We start with the sad news of the passing of Pete Walsh, programmer at the Irish Film Institute for the past 18 years, and a mentor figure to many people in independent cinema. The Irish Times has the news.
Following on from the Chancellors Autumn Statement, it is worth familiarising yourself with the sharp end of cuts policy: Newcastle Council proposes 100% cut of its arts funding. In response, The Guardian has put together an excellent piece on the case for culture with impending arts cuts. “I value arts and culture because…”
- The British Independent Film Awards have been announced… drum roll please!
- Film London has announced the recipients of its Community Pilot Fund, which aims to grow access to cinema for under-represented audiences. Read more here, but congratulations to Awardees and good luck with your worthwhile endeavours!
- The Rushes Soho Shorts Festival has closed its doors after 14 years of screening short films, music videos and digital work.
- More innovative exhibition spaces are in need of your support with only a few hours left for Floating Cinema to reach its funding goals, check out their IndieGoGo page to help!
- Tickets to Bestival are among the perks for the London Short Film Festival crowdfunding page.
- Good bit of Scottish news this the Daily Record reports that Glasgow Film Theatre to get third screen in 1.6m upgrade. Go on Glasgow!
- We have an excellent opportunity for a bright young thing to come join the ICO as Training & Events Intern. This really is a rare and excellent opportunity. Deadline for applications? THIS WEDNESDAY, 5PM. Click here and scroll down to bottom of page for more details and to get applying!
- One World Media Awards 2013 is calling for entries! Of particular interest is the New Voice Award, which see some hitherto unknowns getting the spotlight and credit they deserve.
- With their first round of Film Craft and Technical Trainees having proved a great success, Skillset Crafts and Technical Skills Academy are now open for 2013 applications for their pioneering scheme. This is a great opportunity to get your break in the industry check it out!
- In September we ran the Creative Digital Marketing course and now our video from the event, entitled Top Tips for Digital Marketing is at your disposal online. With contributions from industry leading individuals, this is key viewing. Scroll down page to view.
- Creative Skillset is looking for both employers and professionals to take part in surveys which will help to shape the future of the UK Creative Industries. Questions will range from skills gaps and training to the future needs of the industries. Your feedback will influence future skills development and support your industry in remaining globally competitive. Click here for more.
- For all you aspiring filmmakers Bradford City of Film is hosting a Sound for Film training workshop from the 14th to 16th January. Often the last element of a production to be thought of, nothing could be more important to the success of your film than understanding the sound process. AND ITS FREE!
- Our lead image comes from our favourite find this week, New York City-based photographer Joseph O. Holmes’ new project called The Booth that captures projectionists in their working environment.
- Future Cinema founder Fabien Riggall speaks to Ian Sandwell of Screen about the future of his cinema behemoth and exhibition in general.
- When putting together programmes for client cinemas, we are always surprised by how few films offer Audio Descriptions and Heard of Hearing. Here is a good account of why more films should offer this vital service.
- Filmmaker Chris Jones is very excited about technology he feels will “blow feature film distribution wide open.”
- Is there a slowly increasing trend of American companies releasing their VOD figures? The LA Times reports on the shift, but notes that 90% of cinema patrons did not know that a film was available on both formats.
- Ahead of his retrospective at the BFI and exhibition at the Serpentine, the filmmaker, writer, programmer and underground cinema catalyst Jonas Mekas, is the subject of an excellent profile taking in an extraordinary life in cinema.