Kate O'Hara in Film & TV


Cross Channel Film Lab is open for applications

Creative England is happy to support the Cross Channel Film Lab (CCFL) as it opens for applications to its specialist film training programme for a second year.

The CCFL is running a programme for European based early-stage filmmakers after a successful first year. The course is for writers, producers and directors who want to enhance their low-budget film project by learning the latest techniques in visual effects and Stereo 3D.

Commencing in June 2016 and running for 6 months, the course will be a combination of residential workshops, online seminars, masterclasses and specialist consultancy exploring the intersection between visual techniques and screenwriting.

20 early-stage filmmakers will be selected for the training course, which is run with Creative England, Falmouth University and Le Groupe Ouest’s support. A further group of filmmakers will be offered the chance to participate in CCFL Training’s online programme later in the year as well.

Mary Davies, Project Co-Director and Script Consultant for Cross Channel Film Lab said:

“For European filmmakers working at a lower budget, the Cross Channel Film Lab opens up the world of visual effects, computer generated images and Stereo 3D that is usually associated with high-budget Hollywood films, enabling them to explore how new visual technologies can have a compelling impact on a film’s narrative. CCFL Training offers filmmakers a unique opportunity of working with talented experts, to create exciting new stories and films.”

Antoine Le Bos, Co-director of Le Groupe Ouest, Cross Channel Film Lab Script Consultant and CCFL 2012 – 2014 Project Co-Director, said:

“New technologies with lighter equipment and smaller crews make it possible for filmmakers to do things they couldn’t even think about five years ago. By bringing together accessible technology and filmmakers ready to discover new possibilities, CCFL can be a springboard for European cinema to amaze audiences once more.”

The deadline for submissions is 15th March 2016. For guidelines and to apply for the CCFL Training core programme, see here and you can find answers to frequently asked questions here. Applications for the CCFL Training online programme will open in May 2016, the workshop at Le Groupe Ouest will be from 14th to 17th Nov 2016.

For more info, contact: Mary Davies uk@crosschannelfilmlab.com

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