News round-up... 06/08/2014

Posted on August 6, 2014 by Sarah Rutterford

Categories: News Round-Up

The trailer for At Berkeley: our superb new documentary by Fred Wiseman


  • We’ve still got spaces left on our new training programme REACH: Strategic Audience Development for Independent Exhibitors. Bursaries (via Creative Skillset and the BFI Film Audience Network) are still available towards course places and delegates will get a free – yes, FREE – pass to Cambridge Film Festival. Don’t miss out!
  • We’ve also opened applications on Get It Seen, a course giving emerging film producers the inside track on the UK distribution and exhibition sectors.
  • Screening Days is growing with the addition of new Hub-based events – in addition to our two ICO National Screening Days – dated for the coming year. This represents a fantastic opportunity to catch all the key upcoming releases!
  • We were excited to see so many key documentary filmmakers highlight Frederick Wiseman – director of our upcoming release At Berkeley – as their favourite documentarian in Sight & Sound’s 100 Best Documentaries Poll, which listed Titicut Follies (1967; no. 27 in the main poll, no. 6 in directors’ favourites) and Welfare (1975; no. 47 in the main poll) as his best works.
  • We’ve also been adding to our project, Fred Wiseman: Reality and Film, collating documentarian’s responses to their favourite Wiseman films – Joshua Oppenheimer chose Titicut Follies and Eric Steel, Domestic ViolenceRead more.
  • Studio Ghibli fans everywhere were aghast this week when a decision to halt production was announced, but now it seems the closure may only be temporary – what’s really going on? The Independent takes a closer look.
  • The European Film Academy has launched a fund to support jailed Ukranian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.
  • There will be an ICO contingent at Venice Film Festival in a few weeks’ time – check out the line-up, which includes the world premiere of Inarritus Birdman, Fatih Akin’s The Cut, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Michael Almereyda’s modern-day Cymbeline and Roy Andersson’s snappily titled A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting the Nature of Existence. Exciting!

Calls for submissions & other opportunities

Essential reading…

  • What’s it like to attend a film festival in a country at war? Read this brilliant report from Odessa International Film Festival which has gone ahead despite the conflict in Ukraine.
  • A great post on The F Word by one of our programmers, Selina, on the films in the BFI’s Teenage Kicks season this summer.
  • An excellent aide-memoire for anyone planning an artists’ film screening from
  • Two equally inspiring pieces – the first on Spectacle, an entirely volunteer-run cinema in Brooklyn: “Seven days a week the volunteer-made, volunteer-run, 30-seat screening space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, hustles out a menagerie of films rare, radical, forgotten, misbegotten, offbeat, and controversial  which they charge $5 to see”…
  • And the second on Budapest Film Zrt, Hungary’s largest art house cinema network, with assistant programmer Orsi Farka’s talking about how and what they programme, their audience development work, and their fight for funding.
  • And finally, something completely essential: Moomin rules for a happy life.


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