Screening Days

If you want to show the best films, first you need to see them

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.

In addition to our main Spring and Autumn Screening Days, we also run specialised Screening Days  events themed around inclusion and diversity and cinema for children and young audiences.

Accessibility at Screening Days

Making Screening Days as accessible as possible is very important to us. Find out about the accessibility options you can expect at our events.

Upcoming events

  • Spring Screening Days 2024 – Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 March (in-person at BFI Southbank, London) and online from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 March
    WITH an additional audience development day on Friday 8 March for theatrical venues

We will publicise full details of all 2024 events as soon as possible. Sign up to our mailing list to stay updated.

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. Read about our 2023-24 Advisory Group and how to submit comments and ideas to them.

Open calls for curators

We hold paid open calls for curated sessions or film programmes at our annual specialised Screening Days events, themed around young audiences and inclusion and diversity.

To be the first to receive all details of upcoming Screening Days, including open calls, sign up to our mailing list.

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.

New to Screening Days? Check out our trailer to get a sense of what it's like

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