News round up...November 2016

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Ellen Reay

Categories: News Round-up

Screen Exhibitors' Forum

ICO news

  • Its been a busy month for the ICO, we’ve been debating the future of independent cinema at our first Screen Forum where we partnered with our friends at Screen International to discuss it all, from the impact of Brexit to how independent exhibitors balance their curatorial and commercial visions. Catch up with what the word was here.
  • We also travelled up to Nottingham to explore the near future of independent cinema by showing some of the best titles coming out in the next few months at one of our biggest Screening Days ever. As you may know we’re also holding information sessions during Screening Days and you can catch up on all the news and advice from our inclusive programming sessions at the Broadway Cinema, here.
  • Have you booked a film in the BFI Black Star season yet?  This is the biggest ever celebration of black on-screen talent, and we have a fabulous selection of ten films from the 1940’s through to the modern day, bookable at unbeatable prices. To book or enquire, email The deadline for bookings is 16 December.
  • Were pleased to announce Britain on Film on Tour has launched! Last night, the first of our programmes Britain on Film: Railways transported guests at the National Railway Museum in York back to the golden age of British train travel. You can now see where Railways will be stopping off near you on the Britain on Film Screenings website.Disappointed there doesn’t seem to be a screening near you? You can still book the programme for your venue (from as little as 20). Email
  • Do you want to make informed decisions about marketing so you can save time, money and effort? Applications are now open for ourtailor-made Data Driven Marketing course, aimed at those working in marketing at cinemas and festivals, to give you the chance to learn from industry experts who have a proven track record of using data to deliver change and growth in venues.
  • Were also incredibly excited to announce the return of our FEDS scheme. Now in its third year, it offers more than eight months of on the job paid training. We’re looking to help make film more inclusive by recruiting BAME people and people who consider themselves to have a disability. So if that’s you, consider this the start of your career in the film biz! Click here to apply and here to read about past participants experiences.
  • Those aren’t the only new opportunities from ICO training: we’ve partnered with Film Hub North West Central and are heading up to Liverpool on the 23 November fora Community and Pop-Up Cinema Workshop, where Symon Culpan will answer all of your equipment queries. The last two events in Perth and Exeter have been extremely popular, so don’t miss out.

Opportunities and Calls for Submission

  • Our friends at Borderlines Film Festival are launching a new short film prize to find young film talent from 16-24. They’re offering 500 prize money and screening at the festival for your short film produced since August. Click here to apply.
  • For decades, autism has been misrepresented and stereotyped in TV, film and media – or simply cut out altogether. Autism Uncut invites filmmakers of all abilities to create a short film, aiming to increase public awareness and depict a clearer picture on the difficulties experienced by people with autism. Entries close on 1 December. Find out more here.
  • What does the future hold for transgender and non-binary filmmaking and on screen representation? There’s a great panel discussion in Sheffield on Saturday 19 November offers their expertise and insight on the topic.
  • Just a reminder that our job service is a great resource if you’re thinking about your career. You can look at the roles here and sign up to get alerts as they happen here.
  • Our friends Underwire Festival return this year from 30 Nov – 4 Dec with a bigger and bolder programme than ever!Celebrating female talent across all filmmaking crafts, this year they’re holding five amazing days of features, shorts, special presentations, and industry events intended to change the gender imbalance from the inside out. Don’t miss this amazing and vital BAFTA-accredited festival as it reaches higher heights! Programme live now.

Read more

  • You can go beyond the brilliant films that are showing as part of BFI Black Star with the weekly podcast which accompanies the programme. There are currently three episodes, the first charts the story of one of the first black film directors, Oscar Michaeux, number 2 explores Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to win an Oscar, and the most recent delves into the life of one of the biggest stars of the 1950s, Harry Belafonte.
  • Our pals at This Way Up have launched their 2016 programme,and it is tasty! Two days of fantastic panels, workshops and keynotes, from Mubi’s Bobby Allen to filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, to get to the heart of the issues and opportunities in the future of film exhibition in the UK. Find out about the programme and book your pass for the conference in Glasgow 29 30 November 2016.
  • With Netflix and other online services increasingly playing a role in production and distribution, is there a risk that the important films will be online exclusives? Mark Kermode delves into these murky waters with the release of Ava Duvernays The 13th.
  • We spoke to Iris Priest, one of the many volunteers that are behind the Star & Shadow about what it takes to build a community cinema.
  • IndieWire have been asking critics about the best movie theatres in the world. Do you agree with their selection, which cinema would you add?
  • Cinema for Al’ls annual awards took place last weekend in Sheffield. Catch up with all the winners making a difference for community cinemas here.
  • Archiving the Arts drew to a close at the end of March 2016.You can find information on ongoing and previous work and partnerships online here.

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