News & Opportunities:
May 2021 round up

Posted on May 27, 2021 by Sami Abdul-Razzak

Categories: News Round-up

ICO News

  • Want your CV to jump to the top of the pile when applying for films jobs? Applications to Cultural Cinema Exhibition are open until 3 June, essential training for anyone looking to take their career to the next level.
  • The deadline to register for Virtual Young Audiences Screening Days is Monday 31 May! The event will run online from 7-10 June and features a programme of preview screenings and discussion sessions designed to support cinemas with their young audience development work.
  • We’re delighted to be partnering with Studiocanal to bring Ousmane Sembène’s Mandabi to UK cinemas for the very first time on 11 June. The second feature by trailblazing director Ousmane Sembène and the first made in an African language, Mandabi is the place for audiences to start their journey with African cinema. Book it for your venue and join our panel discussion on the continued relevance of Sembène’s anti-colonial works this evening!
  • Key findings from the first wave of the Culture Restart Cinema Tracker are now available! Developed in partnership with Indigo Ltd, the survey gathered responses from independent cinema goers in April and May as venues prepared to reopen. See the headline results here. If you’d like to take part there’s still time to join for wave two. Register here.
  • We’re hiring! We’re looking for a Film Hub South East Coordinator to join our team and support the delivery of film exhibition and talent development activity across the South East of England. Deadline to apply is 31 May, download our recruitment pack here.
  • We’re looking to commission new writing for our blog. If you have an idea about film exhibition which you’d like to explore, read our guidelines and get in touch.


  • The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) have launched FAN Conversations, a series of discussions designed to create and respond to the need for exchange amongst film exhibitors across the UK. The first event is on 2 June and will be a discussion on how cinemas are reconnecting with their communities as they reopen. Register here.
  • Taking place from July-November 2021, New Directions is a programme supporting archive film events which retrace the historic steps that have brought the UK to its current political and cultural crossroads. It’ll support screenings that explore pivotal moments of modern history where the people of the UK tried to break with the past, change direction or embark on new journeys.
  • Film Feels is returning for 2021 and is welcoming programmes and events that look at films imbued with hope, dreams of the future, and new ways of reimagining film itself. Funding of up to £5,000 is available, apply by Friday 11 June.
  • Film Camp is running from 26-29 May, featuring a series of online workshops exploring fresh approaches to film programming & audience development. Open to cinemas & festivals, community cinema organisers and student film groups.
  • The FAN Film Exhibition Fund has been launched to help FAN members to resume cultural programming and engage a broad and diverse audience. Visit your local Film Hub’s website for more information.
  • There are currently roles available at Open City Documentary Festival, Rio Cinema, HOME, Showroom Workstation, MUBI and more.
  • This year’s Welsh Film Preview Days will be held online on 4 June. Featuring screenings of Censor, La Cha Cha, Donna, Affairs of the Art and Men Who Sing. Register here.
  • Applications for Cinema For All‘s Sustain Summer 2021 coaching programme are open until 30 May. The programme aims to support existing community cinemas to develop and thrive upon reopening.
  • Raising Films has launched a new survey, How We Work Now, to evaluate how COVID-19 has affected parents and carers working in film & TV, and in turn to inform and influence what they hope will be lasting change in the industry.
  • GO.CINEMA is a service aimed at helping independent cinemas run digital marketing campaigns on a range of social media platforms and reach a targeted local audience.
  • Programmed by Tape Collective, But Where Are You Really From? is a week-long takeover of BFI online and month-long season at BFI Southbank exploring the nuances of being mixed heritage.
  • The Film & TV Charity has announced two significant changes as part of their commitment to better engage with and support work to eradicate structural racism and discrimination in the sector.
  • Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has announced an opportunity that has become available for an operator for a brand new cinema on the seafront in Redcar, Yorkshire. Learn more here.
  • Uni France has put in place a number of grants to help cinemas affected by the pandemic. They’ll offer temporary support to UK indie cinemas through 15 targeted grants for the exhibition of French cinema. For full details and to apply, click here.
  • FILM FUTURA ‘21 is an alternative satellite film school that takes a decolonizing approach to the study of film, challenging the traditional dissemination of scholarship and discourse. Learn more & apply by 5 June.
  • Sign Say are offering free British Sign Language Level 1 training over four days during the summer half term.

Good reads/watches

Image: Sweat, dir. Magnus von Horn. Image courtesy of Curzon Artificial Eye.

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