News round-up... 10/02/2015

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Sarah Rutterford

Categories: News Round-Up

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  • We’ve set the date for our first ever Children’s Screening Days, which will run on Tuesday 5 May at Showroom in Sheffield. We’re really excited about this event – we’ll be screening new cinema for children, young people and families alongside panels, presentations and workshops to help you initiate or develop your programming for the kids.
  • We’re also looking forward to Screening Days Scotland, only a week away now! Films screening include Carol Morley’s follow-up to the superb Dreams of a Life, The Falling; much-hyped Iranian vampire drama A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Isao Takahata’s exquisite-looking anime The Tale of Princess Kaguya and our upcoming release The Invisible Life – Vitor Goncalves’ wonderful new film, made after a 25 year hiatus.
  • Congratulations to Daisy Jacobs and Michael Lennox on winning, respectively, Best Animated Short (for The Bigger Picture) and Best Short Film (for Boogaloo and Graham) at the BAFTA’s on Sunday. Both (also Oscar-nominated) shorts are included in our BAFTA Shorts 2015 programme with all other nominated films – now available for booking on DCP, Blu-ray and DVD.
  • The new Event Cinema Association Technical handbook has been launched. Event cinema non-film content like plays, concerts, gallery shows, ballets and operas, delivered by satellite has exploded in recent years. With new content on offer from increasingly diverse backgrounds, cinemas have been in need of a best practice guide offering clarity on the technical aspects of providing high quality screenings, so this comprehensive, practical handbook couldn’t be more timely. Find out more.

Opportunities & open calls

  • BFI Flare and Creative Skillset are piloting a mentorship scheme for LGBT filmmakers – a great opportunity to get exposure, develop your industry knowledge and professional connections.
  • London Short Film Festival 2016 is now open for submissions! Earlybird deadline 10th May.
  • Encounters Film Festival needs your shorts for its 2015 edition.

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  • Borderlines Film Festival (“easily rural UK’s most impressive film festival” says the Independent) is coming up at the end of February. Programmed by the ICO’s David Sin & Jonny Courtney, this year’s line-up offers a fantastic array of previews and award-winning cinema from around the globe. Read David’s introduction to the programme.
  • Details of Sight & Sound‘s enticing March issue, highlighting the “passionate, commanding and compelling” Selma (and featuring an interview with its director Ava DuVernay) and the cinema of protest.
  • The BFI is inviting bookings from international exhibitors interested in screening “the lost Hitchcock” – his historic feature doc featuring footage by army and newsreel cameramen depicting the atrocities of Belsen on its liberation in 1945.
  • The only way is Wessex… Enjoy this fascinating BFI piece on John Schlesinger’s 1967 classic Far from the Madding Crowd ahead of our gorgeously restored digital re-release this March.
  • Live in Lewisham? Want a local art house cinema? Of course you do. Donate to the volunteer-run Deptford Cinema!
  • “Daisy Jacobs has just been nominated for an Oscar at the age of 26. Her extraordinary animated film explores the way her grandmothers final months of illness divided her family.” A great piece on the story behind the Jacobs’ BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated The Bigger Picture (and check out Jacobs’ Kickstarter to fund her next film!).
  • “Shes iconic in that first scene, in an iconic Paris.[…] I was trying to really make the romantic heroine of the 21st century…” I enjoyed this interview with Girlhood director Cline Sciamma.
  • Find design inspiration in these beautiful Polish film posters.
  • Adam in Rotterdam. Soon to follow: Selina in Berlin!
  • Mild insomniac? Jeff can help.

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