Screening Days

ICO Screening Days - March 2007

03/03/2007 - 05/03/2007

BFI Southbank, London


Many thanks to everyone who came to the BFI Southbank for the ICO Screening Days in March. We are thrilled to report that the event was officially our biggest ever. At a final count 266 delegates from film societies, film festivals, cinemas and art centres attended the weekend.

We crammed 20 films into the weekend and can announce Away From Her received the highest audience reaction score with After the Wedding coming in second and Black Gold third.

Unfortunately the promised refurbishment of the BFI Southbank wasn’t quite ready in time for us and we want to thank you for being so understanding about the inconvenience this caused. Your patience was greatly appreciated. Fingers crossed, you won’t need an umbrella to get to screen 3 next year!

The drinks reception, once again supported by Filmbank, has proven to be growing in popularity.

It was great to see so many people at the National Theatre on Saturday evening. Having ordered more wine due to such large numbers, we were thrilled so many people managed to make it.

We take all criticism (good or bad!) regarding Screening Days on board and endeavour to adapt accordingly. Over the last year, we have altered the pass structure, started introducing screenings and provided complimentary tea and coffee on arrival thanks to your feedback. Where circumstances are beyond our control, we try to make this clear and provide explanations why this is so.

We received several queries regarding the timetable, in particular why films started early. We always try to squeeze as many films in as possible into the time available. As public screenings start at 6pm at the BFI Southbank, we were required to finish by 5.30pm or 5.45pm. In order to ensure there was sufficient provision for breaks, we chose to start at 9am. Recognising that this was earlier than previous events, we also scheduled a film each day for 10am, providing the option of a later start.

The next ICO Screening Days will be held at the Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham from Saturday, 3 November – Monday, 5 November 2007. We are pleased to have been able to secure a three day booking, giving us more time for events and networking opportunities as in Bristol in December last year. We’re also particularly looking forward to seeing the recently refurbished and expanded Broadway. We hope to open registration for this event at the beginning of September, do check our Screening Days page for further details nearer the time.

Evaluation report

We welcome your feedback and ideas concerning Screening Days and any of the other services the ICO offers. Do not hesitate to email us at

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