News & Opportunities:
November 2020 round up

Posted on November 26, 2020 by Sami Abdul-Razzak

Categories: News Round-Up

ICO News

  • We’re holding the first ever Virtual Screening Days from 7-10 December! Join us for four days of preview screenings, panel discussions and audience development sessions that will help cinemas in the new reality we find ourselves in. The deadline to get your ticket is Monday 30 November, register here.
  • Our new Data-Driven Marketing online course is now live on our Online Learning Platform, giving you and your team the chance to learn how to collect, analyse and act on data to engage more audiences. This course is available at the discounted rate of £50, down from £75, until Friday 4 December. Enrol here.
  • Tomorrow morning (Friday 27 November), as part of the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Events programme, we’re holding a free Developing Your Film Festival webinar looking at COVID-19’s impact on the place of festivals in the film ecosystem. Sign up here.
  • This month we launched our new How to Develop Audiences for Independent Cinemas guide, which will help you to bring the broadest possible range of people to participate in your venue as audience members. Download it here.
  • Our audience development guide is part of a suite of new resources, including our recently launched Introductory Guide to Film Projection, which we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks to inspire and help exhibitors throughout autumn and winter 2020.
  • We spoke with Dr. June Givanni, Melanie Hoyes and Jan Asante about the path to realising the new iteration of the Black Film Bulletin and their hopes for it now. Read it here.
  • Second Sight, our national film tour celebrating the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement, is available to book for both physical and online screenings until 5 December 2020. Second Sight incorporates key archive films from the period, as well as new short film commissions from contemporary film artists.
  • We have collated a list of the support & resources available to cinemas and people working within the exhibition sector during the Covid-19 crisis.
  • As ever, we’re here to help and support you. Get in touch at


  • The programme for this year’s virtual This Way Up conference has been announced. Running from 1-3 December, the film exhibition event offers three days of sessions, workshops and networking opportunities. Get a free ticket here.
  • BlackStar Film Festival has launched Seen, a journal of film and visual culture focused on Black, Brown and Indigenous communities globally.
  • Stagetext is offering subsidies for small and community led arts and culture organisations to subtitle their work.
  • The Small Axe community forum is a weekly online space where Black Brits can come together to discuss Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology series.
  • The Arts Marketing Festival is running online from 1-2 December, providing arts marketers and audience development professionals two days of sessions on data, digital, diversity and more.
  • Jerwood Arts has announced a range of creative bursaries for 2020-22, offering year-long, salaried jobs for outstanding early-career artists, curators, producers and creatives from low socio-economic backgrounds.
  • There are currently film roles available at The Lexi Cinema, the BFI, Movio, Falkirk Community Trust, Cine Window Winsford, Abandon Normal Devices (AND), and more.
  • On 10 December, Alchemy Film & Arts is holding an online symposium exploring what it means to archive and how a moving-image practice can be considered archival.
  • From 2-3 March, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Beyond the Multiplex are holding a two-day virtual conference titled ‘Audiences beyond the multiplex: understanding the value of a diverse film culture’. They are currently inviting contributions for the event.
  • Frames of Representation, the ICA’s annual film festival returns for its fifth edition on 27 November with a programme addressing the role of spectatorship.
  • Tune in at 8pm every Thursday until 3 December as Compass Presents hold Oracles in Sepia, a free online performance series fusing archive film with the work of eight amazing performers.
  • The London International Animation Festival returns for its 17th year on 27 November, with a 10-day feast of forums, screen talks and 205 of the best recent animated shorts and features from around the world.
  • Margate Film Festival kicks off on 27 November, featuring over 50 films plus live events, Q&As and even kids activities.
  • The French Film Festival @ Home is running from 27 November – 4 December, showcasing seven features and a selection of shorts from French filmmakers.

Good reads

Image: You Will Die at Twenty, dir. Amjad Abu Alala

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