Welcome to #Cannes2014!
The ICO team have already hit the Croisette – well, some of us – with more to follow. We’ll be tweeting @ICOTweets from the Palais (and quite possibly the beach) with film and festival updates, instagramming pics, and posting blog updates covering all the films we’ve seen. So far festival opener Grace of Monaco has unceremoniously tanked, Mike Leigh’s JMW Turner biopic Mr. Turner has contrastingly garnered rapturous acclaim, and we have adored watching Abderrahmane Sissako’s passionate, searing Timbuktu.
There’s a huge list of films to get through – we can’t wait for Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep or the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night, Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water, Audrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan and more – hope to see you out there!
Out of the loop on the ICO’s exciting new training courses? Read on…
- Developing Your Film Festival 2014 is still open for booking – if you’re looking to expand or develop your festival, it really couldn’t be better – an intensive week of training and networking alongside Motovun Film Festival in beautiful Croatia.
- Next up is Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition, an innovative nationwide programme, developed with the BFI Film Audience Network which is designed to give practical, bespoke technical advice and assistance to indie exhibitors for all kinds, whether you’re a once-a-month pop-up or a new full-time cinema.
- And finally: Creative Digital Marketing 2014, a long-term training course that will help you take your marketing and communications expertise to the next level.
- Film Hub South East is going on the road, holding three roadshows in Canterbury (May), Brighton and Oxford (June) for exhibitors across the South East to find out more about the Hub’s activities. They’re free, but registration is essential.
- We’re saddened to hear that one of London’s most exceptional venues, the Horse Hospital, is up for sale. It’ll stay in the hands of its programmers until March 2015; and they’ll be campaigning to try to save it. Stay informed and show your support via @horsehospital.
- Are you youthful and fond of food AND film? Make a (very) short film about food for Edible Films 2014 and you could win 500 and see your work screened in a London cinema.
- DepicT!, the film competition from our friends Watershed, needs your short short films (of 90 seconds or under) for their 2014 edition.
- For short filmmakers, animators and video : IN SHORT Film Festival is now looking for shorts from emerging filmmakers.
- Finally, here’s a new call-out for artist filmmakers in the North of England from Quays Culture.
- I’m now desperate to see Saidoweizu, the Japanese remake of Sideways, after reading David Ehrlich’s lovely piece for The Dissolve.
- Check out our cinema of the month, Penarth Pier Pavilion – housed in a beautiful art deco building on the Welsh seafront.
- In need of a charming procrastination tool? You’re welcome!