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Deaf people underserved by cinemas

A new report by the Independent Cinema Office has suggested that UK cinemas are not meeting demand from deaf audiences. The findings are the result of a series of focus …

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Survey into film watching habits of

Film Hub NI has launched an online public survey to find out more about how young people (under 30) across the six counties of Northern Ireland are watching films. The …

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NFTS appoints new director

Dr Jon Wardle has been appointed as the new director of the NFTS. Currently deputy director, he will succeed Nik Powell who has led the school for the past 14 …

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New research network aims to map

A new research initiative looking at gender in the media sector was launched at this month’s Making a Difference Conference hosted by WFTV and the BFI. The Research Institute for …

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Telling Stories: call for partners

MITA member Runaway Media recently completed its Telling Stories scheme, a Lottery-funded interactive project led by young people (16-25 years) who used the media to share experiences and points of …

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BFI appoints new diversity head

The BFI has appointed Jennifer Smith to the newly created post of Head of Diversity. She will be responsible for leading on diversity and inclusion across all BFI activity which …

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Screen picks top training schemes for

In April, Screen International, in collaboration with Creative Skillset, published a list of eight of the best industry training initiatives for under-represented groups. Among the list are: Filmonomics run by …

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Endemol CEO announced as new Creative

Richard Johnston, CEO of Endemol Shine UK, was appointed last month as the new Chair of Creative Skillset. Johnston takes over from ex-Chief Executive Dinah Caine, who has acted as …

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Channel 4 unveils latest diversity goals

Channel 4 will provide work opportunities to 40 TV programme directors from minority groups, as part of a new round of initiatives to improve diversity. The plan was unveiled at …

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BBC News announces £1m scheme for

BBC News has announced a £1 million scheme to recruit and train 12 journalists with disabilities. Over the next year, new positions will be created in BBC News’ Mobile and …

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Creative Scotland to invest £1.5m to

Creative Scotland has launched a £1.5 million scheme that aims to tackle inequalities in the arts by focusing provision on Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people. The CashBack for Creativity Targeted …

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Bazalgette to lead government review into

TV veteran and outgoing Arts Council England chair, Peter Bazalgette, will lead an independent review into the UK’s creative industries, as part of the government’s new Industrial Strategy. The review …

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London Mayor reaffirms commitment to the

The Mayor for London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a raft of measures to invest in talent, skills and infrastructure to ensure London becomes the world’s most film-friendly city. In an …

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Creative Scotland publishes review of screen

Creative Scotland has published its first-ever review into under-representation in the nation’s screen sector. The review, Equality Matters, highlights evidence of the numerous and complex barriers to access, progression and …

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BFI outlines funding plan for next

The BFI’s latest five-year strategic plan for UK film, BFI2022, includes three priority areas: building audiences, learning and skills, and developing talent. Improving diversity will underpin work in all these …

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BIFA launches search for champions for

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) is looking for film fans from around the UK to support BIFA Independents, its new year-long season of screenings of award winners and nominees. …

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Scottish schools use film project to

Every Scottish secondary school was supplied with a free film-based educational resource in the run-up to Human Rights Day last month, as part of an initiative to help children develop …