Independent movie theatre Liverpool Small Cinema will represent the city at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival next week.
Co-owner of the Victoria Street venue Anthony Killick has been invited to join a debate about the emergence of local, socially-minded cinemas across the world.
Taking place as part of the ‘Berlinale Goes Kiez’ initiative, Anthony will be appearing alongside fellow local cinema operators Youssef Shazli and Verena von Stackelberg.
The expert panel will discuss practical concerns surrounding running an independent cinema such as financing, curatorship, social engagement and architecture.
Anthony says: “The fact that our cinema has been invited to participate in such a prestigious international event is an acknowledgement of how vital it is to have non-profit, community-led arts organisations in cities across the world.
“My focus is on the importance of sustaining these spaces, which are under constant threat from commercial and market forces.”
The Berlin International Film Festival, which gets underway tomorrow (9 February) and runs until 19 February, is seen as one of the world’s premier film festivals with some desperate fans earlier this week even camping out overnight to secure passes for the event.