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Artist filmmakers sought for New Approaches scheme

Date posted: 11.07.2017

Applications are now open for New Approaches, our innovative scheme which helps artist filmmakers bridge the gaps between fine art and commercial filmmaking. Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds, the initiative will support up to six artist filmmakers working on feature-length projects intended for theatrical distribution.

The carefully-designed course offers bespoke training, classroom-based learning and expert mentoring, along with opportunities for the selected filmmakers to meet and network with industry professionals at key industry events. Attendees will leave equipped with a range of vital skills and knowledge, from financing, development and production through to promotion, distribution and exhibition.

The course will run from September 2017 to February 2018, and is open to artist filmmakers across the UK, with travel bursaries available for those living outside London.

From the gallery to the cinema

Previous alumni include Juan delGado, Rebecca Birch, Melanie Manchot, Esther Johnson, Henry Coombes, Manu Luksch, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Susanna Wallin and Redmond Entwistle, many of whom have praised the calibre of the course and since made strides with their respective feature projects. “I came into the scheme without the language around discussing how to make a film and I didn‘t understand the chain of command,” says Michelle Williams Gamaker of the experience. “The scheme gave me the necessary confidence and, importantly, the vocabulary.”

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “FLAMIN work with artists whose work challenges what we expect from contemporary filmmaking in terms of narrative, concept and the tools with which their films are made. Often their ideas and their work is as suited to the cinema as it is to the gallery, and New Approaches seeks to help these talented individuals navigate the realm of commercial filmmaking and learn its lingua franca so as to expand cinema’s palette and break exciting new ground.”

New Approaches is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Wednesday 16 August 2017.

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