News and Opportunities: November 2019 round up

Posted on November 28, 2019 by Kate Ottway

Categories: News Round-Up

ICO news

  • Work in film marketing? Want to learn how to collect, analyse and act on data to get big audiences? We are looking for cinemas, film festivals and distributors who want to save money and time on their marketing to take part in Data-driven Marketing 2020 at Phoenix Leicester, from 21-23 January 2020. On this intensive three-day course, you will learn how to use data to make informed decisions that lead to big results. Apply by Monday 16 December.
  • Are you passionate about film and want to work in the industry, but are struggling to find your way in? FEDS is our ground-breaking scheme designed to give newcomers to the film industry the ultimate head-start. Offering trainees a ten month long paid traineeship at a top film festival or cinema, as well as mentoring and industry expert advice, find out more and apply by Monday 6 January 2020.
  • This month we launched our brand new online learning platform! First up is an online version of our popular Developing Your Film Festival programme, available for free for six weeks. Join our online learning community now!
  • We’ve announced the full programme for our Archive Screening Day, taking place Thursday 5 December at BFI Southbank. Take a look at all the films and sessions on offer.
  • It’s your last chance to book our BFI Musicals tour! Choose from a menu of 12 acclaimed and classic musicals, as well as underseen titles ripe for discovery. Book by Friday 6 December.
  • It was the National Lottery’s 25th birthday on 19 November and thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund we were able to create our New Towns, Our Town project, increasing the visibility of the New Towns movement. Still available to book here.
  • Don’t forget that we have a fantastic selection of Britain on Film on Tour archive programmes available to book, including the latest two titles, Welcome to Britain and Protest!


  • Short Sighted Cinema CIC is now open for submissions for THE SHORTEST NIGHTS 2020, an annual collection of cutting-edge programmes celebrating the best in British short film.
  • The Film Audience Network (FAN) is offering new training and professional development course with a focus on exhibition talent development, partnership-working, and designing events that are created by and made for people of colour (POC). Apply by 7 December
  • The full programme has been revealed for This Way Up, the UK’s film exhibition conference which takes place 3 – 4 December at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham. Take a look here.
  • Flatpack Film Festival (5-10 May 2020) is now accepting submissions. From short film to live performances and home videos, deadline 26 January. Find out more.
  • 16 to 19? Interested in animation, VFX, documentary or screenwriting? BFI Film Academy Residential course applications are now open. Residential courses are a great way to help you take your first steps in the film industry. Apply here.
  • BFI Musicals screening support, via BFI FAN Major Programmes will close on Friday 13 December. Apply for up to £2,500 support for one-off events, special screenings or singalongs as part of the season.
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest is now accepting submissions for Doc/Fest 2020! Send them your documentaries and/or interactive/immersive digital art projects to be considered for their 27th edition taking place 4-9 June 2020. You can find guidelines and deadlines here.
  • BFI NETWORK’s Insight New Producer Programme is now accepting applications. A nine-month professional development programme that aims to equip emerging producers with the confidence and ability to realise their creative and business ambitions.
  • Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2020 are now open. They’re looking for the most exciting and innovative non-fiction storytelling in short, mid-length and feature length documentaries, as well as cross-platform projects. Early bird deadline 20 December.

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