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Posts from March 2013

News Round-up... 15/03/2013

Posted Friday 15 March 2013 by Jon Spatz in News Round-up

Otters holding hands

Otters holding hands.

No messing about this week - straight into the pertinent news and opportunities that keep you going on a Frida--

Oh no wait, oh no first I gotta show you this :)

Feeling better? Good. Here goes:



  • @northernmedia and @movieScope have teamed up with the @BFI for the UK Film Forum; fancy chattin’ with the high and mighty of the British film industry? Drop £150 and you are there.
  • @FilmAgencyWales are hosting ‘Audience Connect’, a panel of industry experts - hosted by Lord Puttnam, the BFI’s Ben Roberts and Ridley Scott Associate’s MD, Kai Lu Hsiung - will consider the changing relationship between audience and content in the on-demand, digital age.
  • As per usual, @LUXmovingimage has a round-up of all the must-go-to events in the world of Artists’ Moving Image. Find out more here.


  • Those beautiful people @sheffdocfest have launched a series of initiatives to help filmmakers get a commission for their project in collaboration with the BFI, New York Times and Wellcome Trust – find out more here, here and here.
  • Bristol Film Office’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival present ‘0117 Hour Digital Short Challenge’ – an invitation for filmmakers, animators, visual and sound artists to make digital shorts focused on the theme of ‘Journeys’. Now open for entries.
  • @Film_London is once again continuing its stellar work for audience development with ‘Cultivate: Inspiring Future Audiences’, a comprehensive three day event for exhibitor skills development.


  • SOS (or ‘Save Our Scripts’) is an opportunity for writers and producers to meet and collaborate, building relationships necessary to fast track their careers. Speakers include Oscar Winner Simon Beaufroy. Run by @bureaufilmco, this is a brilliant opportunity.
  • Following one of our training initiatives – ‘Creative Digital Marketing’ – Jo Comino of @borderlines discusses her approach to digital marketing with @guardianfilm. Really very insightful.
  • Northern Film & Media and Digital Union present International Film Markets Workshop, an absolutely brilliant opportunity for new producers to learn about film markets and the business of connecting with financiers. Find out more here.

Good Reads

News Round-up... 01/03/2013

Posted Friday 1 March 2013 by Jon Spatz in News Round-up

Post Tenebras Lux - Rugby Scene

Get in there my shun!

It’s March everybody and I consider that to be spring time!

Fancy getting in the spirit of this most fertile of seasons? Well head on over to ‘After Cinema Words’ – an intellectual playground where programmers, writers and filmmakers will be responding in their own unique ways to the works of Carlos Reygadas, whose award-winning ‘Post Tenebras Lux’ we are releasing 22nd March.

Sarah Wood - artist, filmmaker and co-programmer of Club Des Femmes - is the first person to contribute and she’s getting personal...


“Where’s my regular News Round-up!?” I hear you cry. Well fellow film lovers, it is here:



  • In a busy month for us here at the ICO, I would like to point you in the direction of the Paul Bush Compilation taking place at the ICA (no relation, but very good friends): a selection of the Artist’s award-winning films to celebrate our release of his fantastic latest feature, Babeldom.  Paul Bush will also be Q&A-ing after the screening on Sunday 10th March.
  • O:4W are holding a seminar to explore Artists’ Moving Image, from concepts to curation and commissioning. Considering those involved, this is a must-attend really and truly.
  • March 20th-24th is Reel Iraq 2013, which marks ten years since the invasion of Iraq with a UK-wide celebration of Iraqi arts and culture through music, film and literature events. Find out more here.



  • It’s that time of year again – your very own ICO are open for applications to ‘Developing Your Film Festival’. This course brings together film festival professionals from across Europe, equipping you with everything you’d need to grow and establish a successful festival. And it’s in Croatia. In the summer. Yep.
  • Tell Me Your Story’ is a BFI-run one day workshop for LGBT filmmakers, supported by Creative Skillset, designed to help develop projects for the market place. About time there was this sort of commercial focus in this sector of cinema?
  • Media Academy Wales has launched Cinovate 2013 – this a great opportunity to learn how to meet current and future challenges facing the exhibition sector with a personalised mentoring programme.


  • Four Corners seeks applications for Board Members, more information about which can be found here.
  • CAN (Cinema Arts Network) is looking for an experienced IT Manager to join their team for an important role in developing Britain’s cultural infrastructure. More? Here.

Good Reads

  • IndieWire continues to host a great debate around the future of film festivals (with specific recourse to how they distribute their funds); following the brilliant repartee between Sean Farnel, Tom Hall and the many comments that followed, there is now this from Heather Croall.
  • It would be madness not to mention anything about the Oscars, so I am leaving it up to The Arts Desk to provide you with a witty critique!


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