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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.

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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.

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Ray and Liz: Screening and Q+A

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Fans of the BAFTA-nominated film “Ray and Liz” will be able to chat with its Birmingham-born director at an upcoming event.

The multi-award winning artist Richard Billingham returns to the striking photographs of his family during Thatcher-era Britain for this film. “Ray and Liz” is based on his own memories, focusing on his parents, their relationship, and its impact on their children. Within the film is some historical and regional detail, achieved most obviously through set design closely based on Billingham’s photographs. Sound and music are used to further orient us. We hear Musical Youth and Fine Young Cannibals — bands that originated in Birmingham.

This is Richard’s debut feature film, and it has gained a BAFTA nomination for ‘Outstanding Debut’. It has also won a string of festival awards, including three BIFA’s.

Click to watch trailer.

A screening will be held at Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham on 24 January, 2019 at 19:00. Afterwards, there will be a live onstage Q&A with Richard Billingham and Professor of Film and Television at Edge Hill University, Roger Shannon FRSA.

Tickets cost £8.10 – £9.00 and can be booked here.


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Submit your Flatpack Short Film – Deadline January 20th

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Your Flatpack Short Film could earn you £1000 as part of the Flatpack Film Festival. Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises. This year’s festival will run from 30 April – 6 May 2019 and the deadline for submissions is approaching.

The Flatpack short film strand currently has 6 coveted awards up for grabs:

  • the Short Film Award: recognises the most outstanding piece of work across all genres. Selected by the short film jury;
  • the WTF Award: hails the film which is the most innovative and extraordinary. It recognises vision, boldness, and originality. Selected by the short film jury;
  • the Audience Award: the crowd’s favourite;
  • the Colour Box Award: celebrating the best short in our family programme awarded by the Colour Box jury;
  • the Colour Box Audience Award: the kids’ favourite;
  • the Optical Sound Short Film Award: awarded to the best audio related short film.

The film selected by the Flatpack short film jury as the winner of the Short Film Award will receive £1,000. All successful submissions will be included in the programme at Flatpack no.13.

Flatpack Short Film Guidelines

Submissions should be:

  • Films under 20 minutes long;
  • Completed since January 2017;
  • fully cleared, including any music rights.

Flatpack screens all types and genres of film but you can see the previous winners from the last three festivals here: 201820172016. If you’d like to submit, please complete the form via the link below. You will be redirected to Paypal to make the £12 submission payment. Please note that any submissions received without the £12 fee will not be considered.

The deadline for Flatpack short film submissions is 11:59pm, Sunday 20 January 2019. Submit via the Flatpack website here.

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Watch ‘Back In’ Films at Mockingbird Cinema

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This year’s Back In films are a product of the Back In Flagship programme, which supports in Birmingham’s future black filmmakers. Back In works with creative talent from across the city region’s diverse communities and vibrant neighbourhoods. The programme guides them through six months of training with industry experts. It also allows the opportunity to have their original ideas commissioned.

The dynamic programme is powered by creative agency Punch and produced by talented director and entrepreneur Daniel Alexander. It’s now in its second year, and it enables filmmakers to attend bootcamps and masterclasses, develop industry knowledge, gain professional connections and be mentored. It concludes with the commission and creation of a short film on a small budget.

On February 4, 2019, Back In will showcase some of the most recent work to come out of the project and allow for discussion around the film industry. The event will be held at The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM GMT.

Here is a list of the films to be screened:

 Hell Is Place Called Home – Director Annabel Brightling / Producer Sara Amanda

RALPH – Director Michael Ellis / Producer: Michael Ellis

Tuition Thieves – Director Aaron Wiggins / Producer: Aaron Wiggins/Jake Jones

Accessories – Director Liane Moonraven / Producer: Liane Moonraven

HOPE – Director Tee Visuals / Producers: Ibtisam Ali & Tee Visuals


A panel discussion with industry experts will follow the screenings, as well as drinks available from the bar.

Tickets are £3 and you can purchase them here.

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Vacancy for BBC Doctors Script Editor – Deadline 15 January

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BBC Doctors is seeking a script editor for its award winning daytime drama Doctors. The deadline is 15 January, 2019. As a BBC Doctors Script Editor you will ensure commissioned scripts are delivered to a standard and conform to the editorial brief, as well as providing advice on all script related matters associated with the production.  You will act as a key point of contact between the writer and the production team, and manage and build the relationship.  As well as coordinating script changes, you will generate creative story ideas and suggestions about specific episodes.

Required Skills

It is really important for the BBC Doctors Script Editor to have the required skills. This should include:

  • Prior experience of script editing ideally on a TV drama series.
  • Significant experience in generating creative ideas and treatments and experience of working with new and experienced writers under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Strong communication, negotiation, persuading skills and the ability to work within a team and on your own initiative.
  • An understanding of the copyright law, Writers Guild agreements, contracts and the legal implications for production processes.
  • An awareness of the financial consequences of editorial decisions.
  • Thorough knowledge of script sources and the availability and potential of emerging talent.
  • An enthusiasm and interest in BBC Scripted, especially Doctors.

Additional Information

The BBC is committed to equal opportunity and welcomes applications from everyone. Please read the BBC values and behaviours. You will be asked questions about this as part of your application for this role.

This is a one year fixed term contract/attachment. Interviews will be held on Monday 28 January, 2019.

Click here to find out more about the role of BBC Doctors Script Editor and to view additional documents.

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Video Assist Trainees Wanted for ScreenSkills Trainee Finder

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ScreenSkills still has space on its prestigious Trainee Finder programme for video assist trainees. This opportunity would suit someone who is technically minded with an understanding of camera and formats.

Video assist operators (VAO) check the compatibility of playback systems, recording units, trolleys, batteries and external monitors with film cameras and arrive on set with the camera crew to test equipment. They are usually employed by camera equipment hire companies. Video assist trainees help VAOs with cables and general support on set.

ScreenSkills is looking for talented individuals from across the UK with less than 12 months paid experience. You should clearly demonstrate a passion and commitment for working in film or high-end TV by providing evidence of experience or transferable skills for your selected department. You must also be able to provide two references.

Applications are welcomed from individuals who have attended ScreenSkills funded boot camps and events, such as Open Doors, as well as partner schemes such as the BFI Film Academy.

Trainee Finder promotes inclusivity in the film and high-end TV drama workforce. ScreenSkills is also committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work, so applications from under-represented groups are encouraged.

Details for Video Assist Trainees

Video Assist trainees must

  • Live in the UK and have the right to work in the UK
  • Have fewer than 12 months, relevant, paid experience in their chosen department and genre
  • Be available for placements offered during the program
  • Be open and flexible to consider opportunities across the UK
  • Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to the department you select
  • Ideally be able to drive or at least passed your theory test.

Please note

  • Video assist trainees do not need a university degree to apply
  • We welcome applicants with transferable skills, for example from other creative sectors like theatre, music, photography and commercial production. Or, roles in other sectors such as business administration, event management, or make-up and hair may provide some relevant industry experience
  • If you are in full-time education at the time of applying, you must have graduated from your course by 1 April 2019
  • Failure to provide evidence of your right to remain in the UK may result in the training placement being withdrawn
  • All successful video assist trainees must attend a two or three-day induction event in March in preparation for the scheme.

If you cannot provide written letters, please submit the name and contact details of each of your referees and we will follow these up should you reach interview stage.

Once accepted, placements are not guaranteed and you must ensure your CV and ScreenSkills profile are current. You must also keep the Trainee Finder team updated about your availability. We will work to help and put you forward for any placements you express interest in, but it is the decision of the production which trainees are selected. So we encourage you to remain proactive in finding your own work, and not rely only on the scheme.

Video Assist Trainee Judging

Successful applicants will need to take part in an interview either face-to-face or over the phone. This will be conducted by a member of the Trainee Finder team and a relevant industry professional. All successful applicants also need to attend a two/three day induction event in March 2018 (details on dates and locations will be announced closer to the time).

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we will be unable to provide individual feedback if you are unsuccessful.

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BFI Film Funding Event in Birmingham

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Are you looking to secure BFI film funding to produce your audio-visual project? BFI Network and The Producers’ Forum are hosting an event in Birmingham that might help you on your way.

For filmmakers, securing funding to produce their vision can be one of the most challenging parts of the job. Understanding what funders want to see? Even more so. On Thursday, January 24, BFI Network and The Producers’ Forum will be hosting a screening and discussion. This will be held at The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, Gibb Street, B9 4AA from 17:30 until 19:00. (Add to Calendar)

This screening and Q&A offers Midlands talent the chance to see the work of their peers and work out where their own original voice can find a place in a competitive funding landscape. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with BFI NETWORK Talent Executive for the Midlands, Alexzandra Jackson, who will answer any questions on the two NETWORK funds. She will also give some tips on applying for BFI film funding. Further networking and conversation will then take place in the bar.

To register for the event, click here.

BFI NETWORK exists to discover, develop, support and fund new and emerging storytellers. It looks for original voices and unique ideas. For more information about BFI film funding, visit

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Film Birmingham: Festive Opening Hours

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The offices at Film Birmingham will be closed from 24th December – 4th 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.

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Warmest wishes to you and yours this holiday season, and a prosperous and productive 2019!

BBC Writersroom Accepting Unsolicited Drama Scripts

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The BBC Writersroom has opened its regular window for unsolicited scripts – between 5pm on Monday 10 December 2018 and 5pm on Monday 7 January 2019 for Drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online). Read below for more information on this opportunity.

BBC Writersroom Drama: What We Are Looking For

The Writersroom looks for what the script tells us about the writer. We see all scripts as a calling card to showcase a writer’s talent, ability, and voice. Especially valuable are distinctive voices – and scripts that express those voices. This project does not look for more of the same, but rather for the writer’s ability to pull an audience into a world and hold them in it. It’s not necessarily about finding ideas that have ‘never been done before’ but having an original take on stories that have the potential to have wide breadth of appeal. A sense of storytelling ability – handling of pace, climax, mood.

Aim for the best possible draft you can achieve. We are not looking for early/first/rough drafts of scripts. Only submit to the Script Room when your script is ready, even if it means waiting for a later Script Room submission window. We are not looking for competent, run of the mill, well-structured pieces. We are looking to unearth the treasures, the page-turners, the new perspectives, the engaging dialogue, the surprising character creations.

BBC Writersroom Drama: Outcome of the Script Room

At the end of the process, a group of writers (usually between 10 and 15) will be selected to join the BBC Drama Room writer development group for 2019.

Script Room is not a competition but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best writing talent. We want writers with the strongest potential to be developed and produced for BBC broadcast. You could be new to writing or new to the BBC but equally, you may be a playwright looking to write for TV, or you’ve written for radio and would like to try your hand at writing for CBBC. We understand that carving a career as a writer takes time and that each writer’s development needs will be different.

There will also be great consideration as to whether scripts have real potential to be developed further towards production. If we believe a script could be developed further by a BBC department, we will send it to them with the writer’s knowledge. Original scripts written on spec’ are produced extremely rarely, and writers should not send them in with the expectation that they will be produced. However, original spec’ scripts are the means by which writers get noticed, so you should always write your script with the same level of commitment as if it were for production.

For more details on this opportunity, visit BBC Writersroom’s site.

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