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Film London brings its micro-budget film-making training to Stockholm

Date posted: 20.11.2013

Made through Film London's micro-budget feature scheme Microwave - which provides support and funding - Eran Creevy's Shifty was released to wide acclaim in 2009. The film went on to be nominated for a BAFTA and receive numerous accolades - among them the Best Screenplay Award at Stockholm International Film Festival - proving once again that you don't need a big budget to make big impact.

Microwave returned to Stockholm last week, invited to deliver its flagship training scheme: Microschool International. Building on successful international ventures to Croatia and Georgia, Film London, with a team of experienced panellists, delivered an intensive three days of workshops and individual sessions for local film-makers with micro-budget projects at the Stockholm International Film Festival.

The Programme in Stockholm

With the generous support of Stockholm International Film Festival and KulturKraft, Film London brought mentors from London to Stockholm to conduct a rigorous programme. These included:

  • Paul Fraser (Writer, Somers Town)
  • Olivier Kaempfer (Producer, Borrowed Time)
  • Paul Tyler (Founder, Handling Ideas)
  • Alexandra Emilia Kida (PR & Marketing Manager, TrustNordisk)
  • Mia Bays (Creative Producer, Microwave, and Producer and Marketing, Distribution and Sales Consultant)
  • Tessa Inkelaar (Development Producer, Film London)

The team of mentors took on three Swedish film projects from film-making teams with an existing track record in production, to whom they provided one-to-one mentorship.

In addition to personal guidance, the team led three days of workshops which included:

  • Working with Writers: The importance on team collaboration through the development process and how a producer can support the creative team.
  • Process, Package & Concept: Exploring new tools and digital modes of thought in development, production and distribution through engaging with audiences on today's myriad platforms.
  • Direct Distribution Strategy - Case Study Borrowed Time: Producer Olivier Kaempfer delivers a case study on the innovative release of his Microwave feature Borrowed Time, the first film in the UK to be directly distributed to audiences.
  • The Marketplace - Distribution Today: A discussion on the state of distribution, as completed film projects are faced with extensive choices that can often be confusing: a variety of marketplaces and platforms. How to gauge and determine priorities in an ever-changing media landscape.

The mentors extended a large amount of appreciation to Stockholm International Film Festival, specifically Christina Melander, Head of Industry.

Microschool International

Microschool International is based on Film London's highly successful Microschool training which is a integral element of the Microwave scheme. Working and thriving within the constraints of a small budget, Microschool International goes abroad to stimulate entrepreneurial film-making and support film-makers who have a clear vision of the audience and market for their films. 

Launched in 2006, Microwave is the acclaimed micro-budget feature film scheme set up by Film London with BBC Films, with support from Creative Skillset. Committed to discovering and investing in emerging London-based film-makers, Microwave backs talented teams with fresh voices and strong stories.

From hundreds of applications Film London selects film-maker teams it believes are best positioned to break through and invites them to Microschool, a week-long workshop. Having completed its fifth edition, Microschool has developed into a fully fledged R&D lab which can inform the entire development process of films made through Film London Microwave. A bespoke programme, it continues to be refined and clarified to ensure it remains both unique and effective.

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