Cultural Cinema Exhibition 2017 [#CulturalCinema]

[OK, this is very expensive, but I think it looks like an excellent programme. We (the University of Worcester) have no affiliation with this group; I’m just posting it here for information. MJK]

  • Do you know and love film, but want to have the practical skills and detailed knowledge that will make you a truly expert programmer?
  • Do you want to start a film club, run a community cinema or deliver a festival?
  • Do you want your CV to jump to the top of the pile when applying for film jobs?
  • Do you work in film and want to develop the skills necessary to deliver exciting and innovative programmes?
  • Do you want to know how you can deliver specialist programmes or bring minority groups into your cinema?


Fri 10 Mar 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017
TBC, London

Creative Skillset - BFI - Lottery

Cultural Cinema Exhibition is essential training for anyone who wants to take their film career to the next level. Click here to apply before Tuesday 14 February.

In the decade-plus history of the course, its alumni have achieved top jobs at the British Film Institute, Picturehouse, Curzon Cinemas, Soda Pictures, Watershed, the Barbican and film festivals around the world.

Whether you currently work in cinema or festival programming, film curation, artist moving image, film education or specialist film, film marketing or audience development, or you want to in the future, this course is comprehensive and practical and will immeasurably boost your skills and knowledge.

You will learn:

  • A complete toolkit for understanding audiences, including increasing access for young people, children, LGBT, disabled and ethnically diverse audiences
  • How the film industry works, from key figures, including producers, sales agents, programmers, exhibitors, digital distributors and more
  • How to market a film from press campaigns to copy, from social media to offline
  • A full knowledge of the technical aspects of film so you can keep the magic of the big screen alive
  • How you can create and build audiences for archive film, artist moving image, international cinema, event cinema and alternative content
  • The key details of practical programming: negotiating, securing rights and understanding release windows

Who is this course for?

    • Professionals with 1-3 years’ experience who are forging a career in the cultural cinema sector, including programming, education, marketing and audience development
    • Any film industry professionals who currently work in management, programming, education, marketing, administration or fundraising at independent cinemas, film festivals, film societies and pop-ups
    • People who currently work in exhibition who want to build an audience for cultural cinema at their venue
    • People who run, or who have a strong desire to run, grass roots film societies and venues

Click here to apply.

How is the course taught?

This is an intensive course taught over a week. It comprises talks from a wide range of film industry experts, practical exercises, tutorials and networking. You will also have the chance to see a variety of upcoming cultural cinema films, and workshop these releases.

When will the course run?

Exact dates and location are currently TBC but the course is provisionally set for 10-17 March 2017.

Click here to apply.

The price of the course includes a pass for the ICO Screening Days at BFI Southbank (11-13 March 2017).

Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded directly by industry through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF), as well as by the National Lottery via the BFI.

Job Opportunities at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Exciting opportunity! Join the team at Sheffield Doc/Fest for the 2017 Festival as part of the Films, Marketing, and Production teams. They are currently hiring for Doc/Player Coordinator, Publications Coordinator, Production Coordinator, and Venue Coordinators. Applications close starting 5 January:


Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor, Seminar

Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor, came to talk to students on FLMS2250 – Film Cultures on 29 November, 2016.


It was a fascinating discussion about what makes a film a “festival film”. We also discussed how these films offer audiences a different kind of film experience to mainstream cinema. Festival films are more challenging, often rejecting mainstream cinema’s focus on action and straightforward narrative storytelling.


A special thank you to Rebekah; it was a really fascinating discussion. For more information about Rebekah and her company, The Film Festival Doctor, please check out her website.

Calling all young, UK-based film-makers aged 16-24!

Rural Media has teamed up with Borderlines Film Festival 2017 to create the Best Short Film Award for Breakthrough Talent.

We’re on the lookout for new film-makers…the deadline for submissions is 16th December so you’ll need to get your skates on!

All the finalists will have their films screened at the festival as part of a ‘celebration of young talent’ event and a panel of film industry professionals will select the winner, who will receive £500 in prize money.

Borderlines Film Festival, the UK’s largest rural film festival based in Herefordshire and Shropshire, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017 and Rural Media, a Herefordshire based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects, have joined together to celebrate and give a new platform for first time and emerging film-makers.

We love film in all its glorious forms, from animation to drama, gritty documentaries to experimental hybrid work. The films should be no longer than 15 minutes (including credits) and although the film-maker must be UK based, as long as English subtitles are used, the films can be in any language. We are after current material so your film needs to have been made between August 2015 and the submission date.

To enter, please go to  There is a submission fee of £25.00 which can be paid via Paypal, cheque or bank transfer. Please note any submissions received without the £25 fee will not be considered.

For initial submission, films should be sent either via a password protected link, a file transfer service such as WeTransfer or via a hard drive to the Rural Media offices.

The deadline for submissions is 6pm on Friday 16th December 2016. Borderlines Film Festival takes place from 24 Feb – 12 March 2017 and we’ll let you know whether you have been successful or not before the Festival programme goes live.

Rural Media is a Hereford-based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects. Founded over 25 years ago by CEO Nic Millington, we have a reputation, locally and nationally, for telling powerful stories from unheard voices and nurturing creative talent.

Borderlines film festival is the UK’s largest rural film festival. Based in Herefordshire and celebrating their 15th Anniversary in 2017.