Screening Days

Archive Screening Day 2017


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 show how you can bring ambitious archive events to audiences.

It’s designed to give exhibitors the cinematic inspiration, practical skills and educational tools you need to help share archive film with your audiences. Amid many other strands, the event will offer a focus on accessing and screening archive prints from 35mm.

It will take place at BFI Southbank in London on Thursday 7th December 2017 and will incorporate screenings, workshops, keynote speakers, 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.

Drinks kindly sponsored by Studiocanal’s Vintage Classics.


Download the full schedule

BFI Southbank screenings

In addition to our films and sessions, BFI Southbank are holding two specially curated public archive screenings in the evening:

  • The Long Memory – a special 35mm presentation of Kind Hearts and Coronets director Robert Hamer’s atmospheric 1953 British noir (6.10pm, NFT 3, 92 mins)
  • Rapsodia Satanica + Kinemacolor shorts – presented by Cecilia Cenciarelli of the Cineteca di Bologna, a ravishing digital 4K restoration of Nino Oxilia’s 1917 film, produced from a hand-painted original print (8.10pm, NFT 3, approx. 70 mins)

The ICO is pleased to offer delegates a limited number of tickets for these films at the subsidised rate of £5 per film. To take up this offer, add your chosen screening(s) to your pass when registering online.


Pass cost: £25 (which includes all refreshments, lunch and evening drinks reception)

If you have any queries about registration, please email


The Film Hubs may be able to offer bursaries towards fees, travel or accommodation for their members to attend Screening Days. For more details, visit your regional Film Hub’s website:

Find out more

Further information about the event will be uploaded to this section of the website. If you’ve any queries, please email

Terms and conditions

Screening Days is an industry event open to people working or volunteering in an organisation that shows films to the public.


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: £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

Days Hotel Waterloo
Approximate rate per night: £110 – £129
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.8 miles

Holiday Inn Express Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £194
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.8 miles

The Bridge Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £84 – £134
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.8 miles

Mecure London Bridge Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £219 – £249
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.8 miles

ibis Styles London Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £181 – £231
Distance to BFI Southbank: 0.9 miles

Premier Inn London Southwark
Approximate rate per night: £148 – £169
Distance to BFI Southbank: 1 mile

The Portland
Approximate rate per night: £251 – £323
Distance to BFI Southbank: 1 mile

London City Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £123 – £188
Distance to BFI Southbank: 1.1 mile

Travelodge London Vauxhall
Approximate rate per night: £54 – £81
Distance to BFI Southbank: 1.6 mile

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


We are delighted to welcome several special guests and expert contributors to the Archive Screening Day for the sessions running alongside our film programme.

Keynote speaker: Danny Leigh

We are thrilled to welcome Danny Leigh as our keynote speaker for the event. Familiar to audiences from the BBC’s long-running film programme Film 2017, Danny is Senior Curator of Fiction Film and Television at the BFI National Archive and is a novelist, filmmaker, a journalist for The Guardian and Financial Times amongst others, has worked in film education and has programmed films for numerous seasons and festivals. Danny will be giving a personal take on his love of archive film and what it has to offer today’s audiences.

Accessing the archive

In recent years an enormous amount of our screen heritage has been digitised, but how do venues, filmmakers and community groups access this vast array of material? This panel brings together representatives from the BFI National Archive, regional, and commercial archives to talk through their different approaches to this, including partnerships and creative collaborations with examples of previous work. Joining the panel are Beatrice Harbour, Manager, London Screen Archives; Philip Leach, Senior Curator, Media Archive for Central England; Simon McCallum, Archive Projects Curator, BFI; and Madeleine Bates, General Manager – Outreach, FOCAL International. Chaired by Jemma Buckley, Partnerships Manager, ICO.

Programming silent film

Interested in programming silent films but not sure where to start? This session is designed to provide an overview of practical considerations and cultural opportunities for silent cinema. Led by Bryony Dixon, Curator of Silent Film at the BFI National Archive, and followed by a panel discussion with Pamela Hutchinson, journalist and editor of; Alison Strauss of Hippodrome Bo’ness and Hippodrome Silent Film Festival and pianist John Sweeney (who will also be accompanying selections onscreen).

How to make 35mm (and other formats!) matter for audiences

Audiences are increasingly drawn to the unique experience of seeing film as it was first seen: on film stock. But with the cost and difficulty of showing prints increasing every year, how can cinemas successfully sell the power of seeing film on film and grow audiences for this experience? How can 35mm have its own ‘vinyl moment’? Join our panel, all of whom take this potentially niche experience to big crowds, to talk marketing and inspiring audiences on the joy of celluloid! With Dominic Simmons, Head of Technical Services at BFI Southbank; Ian Mantgani, Programmer, Badlands Collective; Josephine Botting, ‎Curator of Fiction, BFI National Archive; and Rebecca Hill, Festival and Cinema Events Coordinator, Widescreen Weekend. Chaired by Duncan Carson, Marketing & Communications Manager, ICO.

Special presentations and introductions

In addition to our keynote and cinema panels, all films will be contextualised with introductions. Cecilia Cenciarelli – Head of Research & Special Projects at Cineteca di Bologna and Manager of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project – will introduce our screening of Soleil Ô and will present the work of Il Cinema Ritrovato at BFI Southbank’s evening screening of Rapsodia Satanica and Kinemacolor shorts; and the Colour Programme and Women and Animation programme will be presented by BFI National Archive curators Patrick Russell (Senior Curator, Non-Fiction) and Jez Stewart (Curator, Animation) respectively. Selina Robertson, programmer, writer and co-founder of queer feminist film collective Club des Femmes will introduce The L-Shaped Room.


Download the full schedule


How do I get there?

Click here for directions to BFI Southbank.

How do I register on the day?

Registration will be held in the morning. You will be issued with a badge which will be 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 events will begin at 9.30am and finish at 5.18pm, followed by a drinks reception from 5pm – 6pm.

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?

There will be workshops, keynote 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?

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 and opening hours.

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?

The aim of the event is 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 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 five members of my organisation attend?

As we only have a limited capacity, we limit the number of passes for any one organisation to five. This ensures that the largest number of organisations can benefit from the event. 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.

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