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Three new artist projects announced for the FLAMIN Productions Development Awards

Date posted: 20.08.2014

Beatrice Gibson, Larissa Sansour, and Sarah Turner are to receive development funding and bespoke mentoring for up to six months as part of the FLAMIN Productions Development Awards. 

The selected works range from a long-form experimental film exploring the concept of the American Dream to a Sci-fi video essay set in Israel and Palestine and a genre-shifting exploration of memory, community and social reinvention.

Following this development stage, each project will be reviewed and considered for the available £100,000 production funding.

The selection

Chosen by a panel of experts including FLAMIN representatives as well as Rebecca Shatwell, Director of AV Festival in Newcastle, and Helen de Witt, Head of Cinemas at the BFI, the artists were praised for their fresh creative approach.

"The selected projects will continue the rich tradition of experimental cinema in the UK, challenging established codes, pushing the boundaries of the medium and working without compromise,” said Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists’ Moving Image at Film London, announcing the awards.

The projects are:
  • Crippled Symmetries from Beatrice Gibson
  • In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain from Larissa Sansour
  • Public House from Sarah Turner

Read more about the proposed projects

Strong Competition

The three artists faced stiff competition with the number of applications soaring to nearly 100 submissions, all of a high standard.

This popularity not only shows demand for support for artists working in the medium, but is also testament to the scheme’s synergy with current moving image practice in the UK.

"With almost 100 applications from London-based artists, demand for this scheme is higher than ever. I am therefore delighted Arts Council England has recently awarded us almost £1m to continue this important work until 2018." Commented Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission.

He continued “I am incredibly proud of the art the scheme has produced over the last five years, and the artists we have worked with, and am eager to see these new projects being developed."

Nurturing artists

The only scheme of its kind in the UK, FLAMIN Productions provides artists with the opportunity to produce ambitious and original moving image works. By providing bespoke training, advice and professional mentoring in addition to development and production funding, it is committed to nurturing talent and supporting innovative artists in their career development.

Proven success

From Ben Rivers to Laure Prouvost, the scheme has a history of supporting the brightest talents working in London, helping them to produce works that not only provide a step up in their career but also push the boundaries of the art form.

Since FLAMIN Productions was launched in 2009, it has commissioned 19 films, including Elizabeth Price’s West Hinder, which was part of her Turner Prize winning exhibition in 2012 and Ben Rivers’ feature length Two Years at Sea, which was released theatrically and acquired by Channel 4. Most recently, Sebastian Buerkner’s The Chimera of M, won the Canon Tiger Award for Short Film at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014.

"We look forward to commissioning a diverse slate of work which will repeat the fantastic success of the fund" said Ellis, "and I look forward to seeing the artists and their projects realise their tremendous potential."

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