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What Developing Your Film Festival can offer you
Posted on May 13, 2019
While there are many training opportunities on offer for filmmakers, there is only one Developing Your Film Festival. Programmer & Artistic Director for The Kids Film Festival in Poland, Joanna Żak shared with us what she learnt at the world's only intensive development programme for film festival professionals in 2018.
What I Learnt at Young Audiences Screening Day
Posted on May 10, 2019
On Thursday 2 May, we organised our Young Audiences Screening Day at HOME Manchester and were thrilled to welcome many emerging film programmers from across the UK to the event. Sophie Willard from Saffron Screen Young Film Programmers shared with us her experience of the day.
Questioning cultural blind spots in film programming
Posted on April 11, 2019
Film has the unique gift of giving its viewers the chance to better understand the lives of people from around the world and widening their perspectives. Having just returned from her work placement at Hanoi's DOCLAB, our FEDS alumna Umulkhayr Mohamed writes about her experience and what film programmers can do to help rectify today's cultural blind spots.
Cinema Spotlight: The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford
Posted on March 21, 2019
Oxford's beautiful art deco gem The Ultimate Picture Palace has been operating as an independent cinema since 1911 and is one of the ICO's latest programming clients. We spoke to their Marketing & Events Manager Tom Jowett about the craziest stories from their century-long history (including almost coming to blows with Stanley Kubrick!), the legacy of owner Becky Hallsmith and what they are planning for the future.
Programmers' Picks: Ones to Watch this Spring
Posted on March 18, 2019
In a new ICO blog series, our film programming team highlights a selection of independent films that have been picked up for UK distribution. In our first edition, David Sin, Jonny Courtney, Heather McIntosh and Isabel Moir write about nine upcoming films that they feel will make an impact this spring. It's looking like a mighty fine start for a great year in independent cinema.
What I Learnt at Film Hub South East's Young Film Programmers Event
Posted on February 21, 2019
One of the key priorities for us at Film Hub South East is to support more young people going to the cinema in the region. With that in mind, we’ve encouraged cinemas to start more young film programmers’ groups and want to help build a network around existing ones. On 7 February, our young film programmers met at BFI Southbank for a networking evening, with speakers from the BFI’s Future Film Festival and Birmingham’s Flatpack Festival. Jasmine Alice, one of the BENSHI Programmers at the Palace Cinema, shared with us what she learnt at this fascinating event.