Film training update: January

Skillset supports London Short Film Festival’s Industry Programme

Bringing the new year in with a bang was the 9th London Short Film Festival. Skillset was supporting the festival’s industry programme, which included a brilliant line-up of industry workshops, masterclassses and networking sessions to help filmmakers strengthen the skills required for their chosen career path. 

Afternoon Tea Networking with Skillset. Photography by Harriet Armstrong.

Afternoon Tea Networking with Skillset. Photography by Harriet Armstrong.

Thursday 12th was a highlight, with a networking afternoon tea hosted by Skillset, followed by Future Voices - a screening of groundbreaking films from talented filmmakers who have all benefitted from Skillset-supported training schemes and who were all nominated for the British Council Award for Best Short at this year’s festival: 

  • COMMUNION Andrea Harkin, 17 min (National Film & Television School Skillset Bursary)
  • COMPULSION Andrew McVicar, 14 min (Take 12 scheme)
  • DYLAN Ania Winiarska, 27 min (National Film & Television School Skillset Bursary)
  • HACKNEY LULLABIES Kyoko Miyake, 11 min (Berlin Talent Campus)
  • I’LL TELL YOU Rachel Tillotson, 10 min (Guiding Lights / Think Shoot Distribute)

Skillset’s Harriet Fleuriot joined the filmmakers on stage after the screening for a Q&A to find out how the training has had an effect on their career so far. 

Professional Camera Technicians begin their 3D training

January saw the launch of the GBCT’s 3D Training for Camera Professionals, funded by the Skillset Craft and Technical Skills Academy.

Camera Technicians boost their 3D skills at the Skillset-funded training delivered by GBCT

Camera Technicians boost their 3D skills at the Skillset-funded training delivered by GBCT

Six experienced camera technicians attended the first round of comprehensive, industry training workshops that will give them the technical know-how before they go onto paid work placements. The placements will enable them to become adept in the aesthetics and technicalities of convergence pulling and setting up, to operate the different rigs used in 3D production. Read more about the training on the Craft and Tech blog

“Getting to grips with 3D is pretty time-consuming with a fair amount to learn, so this was brilliant to get up and running, with plenty of hands-on familiarisation’ Mary Kyte, 1st AC

Northern Alliance’s Net Profit begins

Net Profit: Finance and the International Film Business commenced in January and supports producers as they develop financing packages for their projects. The programme is designed to help enhance and sustain international business performance in the UK film industry and is supported by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2 and the leading media law firm Wiggin.

12 UK based producers will undergo a five month long programme that will improve their ability to develop and pitch feature film projects, source financing and secure distribution. They will have access to experienced industry professionals, including the chief executives of the Film Distributors Association and Film Export UK, who will help generate tangible benefits from the programme for participants and their projects.

The 12 producers are: Nick Ashdon, Beverley Cook, Justin Edgar, Jelena Goldbach, Dorigen Hammond, Rebecca Joerin, Olivier Kaempfer, Karl Liegis, Tendeka Matatu, Andy Noble, Conscian Morgan and Jon Thompson.

Projects selected for the next stage of Devise to Deliver 

Sheffield Doc/Fest and Crossover Labs hosted Stage 1 of their Devise to Deliver programme - a 6 month UK wide training scheme designed for professional filmmakers wishing to broaden their understanding of the possibilities of digital media, including developing multiplatform business skills and embracing new ways to fund, distribute and market films through digital technology.

Devise to Deliver deliver their 2 minute pitches

Devise to Deliver participants deliver their 2 minute pitches

Stage 1 was five half-day regional introductory sessions taking place in the last week of January across the country (Edinburgh, Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol and London). Each session was for up to 20 participants and asked “What do you need to do to create a project that is built for a new type of audience?” and “How do you get it to them?”. The day ended with Pecha Kucha style presentations lasting 2 minutes and feedback lasting 2 minutes, leading towards project selection to go onto the next stages of the programme. 20 selected participants from across the regions have gone onto take part in a 2 day creative workshop in Glasgow on the 9th and 10th February.

International Scholarship recipients attend the Rotterdam Lab 2012

Three producers were awarded a Skillset International Scholarship as part of A Bigger Future 2, to attend Rotterdam Lab at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012.

The Lab brought together a mix of producers from around the world for a highly intensive 5 day event that allowed them to to present their companies and projects, test the grounds, receive feedback on how to proceed and develop their international network in an effective way. 

Recipients of Scholarship funding were David Chidlow (Freelance Producer), Valentina Brazzini (The Bureau Film Company / Collabor8te) and Anna Griffin (Wellington Films).

“I was blown away by the atmosphere and camaraderie of The Lab – after the last few months of hard slog on my film, it was so inspiring to spend even just a few days with other filmmakers like those at Rotterdam. The sessions themselves were also very useful and inspiring – they’ve certainly got my mind racing about the next year or so ahead…!” – David Chidlow.

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