Screening Days

Archive Screening Day 2018


BFI Southbank, London

Our Archive Screening Day is a one-day event showcasing material from international, national and regional film archives and new restorations coming into distribution; and featuring workshops to give you the cinematic inspiration, practical skills and tools you need to help share archive film with your audiences.

Taking place at BFI Southbank in London on Thursday 29th November 2018, it will incorporate screenings, workshops, panels and presentations on how to create transformative archive film events at your venue.

A day pass includes entry to all films and sessions as well as refreshments, lunch and the evening drinks reception.

To see the full schedule, click here.


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How far can we go? Archive film and new audiences

Robin Baker, Head Curator at the BFI National Archive and Catharine Des Forges, Director, ICO introduce the day and discuss some of the contemporary issues and opportunities for archive programming to engage new audiences.

Women in Silent Film Comedy

Everyone knows Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, but what about Mabel Normand and Marion Davies? Join expert speakers, including Pamela Hutchinson (writer, critic and founder of and Bryony Dixon (Curator of Silent Film, BFI National Archive) to explore silent cinema's underappreciated pioneers and queens of comedy and their joyously funny work.

Digging for Gold

Birmingham-based Flatpack Projects run a packed, colourful menu of events, including fantastic archive screenings, at their acclaimed annual Film Festival and within a wider year-round programme. Join Flatpack’s Director Ian Francis and Clare Watson, Director of the Media Archive for Central England, for an inspiring and practical presentation on how to create memorable and successful screenings around archive film discoveries.

Changing Times

Get to know the Film Audience Network’s new screen heritage project, which will support archives and exhibitors across the UK over the next four years. Screen Heritage Producer Andy Robson will introduce the first wave of activity taking place in early-2019 and the funding available to help you get involved. He will be joined by colleagues from the exhibition and archive sectors to share recent examples of success and discuss how best to work together on screen heritage projects.

Restoration and Remastering at the BFI National Archive

In this fascinating session, the BFI National Archive’s Charles Fairall (Head of Conservation) and Kieron Webb (Film Conservation Manager) will deliver a presentation outlining the journey of an archive film through the restoration process, complete with ‘before’ and ‘after’ clips.

Transforming the archive and They Shall Not Grow Old

How did Peter Jackson come to make a film with the Imperial War Museum (IWM) and 14-18 Now? Charting the beginnings of the collaboration, its development over a number of years and its cinema release in October 2018, Matt Lee (Head of Film at the IWM) will discuss the practical and ethical considerations of this key First World War centenary commission.

Britain on Film: New Programmes

Since 2016, ICO’s Britain on Film touring programmes have reached over 15,000 people through over 500 screenings across the UK. In this session, Partnerships Manager Jemma Buckley will discuss highlights from the tour, before previewing material from our next programme, celebrating the diverse range of communities that have made Britain their home throughout the 20th century.


BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road
South Bank

The main entrance to BFI Southbank is on Theatre Avenue (off 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.

By car

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.

By train/underground

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

Use Transport for London’s (TFL) Journey Planner service and live travel news


Nearby hotels (by distance)

The Wellington Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £143 – £189
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.2 miles

Premier Inn London Waterloo
Approximate rate per night: £141 – £173
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.3 miles

Premier Inn County Hall
Approximate rate per night: £143 – £176
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.3 miles

ibis London Blackfriars
Approximate rate per night: £206 – £216
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.5 miles

Travelodge London Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £144 – £194
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.6 miles

Travelodge London Central Waterloo
Approximate rate per night: £155 – £209
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.6 miles

Days Hotel Waterloo
Approximate rate per night: £127 – £149
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.8 miles

Holiday Inn Express Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £198
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.8 miles

The Bridge Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £64 – £107
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.8 miles

Mercure London Bridge Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £270 – £315
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.8 miles

ibis Styles London Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £250 – £300
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.9 miles

Premier Inn London Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £159 – £182
Distance to BFI Southbank: 1 mile

Grange Portland Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £157 – £199
Distance to BFI Southbank: 1 mile

Travelodge London Vauxhall
Approximate rate per night: 139 – £184
Distance to BFI Southbank: 1.6 mile

NB. The ICO does not endorse any of the above hotels.


How do I get there?

See our travel section or visit BFI Southbank’s website.

How do I register on the day?

Registration will be held in the morning at the ICO desk, where you will be issued with a badge which is your entry pass into all screenings and sessions.

Can I leave my luggage somewhere?

There will be a space for delegates to leave luggage. Please note luggage is left at the owner’s risk.

When do the screenings happen?

A precise schedule won’t be confirmed until closer to time, but screenings and events will likely begin at around 9.30am and finish around 5.30pm, followed by an evening drinks reception.

Where are the screenings and sessions held?

Screenings and sessions will be held in cinemas NFT 2, 3, the Studio and in the Blue Room at BFI Southbank.

Will there be any other activities in addition to the screenings?

Yes! There will be workshops, speakers, case studies, panels and presentations, along with a drinks reception on Thursday evening in the Blue Room at BFI Southbank.

Is there somewhere to get drinks and food onsite?

All refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day. You can also visit BFI Southbank’s café bars, BFI Bar & Kitchen and The Riverfront. Click here for further details.

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?

We aim to showcase archive film that a variety of venues could programme to increase the history and breadth of stories on their screens. We’ll be selecting films from as wide as possible a selection of the UK’s regional and national film archives and from further afield, as well as curating capacity-building sessions for the programme to enable you to get as much as possible out of the day.

Why can only four members of my organisation attend?

As we always have limited capacity at our events, we limit the number of passes for any one organisation to four. This ensures that the largest number of organisations can benefit from the event, whilst also enabling you to attend with colleagues. Attendees must also be engaged in one of the following areas within their organisation: programming, marketing, education, audience development, or on the selection committee of a film society/club.

Can I Tweet or share reviews or comments on the films in public?

Yes! Normally, we have a strict press embargo including social media at Screening Days events, as the films screened are pre-release. However, this isn’t the case for our Archive Screening Day so please feel free to discuss films and other events in the programme (such as panel discussions and presentations) online as you wish, tagging us at @ICOtweets #ScreeningDays.

Our events code of conduct

  • We want our events to be fun, inclusive spaces for film professionals. We expect people attending and working at the event to maintain our code of conduct so that it can stay fun and inclusive. Harassment and bullying have no place at ICO events. Be mindful of others’ experience and think before you speak or act, so that everyone can have a pleasurable and productive experience.
  • Examples of inappropriate behaviour that contravenes our code of conduct includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, aggressive behaviour, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, or someone behaves inappropriately towards you, or you witness something inappropriate, please report it to a member of ICO staff or email Your complaint will be treated with confidence and discretion. We are happy to help you and can help report inappropriate behaviour to the authorities, where necessary or address the problem ourselves where more appropriate. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not comply with our code of conduct. This code of conduct applies both in person and online.
  • If you would like to speak to an independent organisation about an issue, the Film and TV Charity have a free and confidential helpline available on 0800 054 00 00. It operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Terms and conditions

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.

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