News & Opportunities: March 2021 round up

Posted on March 25, 2021 by Sami Abdul-Razzak

Categories: News Round-up

ICO News

  • The next session in our Core Skills for Cinemas webinar series will take place on Wednesday 14 April. We’ll be joined by Chris Unitt, Founder of One Further, who’ll be taking us through best practice for social media advertising.
  • Thanks to everyone who joined us for Virtual Screening Days last week. If you missed it this time but would like to attend in the future, make sure to sign up to our mailing list to be first to hear when we announce the next event.
  • This edition of Screening Days featured our newly implemented Introducing… slot, a curated selection of short films highlighting work by exciting creative voices from underrepresented groups. In a recent blog we heard from ICO film programmer Heather McIntosh and our Programme Advisors about the films they selected for this second iteration of the programme.
  • Our film programmers attended the virtual Berlinale Industry Event earlier this month, read about what they saw there and their top tips for titles to watch out for in the coming months in this blog.
  • We’re looking to commission new writing for our blog! If you have an idea about film exhibition which you’d like to explore, read our guidelines and get in touch.


  • The UK Government has launched a call for evidence to inform their review of COVID-status certification. This is a chance for cinemas to consult on the ethical, equalities, privacy, legal and operational aspects of the proposed certification. The deadline to respond is Monday 29 March.
  • If you work in front of house in a UK cinema, or have done so within the last three years, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey which aims to find out what issues cinema workers face and build a platform to change things for the better.
  • Borderlines Film Festival is running online from 26 March – 11 April with a programme featuring titles such as First Cow, Ammonite and The Father, plus much more.
  • There’s still time to get your ticket to the Community Cinema Mini Conference, which is taking place this Saturday 27 March. Join Cinema For All online for a day of screenings, discussion sessions and networking for volunteer-led cinemas.
  • There are currently roles available at The Castle Cinema, FAN, Encounters Film Festival, Midlands Arts Centre, Queen’s Film Theatre, London Short Film Festival, Cinema For All, The Chiswick Cinema and more.
  • The 2021 edition of the CICAE Arthouse Cinema Training programme will take place from 30 August – 5 September in Venice. Applications close 30 April 2021.
  • The Good Night Out Campaign has published a new all-gender access toolkit which provides guidance to businesses or cultural spaces that offer toilets for visitors on how to comply with regulations and ensure facilities are gender-inclusive.
  • The BFI and BAFTA have launched a practical employer action list backed by over 40 organisations across film, games and television to tackle bullying, harassment and racism in the workplace.
  • Alongside this, the Film and TV Charity has launched a suite of new, free services to support anyone working behind-the-scenes in film and TV who has experienced or witnessed bullying.
  • The Depict 2021 call for entries is open. Submit your 90-seconds-or-less shorts for free by 14 June for a chance to win prizes of up to £2.5k.
  • The Intermission Film First Day Back fund has been set up by Cinema For All to support the reopening of community cinema venues with bursaries of £150 to cover initial costs. Deadline to apply is 31 March!
  • Klassiki is an online platform dedicated to classic film from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Sign up before 4 April and get a lifetime 50% discount from your membership fees.
  • Are you an East Londoner aged 18-30? Applications are open for Create Job’s STEP programme, a series of year-long paid placements with organisations including the BBC, V&A, Sadler’s Wells and more.
  • Another Gaze has launched a new streaming project, Another Screen, created to foreground rare film work they deem worthy of feminist interrogation.
  • Embed has produced some reopening recommendation guidance to support organisations in their decision-making prior to reopening. It considers potential barriers faced by disabled visitors and customers and offers solution-based guidance for organisations of all types.
  • Film Hub NI has released a new series of podcasts aimed at helping film exhibitors produce great events online, now and as we look to the reopening of cinemas.
  • Morgan Quaintance’s South, part of our Second Sight tour last year, is currently streaming on MUBI in the UK.

Good reads/watches/listens

Image: No More Wings, dir. Abraham Adeyemi

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