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Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Photo: Rob Battersby.

ICA London Launches Independent Film Council

London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts has established an independent film council, which will advise and advocate for cinema dedicated to independent film and artists’ moving image works.

The council includes performer and filmmaker Tilda Swinton; producer Stanley Buchthal; academics Erika Balsom and Laura Mulvey; film editor Walter Murch; Sundance Institute’s documentary program director, Tabitha Jackson; the National Film and Television School’s head of screen arts, Sandra Hebron; and artists and filmmakers Gerald Fox, Laura Poitras, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naeem Mohaiemen, James Richards, and Martine Syms.

“For over seventy years, the Institute of Contemporary Arts has been a global center for emerging and established filmmakers and artists,” the ICA’s director, Stefan Kalmár, said. “At no time has this been more vital, more needed, and more critical than in the face of rampant commercialization and the populism that permeates all sectors of society today. Our esteemed colleagues on the Independent Film Council help us to further extend our reach—as we share with them our ideas and vision for the future of independent cinema and its role in confronting the pressing issues of our times.”

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