Biografcentralen is a national art house organisation founded in 2011 after a survey made with Swedish arthouse exhibitors and distributors showed a strong wish for increased coordination and networking. Today we have 28 member cinemas across the country and offer training, networking and distribution with a special focus on children’s films, classics and independent titles. One of the cinemas is Bio 7an in Gävle where Clara Gower is involved.
Set up as a nonprofit organization, we receive funding from the Swedish Film Institute and have also been supported by both public and private funders for special projects. Our aim is to strengthen the independent cinema sector and audience access to high quality films through cooperation, training and exchange of ideas.
We work for and inside the sector, and want to be both innovators and a complement to what is already there. So we work and evolve step by step, based on the needs of the local cinema managers and on best practice from the wider industry.
During the last year we have started to work with our most exciting, and definitely largest, project so far – a website and ticketing system which aims to facilitate access to Sweden’s vast amount of small cinemas – more than 300 screens operated outside the two main cinema chains. Most of these are located in suburbs, small towns and rural areas and have no service with booking tickets online.
This is a project for the benefit of exhibitors, distributors and audiences alike. Cinemas, festivals and film clubs with small resources will get access to a modern website and ticketing system that they couldn’t afford on their own.