A selection of feedback given by participants across a range of courses.

Cultural Cinema Exhibition

“The course has had a profound effect on my professional development. I left feeling more confident, creative and ambitious, with a notebook and head full of ideas, issues I wanted to address and goals I wanted to achieve.”

Claire Stewart, Deputy Communications Manager, Watershed

"The ICO Cultural Cinema Exhibition course was a vital part in my career development, not only providing me with extremely useful information about programming and publicity for independent cinemas, but also giving me the confidence to put a lot of this teaching into practice.”

Chris Scott, Marketing Manager, Tyneside Cinema

“The Cultural Cinema Exhibition course gives participants a rare opportunity to work together creatively outside of the workplace. It encouraged me to think strategically about exhibition and distribution, offering realistic ways to connect with national initiatives.”

Hana Lewis, Exhibition and Education Project Manager, The Film Agency for Wales

"The Cultural Cinema Exhibition course is brilliantly structured and run, and gave me an invaluable insight into the ins and outs of programming cinemas. It also gave a real understanding of how the industry, distribution, exhibition, festivals etc actually work and the networking there was fantastic as well. Overall, the course was a great stepping stone to my career in the industry."

Alex Stolz, Distribution and Exhibition Executive, BFI

"Without a doubt my CV jumped to the top of the pile because I did the course. It's recognised by people in the industry - it's a standard and a brand that the industry trusts."
Michael Pierce, Marketing and Publicity Executive, Curzon Cinemas

"The most useful thing about it was that the speakers on the course came from both commercial and independent backgrounds so that you received a very balanced view of the way the industry works. I'm sure that having the course on my CV helped me get my job in the Exhibition Development Unit at the BFI, my job at the Film Council as Policy Executive and the Exhibition Office job at (LFVDA/Film London) as well as my current job!!!"
Pip Eldridge, Chief Executive, First Light

"The course had a significant impact on helping me to understand our audience better and how to reach them, and it helped to ‘shape’ our programmes into accessible and more attractive packages."
Verena von Stackelberg, Head of Public Events, Curzon Cinemas

“The Cultural Cinema Exhibition course is highly regarded amongst professionals in the business, and extremely beneficial to anyone seeking to further their career prospects in cinema.”

Mike Gould, Wimbledon Film Club

"Every component of the course felt relevant. The opportunity to meet and learn from some of the main players working in cinema has proved invaluable... it certainly gave me some of the tools to understand and market to the wide-ranging cinema audiences of today."

Rob Baker, Cinema Marketing Manager, Barbican

"The wide range of speakers that the ICO provided, from PR representatives, to festival directors, to commercial programmers, to projectionists, was an incredible overview of the UK cinema industry. The course is essential for anyone working in the various areas of cinema exhibition within the UK whether it be running festivals or developing alternative audiences within the regions."
Philip Ilson, Director, London Short Film Festival

"I absolutely loved loved loved the course! I didn't want it to end and at the same time, I was so enthusiastic that I couldn't wait to get home at night to work on the course project."
Layla Moosavi, Business Development Manager, Barbican

"Broadening horizons and seeing the world differently is - or ought to be - in the remit of film. Which makes ICO culturally significant and to be applauded."

The 2010 Guardian Film Power 100

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