News and Opportunities: August 2019 round up

Posted on August 29, 2019 by Anna O'Connor

Categories: News Round-Up

ICO news

  • This year’s BFI blockbuster season is Musicals — the greatest song and season ever to grace UK cinema screens! Bookings for the BFI Musicals Tour are now open. Our menu of 12 films offers you some of the world’s most acclaimed and classic musicals as well as underseen titles ripe for discovery. Full of energy and superb choreography, Top Hat, Carousel, Sweet Charity and First a Girl are just some of the titles that will get your audiences moving.
  • A two day event taking place at Broadway Nottingham (26-27 September), we have released the first sessions and films for our I.D. Screening Days (Inclusion & Diversity). Eye on the Ball and Farming join the line-up of films and there are five new sessions covering a variety of topics including 6 steps to creating diverse and inclusive events, Muslims in film and Empowering and transformative interventions in the workforce. Don’t miss your chance to join us – registration closes on 6 September.
  • The Film Hub South East BFI NETWORK Short Film Development Programme will run from November 2019 – February 2020. The aim of the programme is to help writers and writer/directors in the South East of England develop a short film from an original idea. The deadline for applications is Monday 23 September.
  • We are taking bookings for The Personal is Political – The Films of Margarethe von Trotta tour until the end of September. Don’t miss your chance to screen one or more of the films! Check out one of the good reads below for the essays we’ve commissioned around the importance and influence of Margarethe von Trotta.
  • Don’t forget that we have a fantastic selection of archive titles available for booking as well. This year’s new additions are New Towns, Our Town, a unique feature-length archive film programme that reveals how New Towns have been continually reshaped by the public imagination; as well as the latest two programmes in our popular Britain on Film tour, Protest! and Welcome to Britain.
  • We are recruiting for four fantastic roles at ICO and Film Hub South East – Training and Professional Development Manager, Senior Film Programmer (Distribution and Training), BFI NETWORK Coordinator, FAN Research Manager (Evaluation). Applications close on Friday 30 August.


  • Nominations for this year’s WFTV Awards are now open: don’t miss this great opportunity to give a shout out to exceptional women working in film and TV today. Nominations close on Friday 6 September.
  • European Arthouse Cinema Day is on 13 October where hundreds of cinemas located both in or outside of Europe will celebrate the diversity of European cinema as well as their own venues. Cinemas have until 6 October to register.
  • Do you need specialist advice for your venue, programme or festival? Film exhibition experts can help you with 1-2-1 advice sessions via the FAN Advice and Experience Scheme, offering half-day sessions tailored to your specific needs and questions – from programming to projection.
  • Want to start screening films in your community? Not sure how to get started? Applications for Cinema For All’s coaching programme Launchpad close on 2 September.
  • Are you 18-25 and pursuing a career in the film industry? Check out Future Film accreditation to make the most of this year’s BFI London Film Festival!
  • Heading to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020? You can get an all-access pass to the full festival, happening 4-9 June 2020, for the reduced rate of £169+VAT if you buy before the 31 August.
  • Have you completed the Community Exhibitor Survey yet? Do so before 2 September and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win prizes including tickets to the conference, a John Lewis voucher and a Cinema For All goody bag full of film related treats.
  • Every two years, over 500 film professionals gather for the Europa Cinemas Network Conference. Join them in Lisbon this 21-24 November.
  • Support your local: Deptford Cinema has just launched their Kickstarter campaign. With a goal of £15,000, they can complete electrical upgrades and increase the accessibility of the space so more people can enjoy this independent South East London venue.
  • Since summer 2018, BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) supports four new release films each year to help exhibitors engage with more diverse audiences and programme more titles that might be perceived as being ‘risky’ or ‘too challenging’. The Peanut Butter Falcon is the latest title to receive FAN support. Find out how FAN can support your screening.
  • Looking for a bursary to cover the cost of couriering equipment to and from your community cinema? Check out Cinema for All’s Doorstep Fund.
  • Save the date: Distributor Slate Days returns to Picturehouse Central from 17-18 September – register for your pass now.
  • This Way Up is a two-day UK film exhibition conference packed full of ideas and debates to inspire and enlighten, provoke and challenge. This year’s edition will take place at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham on 3-4 December and you can book tickets now.
  • Looking for some cinema seats? Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema is renovating their screens and still has some cinema seats available. If you’re a venue or a collector and interested, please contact the team at

Good reads

  • Over the past year we have been touring the major works of one of the most gifted directors to come from the New German Cinema movement, Margarethe von Trotta. As the tour comes to a close, you can read the latest and final writing by Christina Newland completing the set of commissioned essays written by academics, curators and writers from different generations.
  • What does success look like when it comes to creating a diverse and inclusive film programme? Read Anthony from experiential events company We Are Parable’s key tips.
  • Opening this September, Catford Mews is set to be the only multi-screen cinema in the South London borough of Lewisham. We spoke to them about Starting a Cinema from Scratch: the Story of Catford Mews.
  • The BFI London Film Festival 2019 programme is revealed – check it out!
  • Developing Your Film Festival (DYFF) is an intensive programme for film festival professionals. Following our recent course in Poland, Cineuropa summarised the key reflections: ‘Love is not all you need while Developing Your Film Festival’
  • In summer 2018, we joined up with the queer feminist film collective Club des Femmes and took on a mission to bring revolutionary films about women, by women, to big screens across the UK. Supported by the BFI Audience Fund, the result was Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after ’68, a groundbreaking tour of nine features, eight shorts, panel discussions and guest speakers. The full report is out now.
  • Read all about how “Word-of-Mouth Turned M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Sixth Sense’ Into a Sleeper Hit 20 Years Ago”

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