- We’re putting the final touches to the programme for Summer Screening Days in July. The latest films to be confirmed include the much-anticipated historical drama Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep; 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, a haunting and timely documentary investigation into racial violence; Cinema for All’s choice, Oscar-nominated Estonian drama Tangerines; and Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. The registration deadline is this Friday: don’t miss your chance to add to your programme! Check out the trailer playlist above, read about the films HERE and book HERE.
- Last week we took 14 trainees from our FEDS scheme to Edinburgh International Film Festival for three days to experience a film festival in action. The trainees enjoyed attending Distribution Rewired an industry event looking at new models of distribution, as well as countless film screenings including the premiere of The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and a lively ceilidh!
- The BFI has launched a new Europe-wide Framework for Film Education, bringing together knowledge and practical know-how from a range of institutions and educational providers all over Europe. Read the full report.
Opportunities and open calls
- Practical Programming, our course for exhibitors wanting to learn how to develop their audiences and create innovative, structured and well-attended film programmes, is open for applications. Running over six months, you’ll meet programmers from across the UK and be guided by a dedicated advisor. Find out more.
- Our acclaimed Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition programme is still running with funding from the BFI Film Audience Network – so if you need affordable, bespoke advice on a tech issue in your venue: read more!
- Also on the technical front, do your staff need training in event cinema? The Event Cinema Association is running a series of workshops at BFI Southbank over 20-21st July; with others in Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast to follow.
- Film Hub Central East has issued a call for expressions of interest for exhibitor project funding. If you’re trying to engage young and/or diverse audiences in your venue, you may be eligible.
- And Film Hub Scotland has launched a new micro-funding scheme for small, volunteer-run exhibitors including film societies and community cinemas to enhance programmes and develop audiences.
- The European Women’s Audiovisual Network is doing a very worthwhile survey on the status of female directors, and needs your input to formulate a picture (with a view to creating change). Take the survey.
- Film societies! It’s time to apply to Cinema for All’s Film Society of the Year Awards 2015.
- Academics and researchers, a call for papers on subjects relating to ‘small cinema’ for presentation at Malta’s annual conference on the subject.
- Encounters Short Film Festival is offering an early bird 20% discount on Industry Forum passes until 30th June.
- Preparations for this year’s Scalarama, the nationwide celebration of cinema, are hotting up! Find out more.
- Warsaw-based festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film is calling for international docs.
- Less than a fortnight to enter your ultra-short shorts (less than 90 seconds) for free to DepicT!
- Leuven Short Film Festival needs your international shorts.
- And – it’s your last chance to submit to Vancouver International Film Festival!
- Young film enthusiasts: Cinemagic has launched its annual call for film selectors for its Festival programme.
- And, another opportunity for young film lovers, the BFI Audience Academy – to be held in Sheffield this August – is seeking 16-19 year olds to attend its week long residential course, where they’ll learn from industry experts in exhibition and distribution.
- Film artists: Animate Projects and QUAD are seeking a moving image artist to produce a work involving animation, drawing and digital technologies.
- Looking for work? Make sure you check out our currently very healthy jobs page!
- Roger Ebert’s birthday movies, compiled by his wife Chaz.
- “I didn’t realise, obviously, that 20 years later we’d still be talking about it.” A fascinating conversation on the making of unexpected 90’s classic Clueless.
- I liked this piece on Studio Ghibli’s ‘fiercely independent and resilient’ female protagonists – the ‘genuinely aspirational princesses’.
- And loved this blog with its beautiful pictures of Angola’s old art-deco venues; taken from the Goethe-Institut’s interesting archive project on Africa’s cinemas.