News and Opportunities - March round up

Posted on March 29, 2018

Categories: General, News Round-up

ICO news

  • Registration is now open for our next Young Audiences Screening Day on Wednesday 23 May at Showroom Sheffield. We’ll have presentations, best practice workshops and film screenings all aimed at helping you grow your audiences aged 16-30 and younger. Our first film confirmation is Desiree Akhavan’s already acclaimed follow-up to Appropriate Behaviour, The Miseducation of Cameron Post; a gripping, tender and important film with a young LGBT+ focus, and we’ll have more films and sessions to announce soon. There’s an early bird £20 pass rate going, but only for two weeks, so book while you can!
  • Meanwhile, Spring Screening Days is now sold out for weekend passes. Dry your eyes though: we’ve still a few Monday passes available. If you’ve never been, it’s a fantastic chance to see a great slate of films months before they’re released, plan your programming and marketing and meet other fine people working in exhibition.


  • Our friends at Filmbankmedia have launched their Innovation Fund for this year. If you’re a new film society, there’s thousands of pounds up for grabs for forward thinking ideas, so get applying.
  • What is GDPR? If you don’t know the answer to that question (or at least don’t have a clear plan on how to address it), you need to act now before it becomes enforceable in May. If only someone, say Film Hub Northern Ireland, would put on a free workshop to help you plan for it? Wait, they have? And it’s with experts from the Audience Agency? Oh, well that all works out then.
  • Passes are now on sale for the third edition of Cinema Rediscovered. Highlights of the Thu 26 – Sun 29 July 2018 festival include a focus on Bristol-born director Mike Hodges, a centenary celebration of French cinéphile André Bazin and a timely strand on female directors.
  • The Film and Television Charity (who you might know by their former name CTBF) have laid out plans for their funds, including supporting workers in exhibition.
  • Encounters Film Festival have a great affordable programme of British Sign Language short films touring the UK now. If you want Deaf people to come to your venue, this is a great way to get things started. And it includes the recent Oscar-winning short film The Silent Child, which centres on the inner life of a profoundly deaf 4-year-old girl – the acceptance speech for which got us all a bit teary in the ICO offices.
  • Nicolas Cage was gone in sixty seconds, but DepicT! gives you thirty more! The 90 second short filmmaking competition is now open for submissions.
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest is hosting the Live Cinema Summit, produced by Live Cinema UK, who are an agency working to bring exciting live cinema events across the UK. Check it out if you like it live and raw!

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