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News Round Up September 2017

Posted Wednesday 13 September 2017 by Ellen Reay in News Round-up

The Conversation (Thriller)

Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, part of BFI Thriller on Tour

ICO News

  • BFI Thriller on Tour launches next month. With ten of the best nail-biting thrillers from all over the world, it's the perfect opportunity to set your audiences' pulses racing. Featuring both classics and hidden gems of the genre, many of the films are available for the first time on DCP and on heavily discounted terms. Find out more.
  • Our final Britain on Film programme, Britain on Film: South Asian Britain launches tomorrow at mac Birmingham. There are still some tickets left, so take this opportunity to celebrate the rich history of the UK's South Asian population or find out how to screen it for your audiences here. With the launch of this final programme, all six of our archive programmes for Britain on Film on Tour is now available to book. Discover the complete collection here.
  • We're recruiting! We are looking for some temporary admin support between October and December this year. Join us and help create and open, thriving and challenging film culture in the UK.
  • A whole host of new films have been added to our Autumn Screening Days line up, including new work from art house heavyweight Michael Haneke, one of the UK's most striking contemporary filmmakers Clio Barnard and Japan's prolific Takashi Miike.
  • Next month, we're rereleasing the Coen Brothers' debut Blood Simple with the good people at STUDIOCANAL. See the ace new trailer and find out how to book.
  • India on Film has kicked off and is touring round the country bringing the true classics of Indian cinema back to the big screen. The tour continues until November, so it's not too late to join in. There's additional support for marketing and speakers available on a case by case basis, email to find out more.


  • Looking for a new challenge or a way to break into film exhibition? As always, there's lots of great opportunities going on our jobs page. Check 'em out. 
  • Distributor Slate Days are taking place in London on the 19 & 20 September. It's a great opportunity to find out about upcoming releases and to meet and connect with UK distributors. Contact your hub to secure your last minute place.
  • This Way Up 17 Keynote speakers and themes have been announced! The exhibition innovation conference in Hull will kick off with fantastic keynotes from Jenny Sealey and Moira Sinclair. Buy your pass here.
  • Our friends at HOME are presenting a touring season of films available for booking as part of BFI Thriller. States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s includes eleven great titles, available on tour this winter with subsidised terms. For bookings and further information, contact Jessie & Rachel at
  • Aged 16-25, from Tower Hamlets and into the arts? Rich Mix want you for their New Creatives programme. The deadline for applications is 6pm on Fri 29th September.
  • Abandon Normal Devices is just around the corner, taking place from 21-24 September in Castleton. Check out the programme here.
  • In Wales and interested in starting your own dementia friendly screenings? Get thee to Chapter on World Alzheimer's Day to find out how. From 11am - 1.30pm, 22 Sep 2017 at Chapter, Cardiff. Register your attendance by email to
  • Drinks! Meet exhibitors and distributors at the Film Audience Network Drinks Reception at BFI London Film Festival on Friday 6 October. To register your interest please contact your hub.

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News Round Up July 2017

Posted Thursday 13 July 2017 by Ellen Reay in General, News Round-up

India On Film collection 3

ICO News

  • We're pleased to announce we're bringing nine treasures of Indian cinema on tour this Autumn with India on Film. Our carefully curated season spans the breadth of the subcontinent's rich cinematic history, taking in everything from early neorealist treasures - some lost for decades - to a 1995 musical Baz Luhrmann would envy. We've negotiated exclusive booking terms on these rare DCP and 35mm prints, as well as a number of added value introductions. Find out more about the season here.
  • Applications are now open for REACH: Strategic Audience Development. Got an idea to boost audiences but could do with ironing out the kinks? Benefit from expert guidance to ensure you get the results you want. There are a number of bursaries available to help you with the course fees, accommodation and travel. Find out what past participants thought of the course and apply by Monday 24 July 2017.
  • The best British debuts of the last twenty years are back where they belong on the big screen now that BAFTA Debuts is touring the country. Think your end of summer programme could do with the boost of a contemporary British classic? It's not too late to join in the tour! With great films and added content from star directors such as Amma Asante, Asif Kapadia and Joe Wright, it's a great time to celebrate the best British filmmaking talent
  • Our fifth programme from our archive touring programme, Britain on Film: LGBT Britain, launched at the end of June with a screening at BFI Southbank in partnership with Pride London. These films spanning 1909 to 1994 document the profoundly courageous activism and the shifting personal and political attitudes to LGBT people throughout a time of explosive social change. Find out how to book Britain on Film: LGBT Britain for your venue from as little as £20. Check out the trailer!
  • We had a great maiden trip to Phoenix in Leicester for Summer Screening Days last weekend. Thanks again to the BFI, Filmbankmedia and Cinema For All for their support and all the distributors who provided us with exciting new releases. Our next Screening Days will take place at HOME in Manchester from the 4 to 6 November (subject to confirmation). Keep an eye on your inbox for more information in the coming months.
  • From the 19-24 June, film festival professionals from all over the world gathered in Edinburgh for our Developing Your Film Festival course. Find out some news on the #DYFF17 hashtag and we're sure to have a round up in the future.


  • There are lots of great vacancies available on our jobs page at the minute, from working with Film Hub Wales to projecting at the legendary Prince Charles Cinema.
  • Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry? Then the BFI Film Academy  Programme is for you.  Open to young people from anywhere in the UK and from any background, the BFI Film Academy offers a real chance to be part of our future film industry. Apply now.
  • Are you an exhibitor in the West Midlands? Film Hub SWWM have got free shorts you can show before your features. Find out more.
  • Call for Submissions! Have you run a great access project recently? BFI Film Audience Network would love you to submit a short written case study based on your project. Check out The Bigger Picture for example case studies. You can download the template here and submit your case studies (including hi-res pictures!) by 25 July to Toki Allison, BFI FAN Access Officer:
  • Applications are now open for Cinema For All's Film Society of the Year Awards. There are 11 awards to apply for, from our newest award Best Single Event, to the overall prize of Film Society or Community Cinema of the Year. So get applying!
  • As part of Cinema Rediscovered Film Hub SWWM are running a practice-based afternoon, featuring our own Jemma Buckley, looking at different approaches to presenting screen heritage events. To sign up, register via this form by 14 July.
  • The Smalls are launching a new initiative - The Smalls Film Fund – an annual production grant that will be awarded to a member of our community to develop and produce the short film of their dreams. The fund aims to be the launching pad for filmmakers to gain the momentum and thrust necessary to not only create ground-breaking, cutting-edge films, but to also drive their careers full steam ahead. Find out more:
  • Film London's short film scheme, London Calling, has opened again for applications. London Calling nurtures and champions the capital’s most exciting breakthrough filmmaking talent with a comprehensive package of production funding, training and expert mentoring. Apply now.
  • Aged 18-25 and love cinema? Raindance Film Festival are offering special discounted 18-25 festival passes to this year's festival taking place from 20 September - 1 October 2017.
  • THIS WAY UP 17 invites film exhibitors from across the UK and Europe to come together to explore new ideas, emerging audience trends and the future of cinema.  It's taking place at Hull Truck Theatre on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 November 2017. Book your pass for This Way Up conference now.
  • Filmbankmedia have relaunched their Innovation Fund. Two awards of £3,000 and £2,000 are available for film societies old and new who want to try new things. Equipment, workshops, working with new groups and more: this is your chance to go above and beyond.  

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News Round Up April 2017

Posted Thursday 13 April 2017 by Duncan Carson in News Round-up

London Line 373

ICO News

As ever, LOTS going on with ICO this month. Can't stop, won't stop!

Opportunities and Calls for Submissions

  • The BFI have launched their revamped Audience Fund, now replacing the distribution, film festivals, programming development and Neighbourhood Cinema funding. If you want to boost screen and audience diversity and inclusivity, get applying! 
  • The BFI Film Audience Network want to hear about how your venue is doing in developing accessible cinema. Whether you're well on your way or need support or have questions, it's well worth filling out their short survey as it will help shape the support they can offer in the coming years. Deadline Monday.
  • Scottish exhibitors should check out Film Hub Scotland's Atomic scheme which offers £1,000 (from a total pot of £10,000) for projects to broaden audiences and increase engagement with a diverse range of cinema. Good goal, good money: get applying by 15 May.
  • Speaking of cold hard cash to do make your dreams come true, Filmbankmedia have relaunched their Innovation Fund. Two awards of £3,000 and £2,000 are available for film societies old and new who want to try new things. Equipment, workshops, working with new groups and more: this is your chance to go above and beyond.  
  • The full line up for the essential Black Film British Cinema conference is now online and there's some heavy hitters in the mix.

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News Round Up February 2017

Posted Thursday 2 March 2017 by Ellen Reay in General, News Round-up

screening days march

ICO News

It's a busy time in the ICO office, with new training programmes, distribution titles and research keeping us on our toes. Here's a taste of what we've got going on:

  • After receiving our highest ever number of applications for our flagship Cultural Cinema Exhibition training course, we've now confirmed the list of lucky delegates following a (very) tough selection process. Thank you to all who applied!
  • Screening Days is drawing ever closer, with only a few passes left for Monday. Our final line-up boasts 24 of the best upcoming independent and world cinema releases, as well as award-winning shorts and a range of capacity-building sessions to get you thinking about your programme and organisational identity. If you missed out on the full three-day pass, there's still the chance to see some of our great titles - The Other Side of Hope, Their Finest, I Am Not Your Negro, to name a few - on Monday, but passes are running low!
  • Our third Britain on Film on Tour programme is now available to book! Britain on Film: Black Britain gathers archive films from 1901 to 1985 to form a rare and valuable exploration of previously little-seen depictions of black British life on screen, from scenes in the Edwardian collieries of the early 19th century to partying on the streets of London during Carnival. Previous Britain on Film programmes - Railways and Rural Life - are still available to book.
  • With more speakers confirming by the day, our international Developing Your Film Festival training course - this year running in Edinburgh alongside EIFF - is shaping up to be one of our best. If you want to learn from the minds behind the world's best film festivals this is your chance! Find out more and how to apply here.
  • It is happening excitement builds for new Twin Peaks, we're whetting your Lynchian appetites with a re-release of his journey through the city of dreams in Mulholland Drive. The 'best film of the 21st century' is back in cinemas 14 April in a new 4K restoration approved by David Lynch himself.
  • Amidst all the drama of Sunday's Academy Awards® you might have spotted a clip of another classic we're re-releasing this year. The first recipient of the Academy Award® for Best Foreign-Language Film, Federico Fellini's La Strada, will be back on the big screen this May. A favourite of filmmakers including Martin Scorsese and Jane Campion, La Strada is a treat for cinephiles old and new.
  • While most of our Deaf Awareness Training days are over now, with just a few spaces left for next week's session at the QFT in Belfast, our commitment to improve cinema provision for the D/deaf and hard of hearing is ongoing. We're asking film exhibitors to tell us what they do to welcome D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences into their venues, and what obstacles are standing in the way of truly great provision. If you have a spare 5 minutes, we'd really appreciate it if you could fill in our short survey on this topic.

Opportunities and Calls for Submissions

  • Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is now open for entries! Entries are welcome from any genre, and in any format and on any subject. All single screen works under 60 minutes in length will automatically be eligible for selection in the Festival's New Cinema Competition. For details and to submit your film, visit
  • Submissions are now open for London Short Film Festival 15th anniversary in 2018. LSFF accepts both UK and International submissions, presenting a diverse and confrontational programme that holds up a mirror to our rapidly changing world. Find out more and how to submit:
  • Are you aged 18-25 and not in full-time education, training or employment? Do you have a brilliant idea for a short film? Would you like training, mentorship, funding and a professional crew to help you make it? Creative England have teamed up with Sky Arts for SHORTFLIX to provide that very opportunity. Find out more about the scheme and how to apply: Deadline 5pm on Wednesday 8 March 2017.
  • Are you a film academic in the early stages of your career? Kings College London are seeking a scholar with a commitment to interdisciplinary research and education and a special interest in Film Studies for their Liberal Arts Fellowship. Find out more here.
  • There are a whole host of great opportunities listed on our Jobs page, including several positions at the brand new depot cinema in Lewes. If you're an experienced marketing, finance or front of house manager, you can really make your mark on this exciting new endeavour.
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