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January 2019

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Film Locations Course – Apply by 18th February

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AN INTRODUCTION TO WORKING IN THE LOCATIONS DEPARTMENT

This film locations course is delivered by Film Birmingham and will run over 2 weekends, it is designed to inform, educate and give hands on skills to the next generation of aspiring film and TV Location Managers.

Dates:                    Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March, 2019

Location:              Library of Birmingham

Time:                      9:30am – 5:30pm

Course Leader:   Harriet Lawrence

Course Fee:          £100

An Introduction to Working in the Locations Department will be led by top UK film and TV drama Location Manager Harriet Lawrence. Harriet has worked in location management for over 20 years and her impressive CV includes prime time TV shows Downton Abbey, Parks and Recreation and Dancing on the Edge and Hollywood movies My Cousin Rachel, Suffragette and Burton and Taylor.

Outline of the Film Locations course:

The locations department has a wide and varied remit within a production. It extends from the creative beginnings of a script breakdown, working alongside Directors and Designers and scouting locations, to the logistical and detailed planning of a shoot. It enables all other departments to go about their jobs as smoothly and safely as possible. This film locations course will cover what to expect in this challenging, yet rewarding work environment. It will also advise on potential routes into film and TV location management.

It will briefly look at an overview of the industry, the different types of productions and then move on to the exciting challenges of scouting, planning a shoot and managing all aspects of the shoot day. The sessions will also outline some of the essential principles of health and safety, touch on some of the many things included in the locations budget and give tips on how to take great location recce pictures. The first weekend will be classroom-based and the second will be putting into practice all that was learnt during the first weekend.

How to apply to the Film Locations Course:

Film Birmingham welcomes applications from a broad range of participants; from new entrants with some production experience to those more established in the media industry. If you are interested in being considered for the course, please complete an application here.

The course fee (£100) will be required once a participant has been accepted on the course and full payment will be required before the course commences. There will be 3 subsidised places available for qualifying participants. Please email wild2019@filmbirmingham.co.uk for further information on these subsidised places.

Applications close Monday 18th February 2019.

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Grierson DocLab 2019 – Apply by 15th March

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The Grierson Trust are now seeking applications for is Grierson DocLab 2019. Applicants should be 18-25 years old with a passion for television and factual storytelling. They should have ideas to contribute to the industry and fresh perspectives not currently reflected on the screen.

The Grierson DocLab and Mentoring Scheme offers participants the support they need towards a successful career in factual programme making. This includes a residential training programme – the DocLab, access to award-winning industry professionals and structured mentoring support. It also includes the chance to attend the internationally recognized Sheffield Doc/Fest and a paid placement with a production company. The Trust will also provide ongoing support for participants,  to help progress their career choice within the sector.

Grierson DocLab 2019 Training includes:

  1. An introduction to the genre covering different types of documentaries and styles of shooting.
  2. Learning how to research ideas, develop and pitch them.
  3. Script development focusing on structure and story.
  4. Exploring production roles and a practical exercise to experience the different positions.
  5. Information, advice and careers guidance.

Successful applicants will also benefit from a three-day self-shoot/editing training weekend.

APPLICATION CRITERIA:

Grierson DocLab 2019 Applicants must be:

  1. Aged between 18-25
  2. Available for the selection day in central Birmingham
  3. Able to attend all days of the Birmingham residential
  4. Present at the Sheffield Doc Festival
  5. Available to attend the Grierson Awards, 14 November, central London

To apply for a place on Grierson DocLab 2019 and Mentoring Scheme, see the Scheme InformationThe applications form – [SurveyMonkey], and the Guidelines and FAQs. Please note this scheme is only open to UK residents.

Visit the Grierson DocLab alumni page to have a look at what the earlier Groerson DocLab trainees are doing now.

The closing date for Grierson DocLab 2019 applications is 5pm, Tuesday 15th March 2019.

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Ready Player One

Oscars Nomination for Birmingham-filmed “Ready Player One”

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“Ready Player One”, directed by Steven Spielberg,  nabbed one of the coveted spots – a nomination for a 2019 Oscars award for Visual Effects. Famous winners in the past have included “Avatar,” “Interstellar,” and all three of “The Lord of the Rings” films. The movie, based on Ernest Cline’s book of the same name, is known for characters traveling into a virtual reality space — which needed to be experienced without film patrons having to done VR headsets themselves.

“Ready Player One,” filmed on a number of streets within Birmingham, tells the futuristic story of a society that spends most of its time jacked into VR. Students even go to virtual schools, with some even wearing haptic suits that allow them to feel everything that’s happening in the virtual world.

The Oscars, which will be televised on February 24, are addressing the rise of VR in storytelling. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nominated a short animated VR film, “Pearl,” in 2017 which could be viewed on both HTC Vive devices and on YouTube as a 360-degree video. Filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu took home a special Oscar award for his VR exhibit, “Carne y Arena” in 2017. And director Guillermo del Toro created a VR experience for his 2015 film “Crimson Peak.”

Spielberg himself can be said to be very focused on VR and its role in Hollywood. He is involved in Dreamscape, a VR theater, that recently opened its first location in Los Angeles’ Westfield Century City mall.

Ready Player One has also been recognised for its stunning visual effects or production design, receiving nominations for the Academy Awards, BAFTA and the Art Directors Guild. Watch the trailer here. Other nominees in the Visual Effects category are Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Robin, First Man and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

 

Original Source: www.gearbrain.com

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Film bursary for freelancers

Film bursary for freelancers – Deadline March 31

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Our friends at ScreenSkills are offering craft, technical & production bursaries for industry freelancers. This film bursary for freelancers supports training in the following departments:

  • Art department
  • Camera
  • Construction
  • Costume
  • Electrical
  • Hair and make-up
  • Post-production
  • Production department
  • Health and safety

You can apply for the film bursary for freelancers if you:

  • Are a proven full-time freelancer
  • Are working in a craft, technical, production office or post-production role
  • Can demonstrate proven professional experience of working regularly in the UK screen industries. Dailies work is acceptable as long as it is on broadcast material and you have more than three credits. Trainee experience does not count. Work undertaken at film school or in education is not considered suitable experience
  • Have a history of work in feature-length films and/or feature-length documentaries which have been distributed
  • Have been accepted on the training course(s) you want to attend
  • Are able to demonstrate how the training you are applying for will benefit your career to progress within the industry

The film bursary for freelancers will support training:

  • Through structured courses with training providers
  • Outside the UK, but you must clearly demonstrate why this is more appropriate than training in the UK
  • Which takes place before 30 April 2019. If this is not possible due to the schedule of the course, please contact the Fund Team for further advice

The film bursary for freelancers will not support:

  • Full-time graduate, postgraduate or educational diploma courses
  • Training that is already supported by other ScreenSkills funds
  • Attendance at networking, festivals or social events, or trade exhibitions
  • Training not arranged through a recognised industry training provider or assessment centre
  • The purchase of equipment
  • Training that is due to start earlier than one day after the date your application is received
  • Travel, accommodation and childcare costs only

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019. However, these funds are in high demand and will close when all of the funds have been allocated, which may be before this date.

Film bursary for freelancers: How to apply

Before you apply, please read the complete application guidelines (PDF). Applications for funding for training are made using ScreenSkills’ online application form: Apply here.

The first page of the application is an eligibility test. Should you be successful you will be directed to the online form. This takes you through the application step by step and should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. Before you start filling in the form, make sure you have the following information available:

  • Name of your chosen training course(s)
  • Name and address of the training provider
  • Cost of the training and any additional travel, accommodation and childcare costs
  • Dates of your training
  • Your CV ready to upload
  • Copy of your acceptance on the course and confirmation of the course costs ready to upload (either a company headed letter or email from the training provider)
  • Direct link to or a copy of the course outline ready to upload

Once you have completed the application form and attached your supporting documents you must press the submit icon on your screen. You need to do this for your application to be submitted to ScreenSkills to be assessed.

You will automatically be sent a receipt of application email with a tracking number. If you do not receive this, please check your junk mailbox and if it is not there contact ScreenSkills immediately.

What happens next?
ScreenSkills’ bursaries team will assess applications individually . If you are successful you will receive an offer email and letter outlining the offer and our terms and conditions. If your application is unsuccessful ScreenSkills will notify you by email.

Source: screenskills.com

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Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV – Deadline March 1

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The Television Skills Fund is offering bursaries of up to £1000 to go towards training costs for diverse workers in the UK screen industries. This training should be in the area of Non-scripted TV.

ScreenSkills and its Television Skills Fund partners are committed to improving diversity and inclusion within the industry’s workforce and know that people with a disability, those from a lower socio-economic background, people from BAME* (black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds and women (depending on job role) are under-represented across non-scripted genres within the TV industry. Therefore, all applicants to the Television Skills Fund Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV must be from one or more of these groups.

Applicants can be:

  • new entrants (those training to achieve their first job in non-scripted TV, or currently in their first job)
  • those already working in the industry looking to move up to a more senior role or move across/up in a different genre (NB: if you are looking to move from non-scripted to scripted genres you will not be eligible to apply, please go to the HETV information)
  • those with industry experience looking to re-enter the workforce after a prolonged career break due to carer responsibilities, disability or illness
  • those with transferable skills and experience from another industry looking to work in non-scripted TV

You cannot apply if you:

  • are in full time education
  • are employed on a permanent contract
  • do not have a permanent UK address
  • are applying on behalf of an organisation
  • have already received bursary funding from the Television Skills Fund in the last 12 months

Apply for Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV

The first page of the online application is an eligibility test which you must comply with in order to proceed. Please carefully read the TV Diversity Bursary Guidelines (PDF) to check your eligibility before you apply.

Before filling in the form, make sure you have the following information available:

  • the name of your chosen training course(s)
  • the name and address of the training provider
  • the cost of the training and any additional travel, accommodation and childcare costs
  • the dates of your training
  • your CV ready to upload
  • copy of your acceptance on the course and confirmation of the course costs ready to upload (i.e. a company headed letter or email from the training provider)
  • link to the course outline or a copy you can upload
  • a completed Inclusivity Monitoring Form (pdf)

To apply for the Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV, follow this link.

Source: screenskills.co.uk
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Bursaries for Colourists in HETV – Deadline March 31

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ScreenSkills are providing bursaries for colourists working or hoping to work in the High-end TV industry. Bursaries are valued up to £800 for DaVinci Resolve training  provided by Soho Editors. This bursary is available to those accepted on the Soho Editors’ Advanced DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio Course. The bursaries for colourists helps them to hone their mastery of the software, and to take their grading skills to the next level.

You can apply:

  • If you can demonstrate proven professional experience of working regularly in the UK screen industries. Dailies work is acceptable if it is on broadcast material and you have more than three credits. Trainee experience does not count. Work undertaken at film school or in education is also not considered suitable experience;
  • Once you have been accepted on the training course(s) you want to attend;
  • If the training you are applying for will benefit your career to progress within the High-end TV industry;

You cannot apply if you:

  • Are in full-time education
  • Are employed on a permanent contract
  • Do not have a permanent UK address
  • Are applying on behalf of an organisation

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019. But, these funds are in high demand and will close when all of the funds have been allocated, which may be before this date. You may only apply for up to £800 of funding per financial year. The training course must start at least one day after your application is made – we cannot accept applications for training which has already begun.

Bursaries for Colourists: How to apply

The first page of the application is an eligibility test. If you are successful, you will be directed to the online form. This takes you through the application step by step and should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. Before you start filling in the form, make sure you have the following information available:

  • The cost of any additional travel, accommodation and childcare costs
  • The dates of your training
  • Your CV ready to upload
  • Copy of your acceptance on the Soho Editors course and confirmation of the course costs ready to upload (either a company headed letter or email from the training provider)

Once you have completed the application form and attached your supporting documents you must press the ‘submit’ icon. Until you do this, your application has not been submitted to ScreenSkills to be assessed. You will automatically be sent a receipt of application email with a tracking number. If you do not receive this, please check your junk mailbox and if it is not there contact ScreenSkills immediately.

Find the application link here.

Bursaries for Colourists: Judging

It can take up to four weeks for us to reach a decision on your application. If you decide to go on your course before you receive a decision, ScreenSkills does not accept responsibility for funding your attendance. Wherever possible, please try to allow four weeks between making your application to ScreenSkills and your course starting.

If your application is unsuccessful ScreenSkills will notify you by email. Please address any queries to: hetv@screenskills.com or call +44 (0)20 7713 9800.

Source: ScreenSkills

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Whickers Film & TV Funding Award – Deadline February 14

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Looking for funding for your first feature-length documentary film? Apply to The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award for the chance to win £80,000.

This Whickers award was created to build on the legacy of award-winning broadcaster Alan Whicker. The Whickers awards supports emerging documentary filmmakers to tell original and director-led stories with honesty, professionalism and wit. Their flagship award, the Film & TV Funding Award, is currently open for applications. It has available a main grant of £80,000 and a runner-up contribution of £15,000. The Whickers award is free to enter and open to documentary talent anywhere in the world. This Film & TV Funding Award is one of the most significant international grants for directors working on their first feature-length (50 minutes+) documentary film. Deadline for applications have been extended to 14 February 2019.

How to apply

Well in advance of the deadline, you should go through the full application questions to prepare your answers according to the requested word limits. You may also need to gather the required links and information. You can expect to answer questions on the following:

  • Title, logline, up to 300 words on how your project meets the criteria
  • Personal and contact details, your role in the project, details of a referee who can confirm that this is your first 50+ minute documentary film
  • Password protected link to teaser footage, publicity and deadline agreements
  • Your treatment, up to 2000 word synopsis of your project, an estimated budget of various elements in production and post-production of the film. Also, any existing funding or plans for future funding, details of your production company (or project account/fiscal sponsor), details of your executive producer and confirmation that your project complies with our majority sponsor criteria.
  • Your background in documentary making (if any) as well as 50 words each on how you gained film-making skills, what inspires you, how the funding will benefit your project and why people would really love your film.

For more information on the Whickers award please visit the Whickers website or contact Production Manager at The Whickers, Phoebe Hall at: phoebe@whickerawards.com.

Follow this link to find the application.

Judging

Shortlisted filmmakers will be notified in April 2019, and will pitch their projects at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2019. Whickers award winners will be announced at the Doc/Fest ceremony.

Source: ScreenSkills.com

 

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John Brabourne Film and TV charity awards

Apply for the John Brabourne Awards – Deadline January 31

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The Film and Television Charity has opened its latest round of applications for The John Brabourne Awards (JBAs).

The JBAs is a talent development programme providing financial assistance up to £5000 to individuals working in the film and television industries. The JBAs are a stepping stone for individuals who are talented and driven, but who face hurdles in
developing their career.

Difficulties faced by John Brabourne Awards recipients in recent years have included lack of finances, accident, illness, or personal circumstances preventing time or ability to work. You can apply using the charity’s online application, or contact them with additional queries. The deadline is 31 January, 2019.

The Application Process

To increase your chances of success, The Film and Television Charity advises you to read the guidelines before applying and closely follow the submission instructions.

The main elements of the John Brabourne Awards application are listed below:

  • The reasons why you are applying for funding
  • Your employment history
  • Your personal financial details
  • A budget of how you will spend the money if successful
  • Details of any financial shortfall and how you would intend to meet it
  • Your commitment and passion for your chosen field
  • Two industry referees
  • A portfolio of previous work or key industry achievements

Your application must be submitted by midnight of 31 January. Then, you will receive a notification when your application has been received and is being assessed.

The John Brabourne Awards shortlist

The Film and Television Charity reviews every application, including supporting material, and assesses how useful its support will be. This is based on how well you demonstrate the following within your application:

  • Your talent for your chosen field
  • Your financial need, and the difficulties this presents in you progressing
  • The strength of your strategy to succeed in your chosen career

The more specific the presentation of these three elements, the stronger your application will be. The applications which stand out are those where we get a sense of who you are – both personally and professionally.

We’re interested in your journey to date, why you have chosen your particular path to progress, and why working in the Film and TV industry is important to you. There are two rounds of the John Brabourne Awards each year -the next one will be 31 July.

 

Source: filmtvcharity.org.uk

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CineQ Queer Film Festival Begins in March

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CineQ Queer Film Festival  has officially grown into a two-day film festival. This is with support from BFI FAN Film Hub Midlands and supported by Centrala Art Gallery, Midlands Art Centre, and Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen. CineQ Queer Film Festival is a project aimed at creating safe spaces for cinema and discussion surrounding social change within the LGBTQ community. The event will put the focus on new stories, and ‘QTIPOC (Queer Trans and Intersex People of Colour)’ perspectives, while introducing ‘new queer cinema’. The festival aims to showcase some of the best underrepresented LGBTQ film both past and present. After the film festival, CineQ will specially curate a selection of queer films representative of the LGBTQ community which will tour cinemas, film festivals and film societies in the region.

CineQ Queer Film Festival Offers Representation

CineQ founder Rico Johnson-Sinclair said: “Queer cinema has often been a blind spot in the region’s best cinemas. Not to say that there isn’t an offer. Love Simon, Call Me By Your Name and God’s Own Country were notable successes in recent years, but there’s a plethora of films from a variety of perspectives that are being made, but just not shown in cinemas. Often the only places to watch queer films are streaming services, we want to change that by bringing audiences across Birmingham and the Midlands, more opportunities to see these brilliant titles on the big screen.’

CineQ was previously operating as a community cinema supported by Flatpack Projects. They have screened many titles such as The Wound, Closet Monster, and Check It, as well as short film programmes at Centrala Art Gallery and Cafe, Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, and Flatpack Film Festival. The group has also worked with cinemas outside of Birmingham such as Phoenix Cinema in Leicester and was recently awarded a commendation by Cinema for All, Britain’s leading authority for community cinemas and film societies.

Reserve Your Spot at CineQ Queer Film Festival

CineQ Film Festival will take place from March 22 to 24.

For more information on the festival and to book tickets, click here.

Source: Express & Star

 

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ScreenSkills Employment Survey

Complete the ScreenSkills Employer Survey

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The Complete the ScreenSkills Employer Survey is important if you or your organisation is an employer within the UK screen industries. Your input in this survey is vital to help ScreenSkills produce a clear picture of the state of the sector and help address skills needs and inclusion challenges. ScreenSkills is also including freelancers who recruit teams, such as talent managers. The survey is part of ScreenSkills’ new Skills Forecasting Service which published its first findings earlier this month. It is designed to build a strong evidence base for action on skills and training. Please complete the survey by Friday 25 January. ScreenSkills will publish the findings in the spring.

Complete the survey here.

ScreenSkills’ Chief Executive Officer Seetha Kumar says: “We are encouraging the whole industry to take part in the ScreenSkills Employer Survey… This will help employers plan and help us to target investment where it is most needed… We are already working closely with our colleagues in the screen industries on skills and training. But if we are going to address skills gaps effectively and diversify the talent pool, we all need a better understanding of the state of the workforce.”

Val Ames, Director of Production, Kindle Entertainment, and Co-chair of the Children’s Skills Council, said: “I will be filling in the Screen Skills Employer Survey because I recognise the importance of having the right talent in our industry and how training is key to ensuring that is the case.  As co-chair of the Children’s Skills Council, I also want to have children’s television properly represented in the findings.”

Christine Healy, Head of Production, New Pictures, and Chair, High-end TV Skills Council, said: “The success of high-end television production at the moment is putting pressures on the industry and it is important to understand those pressures in some detail… so we can do something about them and plan for the future. All companies and employers should find the time for the survey when it is released.”

Iain Smith, Chairman and MD, Applecross Productions, and Chair, Film Skills Council, said: “I would encourage all employers to fill in the ScreenSkills Employer Survey to provide as much information on skills needs as possible. Our skilled workforce has been one of the driving forces of inward investment and making sure we continue to have the worker’s industry needs is critical.”

Complete the Survey here.

Source: ScreenSkills

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