Apply to The FLAMIN Fellowship

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Please note applications for The FLAMIN Fellowship 2022-2023 have now closed.

Film London and Arts Council England present The FLAMIN Fellowship, a major scheme for early-career artist filmmakers living in England. Part of Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), the Fellowship aims to support the most exciting, innovative and challenging moving image practices from filmmakers at the early stages of their careers, with development and funding for new work. Established in 2017 and now in its fifth edition, The FLAMIN Fellowship has provided specialist support to a range of artists who have gone on to achieve major solo exhibitions, win awards and screen in competition at international film festivals.

The FLAMIN Fellowship offers a unique opportunity in developing professional artistic practice with a series of monthly workshops, which cover key areas including selling artwork, film festival strategy, writing funding applications, archiving your work, sound design, insurance, copyright and sustaining a practice. Previous workshop speakers have included artists Larry Achiampong, Onyeka Igwe, Esther Johnson, Rachel Maclean, Daria Martin, Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler, Hetain Patel, Imran Perretta, Heather Phillipson, Marianna Simnett and Michelle Williams Gamaker, as well as representatives from ACME Studios, a-n, Arts Council England, Artquest, Auguste Orts, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, BFI, British Council, CPH:DOX, DACS, Film and Video Umbrella, Forma, Jerwood Arts, Julia Stoschek Collection, LUX, not/nowhere, Tate, Thomas Dane Gallery, Vdrome and the Wellcome Trust.

Each year, The FLAMIN Fellowship supports six artists at the early stages of their career, each with projects that they would like to develop. Find out more about the artists who have been supported previously.

Joseph Wilson, Isn't It a Beautiful World (2021), installation view at CIRCA, Piccadilly Lights big screen, London. Photo by Ro Murphy. Supported through The FLAMIN Fellowship

What the programme offers each artist

  • A programme of workshops covering key areas around sustaining artistic practice, addressing the particular context of the moving image as a medium.
  • Mentoring sessions with an experienced production advisor, Pinky Ghundale. More information about Pinky can be found below.
  • Seed development finance of £2,500 for a specific project.
  • Introduction to different production models.
  • Promotion through representation in a touring screening programme, online profile and work-in-progress screenings presented to curators and potential future supporters.
  • The benefits of being embedded in a peer group.
  • Ongoing profile and promotion through Film London's newsletter and social media channels as a FLAMIN alumnus.

Eligibility Criteria

The FLAMIN Fellowship will support applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Artists working with moving image, with an innovative and boundary-pushing approach to the medium.
  • Early-career artists, having no commercial gallery representation, but who have a track record of working with moving image, and whose moving image work has been shown in an art world context previously.
  • Applicants who can demonstrate that they have had a professional artistic practice* outside of higher education for at least 2 years, but for no more than 5 years. Applicants do not need to have completed higher education to be eligible for the programme.**
  • Applicants must not be studying currently.
  • Artists with moving image projects at concept stage, or in development.
  • Artists must have an English address.
  • Applicants need to be able to fully commit to the development scheme (see key dates below), as well as be able to maintain regular contact with the FLAMIN team throughout the process.

*Here we consider a ‘professional artistic practice’ to be making and exhibiting artwork to a public audience.

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If applicants have technically been practicing professionally as an artist for over 5 years, but feel that they are still in the early stages of their career and can make an argument for why this is the case (e.g. caring responsibilities), then their application will be considered at FLAMIN’s discretion. If this is your situation, we recommend phoning or emailing the FLAMIN team in advance of applying to enquire as to your eligibility.

Accessibility

We are happy to assist artists who may identify as having a disability and are interested in participating in The FLAMIN Fellowship. Please contact the FLAMIN team by emailing flamin@filmlondon.org.uk or by phoning 07827 944989. We can assist with the application process and are willing to discuss accessibility requirements.

COVID-19 update:

Government guidance in England allows for in-person gatherings and we intend to do the monthly workshops in-person at the Film London offices in Finsbury Park, London. We recognise that the circumstances may change, and are prepared to move into an online or hybrid approach to be flexible with this.

Shamica Ruddock, The Island is No Home (2020), film still. Courtesy of the artist


Key Dates

  • Tuesday 17 May 2022 - Open call deadline
  • Weeks beginning 27 June & 4 July 2022 - Selection Interviews
  • Wednesday 13 July 2022 - Initial Meeting with FLAMIN and Production Advisor
  • Tuesday 19 July 2022 - Mentoring session #1
    Wednesday 20 July 2022 - Workshop #1
  • Wednesday 17 August 2022 - Workshop #2
  • Wednesday 7 September 2022 - Workshop #3
    Thursday 8 September 2022 - Mentoring session #2
  • Wednesday 28 September 2022 - Workshop #4
  • Wednesday 19 October 2022 - Workshop #5
    Thursday 20 October 2022 - Mentoring session #3
  • Wednesday 16 November 2022 - Workshop #6
    Thursday 17 November 2022 - Mentoring session #4
  • Wednesday 7 December 2022 - Workshop #7
    Thursday 8 December 2022 - Artist presentations to the group
  • Wednesday 18 January 2023 - Workshop #8
    Thursday 19 January 2023 - Mentoring session #5
  • Wednesday 8 March 2023 - Workshop #9
    Thursday 9 March 2023 - Mentoring session #6

Note: FLAMIN Fellowship workshop sessions last at least half a day, whereas the mentoring sessions will last an hour each time, and can be organised around your schedule.


About Pinky Ghundale, Production Advisor

Film Producer Pinky Ghundale has been a long term advisor working with FLAMIN on the artists’ moving image productions including the FLAMIN Awards and the Fellowship programme. Pinky produces moving image projects with artists and filmmakers working with museums, galleries and institutions worldwide. She is the long term producer of Academy and Turner Prize-winning artist and director Steve McQueen, and has produced numerous works for artists Jane and Louise Wilson, artist and designer Hussein Chalayan as well as works by Tacita Dean, Martina Amati, Zarina Bhimji and Zineb Sedira amongst others. She was previously Production Manager at Illuminations Films, working closely with Producer Keith Griffiths on films and productions by The Quay Brothers, Jan Svankmajer and TV documentaries by Chris Petit and Iain Sinclair.

FLAMIN Fellowship artists in Sardinia, 2019. Photo by Valentino Congia