Mental wellbeing during COVID-19
Posted on February 11, 2021
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact our personal and working lives, focusing on your wellbeing and those around you has never been more important. In this post we hear about the mental health support available for film workers, some advice on how to manage your wellbeing, and a personal account of someone's experience during the pandemic. We know that everyone's experience of the pandemic has been different and moving forwards in these uncertain times is incredibly difficult. Not all advice in this article will be relevant to all, but we hope it creates some comfort in knowing you are not alone and that there are support networks out there to help.
Spotlight on Black talent
Posted on February 5, 2021
Amongst other areas, our recent Black Film Bulletin blog series touched on Black filmmakers of the past and present, some of whose work has not been widely seen, and their vast and exciting potential to inform, inspire and reward both cinema programmers and audiences today. For this post, we asked Adam Murray, film programmer, filmmaker, writer/critic and broadcaster at Bristol/Birmingham curatorial collective Come The Revolution and Rico Johnson-Sinclair, Director of CineQ, a queer film exhibition organisation that prioritises queer, trans and intersex people of colour, to share the Black filmmakers and creatives they are most influenced and inspired by – and whose work, in their opinion, hasn't yet received the recognition it deserves.
Black Film Bulletin Series, Part 3: Future vision
Posted on January 12, 2021
Publication ceased around the turn of the millennium, but now the Black Film Bulletin is coming back. ICO Director Catharine Des Forges spoke to its co-founder June Givanni, Curator and Director of June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive; Melanie Hoyes, Industry Inclusion Executive at BFI and Jan Asante, Curator at Think Cinematic for part three of an extended conversation about the role of the BFB now, the effects of the pandemic on the industry and how they are looking ahead.
Black Film Bulletin Series, Part 2: Spotlight on Black talent
Posted on December 10, 2020
Publication ceased around the turn of the millennium, but now the Black Film Bulletin is coming back. ICO Director Catharine Des Forges spoke to its co-founder June Givanni, Curator and Director of June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive; Melanie Hoyes, Industry Inclusion Executive at BFI and Jan Asante, Curator at Think Cinematic for part two of an extended conversation about the role of the BFB now and which filmmakers they would like to celebrate in the next iteration.
One-inch barrier or a world of cinematic possibilities?
Posted on December 3, 2020
In this article, curator and subtitler Sonali Joshi considers the importance of subtitles and audio description in making films accessible to wider audiences, and highlights the skill required to make these elements blend seamlessly into a filmmaker's work.
Black Film Bulletin Series, Part 1: Interconnectivity
Posted on November 19, 2020
Founded by editors Dr. June Givanni and Gaylene Gould, the Black Film Bulletin (BFB) was first published at the BFI in 1993. An essential space for writing on new Black cinema and Pan African Cinema histories, it documented a renaissance moment for Black filmmaking culture around the globe. Publication ceased in 2000, but now the BFB is coming back. In this post, part one of an extended conversation, ICO Director Catharine Des Forges talks to co-founder June Givanni at the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive, Melanie Hoyes at the BFI and Jan Asante at Think Cinematic about the history of the BFB, their path to the new iteration and their hopes for it now.