News round-up... 24/03/2015

Posted on March 24, 2015 by Duncan Carson

Categories: News Round-up

Slow West
Slow West – one of the 24 titles screening at ICO National Screening Days in April


  • Our final line-up for our National Screening Days in April is now confirmed! Films include chilly Chinese neo-noir Black Coal, Thin Ice; the much awaited Colom Tiban adaptation Brooklyn; festival triumph The Diary of a Teenage Girl starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgaard; Mia Hansen-Love’s exploration of the 90’s French dance music scene, Eden; Christian Petzold’s searing WWII drama Phoenix; the superb Slow West starring Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn, and many more.
  • Film festivals, have you applied for Developing Your Film Festival 2015 yet? There’s less than a week to apply if you want to be considered for a scholarship – and remember this year it’s open to festivals WORLDWIDE!
  • Our re-issue of John Schlesinger’s 1967 Far from the Madding Crowd garnered superb press on its 13th March release – hailed variously as “gorgeous, entrancing and elemental” ***** (Time Out), “extraordinary […] raw, elemental” ***** (Independent) and as “seductive, psychedelic, luminous […] a classic” ***** (Guardian).
  • Thinking about applying for a free place at our Children’s Screening Days? There’s now one more very significant reason: We’ve added the adaptation of Dr Proctor’s Fart Powder to the programme. Not enticing enough? The German title for this adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s bestselling book is Doktor Proktors prompepulver. I assume you’re sold at this point, so click through to get your place.


  • Only one week to go until the Encounters Short Film Festival early submissions deadline! Get your short films seen at this superb BAFTA and Academy-qualifying event.
  • Broadway has issued a call-out for its exciting Near Now Fellowship, a 16-month artistic and professional development scheme offering support for creative practitioners (including artist filmmakers).
  • Ffilm Cymru Wales is running a Launchpad event this Saturday 28th for writers, directors and producers at Chapter in Cardiff. Targeted towards BAME talent, the aim is to find and support underrepresented voices and stories from Wales. Read more.
  • Do you have a film project connecting the UK and Nigeria? Read about the British Council’s UK/NG project offering funding for cultural collaborations between the countries.
  • Run a community venue and need new kit? The BFI’s Neighbourhood Cinema equipment fund has reopened!
  • AVIVA is offering up to 25,000 funding for projects that will make a difference to your community. Like… cinemas!
  • Made a film dealing with feminist issues? Submit it to the London Feminist Film Festival 2015.
  • The Smalls Film Festival 2015 needs your short films – early bird 10 rate to submit before 5th April.
  • And for even smaller films – DepicT! 2015 is now in need of your shortest shorts (90 seconds or less).

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  • Are you a film exhibitor based in Wales? Film Hub Wales needs your input on their archive film survey before it closes this Friday 27th March.
  • We like British Council and BFI Flare’s collaboration FiveFilms4Freedom, which means five LGBT-themed short films from BFI Flare can be seen in over 70 countries for free.
  • Learn from American art house cinemas via these case studies following Art House Convergence.
  • Have you checked out our jobs page lately? Currently we’ve got positions listed from festival volunteers all the way up to managerial roles!
  • Akira Kurosawa was 105 years old yesterday – watch Indiewire’s lovely video essay on his work.
  • Intrigued by the Bechdel test? Read this list of 20 great films that pass it with flying colours.
  • And finally: delightfully, Agnes Varda meets Mos Def.

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