News round up... July 2016

Posted on July 7, 2016 by Mike Tang

Categories: News Round-up

Sid and Nancy

ICO news

  • Following the success of our most recent Screening Days event, we charge forwards with the next one!  Archive Screening Day 2016 takes place at Watershed, Bristol on Thursday 28 July. We’ve got films and sessions for all skill levels, including some of the top minds in archive film from the UK, Amsterdam and Italy. The films we’re showing feature some never before seen in public! Register to book your place as passes are going fast!
  • Speaking of Screening Days, we had some great speakers to talk us through how to engage young audiences at our last event. If you couldn’t make it, we’ve put together all of the takeaway facts here. There’s a scheme that has engaged hundreds of new young patrons, guidance on setting up your own young programmers scheme and much more!
  • Ever fancied working for the ICO? Here’s your chance as we’re looking for a new Finance & Administration Assistant. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 15 July!
  • In the 40th year of punk, we celebrate by bringing back a classic: Sid and Nancy returns to cinemas from 5 August.  Starring an incendiary Gary Oldman, this is a scorching biography on one of the most influential bands of all time.
  • Our training team are in full flow as they gear up for this year’s Developing Your Film Festival course. We’re delighted to be presenting this course again, and to provide a key role in supporting the development and success of film festivals across the world. We’ll be sharing lots of top tips during and after the festival, so watch our Twitter feed and this blog for more!
  • We spoke to MUBI, the online film service that’s now making its way into the world of theatrical distribution. Bold moves from a VOD provider with one of the most highly-respected curators in the business.
  • Things have been more than a little tumultuous over the last few weeks and you’d be forgiven for being downhearted. Cheer yourself up with our blog post about Medicinema and the amazing work they do bringing films to NHS patients.

Opportunities and calls for submissions

  • Filmbankmedia want to encourage community cinemas to fulfil their creative dreams and are offering two prizes totalling 5,000 to do it. Apply by 31 August to their Innovation Fund.
  • Every five years, the BFI (the UK’s largest public film funder) decide on their policy, goals and direction for the future. We’d love it if independent cinemas’ voice were heard loud and clear. You can either attend one of the remaining Roadshows in person, or submit to their online consultation here.
  • Following the amazing success and reception in previous years, This Way Up returns for 2016 at Glasgow Film Theatre. Early bird passes are on sale so you can get a great deal to listen to the leading voices in film exhibition.
  • Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival are open for submissions for their Young Filmmakers’ Awards. Submit your short film for a cash prize and a screening of the film during the festival. Deadline for submissions is 19 August.
  • Lighthouse, in partnership with Film Forum and Creative England, have brought together a fantastic screening of five new shorts from the UK’s most promising female comedy talent. Funny Girls is a great chance to see a group of emerging filmmakers, and a look at the process of creating comedy.
  • The London International Animation Festival 2016 has extended its deadline for entries to 31 July. The festival screens a wide spectrum of creative animation, so be a part of a LIAF’s showcase of the best in intelligent animation from across the world.
  • Leeds International Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, and they’re accepting submissions for this year’s festival. The final deadline for submissions is 1 August!
  • Film London’s Microwave scheme has produced some cracking films (Lilting, Shifty) on tiny budgets. Your feature could take part but there’s only one week to apply.
  • The Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme offers emerging comedy writers 10,000 worth of script development funds. Apply by 26 August to develop your comedy film (or TV programme) with LOCO Film Festival.

Read more

  • Undoubtedly the biggest story to hit the industry in recent times, Brexit has been on many of our minds over the last fortnight. Stephen Follow’s takes a clear-eyed look at the risks and benefits on his blog here. Screen Daily’s article, in conjunction with international law firm Olswang, looks at the potential fallout and the its effects on our industry.
  • Creative Scotland released a report on the state of public film screening across Scotland. There’s much good news to be had with a healthy sector in one of the fastest growing parts of the UK economy. Note: this was published before Brexit.
  • If you live in the Midlands (or just want to hear about the top work being done there with film), we recommend subscribing to this Filmwire email from the esteemed folks at Flatpack Film Festival.
  • The National Film and Television School will launch a range of initiatives to increase the number of women in directing. The NFTS will use three initiatives: a mentorship, a directing workshop and a paid internship for all participants of the directing workshop. Find out more on how the NFTS seeks to make lasting change.
  • Last month we pointed out Dogwoof’s unique ‘pay what you can’ screenings of Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach. Not to be outdone, Metrodome have pledged to donate 20% of the theatrical receipts for The Hard Stop to the charity Inquest.

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