Training Courses

Core Skills for Cinemas

13/05/2021 - 13/05/2021

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Our new core skills webinar series will provide relevant, practical learning on a range of topics with sessions specifically designed for those working across the independent film exhibition and distribution sectors. Each month, industry experts will share their experiences, offering guidance and illustrative case studies with lessons that can be easily adapted by participants.

Our next session is:

  • Thursday 13 May, 14:00-15:30 – Researching screening materials and film rights


Each session costs £10 to attend.


13/05/2021 - 13/05/2021




Thursday 13th May
Researching Screening Materials and Film Rights

Simon Duffy, BFI Southbank

Screening material and rights research is a crucial skill for any film programmer – but often, venues or festivals with a great idea for a one-off screening or even a film season are unsure where to start. In this session we’re delighted to be joined by Simon Duffy, the BFI’s Programme and Research Manager to give us his top tips on tracking down and securing access to rare and sought-after titles, drawing on examples from his own work at BFI Southbank.


Simon Duffy

Programme & Research Manager, BFI Southbank

Simon has been the Programme & Research Manager at BFI Southbank since 2016 and leads the team responsible for researching screening materials and negotiating rights clearances on all films shown at the venue. He began his BFI career as a cinema usher at the National Film Theatre and then worked in the BFI’s regional department, which offered training and programming services to venues across the UK, before joining the NFT’s programme planning department. He’s also worked as the London Film Festival Screenings Coordination Manager and as a programme advisor to the From Page to Screen and Le Città Visibili film festivals.

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