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BFI NETWORK Midlands Producers Series 2024

Are you looking to step up into producing?

Want to learn more about what it takes to produce a short film?

Refreshing skills ready for your Short Film Fund application? 


From 18th – 20th March 2024, Film Hub Midlands will be running three days of workshops for new and early career producers ran by their very own Lauren Parker, BFI NETWORK Talent Executive and Producer at Kato Pictures. The workshops will cover practical skills and will use real documents to guide participants through contracting, budgeting, scheduling, post-production and festival releases.

Film Hub Midlands will be using the current BFI NETWORK templates throughout the workshop to aid those who might be looking to apply for the short film fund.


When is it?

The three sessions in the series will take place between Monday 18th March, Tuesday 19th March and Wednesday 20th at 10:00 to 12:00 each day. 

Workshops will be two hours long and will take place on Zoom. Each session will have one comfort break.

Participants are expected to attend all sessions.


Who is this series for?

Ideal participants will have experience of producing, line producing or production managing at least one short film or have produced at least one staged play and be looking to take on more short film projects in the future.

Film Hub Midlands are also open to applications from people with experience from other art forms or in arts management, where skills are transferable to producing.

Participants must be based in the Midlands, over 18 years of age and outside of full-time education.


How to apply?

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th March at midnight. 

Film Hub Midlands want to ensure that the course can be designed to best suit it’s participants and so please ensure questions are answered in full so they best know how to support you.

Places are limited for the training so please ensure you are able to attend all three sessions before applying.

If you have any questions about the series or your application then please contact the team at:

About the facilitator

Lauren is a Nottingham based producer with her company Kato Pictures as well as BFI NETWORK Talent Executive for the Midlands. Her recent shorts include the Creative England/ BFI NETWORK supported Wash Club which premiered online with Short of the Week and received a Vimeo Staff Pick. Her short Majority, also supported by BFI NETWORK, was selected for Palm Springs Shortfest, BFI London Film Festival, Krakow Film Festival and screened on BBC 2 as part of their Festival of Funny. Lauren’s latest short Lord of the Free Range was recently nominated for the Méliés d’or for the best European fantastic short film.

Lauren’s short films have screened at festivals around the world including Aesthetica, Frightfest, Stiges, Galway Film Fleadh, London Short Film Festival as well as broadcast on The Horror Channel and BBC.

Lauren has a background in film and TV production, working for CBBC, BBC, Element Pictures, Balloon Entertainment, Channel 4 and recently line produced the interactive feature film As Dead As It Gets for Wellington Films (Calibre, The Levelling). She also line-produced the BAFTA long-listed short The Tunnel for Griffin Pictures. She will be utilising production workflows to show you how to manage your short film efficiently.


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