The ICO turned fifteen this month. We’re so proud of everything we’ve achieved, the people and organisations we’ve worked with, but most importantly we’re proud of the experiences we’ve given to audiences, the chances to see truly life-changing art in the cinema. We put together this video to say thanks. Like any fifteen year old, we’re spending a lot of time looking out of windows and wondering what it all means, man. So, in the next month, we’ll be publishing a report on the future of cinemas, and we want your thoughts! Is Netflix going to kill moviegoing? Is there enough choice in programming? Take ten minutes to fill in this survey and help shape what projects we’ll take on in the next fifteen years.
“REACH gives you the support to take your plans back to your venue. It’s invaluable – priceless.”Not our words, the words of a very happy participant on our REACH: Strategic Audience Development scheme. The deadline to take part in course, where you develop a project in your venue, get coached by experts and then get great new audiences, is less than two weeks away on 8 August. We had a great time talking to the alumni from the event and hearing about the ongoing impact. If we could bottle that enthusiasm, we’d be millionaires, but for now, how about getting your application in?
Here’s a crazy fact for you: even after getting to that dream of making a movie, over 80% of first-time UK filmmakers never go on to make their second film. East End Film Festival are endeavouring to change that. Apply for their £10,000 Transit Award designed specifically to assist a filmmaker in the development of their second feature here.
The UKCA and Action on Hearing Loss have launched a new fund for innovations in subtitling technology for cinemas. This is a really important step in making the cinema more accessible, so if you have ideas, get applying!
Film Hub South East is looking for shorts from the best filmmakers in the South East. The deadline is this Tuesday and you can get your film screened in cinemas across the region, as well as some prizes to further your career. Apply by Film Freeway here.
Creative Europe (which the UK can still be part of regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations) have just published two really great reports on the impact of their funding in the UK. In a nutshell, membership of Creative Europe means UK films get more exposure in Europe, UK skills are exported more and we get a chance to see more European films. Read the whole thing here.
Nobody said starting your own cinema would be easy. So how do you get through the hard times? Screen25’s Katie Brandwood tells us how she came back from losing her venue and built a strong local audience.