News and Opportunities: October 2019 round up

Posted on October 31, 2019 by Anna O'Connor

Categories: News Round-Up

ICO news

  • We’re delighted to be returning to the Showroom in Sheffield for our Autumn Screening Days on 9 – 11 November 2019. We’ll be screening the best independent cinema set for release over the following months so you can pack your programme with great discoveries to entice new audiences and thrill existing ones. Final few passes are available for Monday (Saturday and Sunday are sold out) – see Monday’s schedule here.
  • This month we also announced that we’re bringing our popular Archive Screening Days to BFI Southbank on Thursday 5 December. It is a one-day event showcasing material from international, national and regional film archives and new restorations coming into distribution. It also features workshops to give you the cinematic inspiration, practical skills and tools you need to help share archive film with your audiences. Register for your pass before Friday 22 November 2019.
  • Our BFI Musicals tour has officially started! We’ve been scouring the globe for the best materials to create new digital masters of classic and world-renowned musicals to bring you the best quality and most accessible versions of the films. In partnership with Universal Pictures we’ve created a new DCP of Sweet Charity with Hard of Hearing (HOH) subtitles and audio description, to make this title accessible for D/deaf, hard of hearing and visually impaired audiences.
  • Two of our titles in the BFI Musicals tour are rarely screened in the UK – musical comedy Singing Lovebirds and Pakeezah – are available here for the first time on DCP. Both titles are available to book now.
  • Save the date! Our new online learning platform will launch on 13 November. First up, you can take part in an online version of our popular Developing Your Film Festival Course – register your interest now to be the first to hear more!
  • Don’t forget that we have a fantastic selection of archive titles available for booking. This year’s new additions are New Towns, Our Town, a unique feature-length archive film programme that reveals how New Towns have been continually reshaped by the public imagination; as well as the latest two programmes in our popular Britain on Film tour, Protest! and Welcome to Britain.
  • As part of CINECITY 2019 (Brighton Film Festival), on 14 November Film Hub South East hosts an informal Talent Mixer at Lighthouse, which forms one of FHSE’s regional talent meet-ups; and on 15 November FHSE are holding an Animation Lab at the University of Brighton; a day dedicated to supporting animation talent from across the South East region. Whether you’re a first-time filmmaker, animator, writer or producer, these meet-ups are a chance to meet each other, chat and share ideas.


  • Exhibitors! Do you have a case study to share around providing audio described screenings? We are looking for anonymous case studies to include in a new piece of guidance working with Inclusive Cinema, Audio Describe and RNIB. If you’re interested, get in touch at
  • 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.
  • This year’s London Korean Film Festival celebrates A Century of Korean Cinema with a special selection of culturally important retrospective titles, many newly restored. On 5 November ICO’s Jemma Buckley, Senior Partnerships Manager, will be a guest speaker on a panel discussing the process of working with archive institutions and organisations. You can register to attend here.
  • Run a film or arts organisation led by people of colour? Want to develop a partnership with a cinema? The Film Audience Network (FAN) is running training on partnership-working on events by and for people of colour. Bursaries + honorariums available. Apply by 22 November
  • 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.
  • Complete this survey and let Inclusive Cinema know how you’re getting on with accessible screenings; they will use this info to plan better, and one lucky winner who completes the survey will get £100. The survey takes 15 minutes and the deadline is 11 November.
  • Every two years, over 500 film professionals gather for the Europa Cinemas Network Conference. Join them in Lisbon this 21-24 November.
  • BFI Musicals screening support, via BFI FAN Major Programmes is open now! Apply for up to £2,500 support for one-off events, special screenings or singalongs as part of the season. Find out more.

Good reads (and listens!)

  • We spoke to artist, curator and programmer Qila Gill about the added value programme notes can bring to your screening and how to write them successfully. Read the blog for practical advice and top tips.
  • Davide Abbatescianni (Cineuropa) had a chat with Steve Presence, one of the founding members of the Radical Film Network (RFN) about promoting progressive and experimental film culture today. You can read the blog on our website.
  • Our Senior Partnerships Manager, Jemma Buckley, recently spoke to Andrew Tuck on The Urbanist podcast about the New Towns movement in the UK and the unique social history of the pioneering towns, which feature in our popular New Towns, Our Town archive film.
  • Our Head of Cinemas, David Sin, spoke to the team at Design Week about the changing face of cinema design. Have a read of the full article here.
  • Read more about our expanding training portfolio on Screen International ‘Independent Cinema Office launches online platform, expands training activities.’

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