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News Round-up... 16/07/2013

Posted Tuesday 16 July 2013 by Jon Spatz in News Round-up

Chucky from Child's Play 2 cutting head off jack-in-a-box clown                              


Serious News Headlines

@DCMS and @BFI are battling it out over budget cuts. Is 10% too much? I know if I took a 10% cut...

@ScottJordanHarris of @TelegraphFilm loves @DerbyQUAD and ID Fest, naturally! Great article.

@TheMikeFiggis has caused much debate following an article he wrote @GuardianFilm, critcising the UK film industry for being outdated. @ShootingPeople are continuing the conversation.

@ScreenDaily reports from CineEurope on what is needed to introduce more alternative content into cinemas, which is an increasingly profitable market for exhibitors and distributors. So profitable it now has a trade body - say hello to the Event Cinema Association everybody!

The chaps over @newstalkfm have been, um, talking about whether VOD signals the end of the cinema. It’s Hollywood focused, but continues the discussion.

And, um, further continuing that discussion is @IBTimesUK, which assesses how VOD platforms are changing cinema. Little more business minded this, for those that wear shoes to work.

And then, then of course there is ‘A Field in England’ and its multiplatform release. Head on over here to digest the figures... Is this the full-stop, or the exclamation mark?

@4rfvdirectory brings us the excellent news that @Film_London is to make £135k available for Artists’ Moving Image through @FL_AMIN.

Sky confirms commitment to 3D in light of the BBC ditching the technology. Is this a precursor to debate around filmic support of the medium?

Another one bites the dust? Perhaps not - @getreading reports on the imminent closure of South Hill Park, the only independent cinema left in Bracknell.


Listen up! @CinemaNation are currently managing a @Kickstarter campaign for their awesome @Scalarama, which showcases all forms of cinema across the UK. Develop those audiences, I say, and show your support!

London’s outdoor cinemas. Need I say more?

@LUXmovingimage has a round-up of all the must-go-to events in the world of Artists’ Moving Image. Find out more here.


The John Brabourne Awards are open: sums of up to £5k are available for anyone with 2 years or more experience within the industry who can show that the award will help take them to – and I quote – “the next level”.

@SillsetSSC has opened up a £750k kitty for training. Head on over here to find out more and see if you fit.

Are you new filmmaking talent, well are you!? Well if you are @Wshed is open for submissions for its ‘Electric December’ event. Worth a swing, no doubt.

Call for writers with an understanding of “Nollywood” (Nigerian cinema to you and I) – come on, I know you’re out there! Great chance to get your writing seen. Email for more information.

Good Reads/Viewings

@AdamMQuad of @DerbyQUAD writes an excellent piece about ‘Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion’ for @ParkCircusFilm, smashing it out of the park.

I am big fan of British Council’s @British_Film blog and here they discuss the lasting appeal of the silent film format through @BFI’s restored Hitchcock pictures.



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