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High-end TV Bursary – Apply by March 31st

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About the High-end TV Bursary

This bursary is supported by the High-end TV Skills Fund. It grants of up to £1,000 for professional high-end TV freelancers to undertake training in priority skills areas. These are:

  • Accounts
  • Assistant directors (ADs) and locations
  • Art and construction
  • Camera
  • Costume
  • Hair and make-Up
  • Lighting and electrical
  • Locations
  • Post and VFX
  • Production
  • Props
  • SFX
  • Sound
  • Rigging and grips

High-end TV Bursary: Are you Eligible?

You can apply for a high-end TV bursary if:

  • You 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 also not considered suitable experience;
  • You have been accepted on the training course(s) you want to attend;
  • You are able to demonstrate how the training you are applying for will benefit your career to progress within the HETV industry;
  • The course you want to attend falls under the priority departments, and skills, identified above, starts no earlier than one working day after the date your application is received by ScreenSkills, is delivered by a recognised training provider and starts before 31 March 2019.

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. However, 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 £1,000 of funding per financial year but you can apply for more than one course. The training course must start at least one day after your application is made – we cannot accept applications for training which has already begun.

High-end TV Bursary: How to Apply

Before you apply, please read the complete application guidelines (PDF). Then, log in or register to ScreenSkills here to read further information and apply. 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. After submission, 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 us immediately.

High-end TV Bursary: Judging

Applications will be individually assessed by ScreenSkills’ bursaries team. If your application is successful you will receive an offer email and letter outlining the offer and our terms and conditions. You must accept the offer within two weeks of the date of the email. This means signing the offer letter and returning it to us electronically with your bank details. We may also ask for proof of your address – this will be indicated in your offer letter. Any offers not accepted within two weeks will be withdrawn. ScreenSkills cannot release any funding until we receive your signed offer letter.

You will know if your grant application has been successful within four weeks of the date your full application is received.

If you decide to attend training before receiving notification from ScreenSkills, ScreenSkills does not accept responsibility for funding your attendance should your bursary be declined or considered ineligible. If we offer you funding for training but you no longer wish to accept it, please let us know in writing.

ScreenSkills will notify you by email if your application is unsuccessful.

Please address any queries to: hetv@screenskills.com or call +44 (0)20 7713 9800.

Source: ScreenSkills

 

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Fighting Spirit Film Festival

Fighting Spirit Film Festival back in Birmingham

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Fighting Spirit Film Festival

The UK’s one and only fighting film festival will be in Birmingham on Sunday 28 April, 2019. Fighting Spirit Film Festival is a celebration and screening of martial arts and action movies. Now in its 4th year of bringing together the martial arts and action film fan and film making community, it continues to inspire others to participate in martial arts and/or make films with martial arts and action content.

The Mockingbird will play host to the festival’s second visit to Birmingham and promises to be a flip-kicking event with the UK premiere of “Triple Threat” directed by Jesse V Johnson and starring Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping, Celina Jade and Jeeja Yanin as well as the UK premiere of the eagerly awaited “Ip Man” spinoff “Master Z” starring Max Zhang, Tony Jaa, Michelle Yeoh, David Bautista and produced by Donnie Yen!

Throughout the event there will be screenings of short films: Chopsticks / Dead End / Tranh et Nowak and Shaolin Warrior Monk as well as martial arts demonstrations – British Wushu champions Samuel Mak and Steve Coleman, Wolverhampton based Kru Linford Melbourne (Muay Thai/Kickboxing) and Sifu Tony Clements (Southern Praying Mantis).

Fighting Spirit Film Festival Reviews

“I have learned a lot, had fun, and made new friends who have the same passion for making martial arts films. This is the festival that I wouldn’t want to miss” by Pau Han Kho [STEAM]
“An absolutely incredible time, with some of the loveliest people I’ve ever met. All other organisers  have been super helpful and involved right from the submission process, and it was an absolute pleasure attending the festival. I can’t recommend it enough!” by Aeddan Sussex [CHOPSTICKS]
“Great Festival! What a pleasure to see all these international guests and cross path with some very talented artists and filmmakers. It’s the best place to be in London for all action and martial arts film fans. Thanks to everyone involved. See you next year!” by Francois Mequer [THE RETURN OF
BLACK SHADOW]

Fighting Spirit Film Festival Tickets

Tickets are available online from Friday, 22 March 2019 at 1.00pm. For more information please contact organisers via email or social media channels:
Facebook: @FightingSpiritFilmFestival
Twitter: @FSFilmfestival
Instagram: @fightingspiritfilmfestival
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Birmingham Indian Film Festival

Birmingham Indian Film Festival Turns Five!

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The Birmingham Indian Film Festival is thanks patrons for continued support as it returns for its 5th year. On Friday 21 June, they will reveal a new programme of independent films – save the date! If you can’t wait, here’s how you can get your fix of independent South Asian cinema until then.

TOO DESI TOO QUEER
Fri 29 Mar | BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY

BIFF, Sampad South Asian Arts & Heritage and Birmingham City University come together with Film Hub Midlands, Saathi Nights and Brum Asians LGBT to present a one night celebration of the South Asian LGBTQI+ experience through film, dance and conversation.

SALAAM PAKISTAN FILM FESTIVAL
24 – 30 Mar | MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

Oscar winning documentaries, Saving Face and A Girl in the River, are part of this debut touring festival that arrives in Birmingham this month. Features include Lakeer, a love story set against the backdrop of partition and Josh which includes a Q&A with director Iram Parveen Bilal.

EATEN BY LIONS
Releases nationally 29 March

Eaten By Lions won the Audience Award at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival. It was also hugely popular at our screening last year. It stars The film stars local talent Brummie comedienne Janice Connolly aka Barbara Nice and Antonio Akeel. Plus, Britain’s Got Talent’s Jack Carroll as well as Nitin Ganatra, Asim Chaudhry and Johnny Vegas.

SPONSORS & ADS

We’re always grateful for the support we receive – so a massive thanks to all our sponsors and partners. You can get involved as a sponsor of Birmingham Indian Film Festival. You’d have your logo sitting alongside BCU, Birmingham Airport or Asian Business Chamber of Commerce. You could also just place an ad in our programme then do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

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Flatpack Film Festival

Flatpack Film Festival 2019 – April 30th – May 5th

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Flatpack Film Festival 2019 will be unrolled in Birmingham 30 April – 5 May. You can get your tickets or festival passes here.

Here’s what Flatpack has to say about their annual festival:

Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across the city every spring. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises. And, it has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent).

But Flatpack is not just a festival – it’s also a state of mind. Actually, that’s overstating it, but it’s not confined to one time or place. The annual event was spawned from the year-round antics of 7 Inch Cinema. This was originally a mixed-media film night at the Rainbow pub in Digbeth. This then grew to embrace inflatable cinema-tents, archive detective-work and DVD compilations. So ten years on we continue to produce our own projects and provide guest programming for others throughout the year. Recent collaborators have included Home of Metal, Green Man Festival, First Light, Birmingham International Dance Festival plus the Independent Cinema Office.

The kind of work we put on depends upon the project. However, recurring themes include animation, music, artists’ film, archive discoveries, offbeat shorts for kids and live cinema. We are firm believers in creating a sense of occasion, exploring the fertile territory where film bumps up against other artforms, and showing people things they might not otherwise have seen.

Flatpack is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (no.1162754) and a member of Birmingham Festivals.

 

To find out more about Flatpack Film Festival 2019, email: info@flatpackfestival.org.uk or call 0121 771 1509.

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Making Your First Blockbuster

Making Your First Blockbuster : Book Talk in Birmingham

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“Making Your First Blockbuster” is a brand new film-making book by Paul Dudbridge. It is aimed at the intermediate/professional film-maker and covers writing, directing, cinematography, editing, special effects, visual effects, action, stunts, and working with firearms. The opening line of the introduction reads “I wanted to write the book I wish I had when I was 18.”

The book’s Birmingham launch will be at the Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, Thursday, March 21, 5:45 – 8:15. Paul will be talking about his book and showing some clips. Then, books will be available for purchase which he will be signing.

“Making Your First Blockbuster” is a conversational book with helpful tools, tips, and techniques to help film-makers. The publisher, Michael Wiese Productions, previously published “Save the Cat”, “Shot by Shot” and “The Writer’s Journey”.

“Making Your First Blockbuster” Author Bio:

Paul Dudbridge is a British director, producer, and cinematographer.

As a producer and director, he helmed the science-fiction series/feature film, “Horizon”, which went on to win a number of awards at international film festivals, as well as earning him a Best Drama Director nomination at the Royal Television Society awards here in the UK.

This year he’s producing horror feature film “Hobbe’s House”, and producing and directing a re-imagining of H.G. Wells’s classic novel, The Invisible Man, titled “Fear the Invisible Man”, which goes in to production this Summer.

When not filming, Paul guest lectures at various universities and colleges around the country. Most recently, he ran the ‘Writing and Directing’ module for the Masters course at the University of Bristol. He also taught Cinematography at Falmouth Film School, and Advanced Cinematography workshops for BECTU, the UK’s media and entertainment trade union. His first book, Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers’ Guide, was released by Michael Wiese Productions in 2017.

“Making Your First Blockbuster” Reviews:

“What a great book! Can’t recommend this enough. Practical, experienced advice on all aspects of film making, from start to finish. I’m going to recommend this to my students. I wish I’d had this book when starting out”. – Dean Cundey A.S.C., Director of Photography (Jurassic Park, Back to the Future trilogy, Apollo 13)

“An absolute wealth of filmic knowledge. Jam-packed with essential skills and techniques for both amateurs and veterans alike.” – John Badham, Film Director (Bird on a Wire, The Hard Way, Drop Zone)

“Intelligent, informative, and creative in all areas of film making. A must read if you have any visual effects in your movie.” – John Swinnerton, Visual Effects Artist (King Kong, Casino Royale, London Has Fallen)

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Back In 2019

Apply for Back In 2019 – Deadline March 25th

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Applications are open for the Back In 2019 programme run by creative agency Punch and Birmingham director Daniel Alexander. The Back In programme aims to increase diversity in the city’s film industry and creative sector. This year’s programme will reach creative talent from across the city region’s diverse communities and vibrant neighbourhoods and support them through a training & commissioning programme. It is a detailed 6 month programme that needs a minimum of 2 days per month.

Budding movie makers will attend boot camps and classes, receive expert mentoring and gain the professional connections needed to get their big breakthrough. By the end of the project, which is part of the BBC Digital Cities programme, they will have completed a short small budget film.

Back In 2019 is inviting applications from individuals or companies that want to gain practical real life training and experience around the following areas:

1. Networks around new funds and commissions

2. Budgeting and planning

3. Pitching (format and methodology)

4. Trips to film venues and Independent festivals

5. Technical guidance and grading

6. One to one discourse with Film Production CEO’s

7. Conference on Black Filmmakers

8. Small film commission

Those interested can sign up here for Back In 2019.

Closing date for applications is March 25th 2019, 12pm.

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British Academy Games Awards

British Academy Games Awards 2019: Full Nominations List

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The British Academy Games Awards is BAFTA’s annual celebration of the very best in games of the past 12 months. The Awards take place on Thursday 4 April 2019. The nominations announced on March 14th highlight an outstanding level of creative excellence from a broad range of UK and international development teams.

The British Academy Games Awards, including the nominations, are voted for by BAFTA’s global membership, comprising experienced games industry practitioners from a range of backgrounds in game development and production.

Below is the full nomination list for the British Academy Games Awards 2019.


ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT 

  • DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN Guillaume de Fondaumière, David Cage, John O’Brien – Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GRIS Development Team – Nomada Studio/Devolver Digital
  • GOD OF WAR Development Team – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN Development Team – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Development Team – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909

AUDIO ACHIEVEMENT

  • BATTLEFIELD V Development Team – EA Dice/Electronic Arts
  • DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN Guillaume de Fondaumière, David Cage, John O’Brien – Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GOD OF WAR Mike Niederquell, Todd Piperi, Leilani Ramirez – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN Paul Mudra, Phillip Kovats, Dwight Okahara – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Development Team – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • TETRIS EFFECT Hydelic, Noboru Mutoh, Takako Ishida – Monstars Inc. and Resonair/Enhance, Inc.

BEST GAME 

  • ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY Development Team – Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft
  • ASTRO BOT: RESCUE MISSION Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • CELESTE Development Team – Matt Makes Games Inc./Matt Makes Games Inc.
  • GOD OF WAR Cory Barlog, Yumi Yang, Shannon Studstill – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Development Team – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909

BRITISH GAME

  • 11-11: MEMORIES RETOLD Dan Efergan, Bram Ttwheam, George Rowe – Digixart, Aardman & Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe/Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe
  • FORZA HORIZON 4 Development Team – Playground Games/Microsoft Studios
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Development Team – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • THE ROOM: OLD SINS Development Team – Fireproof Games/ Fireproof Games
  • OVERCOOKED 2 Development Team – Ghost Town Games & Team 17/ Team 17
  • TWO POINT HOSPITAL Development Team – Two Point Studios/SEGA

DEBUT GAME

  • BEAT SABER Development Team – Beat Games/Beat Games
  • CULTIST SIMULATOR Alexis Kennedy, Lottie Bevan – Weather Factory/Humble Bundle
  • DONUT COUNTY Ben Esposito – Ben Espositio/Annapurna Interactive
  • FLORENCE Development Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • GRIS Development Team – Nomada Studio/Devolver Digital
  • YOKU’S ISLAND EXPRESS Development Team – Villa Gorilla/Team 17

EVOLVING GAME

  • DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN Development Team – Bungie/Activision
  • ELITE DANGEROUS: BEYOND Development Team – Frontier/Frontier
  • FORTNITE Development Team – Epic Games/Epic Games
  • OVERWATCH Development Team – Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment
  • SEA OF THIEVES Development Team – Rare Ltd/Microsoft Studios
  • TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE Development Team – Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft

FAMILY

  • LEGO DISNEY PIXAR’S THE INCREDIBLES Pete Gomer, Dan Crossley, Nicholas Ricks – TT Games/WB Games
  • NINTENDO LABO Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • OVERCOOKED 2 Development Team – Ghost Town Games & Team17/Team17
  • POKÉMON: LET’S GO, PIKACHU! AND LET’S GO, EEVEE! Development Team – Game Freak/The Pokémon Company and Nintendo
  • SUPER MARIO PARTY Development Team – NDCube/Nintendo
  • YOKU’S ISLAND EXPRESS Development Team – Villa Gorilla/Team 17

GAME BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT

  • 11-11: MEMORIES RETOLD Yoan Fanise, Dan Efergan, Lionel Lovisa – Digixart, Aardman & Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe/Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • CELESTE Development Team – Matt Makes Games Inc./Matt Makes Games Inc.
  • FLORENCE Development Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • LIFE IS STRANGE 2 Michel Koch, Raoul Barbet – DONTNOD Entertainment/Square Enix
  • MY CHILD LEBENSBORN Development Team – Sarepta Studio AS/Teknopilot AS, Sarepta Studio AS
  • NINTENDO LABO Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

GAME DESIGN

  • ASTRO BOT: RESCUE MISSION Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • CELESTE Development Team – Matt Makes Games Inc./Matt Makes Games Inc.
  • GOD OF WAR Development Team – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • INTO THE BREACH Justin Ma, Matthew Davis – Subset Games/Subset Games
  • MINIT Development Team – JW, Kitty, Jukio, and Dom/Devolver Digital
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909

GAME INNOVATION

  • ASTRO BOT: RESCUE MISSION Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • CELESTE Development Team – Matt Makes Games Inc./Matt Makes Games Inc.
  • CULTIST SIMULATOR Alexis Kennedy, Lottie Bevan – Weather Factory/Humble Bundle
  • MOSS Development Team – Polyarc/Polyarc
  • NINTENDO LABO Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909

MOBILE GAME

  • ALTO’S ODYSSEY Development Team – Team Alto/Snowman
  • BRAWL STARS Development Team – Supercell/Supercell
  • DONUT COUNTY Ben Esposito – Ben Esposito/Annapurna Interactive
  • FLORENCE Development Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • REIGNS: GAME OF THRONES François Alliot, Tamara Alliot, Arnaud De Bock – Nerial/Devolver Digital
  • THE ROOM: OLD SINS Development Team – Fireproof Games/Fireproof Games

MULTIPLAYER

  • A WAY OUT Development Team – Hazelight/EA Originals
  • BATTLEFIELD V Development Team – EA DICE/Electronic Arts
  • OVERCOOKED 2 Development Team – Ghost Town Games & Team 17/Team 17
  • SEA OF THIEVES Development Team – Rare Ltd/Microsoft Studios
  • SUPER MARIO PARTY Development Team – NDCube/Nintendo
  • SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE Development Team – Nintendo, Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd/Nintendo

MUSIC

  • CELESTE Lena Raine – Matt Makes Games Inc./Matt Makes Games Inc.
  • FAR CRY 5 Development Team – Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
  • FLORENCE Development Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • GOD OF WAR Bear McCreary, Keith Leary, Peter Scaturro – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GRIS Development Team – Nomada Studios/Devolver Digitial
  • TETRIS EFFECT Hydelic, Noboru Mutoh, Takako Ishida – Monstars Inc. and Resonair/Enhance, Inc.

NARRATIVE

  • FLORENCE Writing Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • FROSTPUNK Writing Team – 11 Bit Studios/11 Bit Studios
  • GOD OF WAR Cory Barlog, Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN Writing Team – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Dan Houser, Rupert Humphries, Michael Unsworth – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909

ORIGINAL PROPERTY

  • DEAD CELLS Development Team – Motion Twin/Motion Twin
  • FLORENCE Development Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • INTO THE BREACH Development Team – Subset Games/Subset Games
  • MOSS Development Team – Polyarc/Polyarc
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909
  • SUBNAUTICA Development Team – Unknown Worlds Entertainment/Unknown Worlds Entertainment

PERFORMER

  • CHRISTOPHER JUDGE as Kratos in God of War
  • DANIELLE BISUTTI as Freya in God of War
  • JEREMY DAVIES as The Stranger in God of War
  • MELISSANTHI MAHUT as Kassandra of Sparta in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • ROGER CLARK as Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2
  • SUNNY SULJIC as Atreus in God of War

EE MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR (voted for by the public)

  • BRAWL STARS – Supercell/Supercell
  • CLASH ROYALE – Supercell/Supercell
  • FORTNITE –  Epic Games/Epic Games
  • OLD SCHOOL RUNESCAPE – Jagex/Jagex
  • POKÉMON GO – The Pokémon Company, Niantic/Nintendo
  • ROBLOX – Roblox Corporation/Roblox Corporation

 

The ceremony for the British Academy Games Awards, hosted by Dara O’Briain, takes place on Thursday 4 April at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank and will be live streamed on all major social, online and gaming platforms.

You can stream the British Academy Games Awards here: www.bafta.org/games/howtowatch.

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Irish Film

Irish Film Tour Coming to Birmingham

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Following the great success of its previous Irish film tours, Irish Film London is on the road again, partnering with independent cinemas and Irish organisations in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. The tour kicks off on Monday 11th March at in Manchester. Then it will reach Leeds before opening at Birmingham cinema The Mockingbird, on Wednesday 13th March. Tickets are available here.

Birmingham Irish Association is partnering with Irish Film London for the screening of Rosie. President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins recently visited the Association, and praised their work. He paid tribute to the Association for supporting all members of the Irish community that needed assistance.

About the Irish Film “Rosie”

Written by the acclaimed Roddy Doyle, Rosie will tour each city with its award-winning director Paddy Breathnach. He is best known for films I Went Down and Viva, and he’ll take part in a Q&A after the screenings.

Rosie enjoyed massive critical acclaim and sold-out screenings after premiering at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter Critics subsequently named 25 favourite films from the autumn festivals. Rosie also went on to win two awards at the 2018 Irish Film London Awards. These were Best Feature Film, and the Ros Hubbard Award for Acting following Sarah Greene’s show-stopping performance.

The film tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after they become homeless. Finding a room, even for a night, is a tough job and finding somewhere permanent to live is even harder. Within the confines of their car, Rosie (Sarah Greene of Nobel and Rebellion), and John Paul (Moe Dunford of Vikings and Handsome Devil) strive to maintain a loving home while shielding their young family from the reality of the situation around them. Rosie examines how even in times of crises, the love and strength of a family can endure.

Support for the Irish Film Screening

Birmingham Irish Association’s Culture and Heritage Project Officer Peter Connolly said “It’s great to work with Irish Film London again. We couldn’t be happier to do so on this particular film. The President has offered much encouragement, and we look forward to joining IFL in bringing such an important and topical film to our community.”

The film’s director Breathnach said, “I’m thrilled that UK audiences will have the opportunity to view Rosie on the big screen. We had some fantastic screenings at the BFI London Film Festival last year. So we’re are looking forward to bringing the film back to the UK this March.”

Irish Film London Founder Kelly O’Connor said, “It’s been a pleasure to work with Element Pictures and all our regional partners on getting this tour in motion. Our ultimate goal is to build the awareness of Irish film among audiences here in the UK. Also, promoting the work of the Irish community and cultural organisations like Leeds Irish Health and Homes or the Birmingham Irish Association. Paddy is such a generous and modest character, despite his exceptional talents. So I can’t wait for our audiences across the UK to meet him.”

The support of the Irish Embassy in London, the Ireland Funds of Great Britain and Culture Ireland has made this tour possible.

Tickets are available here.

The Irish Film Festival London is made possible with the support of a number of groups. These are: Screen Ireland, Culture Ireland, the Arts Council of Ireland, IFI International, the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade of Ireland, the Ireland Funds of Great Britain, the Irish Youth Foundation and Film London. Interested parties are welcomed to get in touch for more information about available sponsorship opportunities.

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Whickers' Cost of Docs

The Whickers ‘Cost of Docs’ Survey: RESULTS

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The Whickers works in funding and supporting emerging talent. However, they also seek to be a champion for documentary makers globally, amplifying their voices in the industry. The initial aim their first annual Whickers ‘Cost of Docs’ survey, back in 2016, was to ensure their main funding award of £80,000 was still the game-changing amount that they wanted it to be. This year, however, they have added some new questions. They cover role, gender, the funding application processes, pitching, crowdfunding, and the hopes and fears of UK filmmakers around Brexit.

Below are some highlights of the Whickers ‘Cost of Docs’ Report, published by The Whickers on February 20, 2019.

Our third annual survey is our most comprehensive and international dive into the lived reality of documentary filmmaking so far. Carried out between the beginning of December 2018 and mid-January 2019, in association with Sheffield Doc/Fest, this unique insight reveals the passion, pain points and increasing challenges facing this specialist sector of film production.Download the full 2018/2019 Report

Whickers ‘Cost of Docs’: Who responded

  • those who have worked less than five years in the industry (53%)
  • 72% aged between 25 and 44
  • 89% of whom are either currently working on a documentary or have worked on one in the last two years
  • twice as many women as men (62% cf 35%)
  • 63% of respondents based in the UK and the remainder based in a range of countries including Serbia, Portugal, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, the US, Canada, Chile, Kenya, the Philippines, Georgia, Martinique, Uganda, Qatar and Italy.

Whickers ‘Cost of Docs’: Key findings:

  • Funding remains the most significant challenge
  • 32% rely on savings to support themselves whilst making documentaries (page 8)
  • 30% rely on financial support from family and friends (page 8)
  • 39% rely on freelancing on other projects (page 8)
  • 71% felt they had not been paid what they consider an appropriate wage on their most recent documentary (page 11)
  • 36% of respondents had never applied for funding for a documentary (page 13)
  • Of those who did apply, 19% did not receive any funding and 11% of respondents received less than £10,000 (page 14)
  • The average time spent on a funding application is 8 days (page 15)
  • Just 19% of respondents had ever used a crowdfunding site to raise finance for their documentary (page 16)

“Budgets from broadcasters are becoming increasingly tight – leading to unrealistic schedules and unhappy teams, desperately scrambling to make something unachievable and sacrificing their personal lives in the process.”

  • The majority of documentary makers are not investing in formal training
  • 52% of respondents claim to be self-taught (page 5)
  • Only 26% attended a short course on documentary (page 5)
  • 32% had obtained a postgraduate documentary qualification (page 5)
  • Each year we ask which costs are rising and which are falling or staying the same. In 11 of 18 categories, respondents claim that costs have increased.
  • Rising costs include archive (32%), attending pitches and film festivals (51%) and post production costs (36%) (page 22)
  • Another big surprise is the percentage of respondents making documentaries for TV has increased, 52% this year compared to 42% in 2017 (page 6)
  • 61% made documentary films for online, compared to 39% in 2017 (page 6)
  • 46% of respondents had worked on a documentary that has been broadcast on TV (page 17)
  • 12% had worked on a documentary that had found an audience online (page 17)
  • Unsurprisingly, Brexit was a hot topic for UK-based respondents with 20% fearing an end of access to European funding as a result.
  • The second biggest concern for UK-based respondents, at 14%, was that travel could become more difficult (page 29) 

On Brexit: “I’m concerned about freedom of travel, ability to work with cross-border crews and rising costs. The effect will be massive and hugely problematic.”

And finally, the all-important question of why, despite all of the challenges, filmmakers continue to want to make documentaries. The overriding responses fell into five main camps, with significant overlap between them: passion for storytellingself-expression, the search for truthcuriosity and social justice.

Jane Ray, Artistic Director at The Whickers said of this year’s survey: “I am grateful that in increasingly busy and stressful lives so many independent documentary makers have given such time and thought to this Whickers ‘Cost of Docs’ survey. Mulling over the results it is sobering to realise that the pressure in this industry to produce ‘more for less’ is intensifying. When respondents claim to be cutting back on frivolities such as “food” and “accommodation” (page 23 of the report)to complete their films one wonders if, without more sustainable funding models, we are going to lose the essential range and diversity of real stories that engage viewers in experiencing our world and what it truly is to be human.”

Source: www.whickerawards.com

 

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Salaam Pakistan Film Festival

Salaam Pakistan Film Festival in Birmingham

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Salaam Pakistan Film Festival is a brand-new touring film festival showcasing the very best of Pakistan’s new independent films. Audiences will have the rare chance to see award-winning films, a UK premiere, Oscar winning documentaries and special Q&A’s. It will be on at Birmingham’s Midlands Arts Centre on Sunday 24 March, Wednesday 27 March and Saturday 30 March 2019. The inaugural Salaam Pakistan Film Festival is a small but mighty film programme, which will also be touring other UK cities throughout March.

Various prestigious organisations support the Festival, including the British Film Institute and Rangoonwala Foundation. This year’s festival covers a range of themes including the 1947 partition, class and social struggle, female rights and the fight for social justice.

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The UK premiere of the compelling UK-Pakistani film Lakeer will open the festival. Film critics hail this as the first Pahari film. Pioneering filmmaker Shiv Dutt, who sadly passed away in 2018, is the film’s director. Lakeer tells the story of a Kashmiri couple divided by Partition in
1947. The film’s UK-based writer Ali Adaalat will be present for a special Q&A following the screening.

Further highlights of the festival are the rare screenings of A Girl in the River and Saving Face. These are two powerful and hopeful Oscar winning documentaries by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. In 2012, the Government of Pakistan honoured Sharmeen with the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian honour. She is also the only woman to win two Oscars by the age of 37.

The festival is also excited to announce Pakistani filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal will be present for her film Josh. The thought-provoking film about class and social struggle closes the Festival. Iram, a Physics Olympian turned filmmaker, initiated the Pakistani Oscar committee and is the founder of Pakistan’s first professional screenwriting lab (QALAMBAAZ). Iram will be taking Q&A’s from the audience after the screening.

Book at Midlands Art Centre

MAC’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director Debbie Kermode commented “We’re delighted to welcome the first Salaam Pakistan Film Festival. Our audiences will appreciate the opportunity to see this fantastic collection of cutting-edge Pakistani and British Pakistani films.”

Tickets for all screenings at Midlands Arts Centre can be booked via the Box Office on 0121-446 3232 or online at www.macbirmingham.co.uk (all films are screened with English subtitles).

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Salaam Pakistan Film Festival acknowledges the support of all its partners: The National Lottery, BFI FAN, Film Hub Midlands, Film Hub North, Rangoonwala Foundation, British Pakistan Foundation (BPF).

 

Read more about the festival here.

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