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Stories from the South East
Posted on December 20, 2018
Last summer, we put a call out for inventive and inspiring new short films from filmmakers based in the South East. Selected from nearly 100 submissions, the ten short films that make up South East Stories: New Filmmaking Talent all champion impressive cinematic promise and reflect a great cross-section of talent from our region. We spoke to some of our talented local filmmakers about filmmaking and why the South East matters.
Revolt, We Said: Sharing Women’s Revolutionary Films Around the UK
Posted on November 8, 2018
This summer, the ICO and Club des Femmes took on a mission to bring revolutionary films about women, by women, to big screens around the UK. The result was Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after '68, our groundbreaking film tour that took thirty venues by storm. We spoke to some of our collaborators about what they found most memorable about their screenings, how it helped them reach new audiences and why the tour's legacy still lives on.
Bringing new audiences to silent cinema
Posted on November 1, 2018
Accompanied by live music and with a touch of archive magic on the screen, a silent movie night can be one of the most unforgettable events you'll ever attend. Ahead of our Archive Screening Day, writer, critic and founder of Silent London Pamela Hutchinson (who'll be also speaking at our Women in Silent Film Comedy panel) shared with us her top five tips for bringing new audiences to silent cinema screenings.
Gaining Ground: The Case for Programming Beyond the Canon
Posted on September 20, 2018
If we want a more inclusive film future, how do we get there without knowing the diversity and struggle of film history? Following our and Club des Femmes' groundbreaking Revolt She Said: Women and Film after '68 tour that brought back into the spotlight female filmmakers whose work had often been overlooked, author and film activist So Mayer investigates whose films get filed in the canon, and whose are allowed to fall away – if they were even able to make them in the first place.
A Modest Proposal: Documentaries are Real Films Too
Posted on September 6, 2018
When the average cinema goer attends around three times a year, how do you ensure one of those cinema trips is to catch a documentary? Sheffield Doc/Fest's Marketing Assistant (and one of our FEDS trainees) Aisha Jan writes how we can create buzz around these cinematic pieces of factual storytelling - and how they are as much real films as the fictional ones.