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 fourth 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, Esther Johnson, Onyeka Igwe, Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler, Hetain Patel, Imran Perretta, Heather Phillipson and Marianna Simnett, as well as representatives from ACME Studios, Arts Council England, Artquest, Auguste Orts, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, BFI, CPH:DOX, DACS, Film and Video Umbrella, Forma, Jerwood Arts, Kate MacGarry Gallery, LUX, Tate, 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.
Application deadline: Tuesday 4 May 2021
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.
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 7 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.
**If applicants have technically been practicing professionally as an artist for over 7 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.
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 email@example.com or by phoning 07827 944989. We can assist with the application process and are willing to discuss accessibility requirements.
COVID-19 update: in response to current lockdown measures in England, The FLAMIN Fellowship workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions will take place remotely via video call. FLAMIN will monitor the frequently changing situation with a view for workshops and meet-ups to happen in London later on in the programme, when it is safe for selected participants to do so.
How to apply
Applications to The FLAMIN Fellowship must be completed online using the Wufoo 'FLAMIN Fellowship 2021-22' application form.
Application deadline: Tuesday 4 May 2021
Click on the links below to download the Guidelines, FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and Pre-fill application form documents, which are available in PDF and Word file formats.
Guidelines - PDF | Word doc
FAQs - PDF | Word doc
Pre-fill application form - PDF | Word doc
We advise that you prepare your application using the 'Pre-fill application form', which lists all the questions (with word counts) asked in the online Wufoo form. The Wufoo platform doesn't allow you to save your progress in the application, so we recommend you prepare your answers in the pre-fill application form then copy and paste them into the online form.
Video: How to Apply
This information video explains all you need to know about The FLAMIN Fellowship programme and how to make an application. Previous FLAMIN Fellows Jennifer Martin and Max Colson also speak about their experiences on the scheme and give their advice on making a strong application.
Looking for something specific? Use the time codes below to find what you're looking for:
1:42 What is The FLAMIN Fellowship?
2:59 Structure of the programme
5:20 Practical info: logistics and finance
8:59 Who can apply?
12:27 Advice from previous FLAMIN Fellows
20:59 The application process
24:11 Other opportunities
A full transcript of the FLAMIN Fellowship How to Apply video is available to download here: Download Transcript
- Weeks beginning 31st May and 7th June 2021
- Tuesday 22nd June 2021
Initial Meeting with FLAMIN and Production Advisor
- Tuesday 29th June 2021
- Tuesday 13th July & Wednesday 14th July 2021
Workshop #2 & Mentoring session #1
- Tuesday 27th July 2021
- Tuesday 24th August 2021
- Tuesday 7th September & Wednesday 8th September 2021
Workshop #5 & Mentoring session #2
- Tuesday 21st September 2021
- Tuesday 19th October & Wednesday 20th October 2021
Workshop #7 & Mentoring session #3
- Tuesday 16th November & Wednesday 17th November 2021
Workshop #8 & Mentoring session #4
- Tuesday 7th December & Wednesday 8th December 2021
Workshop #9 & Artist Presentations to the group
- Tuesday 18th January & Wednesday 19th January 2022
Workshop #10 & Mentoring session #5
- Tuesday 15th February & Wednesday 16th February 2022
Workshop #11 & Mentoring session #6
- Tuesday 8th March & Wednesday 9th March 2022
Workshop #12 & Mentoring session #7
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.