News round-up... 04/03/2015

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Sarah Rutterford

Categories: News Round-up

ICO news

  • Cultural Cinema Exhibition returns! Our acclaimed intensive programming course is back at BFI Southbank this April. It’s essential training for anyone who wants to progress their career in the sector: alumni from previous years have gone on to work for the Barbican, BFI, City Screen, Curzon, Soda, Watershed and festivals worldwide.
  • Does your film festival run you into the ground every year? Developing Your Film Festival can help, and provides you with the chance to enjoy the stunning Motovun Film Festival in Croatia as well – watch our trailer (above).
  • Our ICO Children’s Screening Days in May is now open for registration. Films confirmed to date include the delightful Moomins on the Riviera and Bill, an irreverent take on Shakespeare’s early years from the team behind TV’s Horrible Histories.
  • Our superb BAFTA Shorts 2015 programme is out this Friday 6th. It kicks off with screenings at QUAD in Derby, Broadway in Nottingham and an ICA Q&A with directors Marcus Armitage (My Dad) Daisy Jacobs (The Bigger Picture) and Nick Rowland (Slap) speaking about how they made their acclaimed shorts. Click here for all dates.

Calls for submissions / opportunities

  • Scalarama is back! The nationwide celebration of cinema will run in September. Event submissions will open on 24 May, so start planning now. Need inspiration? Go to one of their upcoming events in Glasgow, Birmingham, Brighton or Belfast – see their website for more details.
  • Aya Distribution in collaboration with Film Africa is inviting UK-based African and Black British filmmakers to submit their shorts to its African Diaspora Short Film Competition. The winner will screen during Aya’s next UK-wide release!
  • More on BAFTA – its UK Scholarships Programme is now accepting applications from UK students; offering up to 10K towards studies in film, TV or games to the lucky recipients.
  • Theinaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards is offering a $40,000 prize forAsia-Pacific filmmakers who’ve made films in any language with English subtitles.
  • For projectionists and cinema technicians: read about this upcoming course aimed at helping you perfect your cinema presentation skills, offered by the BKSTS Cinema Training Committee.
  • Budding directors, writers and producers based in Wales, apply to Ffilm Cymru and the BFI NET.WORK’s new scheme Beacons and you could win a 5-15K award to help make your next short.
  • The fantastic CPH:DOX Festival needs your short and feature-length docs – submit!
  • Aesthetica Film Festival is open for short film submissions in ALL genres.
  • Encounters Short Film Festival needs your live action and animated shorts for its 21st edition.
  • Wotever DIY Film Festival in London is now open for submissions.
  • ShortReel, the award for student filmmakers launched by Cambridge Film Festival is back – read more.

Read more

  • Carmen Gray’s BFI piece on the dazzlingly talented Czech New Wave director Vra Chytilov, who died last year aged 85, and whose films are currently screening in a new BFI retrospective, Defiance and Compassion.
  • Details and pics on the exciting ongoing restoration of the historic Regent Street Cinema, which opens in May.
  • This year’s fab BFI Flare programme, just launched!
  • Why can’t more film posters be this stunning?
  • Get inspiration for starting conversations about cinema in your venue from Watershed and Phoenix.
  • Enjoy Fandor’s inspired sampling of Chinese cinema.
  • I’m now desperate to watch Katharine Hepburn making “ideologically dubious, truly hilarious” terrible waffles – thanks to Food on Film.

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