Kate O'Hara in Film & TV


Cross Channel Film Lab Announces 2015 International Participants

24 international filmmakers with feature film projects involving VFX and Stereo 3D have been selected to take part in the Cross Channel Film Lab’s 2015 programme, kicking off with a four-day workshop in Falmouth, Cornwall in June.

The Cross Channel Film Lab new training programme, CCFL Training, is designed to bring together predominantly European writers, directors and producers with visual technologies experts and script consultants to explore how storytelling can be impacted by the use of these technologies, affecting the development and production of low to medium budget feature films. 

Creative Europe, Creative England and Falmouth University, along with Brittany-based Le Groupe Ouest, are partners in CCFL Training. Coming from nine countries in and beyond Europe, the selected participants will take part in sessions that will help them obtain the skills, knowledge and extended networks needed to successfully utilise VFX and/or Stereo 3D technologies at low to medium budgets and open up new creative possibilities for independent cinema. 

16 feature film projects, split evenly between VFX and Stereo 3D, will be developed over six months, bookended by the Falmouth workshop and a second residential workshop at Le Groupe Ouest’s headquarters in Brittany in November, with virtual consultancy sessions with story and technical consultants in between.  

CCFL Training combines traditional learning (case studies, seminars) with hands-on training, group and individual project mentoring, and peer learning, and online sessions that provide an opportunity to revisit past workshop sessions.  A parallel online programme incorporating these sessions will be announced in June, with a call for a further 24 participants.

The following filmmakers will be participating in the Cross Channel Film Lab Training 2015 programme:

  • Rosy Barnes (UK) – writer, 'Better Self' (VFX) 
  • Stephan Bookas (UK) – writer-director, 'Darkness for Light' (VFX) 
  • Nigel Bristow (UK) – co-writer-director, 'Angel West' (Stereo 3D) 
  • Stratis Chatzielenoudas (Greece) – director-writer-producer, 'Haunted by City Lights' (VFX) 
  • Andrea ter Avest Dahm (Kenya) – writer, 'Àse' (Stereo 3D)
  • Laura Deeley (UK) – co-writer, 'Captcha' (VFX) 
  • Carlos Esteban Esteban (Spain) – producer (VFX) 
  • Corto Fajal (France) – writer-director, 'E-thic' (VFX) 
  • Jules Gladys (UK) – producer, 'Darkness for Light' (VFX)
  • Dulce da Rocha Gonçalves (Belgium) – producer (Stereo 3D)
  • Karen Guillorel (France) – writer-director, 'We Are Neighbours' (Stereo 3D) 
  • Andrey Hadjivasilev (Bulgaria) – producer (Stereo 3D) 
  • Lindsay McGee (UK) – producer, 'Better Self' (VFX) 
  • Lévon Minasian (France) – writer-director, 'Yakov’s Ark' (VFX)
  • Guillaume Miquel (France) – writer-director, 'After Life' (VFX)
  • Bogdan Mustata (Romania) – director, 'In Between' (Stereo 3D) 
  • Joy Penroz (Chile) – writer-director, 'Montaña Azul' (Blue Mountain) (Stereo 3D) 
  • Matt Redd (UK) – writer, 'Joe and Katie Are in a Relationship' (VFX) 
  • Ben Schwartz (USA) – writer-director, 'The Cousin Jacks' (Stereo 3D) 
  • Kathy Speirs (UK) – producer, 'Joe and Katie Are in a Relationship' (VFX) 
  • Pierre-Gilles Stehr (France) – writer-director, 'Invisible' (Stereo 3D) 
  • Kate Sullivan (UK) – director, 'Itinerary' (Stereo 3D) 
  • Edward Tracy (UK) – director, 'Captcha' (VFX) 
  • Rob Yescombe (UK) – writer, 'Captcha' (VFX)

The CCFL Training consultants at the Falmouth workshop will be:

  • Yann Apperry – script consultant (France) 
  • Pippa Best – script consultant (UK) 
  • Mary Davies – script consultant (UK) 
  • Daniel Dixon – VFX producer, 
  • Fume Films and VFX co-ordinator (UK) 
  • François Garnier – stereoscopy lecturer, director and new media designer (France) 
  • Antoine Le Bos – script consultant (France) 
  • Tommi Lehtonen – Founder and CEO, UNITC Ltd. (Finland)
  • Peter Rogers – VFX supervisor, Bait Studio (Cardiff, UK)
  • Alexandre Sinn – stereographer (France)

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