News and Opportunities: January 2020 round up

Posted on January 30, 2020 by Anna O'Connor

Categories: News Round-up

ICO news

  • Our national 2020 film tour, Second Sight, will take place February – May 2020 and explores the legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies and histories of the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement. All films are available to book on DCP. The new commissions are available with Audio Description and Caption Subtitles. Find out more and book now.
  • We are launching our Second Sight tour on Tuesday 18 February at the Barbican, where we will present moving image commissions from artists Ayo Akingbade, B.O.S.S. Collective, Morgan Quaintance and Rehana Zaman. The screening is followed by a post-screening discussion with the artists. Find out more and buy tickets.
  • We’re delighted to be back in the BFI Southbank for our flagship Spring Screening Days event from 7 – 9 March 2020. Take a look at the line up.
  • The Film Hub South East Forum is taking place on Wednesday 5 February. If you are attending, take a look at the jam-packed schedule of talks and presentations here.
  • Work for a film festival? Want to develop your skills further? Why not try our Developing Your Film Festival online training course, available to access for free for six weeks.
  • We currently have a number of vacancies on the Board of Trustees. We are keen to attract new members who will be committed to the organisation and are able to give the necessary time, energy and dedication to help lead the ICO through the next stages of development. Find out more.
  • Don’t forget that we have a fantastic selection of Britain on Film on Tour archive programmes available to book, including the latest two titles, Welcome to Britain and Protest!


  • The next BFI blockbuster is Japan 2020, taking place from May to September. As part of the season, we will be touring iconic and lesser-known titles ripe for discovery nationwide – full details to be announced in May! We’ll be offering great terms and marketing support as with previous blockbuster seasons. Major Programmes funding is also available to support activity for BFI Japan 2020. Apply for Major Programmes funding by 6 March.
  • Running from May 2020 – February 2021, New Directions is a nationwide funding programme for screenings that revisit pivotal moments of modern history where the people of the UK tried to break with the past, change direction or embark on new journeys. New Directions will support adventurous collaborations between exhibitors and archives that showcase screen heritage and invite audiences to reconsider contemporary issues with the benefit of historical insight. Find out more.
  • From 3 – 9 Feb, Children’s Mental Health Week and Place2Be will be shining a light on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Visit Inclusive Cinema’s website for advice on how cinema can make a difference, such as with the upcoming release of System Crasher.
  • On 12 March, London’s Screen Archives are holding a Future-proofing Our Collections: Unleashing the Power of Archive Film event. Expect a day of case studies, innovative approaches, presentations and discussions about archive film and its potential to bring together communities, build and inspire new audiences and showcase the value of archive collections. Book tickets here.
  • Calling all filmmakers aged 16-25! Booking for the 2020 BFI Future Film Festival is now open! Join the BFI for four days of incredible events, masterclasses, workshops, networking and screenings of the best short films from young, emerging filmmaker. Tickets on sale now.
  • A space has become available on Cinema For All’s Next Gen programme. If you’re under 30 and looking to start up your own community cinema, apply for four coaching sessions and a £400 bursary! Get in touch at for more information.
  • The latest title to receive support from BFI FAN New Releases is System Crasher, set for release on 27 March. For information on how FAN can support your screening, visit this page.
  • Calling all filmmakers! Our friends at Aesthetica Short Film Festival are looking for those driving film forward through inspirational and innovative works. Submit your work for a chance to screen at the 2020 event. Find out more and apply.

Good reads

  • With rental increases becoming unsustainable, we recently decided to purchase an office with the help of a loan from Charity Bank and Big Issue Invest. Our Founder and Director Catharine Des Forges explains why this was the right decision for the ICO. Read the full article.
  • In our latest blog, artist Ayo Akingbade reflects on her experience of the UK Black Film Workshop Movement and how she conceived of and created Claudette’s Star, one of the new commissions in our Second Sight tour. Read more.
  • BFI NETWORK discovers, develops and funds new filmmakers across the UK and the Short Film Development Programme gives writers and filmmakers the opportunity to develop their scripts through writers labs. We spoke to the ten applicants selected to take part in the scheme. Read more.
  • The full Glasgow Film Festival Programme is now live. With over 200 curated cinematic events stretching across all genres, there really is something for everyone. See a breakdown of the 2020 programme here.
  • Are you looking for information on film licensing or the rights on a particular title? Hoping to get your film into UK distribution or to start your own cinema from scratch? Want to expand your programme or look into fundraising? We have a vast array of practical, in-depth resources to help. Take a look.
  • Film festivals are an incredibly powerful gatekeeper of film culture, which makes this study by Variety all the more important to read.


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