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ICO Young Audiences Screening Day

Posted: Tue, 16 May 2017 12:18

ICO Young Audiences Screening Day

Ursula White, Independent Cinema Milton Keynes

I am heading north on the train to Sheffield researching films for our Children's cinema programme Tracks. Venturing out of Milton Keynes is difficult as no one covers my role while I am away.

I work for Independent Cinema Milton Keynes. Our organisation creates memorable encounters with moving image, producing films and film programmes, celebratory events. ICMK also develops the skills and profile of filmmakers in Milton Keynes running networking sessions, screenings and film challenges. The core of our work is programming Friday Night Films at MK Gallery, but we also work right across Milton Keynes producing events with a wide variety of organisations and groups. www.ic-mk.org

So I'm on the train and the day is stunning- not a cloud in the sky, a group of brown cows still drowsy in the green field, it's early and I haven't had coffee yet. The local council elections were yesterday and I am glad not to be listening to the Radio this morning. I am looking forward to watching films today and not writing proposals, reports, and funding applications. It feels like I am actually doing what I want to do when I come to ICO screening days.

And its great to be going to Sheffield, as usual ICO have got some great choices. I am very interested in cinema and film for younger audiences. We started a monthly children's cinema aimed at 7 – 12 year olds last year called Tracks. It was set up with local parents and children who assist with marketing efforts and event management. It has gone well so far but we are limited with our lack of DCP capability, which means for instance that we can't screen Studio Ghibli titles.

Looking forward to catching up with other exhibitors too… signing off now as I approach the first of my train changes.

I arrive and am in straightaway to hear the keynote address from Florine Weibenger, Head of Education at Eye, Amsterdam. The address is about engaging young audiences and a great overview of all their projects with different age ranges. I come out with a sense of envy at the amount of investment there and looking at what we can take from that with the resources we have. Later, luckily for me, there is Engaging Audiences on a Shoestring.

Just got out of screening of The Big Sick, a US indie movie that premiered at Sundance. There was a lot to like about the film – some good humour, exploration of what it means to be a Pakistani Muslim in the US. On the whole the film is a bit long but I was genuinely moved by the story and would probably screen this. It's lunchtime and some quick chats to fellow exhibitors who come from North and South. I manage to catch a bit of the anime Napping Princess before the shoestring session.Beautiful detailed background drawings, but the story a little awkward and the soundtrack a bit generic, but I think my daughter of 12 would enjoy it.

I manage to catch a bit of Into Film: You Tube and then sneak out to see a bit of Rock Dog and then its time to go back. A lot packed in - great ideas and inspiration to take back to Milton Keynes.

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