News round-up... 22/07/2014

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Sarah Rutterford

Categories: News Round-Up

Motovun – the glorious backdrop to our Developing Your Film Festival course, run alongside the Motovun Film Festival


  • There’s a sizeable ICO contingent in Motovun, Croatia this week running the 2014 edition of our Developing Your Film Festival course alongside Motovun Film Festival. Set in the idyllic Istrian countryside (see reasonably gorgeous pic above) we’ve got participants representing festivals from Greece, Slovenia, Romania, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Finland, Sweden as well as the UK. An exciting week ahead!
  • We’ve also launched a new course – REACH: Strategic Audience Development for Independent Exhibitors. Developed in partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network, it’s a training programme that will help you attract new audiences, expand existing ones and utilise your available resources intelligently to do so.
  • Important news for Scottish exhibitors: Film Hub Scotland has launched an Open Programme offering its members the opportunity to apply for funding for audience development & programming activities taking place in late 2014 / early 2015. Find out more.
  • Catharine was quoted in a Guardian piece this week on the lack of women at all levels of film production over the past 20 years – a shockingly low 22%. “We need and deserve a film culture that reflects the diversity of audiences that exist and that won’t be forthcoming until the people who make films and contribute to their delivery reflect that diversity.” Read the full piece.
  • Frederick Wiseman, director of our upcoming release At Berkeley will be awarded a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice International Film Festival this summer alongside long-time Scorsese editor and collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker.
  • The first slate of films for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival has just been announced – titles include Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini, Mia Hansen-Lve’s Eden, Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home and intriguingly The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater. Whew. Read the full list.
  • Also announced this week: world premieres of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice – and another eagerly awaited adaptation, David Fincher’s Gone Girl – at New York Film Festival this autumn.
  • Congratulations to our friends Encounters Film Festival and all the other festivals awarded funding in Creative Europe’s latest round. Full list.

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