Screening Days

Archive Screening Day 2019


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 5 December 2019, it will incorporate screenings, workshops, panels and presentations on how to create memorable 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.


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“Really enjoyable day with plenty to think about – thank you for running a fascinating event!”

“Excellent presenters and speakers”

Archive Screening Day 2018 delegates


Peace on the Western Front

Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator of the Imperial War Museum, will deliver a special presentation of the IWM’s latest archive restoration project, a 'work in progress' screening of 'Peace on the Western Front' accompanied by silent film musician and composer Stephen Horne. Towards the end of 1930, two veterans of the First World War – one German, one British – filmed this pilgrimage through its battlefields in hopes of delivering an anti-war message to younger generations.

Race in the Hollywood musical

A genre whose music and dance is rooted in black culture and yet which has mostly marginalised or excluded African-Americans – what is the Hollywood musical up to? Celebrated writer and academic Richard Dyer will explore the topic in this special illustrated presentation.

Reel Women / Real Lives: Britain’s female documentary makers

Most leading documentarians in Britain today are women, but who were the early female pioneers of documentary cinema? In this session Ros Cranston, Curator, Non-Fiction at the BFI National Archive will introduce a film programme exploring a story that began with the female innovators of the British documentary movement in the '30s and culminates in the rich contemporary scene: a story beautifully captured in the collections of the BFI National Archive.

Shifting Ground

The BFI Film Audience Network’s screen heritage programme encourages organisations to develop ambitious events that showcase the moving image collections of the UK’s regional and national film archives. In this session, Screen Heritage Producer Andy Robson will be joined by colleagues from the exhibition and archive sectors to share successes from their recent season, Shifting Ground; including the East Anglian Film Archive’s (EAFA) Young Programmer Pilot. Andy will also introduce details for 2020 funding and discuss best practice for screen heritage projects.

A Practical Toolkit for Diversifying Archive Film Programming

This practical session is designed to increase film programmers’ capacity to create diverse, internationally-focused archive film programmes. Geared towards those on a budget, it will cover technological tools, how to work with international archives and distributors, and techniques for researching, discovering and accessing films beyond the canon. Through case studies of successful programmes for the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) and beyond, independent programmer and curator and BFMAF Associate Programmer Herb Shellenberger will explain best practices, detail available resources and offer attainable ideas and goals to help you put together engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining archive film events at your cinema.

Second Sight: New Commissions & Panel

In association with LUX, we are delighted to present a special Archive Screening Day preview of our upcoming 2020 national film tour exploring the legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies and histories of the UK's Black Film Workshop Movement that developed throughout the 1980s. Earlier in the day, we will be screening two key films from the period: Dreaming Rivers and The People's Account. In this session, we will screen new artists' moving image commissions inspired by the movement from Ayo Akingbade, Onyeka Igwe, Morgan Quaintance and Rehana Zaman; followed by a post-screening discussion with artists Ayo Akingbade, Morgan Quaintance and Rehana Zaman and filmmaker Menelik Shabazz and chaired by Jemma Desai, programmer and Founder, I Am Dora.


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

The nearest underground stations are Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (Circle and District lines). The nearest main line rail stations are Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross.

Planning your journey

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


The Wellington Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £157 – £167
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.2 miles

Premier Inn London Waterloo
Approximate rate per night: £148 – £165
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.3 miles

Premier Inn County Hall
Approximate rate per night: £159 – £176
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.3 miles

ibis London Blackfriars
Approximate rate per night: £219 – £228
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.5 miles

Travelodge London Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £148 – £200
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.6 miles

Travelodge London Central Waterloo
Approximate rate per night: £139 – £199
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.6 miles

Days Hotel Waterloo
Approximate rate per night: £118 – £139
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.8 miles

Holiday Inn Express Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £176
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: £256 – £337
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.8 miles

ibis Styles London Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £219 – £266
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.9 miles

Premier Inn London Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £169 – £176
Distance to BFI Southbank: 1 mile

Grange Portland Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £178 – £322
Distance to BFI Southbank: 1 mile

Travelodge London Vauxhall
Approximate rate per night: 135 – £191
Distance to BFI Southbank: 1.6 mile

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


How do I register on the day?

Registration will be held from 9.45am at the ICO desk outside the Blue Room at BFI Southbank, 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?

Screenings and sessions begin with our introduction to the day at 9.45am. See the full schedule here.

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 food and drinks on-site?

All refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day. You can also visit BFI Southbank’s café bars, BFI Bar & Kitchen (plus its adjacent espresso bar) and BFI Riverfront, or one of the many cafés and restaurants nearby on the South Bank.

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 click here.

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.

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:

When will you be hosting the next Screening Days and where?

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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.

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. Please note that passes are limited to four per organisation and are strictly non-transferable.

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