Screening Days

Screening Days - July 2018

07/07/2018 - 09/07/2018

Phoenix, Leicester

We’re delighted to be returning to the Phoenix in Leicester for our summer event from 7 – 9 July 2018.

We’ll be screening the best independent cinema set for release over the following months, so you can pack your programme with great discoveries to entice new audiences and thrill existing ones.

Download the schedule.


Registration for this event is now closed.

Please email with any queries.



Thank you. I don’t know what I’d do without the screening days! They are a huge help in programming the festivals – make my programming much more efficient – and I love attending.

Screening Days delegate


Phoenix Leicester
4 Midland St


Phoenix is located in Leicester’s city centre, within the Cultural Quarter, just a 10 minute walk from the train station.

From Leicester station (<10min walk)

Head northwest on London Rd/A6 toward Waterloo Way/A594 492ft, then continue onto St Georges Way/A594. Turn left onto St George Street. Turn left onto Southampton Street and then right onto Morledge Street. The Phoenix will be on the right approx. 200ft down Morledge Street.

By car

There is a council-run pay and display car park next to Phoenix. On Sundays and bank holidays there is a £1 charge and a maximum stay of 4hrs. You can find out more about charges here:

For alternative parking, the Rutland Centre NCP car park on Halford Street (LE1 1TQ) is just a short walk away from Phoenix and costs £5.20 all day for Phoenix customers. To obtain this reduced rate your parking ticket must be validated at the Phoenix box office.

On street parking is also available around Phoenix. In pay and display bays, parking is free after 6pm and all day on Sundays; on single yellow lines, parking is free after 6pm. Please check the signs as circumstances may change and temporary restrictions may be in place. Parking is NOT permitted in the Staples car park.

By train

There are many direct train journeys to Leicester, including journeys from London, Birmingham, Lincoln, Sheffield, Nottingham and Manchester.

To plan your train journey please visit:


Nearby hotels (by distance)

Hotel ibis Leicester City
Approximate rate per night: £49 – £118
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 0.2 miles

Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £72 – £125
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 0.3 miles

Premier Inn Leicester City Centre
Approximate rate per night: £31
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 0.3 miles

Castle Park Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £58 – £63
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 0.5 miles

Hotel Campanile Leicester
Approximate rate per night: £84 – £109
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 0.5 miles

The Belmont Hotel, Leicester
Approximate rate per night: £62- £102
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 0.6 miles

Hotel Maiyango
Approximate rate per night: £62 – £98
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 0.8 miles

Spindle Lodge
Approximate rate per night: £35 – £75
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 0.8 miles

Travelodge Leicester Central Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £29 – £84
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 0.8 miles

Holiday Inn Leicester
Approximate rate per night: £65 – £127
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 0.9 miles

Croft Hotel (tel: 0116 212 0327)
Approximate rate per night: £32 – £75
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 1.2 miles

Stoneycroft Hotel
Approximate rate per night: £39
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 1.3 miles

Comfort Hotel Leicestershire
Approximate rate per night: £35
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 1.4 miles

Holiday Inn Express Leicester
Approximate rate per night: £76 – £80
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 1.5 miles

Campbells Guest House
Approximate rate per night: £38 – £59
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 1.7 miles

Premier Inn Leicester Central A50
Approximate rate per night: £31 – £71
Distance to Phoenix Leicester: 2.5 miles

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.

Why attend?

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 more.

Where are the screenings held?

Screenings will be held in Screens 1 & 2 at Phoenix.

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

Yes! There will be a drinks reception on Saturday evening (from 5.40 pm, Courtyard Suite) for delegates to meet and network with fellow colleagues and catch up on the all-important films of the day.

On Sunday, Phoenix will run a session outlining their 2020 expansion plans (11.20 am, Courtyard Suite) and in the evening, we have partnered with Phoenix to hold an evening screening of The Dream Palace (Screen 1, 6.30 pm). Entry to the screening will be free to Screening Days delegates; please note it will also be open to the public via paid tickets.

How accessible is Phoenix?

The main entrance to Phoenix is on street level from Midland Street. Wheelchair spaces are available in both its cinema screens and there is lift access to the first floor delegate area. For full accessibility details, click here.

How do you select films for 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?

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 we now limit 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 (and must have done so in the year to date).

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:

Why haven't I received an additional email approving my passes?

As mentioned during online registration, our registration process has changed. In the past, we requested payment after approving your registration, and you would receive a separate email to confirm your passes were approved.

Now, we take payment from your account immediately when you book your passes and you will only receive one automatic booking confirmation email at this point. If you don’t receive this email, please check your junk/spam folder.

If there is any problem with your eligibility we’ll contact you within five working days to refund your fees, but otherwise you may assume your registration was successful.

If you have any queries or issues while booking your pass, email

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

We’re delighted to announce we have confirmed dates and venues for the next set of Screening Days. They are:

  • D’ Word Screening Day 2018 (diversity and inclusivity focused)
    Tuesday 25 September 2018 at mac, Birmingham
  • Autumn Screening Days 2018
    27-29 October 2018 at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
  • Archive Screening Day 2018
    Thursday 29 November 2018 at BFI Southbank, London
  • Spring Screening Days 2019
    2-4 March 2019 at BFI Southbank, London

We’ll have webpages up for these events soon, but as usual please sign up to our mailing list to stay up to date.

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.

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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