- This 7-9 July, we’ll be heading back to Phoenix Leicester for our Summer Screening Days. Last July we were joined by over 150 delegates from 88 film organisations for this three-day event of films and key conversations – don’t miss out and register now! First films announced are The Heiresses and Lucky, with a very Cannes-shaped announcement coming through any day now…
- In addition to our Summer Screening Days, we’re delighted to be able to announce the dates for all of our upcoming Screening Days until next Spring. Mark your calendars and see you at mac Birmingham for our diversity and inclusivity focused ‘D’ Word Screening Day (25 September 2018), Tyneside Cinema for our Autumn Screening Days (27-29 October 2018) and BFI Southbank for both our Archive Screening Day (29 November 2018) and Spring Screening Days (2-4 March 2019).
- In Distribution news, we’ve announced all the film titles for our and Club des Femmes’ touring film programme Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after ’68: , including gems such as Laura Mulvey’s Riddles of the Sphinx (pictured above), Ula Stöckl’s The Cat Has Nine Lives and Pat Murphy’s Maeve – in brand new restored DCPs. Join the revolution and save a slot in your programmes this summer for films on women’s revolutions in seeing, being, living and loving.
- We’re also re-releasing Jacques Rivette’s The Nun (starring the one and only Anna Karina) in partnership with Studiocanal on 27 July across the UK; add this Cannes Classics treasure to your cinema’s programme if you haven’t yet.
- Want to be a part of shaping our history? We’re looking for new trustees – make sure to apply by 5pm on 16 July.
- Filmmakers: submissions for BFI London Film Festival (for both features and shorts) are open until 15 June.
- Speaking of London Film Festival, they’re working with LUX Moving Image to offer early career mentorships for the Experimenta programme. This is a great (paid) way to get involved in experimental filmmaking and a major film festival. Apply here.
- This year’s This Way Up will take place in Liverpool on 5-6 December – early bird passes are now available and you can get 30% off if you register by 6 July.
- Programmers: there’s a wide selection of great British animation available for you to share with audiences through Anim18. Take a (free!) sneak peek at the films on BFI Player.
- Applications are open until 20 June for BFI Specialist Residential at Showroom Sheffield this July. This is a great opportunity for any 16-19 year old who’s passionate about film.
- Enter by 31 August for ‘Cinema of the Year’ at Screen Daily’s Screen Awards – honouring a venue that engaged in new and improved ways to serve both audiences and distributors.
- Film society or a community screening group? Apply for Filmbankmedia’s Innovation Fund (for up to £3k) before the end of July.
- Spread the word: The Film and TV Charity has set up a free and confidential telephone support line to help with issues in the workplace in film, including bullying and harassment. It operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day on 0800 054 00 00.
- Don’t forget that there’s also some amazing available positions in film organisations across the UK currently listed on our jobs page.
- Club des Femmes have commissioned some truly beautiful work from writers reflecting on the legacy of the films in our Revolt, She Said programme. They’ll be adding to them all the time, but you can read Jemma Desai on Agnes Varda, Kanchi Wichmann on The Cat Has Nine Lives, Tara Judah on Nice Coloured Girls, Carmen Gray on Daisies, Nazmia Jamal on A Place of Rage, Sophie Brown on Carry Greenham Home and Anna Backman Rogers on The Girls right now.
- Ahead of Live Cinema Summit at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Live Cinema UK’s Director Lisa Brook introduced us to ‘live cinema’ and why it should be on your cinema’s radar this year.
- Forget everything you thought you knew about marketing and read how Poland’s New Horizons Film Festival (and one of our DYFF alumni) succeeded in attracting more new viewers under the age of 24 to their festival.
- Want to catch up on the most talked about films from Cannes programme? Read which films stayed with team ICO after this year’s festival from our blog series.
- If the audience you want is not coming to you, go to where they are – like Hull Truck did by running a box office in a supermarket.
- Read how the UK’s first movie scripted in sign language is shaking up the film world.
- Film is cool, Kubrick is cooler, but the audience is coolest when you’re a film programmer. Macrobert Arts’ Film Programme Officer (and our Film FEDS trainee) Katie Skinner wrote a piece on her experiences in film exhibition for The Scotsman.
- The cinematic luminary that is Jane Campion spoke to The Guardian about taking ownership of your own story ahead of The Piano‘s 25th anniversary re-release this 15 June.
- ‘It doesn’t get much better for a film fanatic than getting to spend a weekend in the cinema.’ Glasgow Film Theatre’s Programme Assistant (and our FEDS trainee) Chris Kumar blogged about his first visit to Screening Days.
- This year our Developing Your Film Festival training course took place during Vilnius International Film Festival. Cinecity’s Film Events Coordinator Kate Wood reports why the course is a must for any organiser who wishes to take their festival to the next level.
- Toronto International Film Festival’s Senior Director of Partnerships (and one of our #DYFF18 experts) Jennifer Frees spoke to Vilnius International Film Festival about how TIFF’s approach to sponsorship has changed.