Screening Days April 2018
28/04/2018 - 30/04/2018
BFI Southbank, London
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We’re delighted to be back in the BFI Southbank for our flagship event from 28 – 30 April 2018.
We’ll be taking over NFT1, 2 and 3 and screening the best independent cinema set for release from May to July 2018, so you can pack your programme with great discoveries to entice new audiences and thrill existing ones.
Registration is now open! Click the button above right to book your pass.
Being able to see a film makes a huge difference when it comes to programming and for programmers, who
work in the regions and who can never get to the regular distributor press screenings in London, ICO Screening
Days are the most invaluable connection with upcoming releases.
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The main entrance to BFI Southbank is on Theatre Avenue (off of Upper Ground or The Queen’s Walk), between BFI Southbank and the National Theatre.
From Waterloo station (5-10min walk)
Turn left out of the station onto Station Approach, cross over York Square and York Road at the traffic lights. Turn left onto Concert Hall Approach, at the end of the road turn right onto Belvedere Road. Go past the Royal Festival Hall on your left, go past the Hayward Gallery on your left, and continue onto Upper Ground. Turn left onto Theatre Avenue. The main entrance to BFI Southbank is on your left.
From Charing Cross (10 – 15min walk)
Turn left out of the station onto Craven Street. At the bottom of Craven Street turn left onto Northumberland Avenue. Near the bottom of Northumberland Avenue take the stairs up onto the Hungerford Bridge. Once you have crossed the Hungerford Bridge take a left along Jubilee Gardens (along the River Thames). Walk along the river, passing the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall on your right. You will walk underneath Waterloo Bridge, the BFI Southbank is on your right just after the bridge. The main entrance to BFI Southbank is on Theatre Avenue – walk past BFI Southbank and go round the building to the right, the main entrance is on your right.
Parking is available under the National Theatre (offer Upper Ground), under the Hayward Gallery or in front of the Shell Centre. The Congestion Charge applies.
Nearest underground stations
- Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines)
- Embankment (Circle and District lines)
Nearest main line rail stations
- Waterloo & Waterloo East
- Charing Cross
Planning your journey
Nearby hotels (by distance)
The Wellington Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £116 – £188
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.2 miles
Premier Inn London Waterloo
Approximate rate per night: £144 – £166
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.3 miles
ibis London Blackfriars
Approximate rate per night: £159 – £169
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.5 miles
Travelodge London Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £127 – £175
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.6 miles
Travelodge London Waterloo
Approximate rate per night: £108 – £170
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.6 miles
Exhibitors who attend Screening Days know the difference it makes.
That’s why staff and volunteers of cinemas, mixed arts venues, film festivals, and film societies attend again and again. But if you haven’t come before, here’s five reasons Screening Days could be invaluable for you…
- Screening Days make your programming decisions easier: watching our amazing selection of the upcoming films lets you get clear on whether a film is right for your venue and how to make it work best in your programme.
- Screening Days are efficient: finding time to watch films in the busy and divided schedule of a film programmer is hard. Screening Days lets you cover a lot of ground with amazing access.
- Screening Days simplify marketing: knowing what audience you’re trying to target becomes much easier once you know the film directly and who in your community would want to come and see it.
- Screening Days gives you access to key industry players: we often have representatives from the BFI, Cinema for All, Film Audience Network and Filmbankmedia, as well as many major distributors in attendance. Screening Days is your chance to hear about funding, technology and opportunities that can mean just as much as what you put on the screen itself.
- Screening Days is a forum to share knowledge: gathering together this number of exhibitors in one place means you can keep up with developments from peers and learn from what is working for them.
How do I register on the day?
Registration will be held from 8.30am each morning, at which you will be issued with a badge for the day(s) you are attending. This will be your entry pass into all screenings. The registration area will be staffed by the ICO throughout the event. We’ll be on hand to offer advice on topics including programming, distribution, audience development and much more.
When do the screenings happen?
Screenings run between 9:00am and 5:30pm each day.
Where are the screenings held?
Screenings will be held in NFT1, NFT2 and NFT3.
Will there be any other activities in addition to the screenings?
There will be a drinks reception on Saturday evening for delegates to meet and network with fellow colleagues, to catch up on the all-important films of the day.
How accessible is BFI Southbank?
The main BFI Southbank foyer and box office entrance is on Theatre Avenue, by the National Theatre at street level. There are stairs and a wheelchair accessible lift to gain access to the main foyer. For full details on the accessibility of the BFI Southbank building please visit the ‘Access information’ page on the BFI website.
How do you select films for the programme at Screening Days?
We work closely with distributors to select independent, world and art house cinema that will be released in the following quarter. We focus on titles that are unlikely to have a vast marketing budget so need the keen curatorial eye and advance notice that a viewing at Screening Days can provide for your programme. We also occasionally include titles with higher profiles, particularly in the lead-up to awards season, which we believe delegates will be keen to see in order to assess suitability for their programmes. Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to see the widest range of films so you’re able to broaden programmes in your venues, and we hope the Screening Days programme reflects that.
Why can't you release the schedule earlier? I want to make sure I see certain films.
We always try to finalise the schedule as soon as possible so you can plan ahead. Unfortunately, we are limited in how far in advance we can do so. Because distributors offering us their films often haven’t determined their schedule in advance, or are waiting on delivery of the materials, we often receive final confirmations quite close to the event. Then, in order to evenly space the films across the different screens, we need to carefully schedule the films, which takes time.
Why aren’t there more or longer breaks?
We try to give you as many breaks as possible between films and usually have morning, lunch and afternoon breaks, but are restricted by the availability of the screens and the length of the films. Most cinemas can’t take out their evening public screenings due to conditions set by distributors, and so they don’t disappoint their local (paying) audience. This means we can only screen films between 9am – 5.30pm. We try to keep in mind that the main purpose of the event is for you to be able to see as many films as possible.
Why can only organisers, marketers and programmers attend?
The purpose of Screening Days is to encourage strong audiences for a more diverse selection of films. Programmers, organisers (e.g. the most senior person in a community screen, members of the selection committee of a film society) and marketers are the people in a best position to both select films and advocate for these films in their venues. We are often oversubscribed, so this is the fairest way to ensure that key staff get the opportunity to attend.
Why can only four members of my organisation attend?
Our Screening Days events have been selling out for the past few years and starting at this event we are now limiting the number of passes per any one organisation to four. This is to ensure that the largest possible number of organisations can attend Screening Days to maximise their benefit across the film exhibition sector.
As we only screen three films at any one time, you will still be able to see all of the titles shown.
Attendees must also be engaged in one of the following roles within their organisation: programming, marketing, education, audience development, or on the selection committee of a film society/club.
How frequent do my screenings need to be for me to attend?
Our funders for Screening Days, in addition to the distributors that lend us their films, now stipulate that exhibitors must hold 12 or more screenings per year to attend.
Is there any support available for me to attend?
The Film Hubs may be able to offer support in the form of bursaries towards fees, travel and accommodation for their members to attend Screening Days. For further information and/or links to contact your local Hub to enquire, see below:
- Film Hub Midlands http://filmhub.broadway.org.uk
- Film Hub London http://filmlondon.org.uk/film-hub-london/support-for-exhibitors/film-hub-bursaries
- Film Hub North https://filmhubnorth.org.uk/contact
- Film Hub Northern Ireland filmhubni.org/Hub-Services
- Film Hub Scotland http://www.filmhubscotland.com/opportunities/training
- Film Hub South East
- Film Hub South West
- Film Hub Wales http://filmhubwales.org/support/ico-screening-days
Can I tweet or share reviews or comments on the films in public?
No. While we appreciate your enthusiasm (or otherwise) for films you see at Screening Days, the terms that we receive the films under completely prohibit any social media or film forum discussion of films in the Screening Days programme, however positive it is! Distributors monitor social media channels for discussion of the films. Please do feel free to discuss the films in person with other delegates, and if you’d like to talk about the event in general on social media you can find us at @ICOtweets #ScreeningDays.
When will you be hosting the next Screening Days and where?
We’re putting together our applications for funding to deliver the next series of Screening Days events for 2018-19. We hope to be able to announce the new series of dates and locations in March 2018.
How to apply
To register for Screening Days, please select the correct pass type and the number you would like to book below.
ICO Screening Days is an industry only event. You must be working in the exhibition sector to attend. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please email us before purchasing your pass at: email@example.com
ICO Screening Days is an industry event for programmers, organisers, audience developers, education officers or marketers from cinemas, mixed arts venues, film societies, film festivals and any other venue whose primary purpose is exhibition of films to the public.
Please note that we have a limit of four attendees per organisation and that passes are non-transferable.
The deadline for registration is Friday 6 April 2018. There is limited capacity at the venue, and last year’s event sold out, so please book early to avoid disappointment. A full refund is available for cancellations up to Friday 13 April 2018.
If you have any queries about your registration, please read our FAQ or contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 636 7120.