UK Independent Cinema Office launches The Cinema of Ideas

– The new collaborative platform will give independent cinemas the opportunity to enrich their program offering through an additional virtual screen

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On 5 August, the UK’s Independent Cinema Office (ICO) announced the launch of a new project initiative called The Cinema of Ideas. Developed in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic and through the support of the BFI’s National Lottery, Ideas Cinema is set to become a collaborative film platform, designed to enable independent cinemas to enrich their program offerings through an additional virtual screen. designed to provide opportunities. without financial risk.

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By extension, this innovative revenue-sharing platform will allow independent cinemas to benefit from the ICO’s programming expertise, broad cultural connections, and public funding. The main mission of the digital resource is “to help bridge the gap facing independent cinemas, by engaging with the widest possible audience with a culturally relevant program, exploring issues of race, disability, gender, sexuality and class.”

Cinema of Ideas will collaborate with filmmakers, artists, archivists, historians, critics, independent film collectors and emerging curators to showcase the work they do to explore the full scope of contemporary film culture and film heritage. Between the launch and March 2022, there will be funded opportunities for at least two exciting curatorial voices from under-represented groups, who will be identified through an open call, to lend their expertise and the duration of the film on stage and To handle the events discussed.

The first event, “Archival Resistance: Rastafari Women in Britain”, will take place on 26 August and will be hosted by the Museum of London researchers and curators. Alima Gray. This will include a live discussion panel with leading curators of African and Afro-diaspora cinema June Givani and writers and journalists Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm. Along with the discussion, D Elmina Davis‘ document Rastafari’s Omega Rising Woman Will stream from 19th August – 2nd September.

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Cinema of Ideas’ current partner cinemas include Chapter Cardiff (Cardiff), Saffron Screen (Saffron Walden), Northampton Filmhouse (Northampton), Wellington Orbit (Telford), Barn Dartington (Totnes) who are expected to come on board.

Commenting on their new endeavor, ICO Director, Catherine des ForgesSaid: “We know that if we have to survive these current challenges, we have to innovate, we have to be agile and be responsive to the audience. […] The Cultural Recovery Fund has allowed cinemas some breathing space and time to reinvent their business model, Ideas Cinema will allow those who need space to experiment and innovate without taking undue financial risk. As always, it is thanks to the National Lottery players that public funding is available through the BFI that allows us to experiment and take risks; Even when we try new ways to bring cultural work to audiences, even a relatively small amount of money has an unprecedented effect. In the exhibition sector, whether it is commercial circuits or smaller independents, streaming platforms, changing windows and new partnerships will have an impact and we do not yet know the full extent of that impact. Cinema of Ideas takes everything we love about cinema, and gives it a platform to speak. “

You can find out more about Cinema of Ideas here.

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