ICO Cannes surprise favourite Divines
- Summer has truly arrived as we gear up for our next Screening Days event! We head back to the north to Showroom Workstation from Sat 2 July to Mon 4 July. Registration is open, so if you’re involved in the programming and/or marketing for an exhibitor, sign up before the passes sell out!
- The first session of our REACH course recently completed to great acclaim from participants. We’re delighted to offer exhibitors advice and training to help build and engage audiences. Looking forward to catching up with the gang later this year in Glasgow!
- In celebration of the 80th birthday of Ken Loach, we’re re-releasing his debut feature Poor Cow in cinemas from 24 June. A female-driven drama that was decades ahead of its time, its socio-political message is as potent as ever.
- On the subject of celebrating landmarks, we’re also re-releasing Sid and Nancy for the 40th anniversary of punk. Starring a perfectly cast Gary Oldman, this is the definitive portrait of an unforgettable generation.
Opportunities and calls for submissions
- London Feminist Film Festival closes submissions on Sunday 12 June. Hurry up before you miss it!
- Edinburgh Short Film Festival has its deadline on Monday 27 June. Final exhibition copies must be ready by Monday 15 August. All films selected for exhibition are eligible for the Rising Star Award!
- How about £4,000 of no-strings production money? London Short Film Festival have teamed up with Jameson’s to give you just that but deadline is this Sunday! Apply here.
- Feature submissions are now open for the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival. The early bird offer is open from now until Friday 26 August.
- The BFI are preparing in earnest for this year’s London Film Festival. A host of new jobs have arrived, so head to their site if you want to be involved in the UK’s biggest film festival!
- Five years after the death of Mark Duggan, go behind the headlines with a free screening of The Hard Stop at Stratford East Picturehouse on Friday 17 June.
- The French Film Festival is seeking to expand the number of venues participating in this year’s festival. If your venue is interested, please contact Richard Mowe: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dogwoof pioneered a new method of theatrical releasing with their ‘pay what you can’ screenings for Versus: The Life And Films Of Ken Loach. Definitely an innovative way of distributing and a great way to bring in more audiences.
- The festival might have wrapped but our blog coverage of Cannes 2016 is well worth catching up with. Read what our programmers thought about this year’s fest: David (on The Salesman, Gimmie Danger, Paterson, Pericles Il Nero and more) Jonny (on Divines, The Wailing, It’s Only the End of the World, Graduation, Hell or High Water and more!), Jo (on Elle, Risk and Divines) and Lynn (on After Love), plus ICO Director Catharine (on Loving, Julieta, American Honey and more), Team Training (on what the festival means to them) and Marketing Manager Duncan (on Neruda, The Student and more).
- Speaking of Cannes, a lovely selection of the best posters from Sight & Sound here.
- The National Film and Television School completes a sponsorship deal with the UK Cinema Association.
- Liverpool Small Cinema bring gender (in)equality to the fore with their 58% initiative. Visit their site for more details on this initiative to bring more female filmmakers to their screens.
- How to address the diversity issue in the film industry? Rebecca O’Brien, producer on I, Daniel Blake, suggests a tax credit to encourage more diversity.
- Den of Geek takes a look at the problem with distributing “offbeat” films (that’s indie films to you and us). Worth sharing with anyone who wants an introduction to the challenges in distribution and exhibition.