Join us for Screening Days November 2021 – a hybrid event running at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham and online!
We’ll be screening an array of the best independent films set for release in the months ahead so you can pack your programmes with new discoveries to delight your audiences.
Screening Days is a chance for cinema professionals to preview key upcoming films to aid their programming, marketing and audience development.
This Screening Days is a hybrid (in-person and online) event. You can attend in-person at Broadway from Sat 13 to Mon 15 November and/or watch a selection of films from the programme online from Tues 16 to Thurs 18 November.
View our template schedule for the event (PDF). The final schedule will be circulated closer to date when all the films are confirmed.
Which pass should I buy?
- If you’re currently employed, your pass is £50
- If you’re a freelancer, your pass is £25
- If you are currently unwaged, your pass is £10.
If you would like to attend but are unable to meet the costs of doing so, the ICO and/or your regional Film Hub may be able to help – see Support to join Screening Days for details.
Maximum of 3 in-person attendees per organisation.
Due to lowered capacity at Broadway because of social distancing, we can only take 150 people in-venue. We will operate an ‘in-person’ waiting list and release any available spaces after the registration deadline. There is no per organisation restriction on online passes. Email us at email@example.com to go on the waiting list.
Registration deadline: Friday 29 October. A refund is available for cancellations up to 5 November.
- You’ll be asked to indicate whether you will attend in-person (and which days if so) and/or online in our registration form.
- Passes are not transferable.
- Streaming is only available within the UK and our online platform Eventive restricts concurrent streams, so every viewer must have their own pass.
- See our FAQ for information on device compatibility.
- Pass costs are the same whether you attend in-person, online or a combination of both. See our FAQ for more information.
“The selection of films was amazing, it had such a diverse range. I found something I’d love to show at our site for all aspects of our audience!”
Screening Days March 2021 attendee
Am I eligible?
We want to welcome as many people as possible to our events while still protecting the work of filmmakers and distributors. Screening Days is for anyone who works or volunteers in a space that shows films and makes a direct contribution to selecting films and attracting audiences for them. If you’re in any doubt about your eligibility, just email us.
Support to join Screening Days
We know that some people who want to attend may be unable to meet the cost of doing so. If covering these costs yourself will prevent you from attending or make it hard for you to prioritise doing so, please get in touch.
We can provide financial support to pay for:
- Event passes
- Digital attendance costs (e.g. mobile data package, WiFi upgrade) up to £35
To apply, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org stating which areas you need support in (pass and/or digital attendance costs). You do not need to fill in a lot of paperwork or prove your status, just complete a short expense form with your bank details and provide us with a receipt. We will be able to repay you within 24 hours. Support is first come, first served and we have limited funds, so applying promptly is advised.
In addition, your regional Film Hub may be able to help in the form of bursaries for members . You can find your local film hub on the BFI website. If your organisation is not yet a Hub member, you can register for free.
Why do you run Screening Days?
Good question! We produce Screening Days for a few key reasons, best summarised as: ‘To help UK cinemas better serve all their possible audiences’. We focus the events on screenings and discussion because:
- We want cinemas across the UK to be able to make informed decisions about the films they programme, so audiences can see the best titles from around the world. That’s hard if you haven’t actually been able to watch the films and can’t afford to rely on expensive festival trips or distributor marketing materials.
- We think independent cinemas are best when their programming stands out. Screening Days aims to support ambition in cinema programming .
- We want to have useful conversations about what it’ll take to build a stronger independent cinema sector. Gathering people in the sector together helps us identify common problems and find ways to solve them.
- We also want to support independent distributors by helping their films find an audience in independent cinemas.
What do we want to achieve?
- Cinemas more regularly choosing films in our programme of independent British and world cinema titles and expanding the types of films they show.
- Cinemas attracting a wider range of people to those films.
- Attendees gaining a wider professional network and feeling part of a community.
- A wider group of people feeling that they can participate in film exhibition.
- Independent distributors feeling they’re able to play their films more widely from having been included in the programme.
When can I see the final schedule?
We will confirm the final schedule as soon as we can. Unfortunately, we are limited in how far in advance we can do so, as we usually finalise the last films from distributors quite close to the event. For this event, we will also need to check the availability of selected films from the programme for screening online as well as in-person at Broadway.
In the meantime, view our template schedule for an idea of how the in-person screenings at Broadway will be structured. Films shown online will be available from midnight (start) of Tuesday 16 to midnight (end) of Thursday 18 November. You can watch them within this window at times that suit you.
When will I get full event info?
Shortly before the event, we’ll send you a PDF event pack with all details including film descriptions, instructions on how to join at Broadway and/or online, and a participant list. We’ll ask if you would like a colour-printed or plain text hard copy of this pack (if you’re attending in-person at Broadway) in our registration form.
Why aren't there different prices for attending in-person and online?
Pass costs are the same whether you attend in-person, virtually or a combination of both to keep it as simple as possible. Please note that Screening Days passes cost a nominal amount, with the proceeds going towards our event delivery costs and forming an essential part of the match funding we need to qualify for our overall Screening Days funding. Pass fees cover about 15% of the budget of the events.
If you will have difficulty meeting the costs of attending, either in-person or online, see our Support section.
How do I get to Broadway?
What are Broadway's COVID-19 requirements?
Broadway asks audience members to wear face coverings when moving around inside the building, though they can be removed when you are seated inside the cinemas. They are operating at reduced capacity.
Their air conditioning circulates 100% fresh air and they have an increased cleaning regime, offer hand sanitiser stations and have Perspex screens installed at all points of sale. Read more.
We will keep you posted on any changes to Broadway’s policy and any additional measures we will take regarding COVID-19 safety before the event. If you have any queries or concerns, contact us at: email@example.com.
Is there somewhere to get food and drinks at Broadway?
Tea and coffee will be provided during morning registration at Broadway, and you will have the option to pre-book lunches to pick up at Broadway before the event. For other refreshments, you can visit Broadway’s Café Bar or Mezz Bar or go out to one of the many shops and restaurants nearby. There will be a cocktail hour after the final films on Saturday in the Mezz Bar.
How accessible is the event?
We aim to offer caption subtitles on all films shown virtually and as many films shown in-person as we can.
However, we may not be able to provide caption subtitles for many films shown from DCP at Broadway due to availability and timelines. So, if hard of hearing captions are essential to your experience of Screening Days, we recommend accessing the event virtually.
For other information on accessibility at Broadway, see their accessibility information page.
If you have any other queries about access, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a quiet space available at Broadway?
Yes, there will be a dedicated quiet space for use by Screening Days delegates at Broadway. Ask at the ICO desk for directions.
What devices can I watch films on?
For this event, we are working with Eventive rather than Shift72, whose platform we have used for many of our previous virtual events. You can view films on Eventive on a laptop, tablet (e.g. iPad), phone, Chromecast and Airplay from your device, and via HDMI connector to your laptop. However, please note that you can’t currently watch on devices with a Linux or Chrome based operating system (e.g., Chromebooks). In general, it’s a good idea to test your set up before streaming the films – you can do that on Eventive’s compatibility page. We offer a support email service throughout the event.
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 higher profile titles, particularly in the lead-up to awards season, so delegates can assess their suitability for programming.
Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to see the widest possible range of high quality films to help you broaden and diversify the programmes in your venues.
Selected films will be contextualised with introductions and discussions on how they might best be programmed and positioned to maximise their potential for audience development.
Films will be announced on this page as they are confirmed. Full film descriptions and booking details will be circulated to registered delegates before the event in our delegate pack.
Can I talk about the films I see at Screening Days?
You’ll be able to discuss films with other attendees during the event. However, due to our agreements with distributors, it’s important not to discuss the films you see at the event in online spaces (e.g. social media, blogs), even if your comments are positive and even if the film has already screened elsewhere. If you’d like to talk about the event in general on social media, though, please do! You can find us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the event hashtag #ScreeningDays.
We take piracy very seriously. Please do not record, copy, share or stream films from our online platform, which are provided only for film exhibition professionals that meet the entry criteria. We have advanced security measures in place including forensic watermarking that will allow us to prevent and track piracy. If you are found to be in breach of these terms, we will take any and all legal measures available.
Code of conduct
Whether on or offline, we want our events to be fun, inclusive spaces for film professionals. We expect people attending and working at them to maintain this code of conduct so that they stay that way. Harassment and bullying have no place at ICO events.
Examples of inappropriate behaviours that contravene our code of conduct include offensive comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of events, aggressive behaviour, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention.
If someone behaves inappropriately towards you or you witness something inappropriate, please report it to a member of ICO staff or email us. Your complaint will be treated with discretion. We are happy to help 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 24-hour helpline available on 0800 054 00 00.
How to apply
To register for Screening Days, type in the number of the appropriate pass type(s) you would like to order and click ‘Continue’.
- If you’re in any doubt about your eligibility, see ‘Am I eligible?‘ or email us at: email@example.com.
- Due to capacity at Broadway, in-person passes are limited to three per organisation in the first instance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to put additional names on our waiting list.
- Passes are strictly non-transferable.
- Streaming is only available within the UK and Republic of Ireland. Every viewer must have their own pass.
- The final registration deadline is 29 October. A refund is available for cancellations up to 5 November.
- You will be asked to indicate whether you wish to attend in-person or entirely online. If you need to change this after booking, email us by latest Friday 29 October and we will change your booking (while space allows):