News Round Up July 2017

Posted on July 13, 2017 by Ellen Reay

Categories: News Round-Up

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ICO News

  • We’re pleased to announce we’re bringing nine treasures of Indian cinema on tour this Autumn with India on Film. Our carefully curated season spans the breadth of the subcontinent’s rich cinematic history, taking in everything from early neorealist treasures – some lost for decades – to a 1995 musical Baz Luhrmann would envy. We’ve negotiated exclusive booking terms on these rare DCP and 35mm prints, as well as a number of added value introductions. Find out more about the season here.
  • Applications are now open for REACH: Strategic Audience Development. Got an idea to boost audiences but could do with ironing out the kinks? Benefit from expert guidance to ensure you get the results you want. There are a number of bursaries available to help you with the course fees, accommodation and travel. Find out what past participants thought of the course and apply by Monday 24 July 2017.
  • The best British debuts of the last twenty years are back where they belong on the big screen now that BAFTA Debuts is touring the country. Think your end of summer programme could do with the boost of a contemporary British classic? It’s not too late to join in the tour! With great films and added content from star directors such as Amma Asante, Asif Kapadia and Joe Wright, it’s a great time to celebrate the best British filmmaking talent.
  • Our fifth programme from our archive touring programme, Britain on Film: LGBT Britain, launched at the end of June with a screening at BFI Southbank in partnership with Pride London. These films spanning 1909 to 1994 document the profoundly courageous activism and the shifting personal and political attitudes to LGBT people throughout a time of explosive social change. Find out how to book Britain on Film: LGBT Britain for your venue from as little as 20. Check out the trailer!
  • We had a great maiden trip to Phoenix in Leicester for Summer Screening Days last weekend. Thanks again to the BFI, Filmbankmedia and Cinema For All for their support and all the distributors who provided us with exciting new releases. Our next Screening Days will take place at HOME in Manchester from the 4 to 6 November (subject to confirmation). Keep an eye on your inbox for more information in the coming months.
  • From the 19-24 June, film festival professionals from all over the world gathered in Edinburgh for our Developing Your Film Festival course. Find out some news on the #DYFF17 hashtag and we’re sure to have a round up in the future.


  • There are lots of great vacancies available on our jobs page at the minute, from working with Film Hub Wales to projecting at the legendary Prince Charles Cinema.
  • Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry? Then the BFI Film Academy Programme is for you.  Open to young people from anywhere in the UK and from any background, the BFI Film Academy offers a real chance to be part of our future film industry. Apply now.
  • Are you an exhibitor in the West Midlands? Film Hub SWWM have got free shorts you can show before your features. Find out more.
  • Call for Submissions! Have you run a great access project recently? BFI Film Audience Network would love you to submit ashort written case study based on your project. Checkout The Bigger Picture for example casestudies. You can download thetemplate here and submit your case studies (including hi-respictures!) by 25 July to Toki Allison, BFI FAN Access Officer:
  • Applications are now open for Cinema For All’s Film Society of the Year Awards. There are 11 awards to apply for, from our newest award Best Single Event, to the overall prize of Film Society or Community Cinema of the Year. So get applying!
  • As part of Cinema Rediscovered Film Hub SWWM are running apractice-based afternoon, featuring our own Jemma Buckley,looking at different approaches to presenting screen heritage events. To sign up, register via this form by14 July.
  • The Smalls are launching a new initiative – The Smalls Film Fund an annual production grant that will be awarded to a member of our community to develop and produce the short film of their dreams. The fund aims to be the launching pad for filmmakers to gain the momentum and thrust necessary to not only create ground-breaking, cutting-edge films, but to also drive their careers full steam ahead. Find out more:
  • Film London’s short film scheme, London Calling, has opened again for applications. London Calling nurtures and champions the capitals most exciting breakthrough filmmaking talent with a comprehensive package of production funding, training and expert mentoring. Apply now.
  • Aged 18-25 and love cinema? Raindance Film Festival are offering special discounted 18-25 festival passes to this year’s festival taking place from 20 September – 1 October 2017.
  • THIS WAY UP 17 invites film exhibitors from across the UK and Europe to come together to explore new ideas, emerging audience trends and the future of cinema.  It’s taking place at Hull Truck Theatre on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 November 2017. Book your pass for This Way Up conference now.
  • Filmbankmedia have relaunched their Innovation Fund. Two awards of 3,000 and 2,000 are available for film societies old and new who want to try new things. Equipment, workshops, working with new groups and more: this is your chance to go above and beyond.

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  • Our FEDS trainees are almost reaching the half way point in their traineeships. Rico and Mikaela have been reflecting on some of what they’ve learned so far. Rico fills us in on his nine tips for getting through a film festival in one piece and Mikaela shares what she’s learned about diversity on screen.
  • There are festival reports galore to catch up on. Missed out on Cannes this year? Find out what ICO staff members, Catharine, Jo, Jonny, Duncan, Kenny and Hatice thought of the 70th edition. For a different pace of festival, Duncan and Borderlines Film Festival’s Jo Comino share their experiences of Il Cinema Ritrovato.
  • The team behind Tour des Cinemas shared their key observations from their journey across the cinemas of Europe. Read about the five trends they noticed in European independent film exhibition sector.
  • The BFI plan to investigate the health of the UK’s independent film industry with a commission led by Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK and Europe. Read more about the commission here.
  • The Independent is bringing the good news ‘How the arthouse and indie cinemas are thriving in a digital download world’

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