As part of the BFI NET.WORK, Creative England’s Sheffield Talent Centre is launching its new pilot training programme – alongside the Brighton programme already announced – which is designed to equip new and emerging filmmakers to make their first fiction feature.
The module of six monthly events will cover the feature filmmaking process from development through to distribution, and covering in between the facts and stats on first films in the UK, getting into development, packaging and financing, production and post, sales, distribution and finding an audience.
A mix of talks, panels and case studies will feature key national and regional industry perspectives, including: Paul Fraser (writer and director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Inflammable Films), Rachel Robey and Al Clark (Wellington Films), Jamie Wolpert (BFI Film Fund), Richard Holmes (Creative England – Production), Paul Ashton (Creative England – Development) with more industry names to be announced.
The modules are aimed at producers, writers and directors in the regions who have not yet made a feature film that was theatrically released and distributed in the UK – but for whom that is a genuine ambition. Participants will leave the programme with a clear insight into the world of first-time feature making, strong peer to peer connections, new industry contacts and an individual plan of action.
There will be up to 40 places available in Sheffield. All sessions are free. However, competition for places will be strong and selected participants are expected to fully commit to the programme. There will also be an opportunity for participants to pitch for further individual development support, which will only be open to those who have attended the full programme.
For more information on the modules and how to apply, click here and then click on the ‘Skip to Sheffield talent centre programme’ link at the top of the page