News round up... 22/04/2016

Posted on April 22, 2016 by Mike Tang

Categories: News Round-up

The Sky Trembles

ICO news

  • Our next training programme is reaching its deadline! REACH is designed to help build and engage audiences and the steps needed to build and execute a plan, this is an essential course for anyone in marketing, operations, programming and audience development. We had great results last time, so give it a look and apply by 28 April.
  • Having just completed our biggest ever Screening Days event, work now starts on the next one Summer Screening Days!  Were yet to pin down a venue and set of dates, but the last event sold out, so do sign up with our mailing list to be the first to hear.
  • The epically titled The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers will be our next release on May 6.  This is a hugely ambitious project, taking in Paul Bowles, the Moroccan landscape and resulting in a radio play, a book, site-specific installations and multiple film works. We’re delighted to be taking part in this Art angel commission from one of our best artist-filmmakers.
  • In the year of his 80th birthday, were re-releasing Ken Loach’s debut feature Poor Cow on June 24.  Originally released almost 50 years ago, the film has lost none of its potent socio-political message a hallmark of Loach’s work and retains a timely relevance to modern audiences.
  • We’re hiring! If you want to work on our Britain on Film touring project with the BFI, we’d love to hear from you.

Opportunities and calls for submissions

  • Film London’s Build Your Audience distribution training for filmmakers has its deadline on 5pm May 4.  The course is aimed at filmmakers across the UK who are looking for the skills and knowledge to sell, distribute and promote their films.
  • Bath Film Festival are taking submissions for their 2016 Shorts. Get in by May 27 for their Early bird offer.
  • BFI Vision Awards are now available to support a a new generation of diverse, ambitious film producers around the UK. Apply by April 29th!
  • The Insight Film Festival is looking applications to its Student Filmmaker Awards. The theme is ‘The Merciful Planet?’ and the prize is a six-week internship with a film production company in Hollywood.  Deadline is 1st May.

Read more

  • The inaugural Live Cinema Conference announces its line-up featuring representatives from NT Live, Secret Cinema and Picturehouse Entertainment. Focusing on the live cinema industry, the event coincides with the publication of Live Cinemas report(funded by the Arts Council) on the industry.
  • We love this photo project of projectionists at work, currently showing at the incredible Flatpack Film Festival.
  • Variety’s article weighs in on how indies can survive and even thrive in a blockbuster world
  • Jo Comino from ICO-programmed Borderlines Film Festival gives her six tips on how to build strong rural film audiences at the Guardian.
  • In recent months, few topics have shaken the sleepy world of exhibition as much as Screening Room.  The project to bring in more day and date releasing has stirred up the debate with prominent filmmakers coming out both for and against as to how cinemas should change and adapt over the coming years.  One to keep an eye on.
  • On the horizon is Sundance Film Festival in London. Returning on June 2-5 at Picturehouse Central, this is a small taste on our shores of one the top indie film festivals in the world.  Passes are available from May 5 with general sales from May 9.
  • If you think music and film are a match made in heaven, then Everyman’s Music-Film Festival is the perfect event.  Taking place at various venues from 11-19 May, they have a great range of films paired with live music.
  • In a call likely to find favour with our friends in distribution, President of the Film Distributors’ Association Lord Puttnam calls for greater transparency on the highly-charged topic of Virtual Print Fees (VPF).  Calling on digital cinema integrators to come clear on when these fees (paid by distributors) will end, what odds the industry will see greater transparency?
  • Finally, US cinema chain AMC plans to hold film screenings where mobile phone use is going to be perfectly acceptable.  Adapting to the times or sheer and utter madness?

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