Our annual report is a great way to get a snap shot of the work we’ve been doing in the last twelve months. You can download it here, but our highlights from 2016/2017 include:
- We produced a major resource for cinemas to become more Deaf friendly, based on consultation with hundreds of Deaf audience members that led us to creating a best practice guide and online video tutorials in British Sign Language.
- 2017 was ICO client Borderlines Film Festival’s most successful year to date, with all-time high admissions of 19,319, bringing a huge range of films from around the world to isolated rural communities.
- ICO programming network cinemas had a total box office of £5 million, screening 918 different films mostly to audiences outside of London.
- We have now trained over 1,900 people in the independent film sector from 57 different countries in the fourteen years since the ICO was founded.
- 80% of our FEDS trainees (from underrepresented groups) remain in full-time employment in the film industry, helping to make film a more inclusive space.
- Our Screening Days offered even more people the chance to see our pick of the best of world cinema, with a 25% increase on last year’s attendance. 95% of our 776 delegates said they would consider programming the films they saw.
- Our ‘How to start a cinema’ resource was accessed over 135,000 times this year, helping create new growth in our sector.