We’re busy in the office ahead of this weekend’s National Screening Days, to be held at the wonderful QUAD in Derby. We’ve got an outstanding, very esoteric line-up featuring some of the boldest and most exciting titles set for release in coming months including Irritu’s Birdman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or-winning epic Winter Sleep, July Jung’s Cannes buzz title A Girl at my Door, Cline Sciamma’s hotly anticipated coming of age drama Girlhood, Saul Dibb’s Irne Nmirovsky adaptation Suite Franaise… and more. As ever, a huge thank you to all the films’ distributors for generously supplying their pre-release titles for the event. See you there!
Our Artists’ Moving Image Network enjoyed its first screening, and notable success last week – with Barn Cinema in Dartington enjoying a packed-out and very engaged audience for its first FLUX screening, of Robert Gardner’s Forest of Bliss. Watch this space for more updates on the network soon…
ICO training update
Creative Skillset are currently undertaking their 2014 Workforce Survey and its really important that as many people as possible take part. Results of the survey help Creative Skillset identify key training and skills needs. As well as influencing future training strategy for the film industry, you can also win an iPad Mini! Take part here.
We’re partnering with the FDA and FilmExportUK to run a new Film Exhibition, Distribution & Sales Trainee Scheme and are calling for film distribution, independent exhibition and international sales companies to register their interest. It’s the first ever cross-sector traineeship scheme and will see 12 ambitious trainees undertake a 9-month paid placement in a host company. The scheme is funded by Creative Skillset. If you’re interested in supporting diversity in the sector, and new entrants to the industry, please register your interest by Monday 10 November 2014.
Our Technical Skills for Exhibition programme has seen several site visits made to participating venues by our Technical Ambassadors. They’ve been out at venues from Cornwall to Orkney, helping install DCI-compliant equipment, maximise DVD systems for film societies and recommend kit for touring cinemas. If you’re having a technical issue at your venue and would benefit from a TA visit, apply here – and check out our video of one of our TAs, Ewan Dunford from the Watershed, visiting the Poly in Cornwall, below…
Finally we still have one-to-ones on offer to exhibitors looking to discuss a specific project or issue involving film programming, audience development, digital marketing, business skills – you name it. You’ll be matched with an ICO staff member or, if we can’t help, we’ll fix you up with another expert. Don’t miss out!
Opportunities & calls for submissions
There’s one week left to apply for Film Hub London’s Community Screen Scheme, offering 10 awards of 3K to support community-led screening projects focusing on underserved audiences, and also for Film London’s Cultivate: Inspiring Future Audiences training programme for film educators. Deadline for both: 31 October.
Wanted: young film critics – International Film Festival Rotterdam is looking for critics under 30 who fancy travelling abroad to cover a major international festival. I mean, who doesn’t? Deadline: 7 November.
LOCO Comedy Film Festival is holding a one-day training workshop for women comedy writers on 14 November with Underwire Film Festival, Euroscript and Creative Skillset. Enjoy case studies, a life-changing ‘Hour of Power’, debates, masterclasses, and more. Deadline: 31 October.