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The Festival of Mexico's 'City of Open Doors'
Posted on November 16, 2017
Ahead of our upcoming Developing Your Film Festival course, ICO Film Programmer Jo Duncombe was delighted to visit Morelia, one of the country's most beautiful, historic and artistically vibrant cities, to take part in the festival's 15th edition earlier this autumn.
How to build a community cinema from scratch in the 21st century
Posted on November 9, 2017
Deptford Cinema opened in 2014. Since then it has won multiple awards and boast some of London’s finest repertory cinema while remaining an affordable hang-out spot for its local community. How did they do it? Volunteer Laura Davis explains.
Cinemas, community and culture in Northern Ireland: Allen's role at #filmFEDS
Posted on October 5, 2017
We're currently looking for the next generation of talent on our FEDS scheme, which offers eight months of paid training with a major film festival or cinema. But what's it like being a FED? Here, one of our current trainees Allen Loyola tells us about his role at Queen's Film Theatre in Belfast.
How to make your cinema more inclusive with creative collaborations: FEDS 2017
Posted on September 28, 2017
We spoke to Maria Cabrera, one of the most recent cohort of FEDS trainees, about her experiences at the Barbican during her traineeship and what she's learnt about the best ways to collaborate to create meaningful film experiences and reach out to new audiences.
We are the weirdos, mister: Making horror more inclusive with the Final Girls
Posted on August 31, 2017
Anna and Olivia from The Final Girls share with us how they are making anew inclusive space for horror cinema fans and how an early morning Whatsapp conversation has taken them all the way to self-distribution.
Film programming needs YOU (and why you should get started)
Posted on August 24, 2017
Ahead of this September's Scalarama - the annual, month-long celebration of cinema across the UK - our Marketing and Communications Manager Duncan Carson (who got his start programming a Scalarama event five years ago) reflects on why you should get involved.
International Young Programmers Unite!
Posted on August 10, 2017
When we heard about Centre of the Moving Image's pan-European young programmers network, Moving Cinema, we wanted to know more. Flippanta Kulakiewicz, CMI's Education & Learning Coordinator filled us in on how they involve young people in the cinema and the joys and challenges of cross-cultural collaboration.