News & Opportunities:
October 2021 round up

Posted on October 28, 2021 by Sami Abdul-Razzak

Categories: News Round-Up

ICO News

  • The deadline to register for Autumn Screening Days is tomorrow, Friday 29 October. This event will run in person at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, from 13-15 November with as many films as possible screening online from 16 – 18 November. So far our lineup includes previews of Ailey, Ali & Ava, Belle, Hit the Road, In Front of Your FaceLingui, The Sacred Bonds, La Mif, Memoria, Murina, Playground and The Souvenir Part II, with many more still to be announced! Book your pass now.
  • Coinciding with Black History Month, we’re presenting a rare chance to see two films by pioneering black filmmaker Fronza Woods, plus a new interview with her by director Nadia Latif, on our Cinema of Ideas streaming platform. Available worldwide only until 3 November, watch now.
  • Need guidance on developing effective email newsletters for your current and target audiences? Join Substrakt’s Katie Moffat for our next Core Skills for Cinemas webinar taking place on Thursday 4 November, 11:00-12:30.
  • Want to learn how to curate a programme that could one day screen in a venue or as part of a festival? Our brand new Practical Programming online learning course will give you the confidence and know-how to use your passion for film to develop an innovative, structured and well-attended film programme.
  • We’re looking for paid guest curators to create ambitious, innovative and engaging sessions or film programmes for our upcoming Archive Screening Days event. Check out the details and pitch your idea by 4 November.


  • Tickets for This Way Up are now on sale. The annual film exhibition conference will run in a hybrid format this year, taking place both at Watershed, Bristol, and online from 1-2 December 2021.
  • Additionally, This Way Up are looking for six cinemas to create short films to showcase their venue at this year’s conference. A budget of £250 is available to help venues create their video, visit their website to express your interest.
  • The Film & TV Charity has launched the Let’s Reset campaign to ensure individuals in the screen sectors are made aware of the mental health support available to them.
  • Join Sea Change for two online sessions in November, The Ebb and Flow of the Creative Process with Laurie Mucha, Feminista Film Festival, and How Can We Best Lead and Work by Our Own Values? with Melanie Iredale, Bird’s Eye View. To express your interest in attending, fill out this form.
  • There are currently roles available at Dogwoof, Picturehouse Central, Act One Cinema, The Castle Cinema, Phoenix East Finchley, Genesis and more.
  • Are you an emerging writer with a passion for female filmmakers & archive film? Invisible Women are seeking article pitches for their blog.
  • Scalarama are raising funds to produce a feature-length documentary about the influential and notorious Scala Cinema. Check out their Kickstarter campaign.
  • Raising Films has released a report of their How We Work Now survey, which looks at the impact of Covid-19 on parents and carers in the screen industries.
  • Media Trust are looking for directors for their Volunteer Films programme, through which they produce short films for charities to help them promote their cause.
  • The Cinema Museum has launched a petition asking their property owners to work with the museum and local community to agree a sustainable future for the site.
  • On Friday 29 October, the London East Asian Film Festival are holding a free talk with some leading film festival figures on the future of cinema-going and home-viewing. Register here.
  • On 20 November, London Metropolitan Archives are holding a walking tour tracing cinema history in South London, from The Trocadero and The Cosy to the BFI. Book here.

Good reads/watches/listens

Cover image: Memoria (dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul), courtesy of Sovereign Film Distribution.

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