Creative England awards £150k to support and promote filmmaking activities

Posted on 19 June 2012

Creative England has awarded a total of £150,000 to support and promote filmmaking activities in the English regions, the latest round of its Film Network Fund.

Individual awards range from £8,750 to Sheffield-based 104 Films’ nationwide workshop programme in support of disabled new filmmaking talent, to £25,000 for networking sessions and events for animators in Yorkshire, the South West and the West Midlands.

The Film Networks Fund from Creative England is available to networks and organisations whose work supports and promotes filmmaking activities in the English regions.

The awards are the first for grass-roots film-making groups to be made since the demise of the regional screen agency network at the end of last year.

Groups who can demonstrate excellence in their area of film-related activity can apply for funding, although particular priority is given to those groups who are historically underrepresented in the film industry or those areas of work previously identified as neglected. Through supporting these organisations, Creative England seeks further its remit of making access to work in and around the film industry available to all. It also aims to support regional centres with historic creative strengths, such as Norwich’s Write 2 Screen programme.

Chris Moll, Creative England’s Head of Talent, said: “It is a great reflection of the vitality of filmmaking support in England that we received so many strong applications for our Film Networks Fund.

“While this round of funding is somewhat transitional pending final agreement on the BFI’s Forward Plan, Creative England is committed to longer-term partnerships that can develop key regional talent and voices on the national and international stage.”

These are the supported projects:

Northern Film & Media, Gateshead: The Digital Bridge
The Digital Bridge is a programme of creative story labs, industry masterclasses and one-on-one mentor sessions designed to stimulate innovative creative and commercial approaches to filmmaking while developing a network of digital filmmakers. Working with emerging and established filmmakers, The Digital Bridge will foster new relationships with digital innovators and support new routes into industry for talented filmmakers working across multiple platforms.

Producers’ Forum, Birmingham
The Producers’ Forum will provide high quality training from leading industry experts and create a framework of valuable networking opportunities, and a voice for independent producers and filmmakers living in the West Midlands. There will be events and networking with high profile UK film industry figures from all sectors, including finance, sales, marketing, distribution, script development and casting. Also planned is a series of workshops focusing on the new world of producing and distributing, and a mentoring programme for producers, directors and writers.

First Take, Liverpool, & Signal Films, Barrow-in-Furness: FilmTrain
FilmTrain will provide a comprehensive service to filmmakers, in particular those underrepresented in the film industry. Through talent sessions, masterclasses and networking events, it will aims to build a better-informed, skilled and networked North West filmmaking community equipped for the changing landscape of film and its audiences.

FilmWorks, Bristol, Nottingham and Sheffield
A partnership across exhibition and production, sharing skills and expertise to develop emerging filmmaking talent in the regions. This pilot project will focus around the venue hubs of Broadway in Nottingham, Showroom in Sheffield and Watershed in Bristol, each attached with a locally-based producer to develop a programme of screenings, masterclases and events to develop local talent. The events will be simulcast to each partner venue to enable sharing of regional expertise and strengths. All outcomes will be shared through dedicated online resource.

All Animated, Yorkshire, Bristol and West Midlands
The network consists of three pre-existing animation organisations – All Animated (previously All Animated Yorkshire), Wonky (Bristol) and the Animation Forum West Midlands. This umbrella network will support each group’s individual events, whilst allowing for cross-pollination of ideas, screening nights, speakers, software discounts, membership etc. It’s a great opportunity to link up three of the best animation groups in the regions and ensure further support for the animation sector through Creative England.

104 films, Sheffield. Disabled & Disadvantaged New Film Talent Workshop Programme
104 Films will run UK wide creative inspiration workshops for new and emerging disabled film talent to inspire and develop a new generation of talent to engage with film making and to provide guidance and connection toward developing their careers and skills. Project will also encompass extensive and necessary outreach programme and aftercare and development programme.

UnderWire Regional Networks and Forums
The Underwire Festival celebrates the raw cinematic talents of British women, showcasing work by emerging female directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, composers and editors. In partnership with regional venues and festival alumni, the programme will run: a screening of the festival winners, with networking and an open mic session where female talent across the crafts can bring down a film to screen to, and discuss with, the audience. The programme will hold focussed, craft-specific meetings over dinner for ten people, inviting a female mentor from the region who has been successful at her craft to talk with the group.

Wavelength Films, Norwich. Write 2 Screen
Support for film professionals in the East of England with a focus on writing for the screen. Developing relationships between writers and the production community through sharing knowledge and identifying opportunities for collaboration. This will be achieved by development of an online community and resource alongside a programme of networking and information sharing activities.

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