News & Opportunities: April 2024 Round-Up

Posted on April 26, 2024 by Sami Abdul-Razzak

Categories: News Round-Up

Our regular monthly update featuring the latest news and opportunities for your cinema, festival or film society.

ICO News

  • Tomorrow, Saturday 27 April, is the 30th anniversary of South African Freedom Day – a date which marks the first non-racialized democratic elections to take place in the country. In celebration of this event, we have worked with Cinema Africa! and Maona Art to bring a 4K restoration of Mapantsula to UK and Irish cinemas. See our website for details of where it’s screening. And if you’d like to screen it in your venue too, we can take bookings until the end of May.
  • A retired Georgian teacher sets out to reunite with her estranged trans niece in Crossing – the compassionate third feature by director Levan Akin (And Then We Danced) and the first film to be confirmed for the ID Screening Days programme. We’ll be announcing further programme details over the coming weeks, ahead of the event in June.
  • Earlier this week, ICO Director Catharine Des Forges was in parliament to discuss the challenges currently facing independent cinemas! You can watch the full recording on the Parliament YouTube channel, which also included representatives from Watershed, Picturehouse, Studiocanal and Vue.
  • Festival based outside of Europe? We’re currently running a 25% discount on membership to our International Film Festival Network. Until 31 May you can join the network at this reduced rate and gain access to exclusive benefits, including an invitation to attend an International Film Festival summit we’re hosting in Wrocław this July.
  • Thanks to everyone who responded to our recent callout for pitches. We’re currently busy reviewing all the submissions – but if you’ve got an idea for an article please get in touch.

Opportunities & Resources

  • Film Camp gathers together film exhibitors from across the Midlands (and beyond) to share their wealth of experience, and to explore fresh approaches to programming, marketing and audience development. The event is open to everyone from multi-screen venues and festivals to community cinema organisers and student film groups. This year’s event will take place on Thursday 16 May at MAC, Birmingham.
  • Get involved in a new free sector-wide audience survey by audience and visitor specialists Indigo Ltd this May. Act Green 2024 is designed to help cultural organisations find out what audiences and visitors think about the climate crisis, and what role they think organisations should be playing.
  • This year’s Into Film Festival is running between the 12-28 November and now is the time to sign up your cinema to take part! This free schools event is part of Into Film’s year-round audience development drive and a great opportunity to connect with local schools and young people.
  • On Thursday 16 May, creative career app ERIC is sharing their most interesting data at a free-to-attend event. The data will show how their 100,000 16-25-year-old app users are reacting to and interacting with different creative careers and which outreach methods are most popular.
  • Save the date! Cinema Rediscovered – the UK’s leading festival of classic cinema – returns to venues in and around Bristol from 24-28 July 2024. Among the highlights will be an exploration of corruption and scandal in New Hollywood cinema in a strand titled Dangerous Divas.
  • Cinema For All has announced the film programme for this year’s Community Cinema Conference, taking place on 22 June at Showroom Workstation, Sheffield. This year’s line-up includes RadicalIf Only I Could Hibernate and Four Little Adults.
  • The Space has produced a resource that collates information about best practices in digital accessibility, including accessible versions and formats, website accessibility and more.
  • There are currently roles available at London Film Festival, The Castle Cinema, BIFA, Warwick Arts Centre, The Light Cinemas and more.

Good Reads

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