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Film London’s Artist Film-makers Fund Worth £360,000

Date posted: 29.08.2012


Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) today launched the latest round of FLAMIN Productions, offering up to £360,000 over 3 years in production funding to the capital's artist film-makers. FLAMIN Productions, which commissioned and produced the award-winning and critically acclaimed Two Years At Sea by Ben Rivers and West Hinder by the Turner nominated artist Elizabeth Price, is now open for applications. Film London will greenlight up to five new moving image artworks, providing a maximum of £50,000 per commissioned film. The deadline for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 5 December 2012. Applicants can download the guidelines and application form here:

Funded by Arts Council England, FLAMIN Productions is a unique production fund which provides artists with the opportunity to produce ambitious and original moving image works. It is the only scheme of its kind in the UK, funding large scale, single screen works which represent a major step in an artist's practice. The scheme's success is attributed to backing talented artists with a strong vision, combined with providing development support through funding, bespoke training, advice and professional mentoring.

Previous rounds have seen FLAMIN Productions produce innovative and challenging work which is energising and supporting growth within the sector. The scheme attracts some of the capital's most innovative moving image artists with projects that push the boundaries of the art form. Ben Rivers' debut feature Two Years At Sea won the FIPRESCI Award for the Best Film in the 2011 Venice Film Festival's Orizzonti section and was released theatrically in the UK through Soda Pictures. Elizabeth Price's West Hinder premiered at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, in an exhibition that resulted in her nomination for the Turner Prize 2012.

Since FLAMIN Productions was launched in 2009, fourteen artists' commissions have been awarded to Phil Coy, Charlotte Ginsborg, Anja Kirchner & David Panos, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Ursula Mayer, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Grace Schwindt, Ben Rivers, Emily Wardill, Sebastian Buerkner, Rachel Reupke, Jane & Louise Wilson and Zarina Bhimji. Completed films have gone on to achieve great success and wide audience reach across galleries and cinemas.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London commented: "With the support of Arts Council England, Film London is able to continue to support this exciting sector. The films we have produced through FLAMIN Productions have successfully reached audiences in cinemas, galleries, won awards and raised the profile of some extremely talented artists. We are delighted to be offering this unique opportunity to more London-based artists, who challenge5 not only the viewer, but the art form itself."

Moira Sinclair, London Executive Director of Arts Council England said: "Supporting artists at key stages in their careers lies at the heart of what the Arts Council does, and we are proud to fund FLAMIN Productions through the inclusion of Film London in our National Portfolio. This will give artists working in moving image the chance to create work that matches their artistic ambitions. We look forward to seeing this work come to fruition over the next few years, as well as the impact it has on the careers of the artists involved."

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Notes to Editors

FLAMIN Productions -  Round 4 applications:

FLAMIN Productions is for artists who are working with the moving image as their chosen medium, producing work which draws on the legacy of both fine art and film. Funding and development will be awarded to experimental work which has the potential to push the boundaries of the artform. The fund will support mid-career artists who have some experience in making moving image work. FLAMIN Productions prioritises projects which represent a significant leap in an artist's practice and can be screened and/or exhibited widely. FLAMIN Productions is looking for works which stand to benefit from the substantial development and mentoring opportunities attached to the scheme, along with FLAMIN and Film London expertise.

FLAMIN Productions has two stages:

Shortlist and development period
Following submission of ideas from artists, up to 5 applicants will be shortlisted and invited to tender for production funding. The selected artists can take part in a development programme which includes bespoke mentoring. This is a period for working up a full budget, schedule and proposal and ironing out any feasibility issues. It can also be used to develop and finalise contacts, contributors and partners needed to realise the work. The costs of the development programme are covered by FLAMIN.

There is also an additional development bursary of £1,000 per project to cover artist time.

FLAMIN Productions will:

  • Provide and coordinate one-to-one mentoring sessions with experts whose skills best match the needs of the artist and project.
  • Provide time with a FLAMIN Production Advisor to develop a production plan and finalise the project budget
  • Provide and coordinate group workshop and seminar sessions
  • Draw on Film London expertise across the organisation

Previous seminar and workshop sessions included legal advice; working with actors and casting; Red Camera shoot and post production. Previous individual mentor and advisor sessions included: locations sourcing; DoP advice; Research; Script development; distribution and exhibition consultations; post production and workflow; critical feedback and input.
Note: This is not a definitive list, all other areas can be considered.

Development period: early Feb - 29 April 2013

Production Awards
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit their tenders for production finance if they wish to. Two to five projects from the slate of development awards will be selected for investment of £20,000 to £50,000 per project. FLAMIN Productions will consider projects across this range of budget levels.

FLAMIN Productions will:

  • Ensure awardees work with the FLAMIN Production Advisor and the FLAMIN Team, for advice and guidance at all stages of production
  • Provide mentoring from industry professionals throughout the process from initial concept to exhibition of the work

Production period: May 2013 -May 2014
Application advice and information Surgeries:
Information surgeries for artists interested in applying to FLAMIN Productions are scheduled throughout October and November.
These are 20 minute meetings with members of the FLAMIN team, either in person or over the telephone. They offer the opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions about the scheme as well as specific queries about individual projects.

Please go to for more information on surgery dates and to register your attendance. Film London is an accessible venue and BSL interpreted sessions are available.

Apply online at:

Deadline for application submission: 5pm, Wednesday 5 December 2012

About Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN)
Film London, with funding from Arts Council England (ACE), is a major supporter of artists' film-making, through the Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN). FLAMIN was launched by Film London in 2005 as a one-stop resource to provide London-based artists working in the moving image with access to funding, guidance and development opportunities. Through unique commissioning funds FLAMIN has commissioned over 100 productions, and supported the careers of countless other artists with programmes of one-to-one advice sessions, residencies and workshops.

FLAMIN Productions launched in 2009 commissioning longer form works which draw on the legacy of both fine art and film. Works commissioned and completed to date include the debut feature from artist Ben River, Two Years At Sea, which won an award at the 68th Venice Film Festival and was released theatrically in the UK. 2011/12 saw the completion and premiere screening or exhibition of GONDA by Ursula Mayer, Transcalar Investment Vehicles by Hilary Koob-Sasson,  Melior Street by Charlotte Ginsborg, West Hinder  by Elizabeth Price and Fulll Firearms by Emily Wardill.

About Film London
London, as the capital's film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city's businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city's new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.

Film London's activities include:
- Managing the national remit for inward investment through film
- Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London and the South East's position as a film-friendly region to attract investment
- Investing in new and established talent through a range of specialised production schemes
- Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital's film and media sectors by facilitating funding as well as supporting training and business development activities
- Maximising access to the capital's film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity
- Working with a wide range of partners to promote London through the production industries
- Utilizing opportunities provided by London 2012 and its legacy to strengthen the capital's film industry and culture

Film London also manages the British Film Commission through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI.

About Arts Council England
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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