News round-up... 29/05/2015

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Sarah Rutterford

Categories: News Round-up

Cannes posters
Lovely Cannes posters for Competition films Our Little Sister and Son of Saul


  • We’ve just opened applications for Elevate, our training programme for managers in film distribution, exhibition or international sales companies. Want to learn how to inspire your team, improve your confidence, gain networks and identify your personal career aims?
  • Read Indiewire’s piece on our Developing Your Film Festival training course – now accepting applications from festivals worldwide.
  • Check out Creative Europe Desk UK’s new website which is full of resources, info on available CE funding for film, TV, new media and video games, and how to apply.
  • Didn’t make it to our recent Children’s Screening Days? Read Film Hub North West Central’s blog post on the day.
  • The Edinburgh Film Festival has launched its 2015 programme, including previews of key upcoming independent releases such as Asif Kapadia’s already acclaimed Winehouse portrait Amy and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, a focus on Mexico and a strand exploring new American indie.
  • East End Film Festival 2015’s programme is also out (complete with mind control experiments) and looks great!
  • We’ve been keeping tabs on Cannes acquisitions and are especially pleased Un Certain Regard winner Rams will be getting a UK release – it’s been picked up by Soda Pictures, who also acquired Louder Than Bombs, Bridgend and The Here After – and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, picked up by Altitude/Picturehouse.
  • We’re very excited to add Malvern Theatres to our roster of programming clients. Read more about it in Worcester News and check out their ICO profile here.


  • Film London’s Microwave scheme – which offers emerging filmmakers not just funding, but a programme of training-through-production and distribution support, is open for submissions.
  • The BFI Film Academy is looking for 30 creative 16-19 year olds from across the UK to join them in Sheffield for a week-long course where you’ll learn about film programming, marketing, exhibition and distribution.
  • BFI Film Academy is also partnering with Creative Skillset to match trainees to film companies – so if you work in production, distribution or exhibition and think your company might be interested in hosting a talented young trainee, find out more (note you’ve only until Sunday to express interest)!
  • Budding film critics: the Observer / Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism is now open for entries. Write a 1,500 word review and submit by 30 November for a chance at winning a 2K prize!
  • The London Short Film Festival is (still) open for 2016 submissions.
  • Short filmmakers – you’ve only DAYS to submit to Encounters Short Film Festival.
  • Film Africa is open for short film entries – enter and be considered for their Baobab Award, which aims to support new voices emerging from the continent and offers a 1K cash prize.
  • Colchester Film Festival is open for short film submissions (which are free).
  • The BFI London Film Festival has launched a new Short Film Award.
  • Apply now for early bird passes to the Children’s Film First Conference, designed for anyone who works with children to educate and inspire them about film. It’s in September in Brussels.

Read this!

  • Maybe you’re all Cannes-ed out by now, but if you missed any of our reports, click here to see what we’ve covered, from female representation to European cinemas to ‘heelgate’.
  • Drool over the gorgeous posters for films from this year’s Cannes, especially the delicate Kore-eda.
  • A Cannes 2015 critics’ poll puts Todd Haynes’ Carol on top (also on Carol, see Tim Robey’s lovely 5 star review), followed by Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour… we also like Geoff Andrews’ round-up of his picks.
  • “Im an artist, a filmmaker and my role is to be a conduit for some of that collective conscience of rebellion.” Timbuktu – a critical hit and much enjoyed at our recent Screening Days – is out this Friday; in this fascinating Conversations about Cinema piece director Abderrahmane Sissako articulates how and why he made this stunning film. Read more about this deservedly lauded filmmaker here.
  • I have an entire bestiary of prizes with bears, dogs, etc. but people still dont give me funding. As fishermen say, A little less thanks, and a little more money! Agns Varda comments on industry inequality, feminism and creativity on receipt of her honorary Palme d’Or.
  • Enjoy Mad Max: Fury Road’s Hey girl tumblr.

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