How do I get there?
directions to the venue.
How do I register on the day?
Registration will be held from
8.30am each morning, at which you will be issued with a badge for the day(s)
you are attending. This will be your entry pass into all screenings. The
registration area will be staffed by the ICO throughout the event. We’ll
be on hand to offer advice on topics including programming, distribution,
audience development and much more.
Can I leave my luggage somewhere?
There will be a space for
delegates to leave luggage. Please note luggage is left at the owner’s
When do the screenings happen?
Screenings run between 9:00am
and 5:30pm each day.
Where are the screenings held?
Screenings will be held in
NFT1, NFT2 and NFT3.
Will there be any other activities in addition to the
There will be a drinks
reception on Saturday evening for delegates to meet and network with fellow
colleagues, to catch up on the all-important films of the day. There will also
be a series of workshops and networking sessions designed to give you practical
tips and skills to aid your programming and marketing.
Is there somewhere to get drinks and food onsite?
Refreshments will be available to purchase from the delegate area. You
can also visit BFI Southbank's café bars, Benugo bar & kitchen
and The Riverfront. Click here for
further details and opening hours.
How accessible is BFI Southbank?
BFI Southbank foyer and box office entrance is on Theatre Avenue, by the
National Theatre at street level. There are stairs and a wheelchair
accessible lift to gain access to the main foyer. For full details
on the accessibility of the BFI Southbank building please visit the 'Access information' page on the BFI website.
How do you select films for the programme at Screening Days?
We work closely with
distributors to select independent, world and art house cinema that will be
released in the following quarter. We focus on titles that are unlikely to have
a vast marketing budget so need the keen curatorial eye and advance notice that
a viewing at Screening Days can provide for your programme. We also
occasionally include titles with higher profiles, particularly in the lead-up
to awards season, which we believe delegates will be keen to see in order to
assess suitability for their programmes. Our goal is to provide you with the
opportunity to see the widest range of films so you’re able to broaden
programmes in your venues, and we hope the Screening Days programme reflects
Why can't you release the schedule earlier? I want to make sure
I see certain films.
We always try to finalise the
schedule as soon as possible so you can plan ahead. Unfortunately, we are
limited in how far in advance we can do so. Because distributors offering us
their films often haven't determined their schedule in advance, or are waiting
on delivery of the materials, we often receive final confirmations quite close
to the event. Then, in order to evenly space the films across the different
screens, we need to carefully schedule the films, which takes time.
Why aren’t there more or longer breaks?
We try to give you as many
breaks as possible between films and usually have morning, lunch and afternoon
breaks, but are restricted by the availability of the screens and the length of
the films. Most cinemas can’t take out their evening public screenings
due to conditions set by distributors, and so they don’t disappoint their local
(paying) audience. This means we can only screen films between 9am – 5.30pm.
We try to keep in mind that the main purpose of the event is for you to be able
to see as many films as possible.
Why can only organisers, marketers and programmers attend?
The purpose of Screening Days
is to encourage strong audiences for a more diverse selection of
films. Programmers, organisers (e.g. the most senior person in a community
screen, members of the selection committee of a film society) and marketers are
the people in a best position to both select films and advocate for these films
in their venues. We are often oversubscribed, so this is the fairest way to
ensure that key staff get the opportunity to attend.
Why can only five members of my organisation attend?
Following the sell-out of our
Screening Days events in 2015, we are limiting the number of passes for any one
organisation to five. This is to ensure that the largest number of
organisations are able to attend the event. Attendees must also be engaged in
one of the following roles within their organisation: programming, marketing,
education, audience development, or on the selection committee of a film
How frequent do my screenings need to be for me to attend?
Our funders for Screening Days,
in addition to the distributors that lend us their films, now stipulate
that exhibitors must hold 12 or more screenings per year to attend.
Can I tweet or share reviews or comments on the films in public?
While we appreciate your enthusiasm (or otherwise) for films you see at
Screening Days, the terms that we receive the films under completely prohibit
any social media or film forum discussion of films in the Screening Days
programme, however positive it is! Distributors monitor social media channels
for discussion of the films. Please do feel free to discuss the films in person
with other delegates, and if you’d like to talk about the event in general on
social media you can find us at @ICOtweets #ScreeningDays.
When will you be hosting the next screening days and where?
We're putting together our
applications for funding to deliver the next series of Screening Days events
for 2017-18. We hope to be able to announce the new series of dates and
locations in March 2017.