New scheme for Sheffield filmmaking talent
Emerging Sheffield producers and directors can fast track their film careers with FilmWorks, a new networked professional development scheme managed by Watershed in Bristol in collaboration with Sheffield’s Showroom Workstation and Nottingham’s Broadway. The scheme will give participants the skills, contacts and knowledge required to raise their profile to a national – and international – level.
Each of the venues will have a dedicated industry professional who will help shape and deliver the FilmWorks programme. In Sheffield the task falls to Colin Pons, founder of production companies Studio of the North and FearFactory. Over 25 years in the industry, Colin has worked on numerous award-winning feature films and shorts, including This Little Life, Acid House, iLL Manors and Shadowscan.
In Bristol, Julie Lockhart, a producer at Aardman Animations will head the project, while in Nottingham Alastair Clark, producer of the acclaimed London to Brighton and Better Things will work with local participants.
FilmWorks is specifically targeted at filmmakers in the English regions, meaning 45 producers and directors within travelling distance from regional creative hubs in Bristol, Sheffield and Nottingham will have a priceless opportunity to expand both their creative, and commercial, potential. Potential candidates have until Monday 20 August to submit their application.
The scheme launches in September with a live simulcast from Bristol-based Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival and runs until early December 2012 at the three regional venue hubs.
The scheme will explore the creative, business and technical aspects of the film industry through masterclasses, panels, networking and development opportunities, mentoring and workshops with established industry professionals.
It is a timely development scheme that responds to the current issues being faced in the film industry: how to survive and prosper in the digital age, new models of distribution, the effect of digital technology on cinema production, new routes to market and much more.
The three producers will share their vast experience, knowledge and insights with filmmakers at this important early stage in their career. All the sessions at the three venues will be shared with all the successful FilmWorks participants, as all the talks and masterclasses will be recorded and shared, or simulcast, across the three hubs.
FilmWorks applications are now open! The deadline is Monday 20 August.