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April 2019

New Creatives Information

New Creatives Information Event

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Join Sampad Arts for this free New Creatives Information Event. You will learn all about the New Creatives programme with Rural Media and BBC ArtsNew Creatives is an exciting talent development scheme that offers commissioning opportunities for emerging creatives to make new artistic works in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC channels and platforms. Applications are currently open for Midlands based artists and creatives aged between 16-30 who have innovative ideas for short form audio, film and interactive work.

At this event, you will find out how to apply to New Creatives and learn about BBC commission opportunities. You will also meet the team running the BBC New Creatives project for the Midlands. Plus, you’ll find out more about what the panel are looking for, watch some short films and hear some creative audio clips.

Visit the Facebook event page for free tickets.

Event Details:

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Deloitte Room, MAC Birmingham

18:00 until 19:30

If you require assistance accessing this event, please contact Sampad on 0121 446 3260 or


Get more information on the New Creatives programme and how to apply. The deadline for applications is July 16th.


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Apply for the New Creatives Programme – Deadline July 16th

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New Creatives Programme

The New Creatives programme for young emerging talent is coming to the Midlands! Rural Media are currently looking for emerging talent between the ages of 16-30 with strong creative ideas and drive. The programme will help develop your original concept into a professional short film, audio or interactive media work. You will also receive the skill training needed to bring your idea to life and showcase it to audiences.

Ideas can come from many artistic disciplines. For example – dancers, actors, performers, musicians, writers, film makers, comedians, visual artists, animators, poets, storytellers and games designers. You might not consider yourself an artist, but if you are passionate about your creative idea and have something to say, you should get involved. Each commissioned artist will work directly with a professional production company. The company will also manage the budget (up to £5k for film and £3k for audio) and mentor you through the process.

What They Want

From the serious to the comedic, the absurd to the challenging, the provocative to the abstract, Rural Media are looking for ideas that push the boundaries on what constitutes art. It should make people think, and encourage new ways of understanding ourselves and the world in which we live. So they want to unearth diverse, new talent and commission ideas that we may not have seen represented before on screen, on-air and online.

New Creatives content may be selected for an exciting new programming strand: BBC Introducing Arts. It showcases and introduces new artistic talent from the UK across BBC platforms – on BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC television and radio. Rural Media will look to identify the best platform for each idea.

This is an unprecedented opportunity for creatives to experiment and connect with BBC audiences and beyond. However they cannot accept any ideas that are journalism or current affairs documentaries.

To Apply

Please read the full Creative Briefs for film for audio for interactive to find out what Rural Media is looking for in your pitch.

The deadline for applications to the New Creatives Programme is July 16th, 2019. Click here to apply.

Click here for Eligibility & FAQs or call 01432 344039 for more information.


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Birmingham Film Festival names Sindy Campbell their new Ambassador

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Head of Film Birmingham Sindy Campbell has been named ambassador of the Birmingham Film Festival. Read their recent blog post below:

Birmingham Film Festival are delighted to welcome Sindy Campbell of Film Birmingham as an ambassador. Sindy has played an active role in the growth of Birmingham Film Festival and has been instrumental to its success from day one. 

About Film Birmingham

Film Birmingham, is fast becoming a prime location for international filmmakers and is responsible for bringing big names into the city. Iconic Film Director Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” – for example.  Film Birmingham is Birmingham City Council’s Film and Television office. It commits to making filming as easy and efficient as possible, so it provides a one-stop shop for local and international filmmakers. 

Sindy Campbell commented “I am proud to be an ambassador for the Birmingham Film Festival. Film Birmingham actively support the wealth of creative talent here in the West Midlands and BFF is a great platform for local talent to showcase their work. We’re excited to see this year’s line-up of films from Birmingham and beyond!”

About the Festival

Birmingham Film Festival, now in its fourth year, is one of the largest events outside of London helping to put Birmingham on the international map. The festival has already attracted major names including Birmingham born Nick Rhodes of legendary 80’s band Duran Duran. Rhodes won an award for best music score for the movie “Intruders” in 2018.

The festival returns to the Millennium Point this year and runs from 1st – 10th November. Along with complimentary film screenings, the festival will also host a series of seminars delivered by local industry experts. The week will conclude with an Oscars-style awards gala, also attended by a host of celebrity guests. 

Click here for further information about Birmingham Film Festival.



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Creative England New Ideas Fund for Businesses

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Creative England’s New Ideas Fund offers small seed funding to sole traders, start-ups and small businesses for their creative business ideas. Their previous investment schemes have been aimed at established companies. However, this New Ideas Fund targets untapped talent and new ideas.

What is the fund?

Through BFI-Lottery funding, Creative England can offer investments between £500 and £15,000 for emerging and new screen based storytelling business proposals. Newer companies and proposals looking for lower amounts are likely to receive grants. Creative England is likely to offer loans to higher-value proposals and more established companies. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Who is it for?

The New Ideas Fund is for screen based storytelling businesses in the English regions. Your idea must be for a screen based industry. That is, film, television, animation, games, immersive media or tech that supports these industries.

Who is not eligible?

The New Ideas Fund is not for companies working in corporate video or advertising, e-learning or training (unless you want to start a screen based storytelling arm). It is also not for charities, non-profits or CICs (unless you want to set up a corporate arm relevant to the screen based industries).

For more information on who can and cannot apply, please read Creative England’s Guidelines.

What can I use the money for?

The New Ideas Fund is to help you with business costs, improve your offering and diversifying revenue streams.

It can be used for seed funding, set up costs, hiring office space (e.g. for a group of producers to work together), conducting market research, diversifying your current business into the screen based industries, R&D, testing out new and exciting elements of immersive media to help your business, employing someone new into your team, building IP, equipment etc.

But you cannot use the fund for: just creating content, e.g. short films, feature films, slate funding, talent development, production costs. We need proposals to focus on developing a sustainable business rather than a specific project.

For more information on what you can and cannot apply for, and where to go for alternative funding, please read our Guidelines.

When is the deadline?

Applications for the New Ideas Fund are accepted on a rolling basis but we’d encourage you apply soon.




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Train to be an Assistant Production Accountant – Deadline May 10th

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Do you have a desire to work in film and TV production accounting? Do you have previous experience of working in a junior position in accounts or finance? If your answer is yes, you might be a good fit for the Assistant Production Accountant Trainee Scheme 2019.

The Production Guild are seeking to recruit and train ten people from across the UK to become Assistant Production Accountants. The programme will last from September 2019 to May 2020 and will consist of a month of classroom training at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden Park followed by up to three paid work placements on film and High-End TV productions in the UK.

 For over 12 years The Production Guild has trained people from differing backgrounds, work experience and qualifications who have gone on to consistently and successfully work on film and TV production. The Assistant Production Accountant Training Scheme has trained over 50 new entrants to enter UK production.

 This unique training programme is funded by ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund and from direct contributions from feature film production and TV companies providing attachments to trainees on the scheme.

For more information and how to apply click here:

Deadline for applications is 10th May 2019.


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Birmingham’s Spaghetti Studios partner with Procam

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Spaghetti Studios have announced an exciting partnership with Procam, Europeʼs largest digital cinematography and hire firm. This means together they have expanded the studios’ offering for the West Midlands film industry. Alongside Spaghetti’s studios, facilities and extensive line of hire equipment in Birmingham, Spaghetti will now be able to supply a vast range of camera, lens, audio, grip and lighting equipment. That means clients can now rely on a local company to provide service and support on a much larger scale.

“Here at Spaghetti, we take pride on the level of service and assistance that we provide to our clients. Partnering with Procam serves to drive that further,” said Mat Cooper, Director at Spaghetti.

“We are thrilled to partner with Spaghetti in a dedicated effort of bringing exceptional service and quality of equipment to Birmingham and the region,” said John Brennan, Group CEO, of Procam Group.

Contact Spaghetti Studios for information on equipment hire.

You can view Spaghetti Studios’ facilities on our filming locations database by doing a location search via our home page.


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2Weeks 2Make It – Register Now

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2Weeks 2Make It, the UK’s leading music video competition returns to the Midlands for the sixth time this May. Screen Central is once again running it and registration is open.

Important Dates

  • 2Weeks 2Make It Midlands 2019 kicks off on May 17th with a half day Music Video Masterclass. This will consist of a series of talks with industry professionals about the art of the music video
  • The Launch Event itself is at The Lampworks Studio in the Jewellery Quarter, 7-11PM. There, all entrants will be randomly paired with their music artist, who will all then have 2 weeks to make a video!
  • Hand in date for films will be Friday 31st May.
  • The screening and award ceremony will be in June (venue TBC)

To enter 2Weeks 2Make It

  • It is £50 to enter before 18th April‘s early bird discount cut off (full price £65)
  • However, Screen Central members get an additional £15 off, so just £35/team!
  • All entrants get one free place (£20 to non-entrants) at the Masterclass session also!
  • A refundable additional deposit of £25 will also be due on acceptance, refunded on successful delivery of a final video

So what are you waiting for? Register your team now.
Watch previous videos from all six competitions here to see what can be achieved in just 14 days!

If you cannot enter, please support the event online by liking and sharing, or watching the videos and leaving your thoughts.
Twitter: @2weeksmids
Instagram: @2weeksmids

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TV Tips from Edinburgh TV Festival

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The Edinburgh TV Festival in partnership with BBC Three is coming to Birmingham on Monday, April 15th. Participants will hear directly from panelists how they got in to TV and the different opportunities available in television outside of London.

There will also be discussion on how the industry can look to improve diversity, and the panel will give their top tips on getting in, staying in and thriving in TV.


Mim Shaikh, Broadcaster (Finding Dad, BBC Three)

Nasfim Haque, Commissioning Editor, Shortform, BBC Three

Nimesh Joshi, Programme Digital Editor, ITV News Central

Chaired by Sarah Vignoles, Edinburgh TV Festival, Talent Schemes Producer


The event will be at BBC Birmingham, The Mailbox at 19:00- 21:00 on April 15th, 2019.

Please arrive before 7 to allow some time to get through security at BBC Birmingham, and bring photo ID. The panel will be followed by a drinks reception.

Register for the event or join the waiting list here.



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Branded Entertainment Workshop for Creative Producers

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What is Branded Entertainment?

It is increasingly challenging for marketers to connect their messages to consumers. Consumers are exposed to marketing messages in all areas of life and are becoming increasingly resistant to established forms of advertising. We have long understood storytelling to be a valuable way of connecting to consumers and communicating key messages. This has led to the development of new ways of engaging with consumers such as branded entertainment. This is “the collaboration between a creative producer and a sponsoring brand in producing content that has the dual purpose of fulfilling the need to be a compelling stand-alone creative product. At the same time, it serves a communications need for the collaborating brand.”

This group of researchers have been working in the area of marketing and consumer behavior in film and television. And, they have observed the development of branded entertainment, noting the following:

  1. Developing projects that fulfill the communications objectives of brand owners while achieving the creative aims of creative producers and directors is challenging.
  2. Branded entertainment is not an extended form of advertising.
  3. When done well, branded entertainment projects can achieve creative objectives of the creative producers as well as the communications objectives of the brand and be enjoyed by audiences.

About the Workshop

So, we will hold a workshop designed to showcase examples of branded entertainment where the creative content produced has legitimacy as a film, television show etc., while at the same time achieving the communications objective of the brand or organisation.

Location: The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA

Monday 29th April. 10am-12pm

The aim of the workshop is to inform participants about the potential of collaborating on branded entertainment projects. The workshop will take two hours and is open to all.

We will follow this with a project development lab, and invite you to apply for this separately. Please email your application to The project development lab will be open to creative producers and professionals from branding, marketing communications and sponsorship/ public relations.

Benefits of participation:

  • The chance to gain more understanding of the possibility of branded entertainment
  • Be able to meet others interested in collaborating
  • To work through the challenges involved in developing such projects

This is a free event. To register click here.

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Submit to ShortFuse – Deadline Friday 19th April

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Film Birmingham are proud to announce the launch of our brand new short film night – ShortFuse. It will be an opportunity for short filmmakers in the West Midlands to showcase their work on the big screen. They can also invite their peers and supporters to attend for free. We will announce our special host very shortly. The first ShortFuse event will take place on Tuesday 28 May 2019, 6.30-9.30pm. It will be held at Mockingbird Cinema, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA. This film night will take place on the last Tuesday of every second month – the next date being Tuesday 30th July 2019.

If you are interested to submit your film to ShortFuse please email with a screening link to your short film, as well as a short bio and synopsis. All films must be under 30 minutes. Please note the screening is free to attend for your invited guests but there will be a £25 screening fee for each film selected.

The deadline for ShortFuse is Friday 19th April.

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