Flatpack Projects and Creative England Talent Modules

*Please note that the deadline for applications has now passed.*

Starting this September, we’re  teaming up with Creative England to deliver an exciting opportunity for Midlands’ filmmakers. Over the course of 5 months, we’ll be facilitating a 6-session course combining talks, panel discussions, groupwork, and film screenings for a group of up to 40 writers, directors, and producers.

We’re looking for a diverse cohort of people with different specialities and backgrounds, with experience in either film, animation, TV, theatre, visual arts, music promos, or commercials. The course is intended for those interested in making the leap into feature films, and expanding their networks. Participants will meet fellow filmmakers working in the region, and hear from a number of experienced film industry professionals, including Simon Ellis (Director, Soft, Stew and Punch), the Blaine Brothers (Directors, Nina Forever), Paul Ashton (Senior Film Executive, Creative England), Anna Higgs (Executive Producer 20,000 Days on Earth, and A Field in England), Caroline Cooper-Charles (Senior Executive – Film Enterprise, Creative England), Lizzie Francke (Senior Development and Production Executive, BFI Film Fund), Luke Moody (Film and Distribution Manager, BRITDOC), Simon Young (Director of Acquisitions, Shorts International), Will Massa (Senior Film Programme Manager, British Council). Suzanne Alizart (Executive Producer, TyrannosaurWeekend) will be facilitating the groupwork sessions.

Part of the BFI NET.WORK, the course will run from September 2015 to January 2016 at The Impact Hub in Digbeth, Birmingham. The sessions will run from approximately 4:30pm – 9:30pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 16 September 2015
Wednesday 30 September 2015
Wednesday 28 October 2015
Wednesday 25 November 2015
Wednesday 16 December 2015
Wednesday 20 January 2016

Each session will be packed with information from how to tell stories, to fundraising, to tips on how to get distribution. Peer to peer learning will be encouraged throughout with groupwork elements built-in to some of the sessions. Informal dinners between talks will also allow opportunity to network with fellow participants and speakers.

The course is free to attend but there are limited places. The application form can be found here (please note the deadline has now passed) and should be completed and submitted via email to [email protected] no later than Monday 17 August at 6pm. See here for further information on the course and a provisional programme schedule.

Please note: that applicants must be over 18 and out of full-time education in order to apply. All applicants should be based in the Midlands.

For further information please email: [email protected]

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