Screening Days

About ICO Screening Days

We strongly believe that the most successful cinemas are those where staff have the opportunity to watch films and feel passionate about them. To this end, the ICO runs national Screening Days events, a staple in the independent cinema calendar giving exhibitors the chance to watch the best upcoming film releases from across the globe and discuss them with industry peers; enabling you to go away and create incredible programmes.

Screening Days comprise intensive preview screenings of features that will be hitting screens in the months ahead. In addition to our main events, we run specialised Screening Days themed around inclusion and diversity; archive film; and cinema for children and young audiences.

Upcoming events

  • ID (Inclusion & Diversity) Screening Days 2022
    Wednesday 7 September (online) + Friday 9 September 2022 (online / Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal)
  • Autumn Screening Days 2022
    Saturday 12 to Monday 14 November 2022 (National Science and Media Museum, Bradford) + online dates TBC
  • Archive Screening Days 2022
    Thursday 8 December 2022 (BFI Southbank, London) + online dates TBC
  • Spring Screening Days 2023 
    Saturday 11 to Monday 13 March 2023 (BFI Southbank, London) + online dates TBC

Screening Days advisory group

Our Screening Days advisory group gives us external perspectives on Screening Days and help us find ways to renew, improve and open up the events. Submit your comments or any ideas you’d like the group to consider.

Open calls for curators

We hold paid open calls for curated sessions or film programmes at our three annual specialised Screening Days events, themed around archive film, inclusion and diversity, and young audiences. Our next open call will be for our Archive Screening Days event, December 2022.

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Being able to see a film makes a huge difference when it comes to programming and for programmers who work in the regions and who can never get to the regular distributor press screenings in London, ICO Screening Days are the most invaluable connection with upcoming releases.

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