in person, we’ll be keeping you updated throughout the day, so be sure to watch this space for the latest news. You can also keep up with the discussion on twitter @thiswayupcon or via #thiswayup14.