Creative England Launches Market Trader

Creative England has launched Market Trader, a new development programme aimed at giving film producers, distributors and sales agents at the start of their careers a better understanding of international markets.

The programme, funded by Creative Skillset to support the BFI’s international strategy for UK Film, will be delivered through intensive residential workshops and mentoring in the UK to prepare participants for engagement with a major international market, along with support during the market itself (EFM/Berlinale). It will look at the differing needs and perspectives of participants – from the makers to the buyers and sellers – and hone their skills in pitching, negotiating and closing deals. The programme will also be used to develop an online platform which will make this knowledge more widely available, collecting and collating knowledge via filmed and interactive material from both participants and industry professionals along the way.

"We know that international markets are a great opportunity for film professionals to make contacts, show off their work and sell their wares," said Chris Moll, Head of Film at Creative England. "But we also know that without the right know how and understanding, attending these festivals doesn’t always yield the best results or end up being very cost-effective. This programme aims to change that.”

Dan Simmons, Head of Film at Creative Skillset, said: “Creative Skillset identified a growing need to equip emerging film producers and executives with the skills to successfully engage with the international market, and it’s brilliant to see this programme come to fruition. We’re very pleased to be working with Creative England to also be developing the innovative online dimension which will keep the learning available, accessible, and up-to-date.”

12 professionals will be selected for Market Trader which will run between January and March 2015. Producer applicants should have already have produced one feature that will ideally have achieved international sales, and Sales and Distribution Executives should have between 1-3 years’ experience.

The total fee is between £750 and £1,000 which covers all workshops, activities, course materials along with some meals and refreshments. Accommodation at EFM/Berlinale 2015 is also included for producer participants. 

The deadline for Market Trader has now passed.


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