- 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.
- As featured in Screen International, read more about our Women’s Leadership participants in ‘UK’s Independent Cinema Office launches third Women’s Leadership programme’.
- Read all about the Cinematic Predictions 2020 from leading professionals in the industry, including our very own David Sin, Head of Cinemas at the ICO.
- Independent film programmer and curator Herb Shellenberger will be leading a session around diversifying archive film programming at our upcoming Archive Screening Day on Thursday 5 December and you can read his top tips here.
- BBC Culture have published ‘The 100 greatest films directed by women’ – we spotted The German Sisters by Margarethe von Trotta and The Piano by Jane Campion, previously distributed by the ICO.
- Our Operations Officer, Sarah Rutterford wrote a piece for Learning on Screen around our popular Britain on Film series. Read the full article ‘Seeing migration: Britain on Film on Tour’.
- Arts Professional discuss pay what you can schemes and how successful these are in attracting new audiences, in ‘Does ‘Pay What You Can’ pay off?’
- Andrew Miller, an arts consultant, broadcaster and UK Government Disability Champion for Arts & Culture, talks about the importance of making disability more visible in cinema.
- Amidst the ongoing climate crisis, what can festivals do to raise awareness and operate responsibly? Davide Abbatescianni, Ireland correspondent for Cineuropa, spoke to seven European members of the Green Film Network (GFN), one of the world’s largest networks of environmental film festivals, to find out.