News round up... October 2016

Posted on October 13, 2016 by Mike Tang

Categories: News Round-Up

 Screening Days October 2016 new titles montage

ICO news

  • The final few passes are available for our next Screening Days event at Broadway, Nottingham (some clues to the films featured in the image above). The film line-up is now complete and as ever, encompasses some of the most exciting titles set for release in the months to come including La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, The Handmaiden, Elle, Toni Erdmann… and more! Get the edge on your programming and marketing and book your pass before we run out.
  • Were delighted to be partnering with the BFI on their Black Star season. 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
  • On that note, bookings have been steaming in for Britain on Film: Railways, the first programme in our new archive tour, Britain on Film on Tour. This title is available to book now for screenings from 11 November. If you want to evoke the romance and history of Britain’s railways at your venue, email The trailer is a great place to start.
  • Do you want to improve your cinema’s technical set up? Our Digital Projection and Cinema Audio event at Exeter Phoenix is your chance to get those key questions answered in person by an expert. Oh and it’s free! Great to partner with Film Hub South West and West Midlands on this event.
  • In more news from ICO training, we’re delighted to announce our new cohort of Women’s Leadership participants. Just in case you need a run down on who’ll be running the world very shortly…
  • And were delighted to welcome two new members to the ICO team: Daniel Horseman and Ellen Reay, our new Administration Assistant and Marketing Intern respectively. We wish them a warm welcome and the best of luck!

Opportunities and calls for submissions

  • We’re delighted to partner with Screen International to bring you The Future of Independent Cinema, a day of debates on the challenges facing independent exhibition. We’ll be speaking with industry experts about the future of cinema post-Brexit, how to balance commerce and curation in your programming and the technological shifts that will matter to our sector. To register for your free pass, click here.
  • Setting up a young programmers’ group is an effective way for young people to have a voice in your venue. Film Hub Scotland are running this ace workshop, Working with Young Programmers at Discovery Film Festival in Dundee to get you started. Click here to find out more (and remember there are bursaries available from your Hub to help you get there).
  • 79% of people in the film industry said that caring for their child has had a negative impact on their role. Raising Films is a really fantastic new initiative to help make the relations between filmmaking and person-making a lot more happy. They’re running three sessions across the country to help you whatever stage of childcare you’re at and they’re looking for people in exhibition to take part.

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  • One of the key events in the exhibition calendar, This Way Up 2016 has now announced its keynote speakers and themes. A two-day conference taking place this year at Glasgow Film Theatre over 29-30 November, This Way Up will give you the opportunity to explore and discuss new ideas, emerging audience trends and the future of cinema.
  • Why is BFI’s Black Star season an essential addition to the exhibition calendar? This Screen Daily article will give you an idea: nearly 60% of British films over the last 10 years featured no black actors in any named role.
  • We’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a cinema truly Deaf-friendly recently and we love this video from Glasgow Film Theatre’s Visible Cinema that’s a great example of just that.
  • Do film critics matter when it comes to a films success? Here’s an interesting blog that breaks down review scores and profitability. Find out the genres where film critics matter the most!
  • “[Diversity’s] got to be baked into the foundation of where the ideas flow from. The BFI Black Star Symposium had some great takeaways from David Oyelowo (whose passionate keynote offered a galvanising call to action), Noel Clarke and more. Check out The Guardian‘s report here.
  • Its an argument that has long been in the making: are UK cinema ticket prices sustainable? The variation in ticket prices across the country may shock you.
  • Here’s a head scratcher for you: who are all these faces in Curzon Artificial Eye’s 40th anniversary celebration poster? Our office combined score was around 30 – see if you can go the whole hog!
  • We spoke to Mickey Fellowes from Hear First on how cinemas can do more to consider the needs of people suffering with mental health issues – essential reading not just for exhibition, but for our society as a whole.
  • A couple of paracetamol OR a quick watch of Hard to Be a God? Science now proves (*irrefutably*) that they’re basically the same when it comes to pain relief.
  • Want to know whether films are going to be streamed directly into your brain in just a few short months? Then make sure you read our future of cinema technology blog post from Holland!
  • Finally, a word from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: Movie theaters are strangling the movie business. What happens across the pond has echoes over here. This is one that will run and run.

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