Masterclass: The Antidote to Netflix - Developing a Highly-curated Virtual Cinema

Oxford / via Zoom, 23. February 2021.

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to the film industries masterclass "The Antidote to Netflix - Developing a Highly-curated Virtual Cinema", featuring Chris Baker (YourScreen) and taking place on 23 February 2021 via Zoom. For more information, please see below:

Chris Baker has worked in independent film exhibition since 1986, when he became active in the South West arm of the British Federation of Film Societies (now Cinema for All). This led to hundreds of occasions when he screened films for audiences in non-dedicated cinema spaces. He founded Bath Film Festival in 1991, still going strong 30 years later as FilmBath, for which he still works as a programmer and print manager. In 2019 he programmed the first Cheltenham International Film Festival, the 2020 edition of which became the first UK audience-facing film festival to present its whole programme online. The steep learning curve ascended during this experience, and a realisation that community cinemas, bereft by Covid, had nowhere to show films to their members, led to the creation of YourScreen with colleagues from CIFF and the launch of the first YourScreen season in October 2020. YourScreen, which also works closely with independent theatrical exhibitors, is a virtual cinema, presenting a highly-curated selection of 6-10 films which are renewed every two months and are very largely unavailable on any other UK streaming platform. It hopes to save domestic arguments and wasted hours scrolling through the offers of the mega-platforms by restricting choice to an exclusive handful of first-rate films. The next YourScreen season will see partnerships with SEED Film Festival, Cinema for All and Live Cinema UK.

The format will include a presentation, followed by Q&A and a chance for networking.

Book your free ticket:

Learn more about the series of events:

Best wishes,


Dr Maya Nedyalkova
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Oxford Brookes University
School of Film, Room 1.14, Richard Hamilton Building
Headington Hill Campus, OX3 0BP