News & Opportunities:
January 2022 round up

Posted on January 27, 2022 by Sami Abdul-Razzak

Categories: News Round-Up

Our regular monthly update featuring the latest news and opportunities for your cinema, festival or film society.

ICO News

  • Are you passionate about film but struggling to find a way into the industry? Applications for FEDS Traineeships 2022 are now open, a ground-breaking scheme designed to give newcomers to the film industry the ultimate head-start and help make the film exhibition workforce more reflective of UK society. Apply by midday on Thursday 10 February.
  • Registration is now open for March Screening Days! Running in person at BFI Southbank and online, this is a chance to preview key upcoming films – helping you plan how to reach new audiences in the months ahead. We have a limited number of in-person passes available and these are going fast, so make sure to book soon to secure your place!
  • On Tuesday 8 February, we will welcome programmer and writer Ashley Clark to the Cinema of Ideas for a free in-conversation event with Field of Vision Co-Founder Charlotte Cook. Fresh from attending Sundance, Clark will discuss his innovative approach to programming and the work he’s done to celebrate and contextualise Black cinema culture over the last fifteen years.
  • We’re currently running a New Year offer across all of our Online Learning Platform training courses. Until Monday 31 January, you can get £25 off our courses on Practical Programming, Data-Driven Marketing, Developing Your Film Festival and Strategic Audience Development.
  • Earlier this month we were delighted to welcome curator and critic Tony Rayns back to the Cinema of Ideas to continue his absorbing conversation with Simon Ward about his influential career at the cutting edge of independent cinema. A recording of the conversation is now available to watch on the ICO YouTube channel.


  • There are currently roles available at LUX, Rich Mix, MUBI, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Belmont Filmhouse, the National Science and Media Museum and more.
  • To make the start of 2022 a bit easier for non-theatrical exhibitors, Filmbankmedia is offering a reduced minimum guarantee for screenings taking place until 14 February.
  • Co-curated by collectives T A P E and Invisible Women, Touched is a new programme of shorts celebrating female and non-binary desire. After premiering at London Short Film Festival it’s now available for venues to book as an alternative Valentine’s Day offering.
  • Applications to the 2022 Clore Fellowship programme are now open, a tailored leadership development programme for exceptional leaders in the cultural sector. The deadline to apply is Thursday 24 February.
  • The next BFI FAN Conversations event will be held on 7 February and will focus on the work arts venues and cinemas have done to back up their anti-racism pledges following the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
  • Applications are open for Abandon Normal Devices XR talent development residency for six UK-based artists/collectives to explore new visions, exchanges and experiences of heritage.

Festival dates & seasons

Good reads/watches/listens

Header image: Small Body (dir. Laura Samani), courtesy of Other Parties.

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