- As we speak, we’re at the BFI Southbank for Archive Screening Day, our one-day event devoted to showcasing films from international, national and regional archives. It’s not just about the films though – we’re also hosting a range of amazing talks and workshops to help fuel people’s cinematic inspiration!
- Last month saw the launch of our BFI Comedy Genius tour, a collection of twelve titles that will be screening across the breadth of the UK until the end of January next year. So do make sure to get in touch with us if you want to pay homage to cinematic legend Buster Keaton with a screening of The General, or host a movie and noodle’s night with Juzo Itami’s hilarious Tampopo.
- Stylish. Superb. Simply amazing. Just some of the words that we’ve been throwing around the office to describe our new trailer for our new tour (in partnership with Studiocanal) of four films by Margarethe von Trotta, The Personal is Political. Head on over to the tour page now to have a look for yourself, as well as get more information on booking these fantastic films to screen in your cinema.
- To further support the tour, we’ve commissioned some exciting new writing on the influence and importance of von Trotta’s films from a range of academics, curators and writers across different generations. See our microsite of these pieces to date here.
- Filmmakers, you have just under a month until the early bird deadline to submit to the Open City Documentary Festival! Make sure to send in your short, mid or feature length non-fictions films, short audio documentaries and cross media projects by 21st December to take advantage of the earlier deadline.
- After a year of disputes and troubles dating back to the beast from the east, Cell B, the first cinema in Blaenau Ffestiniog since the 1950s, needs your help to survive. Any support that you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
- If you want valuable festival experiences, applications are still open for London Short Film Festival (LSFF) volunteer roles, which will include Ushering, Event Runners, Photography and more. Make sure to be quick though – the deadline for applications is tomorrow.
- Marketeers, Cinema Managers and Events Coordinators – check out the amazing selection of jobs currently on our jobs listings page!
- There’s still funding available from Film Hub Midlands to support screenings of films from the BFI Comedy Genius tour. Head on over to their page to apply.
- FLAMIN Productions, part of Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), aims to support the most exciting, innovative and challenging moving image projects. Applications are still open for their production funding, but you only have till 5th December.
- “Engagement with culture in England remains sharply divided along class lines.” Arts Professional analyses the effect of class bias on arts engagement and funding, a topic which is (thankfully) coming to the fore.
- An excellent review of our South East Stories package from one of its premiere screenings at Brighton’s CINECITY – “Together, the exploration of how identities are formed, clash, and wage wars inside us clearly forms the basis of all ten of South East Stories’ works.”
- Earlier in the month, a group of 15 indie cinemas appealed to Netflix to open up availability for some of their upcoming titles in their cinemas. Screen published the letter here.
- Here’s something we’re sure you’ve already debated, but the BBC Culture recently published their list of the 100 greatest foreign language films of all time.
- Bookable via our BFI Comedy Genius tour, the BFI recently asked the question “Is Buster Keaton’s The General the best comedy of all time?”
- Arts Professional reports how a programme offering low cost, cooked hot meals has helped Stratford Circus Arts Centre, based in an area of London with high levels of child poverty, to engage with local families.
- tratford Circus Arts Centre, based in an area of London with high levels of child poverty, has come to realise that providing low-cost hot meals can help it engage with local families.
- And, this fab Time Out piece on the secrets of London’s Cinema Museum, an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of movie treasures and shrine to the silver screen, which is currently under threat of redevelopment. After reading, do sign their online petition to help save this incredibly important site.