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December 2018

Film Birmingham: Festive Opening Hours

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The offices at Film Birmingham will be closed from 24th December – 4th January (inclusive) for the festive period. No filming applications will be processed during this time.

Filming request forms can still be submitted online here. We will process your request as soon as we return in the new year.

If you are searching for filming locations, view our online location database here. You can also register your property as a filming location.

To search for local crew, visit our crew database, or register yourself as crew here.

To view current industry opportunities, view our news page.

Warmest wishes to you and yours this holiday season, and a prosperous and productive 2019!

BBC Writersroom Accepting Unsolicited Drama Scripts

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The BBC Writersroom has opened its regular window for unsolicited scripts – between 5pm on Monday 10 December 2018 and 5pm on Monday 7 January 2019 for Drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online). Read below for more information on this opportunity.

BBC Writersroom Drama: What We Are Looking For

The Writersroom looks for what the script tells us about the writer. We see all scripts as a calling card to showcase a writer’s talent, ability, and voice. Especially valuable are distinctive voices – and scripts that express those voices. This project does not look for more of the same, but rather for the writer’s ability to pull an audience into a world and hold them in it. It’s not necessarily about finding ideas that have ‘never been done before’ but having an original take on stories that have the potential to have wide breadth of appeal. A sense of storytelling ability – handling of pace, climax, mood.

Aim for the best possible draft you can achieve. We are not looking for early/first/rough drafts of scripts. Only submit to the Script Room when your script is ready, even if it means waiting for a later Script Room submission window. We are not looking for competent, run of the mill, well-structured pieces. We are looking to unearth the treasures, the page-turners, the new perspectives, the engaging dialogue, the surprising character creations.

BBC Writersroom Drama: Outcome of the Script Room

At the end of the process, a group of writers (usually between 10 and 15) will be selected to join the BBC Drama Room writer development group for 2019.

Script Room is not a competition but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best writing talent. We want writers with the strongest potential to be developed and produced for BBC broadcast. You could be new to writing or new to the BBC but equally, you may be a playwright looking to write for TV, or you’ve written for radio and would like to try your hand at writing for CBBC. We understand that carving a career as a writer takes time and that each writer’s development needs will be different.

There will also be great consideration as to whether scripts have real potential to be developed further towards production. If we believe a script could be developed further by a BBC department, we will send it to them with the writer’s knowledge. Original scripts written on spec’ are produced extremely rarely, and writers should not send them in with the expectation that they will be produced. However, original spec’ scripts are the means by which writers get noticed, so you should always write your script with the same level of commitment as if it were for production.

For more details on this opportunity, visit BBC Writersroom’s site.

To see more industry opportunities, visit our news page.

Uncertain Kingdom Launches Short Film Funding

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Uncertain Kingdom has remarked that in 2019, Britain will be on the brink of a momentous new decade. The 2020’s will see the making or breaking of nations, unions and the Earth itself. However given the long lead times on features, they believe the filmmaking community could miss out on a chance to engage and comment.

To bypass this, the group is using short films – with faster turnaround, lower budgets and greater creative freedom- to ensure filmmakers can contribute to the conversation. The Uncertain Kingdom will give 20 filmmaking teams up to £10k each to make a short film. These films must be entertaining, original and relevant to the UK in 2019. Whether political or personal, macro or micro, all of the films must give a bright flash of insight into how the filmmakers see the UK now.

The Uncertain Kingdom is aimed at experienced filmmaking and storytelling teams with confidently executed, accomplished work under their belts. Up to ten teams will be selected via an open application. Filmmakers have final cut, with the Uncertain Kingdom team having minimal involvement in script development and the edit. There’s no training element to the project, so candidates need to be confident they can deliver. Producers and directors must have completed at least one short film (together as a team or individually). If you have significant experience in theatre, TV, artist moving image or other area of storytelling and you have an idea for a film, your application is welcome.

The Uncertain Kingdom is an inclusive project and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. If you are a filmmaker with an idea, please read the Uncertain Kingdom’s guidelines. Please also get in touch if you have any queries. Applications open on Monday 14th January 2019 and close at midnight on Sunday 3rd February.



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BBC New Directors’ Scheme – Deadline 14 January

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Our friends at BBC Drama are sharing a fantastic opportunity – please see below:

BBC Drama, supported by BBC Studios & Directors UK, is pleased to announce the latest round of their BBC new directors’ training scheme. We are now inviting applications from directors to apply for Doctors. We are looking for directors who are passionate about the show they are applying for. Consequently, candidates should be able to show a solid knowledge of their chosen show if they are invited to interview.

As part of their training, successful candidates will receive a full credit on one episode of the drama. If the director has shown that they can meet the standards required, the show aims to hire them within nine months for a full directorial commission. It is our ambition that this will be the first step of an ongoing partnership with each of these directors; and, as their careers develop, so will their relationship with the BBC and the wider television drama community.

BBC New Directors Selection

There will be three BBC new director spots available on Doctors and applications are open to anyone who meets the terms and conditions. The selection panel will include: Anne Edyvean (Head of BBC Writersroom), Simon Nelson (Development Executive, BBC Writersroom), a team of experienced TV directors and BBC Execs.

  • OPENING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 13th December 2018 from 10am
  • CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 14th January 2019, 5pm
  • LONGLIST INTERVIEWS: 15th February – 1st March 2019
  • SHORTLIST INTERVIEWS: Early March 2019

Please submit your CV; a pitch of up to one page explaining why you would like to be considered for the BBC Doctors Directors’ Scheme; and up to 2 hyperlinks to your showreel and/or other supporting materials. You must submit via the BBC Writersroom online submission system. Please note that your CV and pitch must be submitted in PDF format.

To visit the official page, click here




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Call for Applicants: Location Manager Course

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If you work in the creative media, event management or technical theatre and want to move into locations, you may be interested in this Sgil Cymru location manager course set for January 2019. The ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund supports this programme, with contributions from UK film productions.

The course runs for 10 days, Monday to Friday, over 2 weeks, starting on Monday 28th of January and ending on Friday 8th of February 2019. It will be divided into three main elements of location management: Scouting, Production Paperwork and Location Department Hierarchy and Practical hands-on exercises with On-Set visits.

Lowri Thomas is the location management course tutor. She trained as an Assistant Floor Manager and then as Production Manager at BBC Cymru Wales before becoming a freelance Location Manager. Lowri has worked on BBC and S4C drama and film productions and her credits include Dr Who, Rocket’s Island and Hollyoaks. Along with this, she is credited on numerous commercials, low budget feature films and countless other live and recorded productions.

During the two weeks, highly experienced guest speakers will deliver the course content. They will use their experiences of location management in feature film to guide the trainees through the learning process. Guest speakers for the course will be announced in the New Year. Click here to see the past line-up of guest speakers from Sgil Cymru’s 2017 Location Manager course.

Location Manager Course: How to Apply

To apply, send a copy of your latest CV and a short mission statement (no more than 250 words) outlining why you want to take part in the course to Applications close at 1200 on Monday 21st of January 2019. Both ScreenSkills and Sgil Cymru have heavily subsidised the cost for this course, meaning each participant only has to pay £250 rather than £350. There is one full bursary available which will cover the entire cost of the location manager course for one candidate. If you are interested in applying for this bursary, please ensure you include this as part of your mission statement and your reasons why.



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Enter Your Film for the Midlands Movies Awards

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Midlands Movies, a Leicester-based film organisation has opened submissions to local filmmakers to put forward their productions for the 3rd annual Midlands Movies Awards. With the Academy Awards just a week before, these Midlands ‘Oscars’ will be a platform to honour the local films released in the past 12 months – whether they be shorts, features, animation, documentaries or any other type of film. Midlands Movies is looking to reward the region’s talent across 16 categories including Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress, Best Director and many more. The winners will be chosen by an experienced jury panel made up of industry experts and announced at a gala evening at the prestigious Hansom Hall in Leicester on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019.

Midland Movies Awards Jury

The seven jury panelists are multi-award winning filmmaker Daniel Alexander, Pin Cushion director Deborah Haywood whose film opened Critics Week at the Venice International Film Festival in 2018, cinema programmer for the Midlands Arts Centre David Baldwin, director Rebekah Fortune of Seahorse Films, Amy Smart of Film Hub Midlands, creative director of Rural Media Grant Black and Midlands Movies editor Michael Sales. Considering a whole range of Midlands-centric films for the 2019 Awards, Midlands Movies welcomes the region’s filmmakers to get involved by submitting their films for FREE at Film Freeway until the deadline of 21st December 2018: Final nominations will be announced in January 2019 and winners announced at the ceremony in March.

The event will once again be hosted by local BBC presenter Ed Stagg. With a long background in broadcasting and event production, Ed can regularly be heard on both BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Radio Derby. He is also the director of Well-Bred Productions. The Midlands Movies Award are funded, once again, by a successful crowd-funding campaign but could not happen without the assistance of their extra special supporters as well as their official partners: Crosscut Media and Firebug Bar Leicester.

About Midland Movies

Midlands Movies was set up five years ago and is an organisation for regional filmmakers, fans, writers and more to discuss and promote their projects and to celebrate film in the region. The site has showcased and reviewed a wide variety of talent from the region’s film industry, ranging from first-time students and hobbyists to full feature productions involving stars of stage, TV and worldwide cinema. With creatives from all walks of life, Midlands Movies is a place for everyone with a story and skill to share. Based in Leicester, support has come from a pool of excellent regional writers.

Further information, links and contact details, visit the official 2019 Midlands Movies Awards webpage here, view the full list of 2018 Midlands Movies Awards winners here or contact Midlands Movies editor Mike Sales at

Call for Applications: ScreenSkills Series Producer Programme

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The ScreenSkills Series Producer Programme, formerly the Creative Skillset Series Producer Programme, is designed for experienced and established producers/directors with at least three years’ experience at PD level across a range of programming or new series producers.

Applicants should have a strong track record in factual, features, factual entertainment, specialist factual, comedy entertainment or entertainment. Screenskills encourages applications from under-represented groups particularly those from BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic) backgrounds or those with a disability.

What the ScreenSkills Series Producer Programme Offers:

  • Unrivalled training delivered by industry experts (approx 14 days)
  • Inspirational masterclasses with broadcasters
  • Mentoring by commissioners
  • Continuous one-to-one support, career advice and coaching
  • Behind-the-scenes insights at broadcasters
  • Money-can’t-buy networking
  • Bespoke development
  • Discounted entry to selected festivals and industry events
  • A potent cohort of supportive colleagues

Training is likely to cover:

  • Developing, pitching and producing hit innovative cross-platform content
  • Building on people skills and increasing awareness of personal style and impact
  • Storytelling and scripting
  • Promoting diversity in programme-making and building diverse teams
  • Setting a vision and leading creative teams with confidence
  • Engaging with new audiences, new technologies and new platforms
  • Legal and editorial compliance
  • Negotiating and influencing people
  • Dealing with a crisis and handling the media
  • Resilience
  • Presentation skills
  • Maximising social media and digital to promote your brand

How to apply for the ScreenSkills Series Producer Programme

Visit ScreenSkills by clicking here, then click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page. You must be logged in to a ScreenSkills account for this to show – if you don’t have an account then register here. For more information, download the FAQs.

Applications close on January 8 2019 at 12pm – midday. Interviews take place in February 2019. All candidates called for interview will be informed of the results by the beginning of March.



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BAME and Disabled Female Directors wanted for Free Training Workshop

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The NFTS is looking for talented female, BAME and disabled filmmakers to apply for the Diverse Directors Workshop, which is supported by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK. If you’re currently working professionally in screen directing and want to take your career to the next level, then this is the opportunity for you! The NFTS is looking for 6 filmmakers to take part in a two-day introductory session (12th and 13th January 2019) followed by intensive training in narrative filmmaking in an innovative, two-week workshop (25th February – 8th March 2019). Production of the film projects will take place in in Spring 2019 (April/May). Post Production in July and August All participants are guaranteed an interview for the NFTS’ Directing Fiction MA.

This is an opportunity to take your film-making career to the next level with this unique workshop at ‘The world’s best film school’ (The Observer). You can direct a short film with all production costs covered by the school, benefit from the NFTS’ facilities, receive a guaranteed interview for NFTS’ Directing Fiction MA, get taught by top industry professionals and attend special masterclasses and events organised by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK.

There will be no course fees and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK / the NFTS – with the additional support of EON Productions and ScreenSkills – will cover all production costs; inter-School networking will also be facilitated to help crew the films across all disciplines from producing to cinematography to sound and music.

You must fulfil these criteria:

  • The scheme is aimed at women and people from BAME backgrounds and those with disabilities.
  • You must be a UK national and able to commit to the programme for its duration.
  • The scheme is for people of talent who have either directed or written or performed in screen theatre or the arts already, whether as an amateur or professionally.
  • You need to be 21 plus years of age.
  • You are not eligible to apply if you have applied for the scheme previously. The first two iterations of the scheme were entitled the ‘Directors Workshop and the Diverse Directors Workshop’.

To apply, please complete the application form here and return it by midnight on Wednesday 12th December 2018.

If you apply you are confirming, you are available to attend the introductory session (12th-13th January 2019) and the two-week intensive workshop (25th February – 8th March 2019). You must also be available for pre-production and production during April – August 2019.

Candidates are expected to receive selection confirmation by the 3rd January 2019.