I had a fantastic time at the ICO Screening Days. Not only did I get the opportunity to see a brilliantly diverse range of films but I had the opportunity to meet and chat with other cinema managers and programmers. This in itself was invaluable as I am fairly new in my role as Venue Manager so I am keen to learn as much as I can from those with more experience.
I watched a huge variety of films, documentaries, comedies, thrillers, foreign language films and I found the scoring system hugely helpful. It was so interesting to see how others felt about the films I had seen and also to give me an idea about the films I was unable to watch.
I also attended a marketing workshop which aimed to focus on how to market a film that wouldn’t usually do well at your venue. This was great because it gave me the chance to talk to other people in the industry and I would have liked this session to go on longer, and not just because there was free wine!
I found the event to be hugely helpful, not only in giving me the opportunity to see films, of which many I would like to see at my cinema, but also provided me with plenty of ideas for how to market and make sure we get an audience for them.