News round-up... 17/04/2014

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Sarah Rutterford

Categories: News Round-up

The King and the Mockingbird
A still from The King and the Mockingbird

Perfect for children. Perfect for adults.” So says the Evening Standard about our re-issue of The King and the Mockingbird which was released in cinemas on Friday – find upcoming screenings here.

It’s got fantastic reviews from the Guardian: “A richly conceived treat […] beautifully reissued“, Time Out: “Lyrical, satirical and hugely entertaining“, Total Film: “A masterpiece of animation and imagination” the Independent, who highlighted its “delicacy and lyricism” Little White Lies: “Hayao Miyazaki counts this French feature animation as one of the greats. His assessment is spot on […] Seek this one out” and more.

It’s available to book now on DCP or DVD with both subtitled and dubbed versions available.


  • The line-up for Cannes 2014 has been revealed. More films will be named in coming days, but for now: films in competition include Mike Leigh’s JMW Turner biopic and Ken Loach’s final feature Jimmy’s Hall, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language, David Cronenberg’s Map to the Stars, Corpo Celeste director Alice Rohrwacher’s new drama Le Meraviglie and The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius’ The Search. The long-awaited Grace of Monaco will open the festival. Read the Guardian’s round-up.
  • Applications are open for this year’s edition of our acclaimed training course, Developing Your Film Festival, which will run from Tues 22 – Sun 27 July 2014 in Croatia. Held in partnership with Motovun Film Festival, it offers intensive practical training bringing together film festival professionals from across Europe, all set against the glorious Istrian countryside!
  • Could you or your organisation benefit from a one-hour, in-depth advice session with an industry expert on topics like film programming, funding, digital marketing or business skills? The ICO One-to-ones are back and represent a great opportunity for a very reasonably priced mini-consultancy. Don’t miss out.

Other opportunities

  • For short filmmakers: Walthamstow Film Festival is calling for submissions, deadline 30 April.
  • A fab opportunity for documentary filmmakers: win a fully-funded commission for a UK-set documentary between 20-45 mins length in the Rule Britannia Pitch competition run by VICE & Sheffield Doc/Fest. Deadline: 22 April.
  • Another for documentarians, there are two weeks left to submit to Document Film Festival – final deadline 30 April.
  • Artist filmmakers in London, the latest round of FLAMIN Productions is open and there’s an information evening at the ICA next Thursday 24th April.
  • Rich Mix are looking for short films including animation for DIY Cultures 2014, to be held at the venue on 25th May. Entries can be on any theme, though they’re keen to find films on the theme of ‘DIY Heroes’. Deadline 25 April.
  • Picturehouse at FACT in Liverpool are looking for young creatives between 13-19 who are passionate about film and interested in helping organise a film festival; and also a group of the same age who fancy creating a new film from archvie material and new, live action footage. Find out more.
  • And the Terracotta Film Festival has opened its Short Film Competition. Films must be 3 mins or less, filmed on any device, in any style/genre, and on a theme inspired by Asia or its culture. The prize includes a trip for two to Kuala Lumpur, nice. Deadline Monday 12 May.

Read this

  • The uprising in Syria started in March 2011. From April 2011 onwards, the Abounaddara collective, a group of self-taught film-makers in Damascus, has been producing one short documentary every Friday and launching it on the internet.” A must-read piece on Syria’s “emergency cinema” via @guardianfilm.
  • A good film makes us feel what it is about poetically, by the beauty of its form. (Exception: none, I think)” An excellent piece by David Cairns, filmmaker & Edinburgh International Film Festival submissions editor on good submissions, bad submissions, and the murky area in between.
  • And finally, some programming inspiration – a joyful A-Z of South-East Asian cinema, a ’26-point love letter to the region’s filmmakers’ from Matt Mansfield for Dazed & Confused.

Happy Easter!

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