News and Opportunities: February 2020 round up

Posted on February 27, 2020 by Jenna Roberts

Categories: News Round-Up

ICO news

  • Work in film festivals? Now in its tenth year, our Developing Your Film Festival course returns in July 2020 with six days of practical insight and industry expertise. Applications open now.
  • Our free Green Cinema Toolkit just launched, featuring case studies and ample inspiration from UK venues walking the walk on environmental sustainability. Download now.
  • We’re also holding a free half-day course on making your cinema green at Phoenix, Leicester on 25 March. Just a few spots left.
  • Are you an emerging producer based in London or the South East? Then check out our Film London x BFI NETWORK South East Producers Lab, taking place on Thursday 12 March at Everyman Cinema, King’s Cross.
  • Appraising the radical practice and enduring legacy of the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement, our Second Sight Tour continues until May. Featuring archive and newly commissioned work from artists, Onyeka Igwe (B.O.S.S. Collective), Morgan Quaintance, Ayo Akingbade and Rehana Zaman. Bookable now.
  • We’ve commissioned new writing on the influence and importance of the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement from academics, artists and writers from different generations. Read them at
  • Looking to meaningful contribute to independent cinema? We are looking for trustees to help steer the ICO’s ongoing development. Find out more.


  • Cinephile under 28? The 3 Days in Cannes pass is one to know, offering accreditation to the historic festival for film enthusiasts aged 18-28 years old. Register now.
  • Grierson Trust have spots for sixteen aspiring documentarians (aged 18-25) on their 2020 Mentoring and Training Scheme. Deadline to apply: 20 March.
  • Film Video Umbrella have opened the second edition of their Curatorial Practice Award with a call out for curators from low-income backgrounds. Apply now.
  • LGBT+ History Month is not yet over! Do your homework with Inclusive Cinema’s invaluable, year-round resources on increasing visibility on screen and fortifying your cinema as a safe space for the LGBT+ community. Browse here.
  • Film society or community cinema looking to make a real impact in your region? Applications for the Filmbankmedia Innovation Fund 2020 are now open with pots of up to £3,000 available. You can follow Filmbankmedia on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the fund, find out about previous recipients and discover the latest titles available for Non-Theatrical bookings.
  • For their fifth birthday celebrations, Bertha DocHouse are joining forces with the London Documentary Network to present the 36 hour filmmaking challenge, Doc In A Day. Get signed up.
  • This summer, Film Hub Midlands are celebrating Japan nationwide, with the BFI Japan 2020 blockbuster season. Screening in mind? Full season? You can apply for support of up to £12,000. Find out more.
  • Get involved with Film Hub North’s New Directions season, revisiting formative moments on film. Their Engagement Fund will support organisations to collaborate with UK archives and develop screen heritage events. More info.
  • The FLAMIN Fellowship is open for applications offering a unique opportunity to six artists to develop their professional and artistic practice. Deadline 5 May.
  • Film Hub London have launched a new partnership with the Art Fund’s Student Art Pass. Offer a youth ticket for under a fiver? Get involved.
  • London’s Screen Archives invite you to an all-dayer of case studies and discussion on archive film’s potential for community-building. Book now.
  • BFI FAN’s newest release is German filmmaker Nora Fingscheidt’s first feature, System Crasher (“…as raw as a Ken Loach film and as exhilarating as Run Lola Run”). Marketing budget and freelance support available. Find out more.

Good reads

  • “Any Black British person’s life has been deeply affected by these womenwhose impact is cast aside, and whose interiority, complexity and vitality are ignored.” Rabz Lansquiot on Martina Attille’s Dreaming Rivers, part of an ongoing series of commissioned writing in response to the Second Sight programme.
  • “You’re meant to shut up, keep still and pay attention at the theatre – but what if that’s a problem?” David Jays examines the rise of ‘relaxed’ spaces where anything goes in this Guardian article.
  • Amidst the climate emergency, cinemas can lead by example by operating responsibly and raising awareness in their communities. We spoke to Alison Criddle, Sustainability and Projects Co-ordinator at HOME, about going green. On the blog.
  • Almost nine in 10 people (87%) working in the UK’s film and TV industries have experienced a mental health problem, according to new research from The Film and TV Charity. Read more.

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