Our regular monthly update featuring the latest news and opportunities for your cinema, festival or film society.
- Today we launched the International Film Festival Network, a new membership-based community of film festivals. The network aims to foster new partnerships between film festivals by promoting best practice and strategic innovation in programming, reaching audiences, and developing strong organisational structures that encourage the discovery and celebration of the art of film. You can learn more about the network in two online information sessions with Hatice Özdemirciler, ICO’s Head of Partnerships and Development on Friday 6 October or Tuesday 10 October.
- Autumn Screening Days takes place from 10-19 November at Phoenix in Leicester and online. We’ve announced the first ten films in the programme, which include All of Us Strangers, The Holdovers, Disco Boy and The Echo; check out the line-up so far. The registration deadline is Friday 27 October, but we anticipate reaching in-person capacity quickly — so book as soon as you can if you plan to join us in Leicester.
- Thank you to everyone who filled in our survey on the financial health of the exhibition sector, we received 157 responses. We will use the information to feed in data to the current Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry and will advocate for any necessary measures. We will also share the overall findings in a report published on our website.
- We’re looking to commission new writing for our blog. If you have an idea for an article about a current issue in film exhibition or a case study of good practice, then we’d love to hear from you! Read our guidelines to see some topics we’re interested in and information on how to submit your pitch.
Opportunities & Resources
- In celebration of 50 years of Blaxploitation, Hyde Park Picture House is working in partnership with Park Circus to present Black Again! — a programme of major Blaxploitation films from 1973. The films will be available to book by UK cinemas between 12 October – 31 January 2024.
- The BFI has announced details of the UK-wide programme for Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell & Pressburger, a major celebration of one of the greatest and most enduring filmmaking partnerships in the history of cinema. Over 56 special events and screenings will take place at cinemas across the UK, as well as re-releases of I Know Where I’m Going!, The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom, and more.
- Are you passionate about making changes to the way British art is collected, displayed & interpreted? The British Art Network has opened applications for its 2024 Emerging Curators Group.
- Taking place online and in person on 19 October, BBC Academy is hosting Climate Creatives 2023, their third annual conference exploring the big questions around authentically incorporating climate issues into the work of the creative sector.
- The Audience Agency has confirmed details of their Autumn-Winter free series of Skillset webinars, including sessions on the essentials of evaluation, creating an audience development plan and more.
- There are currently roles available at London’s Screen Archives, Dublin International Film Festival, the BFI, Rio Cinema and more.
- In memory of the late Sir Horace Ové
- On Pre-Code Hollywood’s brief but fascinating run of titles centering Native America
- Four portraits of writer, director and actor Bill Gunn
- Watch 25 new short films inspired by new musical compositions, commissioned by Film Fest Gent
- Lonesome tonight: Tony Rayns and Edward Yang on A Brighter Summer Day
- Anti-colonialism, feminism, and Marxism in the work of Ousmane Sembène
- Women-centered films from this year’s Il Cinema Ritrovato
- Watch a selection of titles from this year’s Samizdat Film Festival
- On the sibling filmmakers reimagining Donald Trump’s presidency
- Celine Song on her love of Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess (podcast)
- Christina Newland on eroticism in cinema
- Nine film workers on Robby Müller
- Open City Texts, a collection of new writing on new non-fiction film
- Pedro Costa in conversation with Wang Bing
- Lily Gladstone talks Killers of the Flower Moon with Kelly Reichardt
- How Boris Karloff reinvented himself into an icon of Hollywood horror
- On Chilean cinema before the coup of 1973
- On TIFF’s experimental film section, Wavelengths
- What we lose when streaming companies choose what we watch
- In conversation with avant-garde director and cinematographer Babette Mangolte
- Screenwriter Stephen Volks on working on Ken Russell’s Gothic
Header: Ramona, playing at Autumn Screening Days