Apply for BFI NETWORK Midlands co-working space

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If you’re a Midlands based filmmaker, you can apply to join the BFI NETWORK co-working space for the free use of shared work space at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.

You should apply if you are looking to develop your projects and would benefit from having access to a shared work space with the opportunity to discuss ideas in a collaborative and supportive environment.

 Benefits include:

  • Free desk space in Broadway’s Studio or Workshop every Monday for six months.
  • Access to a programme of workshops and other skills development opportunities.
  • Opportunities to share work with other coworking members.
  • A chance to showcase of your work in progress to peers.
  • Discounted cinema tickets.
  • Discounted food and drink from Broadway’s cafe bars.
  • Free tea, coffee and Wi-Fi.

Is Broadway Cinema too far to commute?

Please contact us if you are interested in co-working space but unable to commute to Nottingham. We have been afforded this space through a donation of resource made by Broadway Cinema, but we are keen to ensure filmmakers who are not in the Nottingham vicinity are also supported. This support will also be available on a first-come-first-served basis and dependent on applicant eligibility and budget availability.

Am I eligible to apply?

  • You must be aged 18 or over and not in full time education.
  • You are a Midlands based filmmaker who has yet to have a feature film theatrically distributed.
  • You have a previous creative track record and evidence of this – You will need to have a BFI NETWORK Postroom account.
  • Clarity in articulating how co-working membership will support the development of your project, filmmaking and professional development.

Please make sure you read both the Further information and Terms documents before applying.

Further Information

To Apply

Complete the BFI NETWORK Midlands co-working membership application form HERE.

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Tributes to Tony Garnett, producer of Kes, Cathy Come Home and This Life

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Tributes have been paid to Birmingham-born TV and film producer Tony Garnett following his death at the age of 83. Originally an actor, Garnett produced such seminal Ken Loach works as Cathy Come Home and Kes, and later produced influential TV series This Life. World Productions, the TV company he founded, said he died on Sunday “after a short illness“. Loach said Garnett “believed in drama, in film and its power to communicate truth”.

“He understood the basic conflict at the heart of society, between those with power who exploit and those who are exploited,” the director told Radio 4’s Today programme, “He was a brilliant, complex man, intensely loyal and generous-spirited.”

Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio said he was “an inspirational figure who’ll be greatly missed”. He wrote on Twitter: “Tony was instrumental in giving me my break into TV when I was a junior hospital doctor who’d never written anything. They don’t make ’em like him any more.”

Garnett was also remembered with affection by former Line of Duty cast member Daniel Mays, who called him “the nicest man… Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Tony Garnett,” he wrote. “His legacy and body of work is truly exceptional.”

New Tricks writer Lisa Holdsworth, who chairs the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, wrote: “Every TV writer in the UK owes him a debt of gratitude. He elevated our medium by showing how fierce, relevant and vital it could be.” Other writers and actors added heartfelt tributes on Twitter.

Born in Birmingham in 1936, Garnett began his career on screen in 1960s TV shows including Emergency Ward 10 and Z Cars. His subsequent work with Loach, Jim Allen and others was characterised by hard-hitting social realism. Through World Productions, the company he founded in 1990, he executive produced such TV series as Between the Lines, Ballykissangel and This Life. The latter, he revealed at a BFI talk last year, came about when Michael Jackson, then controller of BBC Two, wanted a drama “about young people who are just starting their first jobs”.

“He said, ‘Could they be lawyers?'” Garnett recalled. “I said, ‘They can be anything you like Michael.'” The show, about a group of young lawyers sharing a house in London, ran for two series and gave early breaks to rising stars like Jack Davenport and Andrew Lincoln.

Garnett enjoyed much success at the BBC but could be highly critical of the corporation.

“I have criticised the BBC in the past because I think it’s very important for all of us,” he said in 2014,  “I’m a defender of the BBC but at the same time a loyal defender of the opposition.”


Source: BBC News


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New Year Honours 2020: CBE for Birmingham’s Peaky Blinders creator

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The writer and creator of hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders has become a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours. Steven Knight was recognised for services to drama, entertainment and the community in Birmingham, which provided the inspiration and setting for the programme.

On finding out about his CBE, Mr Knight, whose film and TV credits also include Taboo, Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises, said it was “amazing”.

Mr Knight, who grew up in Birmingham’s Small Heath area, joked he would be celebrating “Tommy Shelby style”, saying the fictional gangster “occasionally has a bottle of champagne… So that’s what I’ll do. I am very honoured to receive this award and would like to think it might reflect on the people of Birmingham whose stories and spirit have informed a substantial part of my work.”

The 60-year-old, who also wrote BBC One’s adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, created Peaky Blinders based on retellings of his parents’ childhoods growing up in Birmingham in the 1920s. It first aired in 2013 and has now run to five series, attracting a global following of fans.

“I’ve just finished writing series six and it’s the best yet,” Mr Knight, who lives in East Sussex, said, “but we always say that.”

In October, Mr Knight revealed plans to launch a new group to boost creative output in the West Midlands, including a £100m film and TV studio. Much of the first series of the drama following Birmingham’s gangsters was filmed in Yorkshire after “a combination of the Luftwaffe and the local council in the 60s and 70s” made filming in the city difficult, Mr Knight told Radio 4. He has been a vocal advocate for Birmingham, which he said suffers from “self-deprecation”, and hopes the new studios will be transformative for the region. He also made the city the venue for the first official Peaky Blinders festival.



Zombie apocalypse film ‘Still’ filmed in Birmingham goes viral

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A Bewdley film company’s short movie about a living statue street artist caught in the midst of a zombie apocalypse has gone viral. Dark Matter Films’ seven-minute video has racked up more than half a million times since it was made public on YouTube in December 2019.

‘Still’ was shot in Birmingham’s bustling Jewellery Quarter in 2015 and has since been doing the rounds at 25 film festivals all over the world, where it won nine awards. This is the first time the movie has been available to watch for free online, and filmmaker Carl Timms has been blown away by the response, with one commenter describing it as the “most original idea I’ve seen for a zombie apocalypse movie”.

‘Still’ was funded entirely by crowdfunding and was shot in just two days. It featured more than 100 Midlands-based extras and crew.

Dark Matter Films’ follow-up short movie Off Grid had its London premiere on Friday (December 13) as part of a five-day Lift-Off London Film Festival.

People can watch ‘Still’ in full here.



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Film Birmingham Christmas Break – Office Closed

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Happy Holidays to you and yours!


The offices at Film Birmingham will be closed from 23rd December – 3th 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 2020!


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Film Birmingham Seeks External Consultant – Deadline January 31st

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Film Birmingham, Birmingham City Council’s film office, is a one-stop-shop for filming in the city. With the support of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), a pilot scheme was launched in March 2019 to trial our services to local authorities within the GBSLEP and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) region.

We are currently seeking an external consultant to develop a proposal for how we could work in partnership with these local authorities beyond July 2020. You are invited to submit your tenders in this regard, according to the Regional FO West Midlands Business Model Brief.

Important Dates

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 31st January. 2020.
Candidates will be invited to interview w/c 3rd February 2020.
Interviews will be held on Monday 10th or Tuesday 11th February 2020.
The successful candidate will be notified by Friday 14th February 2020.
This programme of work is for delivery by Friday 17th April 2020.

Need More Information?

See the full brief here. If you have any questions or points to clarify, please submit these by email to: The deadline for submission of such questions is Friday 24th January 2020.


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Birmingham film students gain access to major Bollywood industry

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A new partnership between a UK university and one of India’s most renowned creative institutions will allow students to collaborate on major projects in the Bollywood and UK film industries. Birmingham City University formed a formal collaboration with Mumbai-based Ronkel Media Education Institute, which will provide students with real-world experience working on motion picture productions.

Ronkel specialises in film industry training and its staff are internationally renowned for their contribution to Bollywood filmmaking, while Birmingham City University has a history of creative education in the UK’s second city, which dates back more than 175 years. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two organisations, which aims to support students in developing the valuable skills needed to help create, perform in or market a movie. It will also provide opportunities for students to study aspects of the media, arts and entertainment overseas as part of exchange study programmes between Birmingham City University and Ronkel Media Education Institute.

The Indian film industry has experienced major growth, creating a demand for a range of skilled artists, technicians and film business professionals. Professor Alison Honour, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Media said: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with the Ronkel Media Education and Research Institute. This new partnership will provide opportunities for Birmingham City University and Ronkel students to work on collaborative film projects and have international work placements and exchanges to provide opportunities to gain skills specific to the UK and Indian Bollywood film industries.”

Birmingham City University operates a range of courses related to the film industries and boasts state-of-the-art facilities. The new partnership will allow students learning skills in areas such as screenwriting, film production, visual effects, film studies and film business and promotion.

Sanjeev Sharma, founder and firector of the Ronkel Media Education and Research Institute said: “The Indian Film Industry is growing rapidly, creating a huge demand for skilled artists and technicians, as well as film business professionals. Our association with Birmingham City University is a great opportunity for Indian students to utilise this platform to hone their skill sets in the best possible manner, and prepare themselves to be absorbed by the industry.”

Sanjeev Sharma has been recognised by the Limca Book of National Records for his work as a filmmaker. His audio visual project “Veergatha” with legendary Bollywood star, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, has received international appreciation.




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West Midlands comedy short ‘Still’ gains online success

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Independent film production company Dark Matter Films, based in Bewdley, has had a stunning viral YouTube success this week. Their 7-minute zombie comedy short film ‘Still’ has racked up over 120,000 views in the space of a single week. The film, written and directed by debut Midlands filmmaker Carl Timms, has been praised for its unique concept. Commenters are calling it a “masterpiece”, and the “most original idea I’ve seen for a zombie apocalypse movie”.

‘Still’ was filmed in Birmingham’s busy Jewellery Quarter and stars local actors Joe Capella, Rob Hall and James Rowell. It was funded entirely by crowdfunding and shot in just 2 days. Dark Matter Films pulled off a coup by enlisting Stourbridge-based special effects expert Stuart Conran, lead FX designer on cult zombie hit Shaun of the Dead, to create the effects. Featuring over 100 Midlands extras and crew the short film has already had a successful festival run screening at 25 festivals all over the world and winning 9 awards. It was also selected to be part of a horror anthology called Blood Clots on Amazon Prime. Life-long zombie fan Carl says of his success: “I knew the moment I had the idea for Still that this was an original approach to the mostly tired zombie genre. However I never expected it would take off like this, it’s been a lovely shock to see positive comments from all around the world”

This YouTube viral success follows news that Dark Matter Films’ follow up short Off Grid will have its London premiere on Friday 13th December as part of the five day Lift-Off London Film Festival. Off Grid screens on Friday 13 th at 8.30 PM. Off Grid is a dark short supernatural thriller starring A-list leads James Cosmo, CBE (His Dark Materials) and Alison Steadman, MBE (Gavin and Stacey). Cosmo and Steadman are joined in Off Grid by Marc Baylis (Coronation Street), Kate Davis-Speak (The Barge People) and local Birmingham actor Francis Quigley. The film recently had its premiere at the Birmingham Film Festival s Off Grid is the second short film Carl Timms and his first with writing partner Mark Brendan, who also co-produced the film.

Watch ‘Still’ here.

For more info on the film, contact Carl Timms (Director/Producer) at or on 07779179796, or Mark Brendan (Writer/Producer) at or on 07706909785.


Apply for ScreenSkills Trainee Finder – Deadline December 15th

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ScreenSkills’ new-entrant placement programme will offer practical experience to the 2020/21 trainees on Trainee Finder.

Trainee Finder matches trainees with productions to offer them professional on-the-job experience. All placements are paid. The year-long programme includes training courses and industry masterclasses on topics such as set etiquette and health and safety to prepare successful candidates for working in the industry and to improve their employability.

Trainees have previously worked on a wide range of feature films, high-end TV and children’s TV shows, including Killing Eve, Peaky Blinders, Fleabag, Aladdin, Wonder Woman, Downton Abbey, Hetty Feather and Molly & Mack.

If you have less than 12 months of paid experience in film or TV, you can apply by 15 December for high-end television or film.

Apply for the High-End TV Trainee Finder

Apply for the Film Trainee Finder

For more information on Trainee Finder, click here.



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West Midlands families needed for new Channel 4 Series!

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A brand new Channel 4 series “SuperShoppers” is on the lookout for families to join the show.  “SuperShoppers” families would ideally want advice on how to save money on everything from holidays to their household bills, from shopping for clothes to the food they eat. The show is also looking for families who do a lot of shopping online and want some money-saving tips and tricks.

If you want the clever tips and savvy shortcuts which will save your family cash, then call 0141 530 2333 ext. 260 or send an email to with your name and contact details.


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