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16-24 yr old – Want to work in VFX? Framestore is open!

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Open Doors @ Framestore

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2015
Address: 9 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GH

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A VFX scene from the film Gravity

 

Want to work in VFX? Framestore is open!

We have secured exclusive invites for anyone aged 16-24 interested in a career in visual effects to go behind the scenes at Framestore, one of the UK’s most exciting VFX companies.

The artists and producers behind the VFX magic on films such as Gravity, Harry Potter and Avatar will share their career paths and the nitty gritty of their job.

Meet the visionaries who have helped make Framestore the success it is today, and get fresh perspectives from those starting their career at the company, including insight and tips from…

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  • Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
  • Junior Animator
  • Production Assistant

Also, network with the rest of the Framestore family – whilst enjoying free pizza!

Don’t miss out! Click here to save your place at our Framestore Open Doors

Competition Time

Fancy the opportunity to work at Framestore? We’re giving you the opportunity to win one week work experience. Click here to find out how.

(Competition run by Film London and not by Kush: click link to go to their site)

 

Open Doors

Open Doors is a series of events for 16-24 year olds to connect with the fastest growing creative companies, and network with like-minded people in the industry. At every Open Doors event you will come away with invaluable insight into working in the Creative Industries, the skills you need to be successful and the opportunities open to you to help you get there.

For more information about this and other events, follow our Open Doors swarm on Hiive, the professional network for creative people.

 

Film London’s Microwave Fund for New Filmmakers

 

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This unique scheme doesn’t just fund films; it offers the next generation of filmmakers a proven programme of training-through-production, as well as distribution support.

Championing London’s diverse and dynamic emerging filmmakers, we offer development funding for shortlisted projects, as well as production and distribution support to the eventual greenlit films.

Has a feature film idea been tugging at your imagination? Applications for Microwave are now open!

Applications close on 14 July. Apply here.

With the aim that Microwave reflects the city’s population, it’s our ambition to long list at least 50% filmmaking teams with talent of black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Commissioned through Microwave
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After a record-breaking open call attracted 160 applications, 12 filmmaking teams were selected for Microwave’s most recent round in December 2014. See the shortlisted projects here.

Following an intensive series of training and mentorship opportunities, including our innovative and unique development programme Microschool, chase thriller Kill Her Witch and psychologocial horrorThe Visitor are the two latest films to be commissioned through Microwave.

Development support

To ensure filmmaking teams can hone their scripts, stories and skills we’re offering an extended development programme to up to 36 filmmaking teams – including bespoke mentoring from experienced industry directors, writers and producers.

With support from Creative Skillset, our five-day training ‘bootcamp’ Microschool offers an intensive program of workshops, seminars, screenings and script surgeries covering all aspects of production, from development to sales and distribution.

Shortlisted teams are then given a three-month funded development period, until the final projects are selected for production.

Two features from each round are commissioned and later greenlit for production.

Development funding

Thanks to the BFI and BBC Films, we are able to now offer not only production funding, but for the first time also support you through the development phase.

If your project is longlisted you have the potential to receive development funding of up to £10,000 per team. The 12 teams participating in Microschool get £1,000; if you’re one of six projects to proceed to the next stage you receive a further £2,000 and if it is commissioned you get an additional £7,000 to support you through the development process.

Production funding

Film London Microwave will be funding up to six features over three years with production budgets of £150,000. If successful, your team is provided with £100,000 funding directly from Film London and we support you in raising the additional finance, including cash and in-kind support.

Distribution funding

Ensuring we support you every step of the way, all completed projects have the opportunity to have access to up to £25,000 of funding to support distribution strategies.

Representing London’s diversity

Microwave aims to support bold and surprising cinema that will grow and excite audiences, and contribute positively to an increasingly diverse landscape for British filmWe want to champion diverse and dynamic emerging filmmaking talent, and enable you to make your first features within a fully integrated production environment.

With the aim that Film London Microwave reflects the capital’s population, it’s our ambition to long list at least 50% filmmakers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Film London Microwave is funded by the BFI and BBC Films, with support from Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).

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 Courtesy of: http://filmlondon.org.uk/funding/feature-film-funding/microwave5

Production Funding For First Features

 

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Gone Too Far – Funded by the BFI Film Fund

The Film Fund now selects features from first-time directors (and which are budgeted under £2,000,000) at quarterly intervals.

Supporting new filmmakers is a priority for the Film Fund, and we receive a high volume of applications, so we have found it beneficial to look at these applications at the same time. We believe that a more structured approach allows us to provide successful applicants with the right level of editorial collaboration and support in raising finance. Applications are welcomed at any time but will be assessed after the relevant deadlines for submissions and according to a set process which will include meetings with film-makers.

Applications for First-time Directors should be made on the Film Fund online application form.
Please read this information to find out whether this strand of the Film Fund would be applicable to you.

Who are we looking for?
This Film Fund process is aimed for producers working with a director on their first feature. As with all applications, they must be made by the producer through a company registered in the UK or another state of the European Union or European Economic Area and registered as a branch in the UK.

You must be able to express in your application the reasons why you feel the director is ready to make their first feature film, and we would ask you to describe the experiences they bring with them.
We will assess your application alongside examples of the director’s work. This could be short films, music videos, pilots, or whatever is applicable to their previous experience and supports your reasons for applying to this strand of the Fund.

Your film must be feature length and intended for theatrical release.
We accept applications in any genre. Please note that funding for documentaries is treated differently, and you should read the separate documentary funding sheet for more information.
You will need to have a finance plan in place and if possible identify the financial partners that would be willing to invest in your feature, alongside the BFI.

Directors whose previous work include feature length films that have had a non-theatrical, non-UK or very limited UK theatrical release, or were made on a micro budget, are likely to be considered within the first feature strand.

We encourage applications from filmmakers embarking on their first low budget feature. However, if your film is being made for a budget of under £500,000 please refer first to the relevant micro-budget schemes that we co-fund through our partners Creative England and Film London:

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See – Can I apply? – Section of the guidelines for other eligibility criteria.

The process:
After each deadline applications will be read and assessed by Film Fund executives.
A number of projects will be shortlisted over the course of the next 8 weeks.
Shortlisted filmmakers will be invited to meetings at the BFI to discuss their project further.
Decisions will be made based upon the filmmaker meetings, and Letters of Intent issued in accordance with the standard process for the Film Fund. We may make an announcement after issuing those Letters.

Guidelines:
Please ensure you have read the full information document for our funding before you complete the application form, and take careful note of the changes in our funding elaborated on above.
BFI Film Fund application guidelines.

When to apply:
Applications can be made at any time but will not be assessed until the next deadline for applications has passed (this list will routinely be updated):

Key dates
Please note that applications will not be assessed until after the application deadline has passed.

Current round

Deadline for applications Closed
If shortlisted, filmmaker meetings w/c Monday 16 February
Decisions made, letters of intent issued w/c Monday 23 February

Spring deadline 2015

Please note that applications will not be assessed until after the application deadline has passed.

Deadline for applications Friday 6 March, 11.59pm
If shortlisted, filmmaker meetings w/c Monday 1 June
Decisions made, letters of intent issued w/c Monday 8 June

Summer deadline 2015

Deadline for applications Friday 12 June, 11.59pm
If shortlisted, filmmaker meetings w/c Monday 31 August
Decisions made, letters of intent issued w/c Monday 7 September

More info on the BFI site here: http://www.bfi.org.uk/film-industry/funding-first-time-directors

Film London Microwave Filmmaking Scheme – Apply

Microwave is Film London’s ground-breaking micro-budget feature filmmaking scheme. It has helped to produce Hong Khaou’s critically-acclaimed Lilting, BAFTA-nominated Shifty and Plan B’s directorial debut, iLL Manors.

This unique scheme doesn’t just fund films; it offers the next generation of filmmakers a proven programme of training-through-production, as well as distribution support.

Aiming to champion London’s unique film making population like never before, they are undertaking a targeted outreach campaign in the lead up to the deadline for applications. For the first time they will be offering development funding for successful projects, and offering distribution support to green-lit films.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 July. Find out how to apply

Thinking of applying?

Development support

To ensure filmmaking teams can hone their scripts, stories and skills we’re offering an extended development programme to up to 36 filmmaking teams – including bespoke mentoring from experienced industry directors, writers and producers.

Our five day training ‘bootcamp’ Microschool offers an intensive program of workshops, seminars, screenings and script surgeries covering all aspects of production, from development to sales and distribution.

Shortlisted teams are then given a three-month funded development period, until the final projects are selected for production.

Two features from the first round will be commissioned and later green lit for production.

Development funding

Thanks to the BFI and BBC Films, we are able to now offer not only production funding, but for the first time also support you through the development phase.

If your project is longlisted you have the potential to receive development funding of up to £10,000 per team. The 12 teams participating in Microschool get £1,000; if you’re one of six projects to proceed to the next stage you receive a further £2,000 and if it is commissioned you get an additional £7,000 to support you through the development process.

Production funding

Film London Microwave will be funding up to six features over three years with production budgets of £150,000. If successful, your team is provided with £100,000 funding directly from Film London and we support you in raising the additional finance, including cash and in-kind support.

Distribution funding

Ensuring we support you every step of the way, all completed projects have the opportunity to have access to up to £25,000 of funding to support distribution strategies.

Representing London’s diversity

Microwave aims to support bold and surprising cinema that will grow and excite audiences, and contribute positively to an increasingly diverse landscape for British filmWe want to champion diverse and dynamic emerging filmmaking talent, and enable you to make your first features within a fully integrated production environment.

With the aim that Film London Microwave reflects the capital’s population, it’s our ambition to long list at least 50% filmmakers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

How to apply

Film London is seeking ambitious teams driven to tell singular and authentic stories which embrace and make a creative virtue of the challenges of micro-budget filmmaking.

Before applying, we recommend that you attend one of our Roadshows or Masterclasses.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 July

Read the guidelines

Apply online

Attend a Roadshow

We’ll be running a series of free Roadshows across London to help you prepare your application, they will give you a chance to meet the Microwave team, ask any questions you have and find new collaborators.

We just have two Roadshows left and they are fully booked. Please add your name to the waiting list and we will be in touch if a place becomes available.