News and Opportunities: December 2018 round up

Posted on January 4, 2019 by Maria Pirkkalainen

Categories: News Round-up

ICO news

  • Spring couldn’t come any sooner as we’ve opened registration for our flagship event of the year! Taking place at BFI Southbank this 2-4 March, our Spring Screening Days will offer you three days of brilliant cinematic gems, including Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade and Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx. Remember that this event usually sells out, so act fast! If you register by 18 January you can also grab one of our fantastic early bird passes.
  • To accompany our The Personal is Political: The Films of Margarethe von Trotta tour we’ve commissioned some exciting new writing on the influence and importance of von Trotta’s films from a range of academics, curators and writers across different generations. Explore the current selection and bookmark the site for upcoming pieces! The films are also available for both theatrical and non-theatrical bookings until October 2019.
  • Looking for a laugh? There’s still plenty of BFI Comedy Genius screenings left across the UK. Find one near you.
  • Save the date! We’re thrilled to announce that our next Developing Your Film Festival training course will take place at Poland’s New Horizons Film Festival this 22-28 July. We’ll open applications in February – stay tuned for more info!
  • Our new archive film project New Towns, Our Town – Stories on Screen is currently bringing a touch of archive film magic to the South East of England. If you live in Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Harlow or Crawley and know a community organisation or group that would like to organise a FREE screening of local archive films, please drop us a line on
  • Want to get a snap shot of UK independent exhibition and the work we’re doing? Our Annual Report 2017-2018 is the best place for this.


  • The Uncertain Kingdom, an exciting new project will be giving up to £10,000 each to twenty opinionated, visionary filmmakers with something to say about the UK in 2019. Applications will open on 14 January and close on 3 February – if you have a short film idea, let them know.
  • Are you organising any themed or inclusive cinema screenings this winter? Let Inclusive Cinema know and they can help you promote your event on their channels.
  • Applications are now open for the John Brabourne Awards, a talent development programme that supports emerging talent in UK Film and TV with financial grants. Apply by 31 January.
  • Filmmakers! Submissions for the 15th Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival are now open until 5 April 2019.
  • Do you need advice on attracting new audiences or does your venue have a technical issue that needs fixing? The FAN Advice and Experience Scheme has relaunched and their expert advisors offer FREE 1-2-1 advice on any aspect of the film sector.
  • The Women’s Histories Film Menu is your latest opportunity to get involved with the Film Audience Network’s nationwide season of screen heritage events, running from January to May 2019. Exlore which five titles are available to book at reduced rates and you can access up to £500 to enhance your screenings with guest speakers, bespoke marketing materials or accompanying shorts.
  • Cinemas and film festivals! Please take a moment and fill the new Employer Survey of the Annual ScreenSkills Assessment (formerly Creative Skillset), which gathers important information on skills gaps and shortages, diversity, training and the future trends of working. It will only take 10-15 minutes to complete and only needs to be filled in once per organisation. You can fill the survey here until Friday 25 January. 
  • The second edition of the Europa Cinemas Innovation Prize is now open! Let them know of any outstanding, inspiring innovative actions that your cinema implemented last year and your venue could win 10.000 euros. Find out more here.

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