Screen Central presents: Creative England New Ideas Fund - explained
Jun
24
1:00 pm13:00

Screen Central presents: Creative England New Ideas Fund - explained

Creative England’s New Ideas Fund Explained
Are you a screen-based story-telling business or sole-trader based in the English regions? Are you looking to develop your business and take it to the next level?

The Creative England New Ideas Fund could be for you. The fund offers small seed funding to sole traders, start-ups and small businesses for their creative business ideas. This workshop explains what the fund is for, how it works and how you can apply. There will also be a limited number of one-2-one slots immediately after the workshop which you can sign up for on the day.

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Industry Masterclass with Sacred Games Director, Anurag Kashyap
Jun
26
4:00 pm16:00

Industry Masterclass with Sacred Games Director, Anurag Kashyap

Birmingham Indian Film Festival and Screen Central present an Industry Masterclass.

Anurag Kashyap is "the Martin Scorsese of India" - this is a rare chance to hear the experiences of India’s most famed cult director.
 
Anurag Kashyap is a unique talent and is India’s best-known filmmaker on the global festival circuit. His Netflix series Sacred Games was a global smash hit and is set for season 2.  He flits across genres, ranging from edgy, provocative fare like Dev. D, Ugly, Raman Raghav 2.0 to the two-part Godfather-like rural gangland epic Gangs Of Wasseypur, the political punch of Gulaal and Black Friday, and the unusual love stories Manmarziyaan and Mukkabaaz. Known for his outspoken nature, Kashyap pulls no punches on stage, and his deep insights on cinema are valued around the world.

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Feature film - From treatment to development – 'Think like a Producer'
Jun
4
1:00 pm13:00

Feature film - From treatment to development – 'Think like a Producer'

Feature film - From treatment to development – 'Think like a Producer'
This half day workshop to be delivered by Rachel Robey, Wellington Films and supported by BFI Network is for aimed at Producers and Directors looking to take their treatment into formal development with a view to realising a commercially funded feature film.
This workshop covers that difficult stage where you have a treatment for your film and are now looking to turn this into formal funded development. This workshop will give you the insight into how you can think like a Producer and start to realise your film. Rachel brings her extensive experience to the table in delivering the workshop and gives insights and practical advice on how to take your treatment into formal development.
Please note: this is NOT a workshop about writing a treatment or a feature film. This workshop is about turning your existing treatment into formal development with a view to realising a commercially viable feature film.

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2Weeks 2Make It Launch Event
May
17
7:00 pm19:00

2Weeks 2Make It Launch Event

2Weeks 2Make It Launch Event

The 2019 competition gets under way in style with a party atmosphere at The Lampworks with drinks reception and live music courtesy of sponsor ACM. 

The evening will feature a four way panel discussion entitled "Surviving the next two weeks" aimed at providing practical advice and inspiration for all contestants, followed by the draw itself where artists and filmmakers are paired up.

After that they have 2Weeks 2Make It!

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Children's Content Seminar
May
14
11:15 am11:15

Children's Content Seminar

Screen Central is delighted to present a workshop for children’s animation and live action producers.

Tuesday 14th May - 11.15am - 12.45pm
We will hear from two experts in this field, Jackie Edwards, BFI’s Head of the Young Audience Content Fund and Alison Warner, Vice President of IP Sales, Acquisitions, & Co-productions Animation at Technicolor.

Jackie will present details on the recently launched BFI Young Audiences Content Fund and Alison Warner will talk about her work at Technicolor in Sales and Acquisitions.

If you would like to attend please email us.

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Travelling with Chaplin
May
5
5:00 pm17:00

Travelling with Chaplin

Filmmaker Surjit Simplay has been a Charlie Chaplin fan since she was a kid, and when evidence emerged that Chaplin was born not in the East End but in a caravan in Smethwick's Black Patch Park, cogs began to turn.

The result was Gypsy Boy, a short film she made last summer in the park itself with Chaplin's son Michael in the lead role. As well as sharing her film today, Simplay will be exploring the historic importance of Black Patch Park for the traveller community with special guests Ron Collins (chair, Friends of Black Patch Park) and John Loveridge, a descendant of Queen Henty who owned the caravan in question.

The event will close with a screening of Chaplin's 1921 breakthrough classic The Kid, his first full-length film as a director which co-stars Jackie Cooganas the eponymous scallywag.

Presented in association with Screen Central.


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Dots and Loops #7 Elli Vuorinen
May
2
8:15 pm20:15

Dots and Loops #7 Elli Vuorinen

Screen Central and Flatpack Festival present:
Finnish animator Elli Vuorinen takes on the mantle of guest curator for our seventh Dots and Loops screening.

For those new to the D&L format, we invite a filmmaker or animator to come and present some of their own short films (of which Elli’s are all brilliant), with a selection of shorts that have been important to them in some way, whilst also giving us an insight into what makes them and their work tick. Elli’s selection definitely won’t disappoint, and you may even get to see a snippet of her latest short Still Lives which will have its UK premiere the following evening in the Shorts programme Metamorphosis.

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Merce Cunningham at 100: Innovations in Screen Dance
May
2
6:30 pm18:30

Merce Cunningham at 100: Innovations in Screen Dance

Continuing Flatpack’s spotlight on screen dance, programmer Sima Gonsai explores the ongoing conversation between dance, film and digital technology.

Dance artist and researcher Karen Wood will present a brief history of Merce Cunningham, a pioneering contemporary dancer and an early innovator in splicing performance with projected imagery. This is then followed by a screening of three original films by Channel 4 Random Acts - Sadler’s Wells, with series producer Anne Beresford hosting a panel of screen dance creators talking about the process behind the films.

Supported by Sadler's Wells and Birmingham Dance Network.

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Branded Entertainment Workshop and Lab
Apr
29
11:00 am11:00

Branded Entertainment Workshop and Lab

Calling all creative producers

The WMSB in association with University of Birmingham and Marketing Trust are holding a workshop and lab on Branded Entertainment.
The lab is looking for creative producers who are looking to work in the area of branded entertainment. If you are interested in working with brands in any of the following sectors Health, Social Care, Education, Charity, Public Sector or Commercial then apply to be part of the lab. branded.entertainment.uk@gmail.com

If you want to know more about Branded Entertainment then sign up for the workshop. The aim of the workshop is to inform participants about the potential of collaborating on branded entertainment projects and the project development lab will provide the opportunity for those attending to explore the possibility of collaborating on projects. The workshop will take two hours and is open to all. Sign up here

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2 Weeks 2 Make It - early bird deadline
Apr
18
6:00 pm18:00

2 Weeks 2 Make It - early bird deadline

2Weeks 2Make It Midlands 2019 is now open for registration!

Screen Central in association with SYFN presents the six Midlands incarnation of the UK’s best music video competition which will kick off on Friday May 17th in Birmingham.

If you’re a filmmaker or musical artist in the Midlands, then register now for your chance to compete in 2Weeks 2Make It Midlands 2019. Compete to win some great prizes including our Judges Award and Audience Award.

Register by Friday 18th April and receive an early bird discount on the entry fee!

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Screen Bytes at Mockingbird
Apr
10
7:00 pm19:00

Screen Bytes at Mockingbird

We’re back for our first event of 2019 with a new name, Screen Bytes. Hosted by Mark Pressdee, Screen Bytes showcases short content promoting local talent, stories and ideas.


Deadline for sumbissions is Monday 1st April - to submit send a screener link to screenbytes@birminghammedia.co.uk

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Getting Your Production Funded in the West Midlands
Apr
8
1:00 pm13:00

Getting Your Production Funded in the West Midlands

This event is oversubscribed - if you are interested in attending and have an eligible project please sign up and we will be in touch. Eventbrite confirmation does not constitute automatic attendance at this event.

Do you have a feature film or Hi-end TV drama series, serial or single drama that you are looking to make in the West Midlands? You could be eligible for funding from the West Midlands Production Fund. You could also benefit from EIS/SEIS schemes.

This two-part workshop, delivered by Paul Aston, Head of Film, Creative England and an EIS/SEIS expert will explain in detail:

1 - 3pm: how the WMPF fund works, at what stage applications should be made and what they are looking for in terms of the regional test and commercial returns.

3 - 5pm: how the EIS/SEIS scheme works, how it can benefit your company and how they are set up.

Sign up here

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Making your first blockbuster with Paul Dudbridge
Mar
21
5:45 pm17:45

Making your first blockbuster with Paul Dudbridge

“Making Your First Blockbuster” is a brand new film-making book aimed at the intermediate/professional film-maker and is written by Paul Dudbridge. It 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 new book is very conversational in style, and contains many helpful tools, tips, and techniques to help other film-makers coming up. The publisher, Michael Wiese Productions, also released titles such as “Save the Cat”, “Shot by Shot” and “The Writer’s Journey”.

Paul will be talking about his book and showing some clips. After the talk books will be available for purchase and he will be signing.

Book here

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First Monday get together and networking
Mar
4
6:00 pm18:00

First Monday get together and networking


The Producers Forum’s regular first Monday get together is here again. Come down for a drink and meet other like-minded professionals from across the screen community in the West Midlands. The event is open to all we just ask for a suggested donation of £5 per person so that we can cover our costs.

LOCATION: LG04, Zellig, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AT

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Albert sustainable production training
Feb
4
2:30 pm14:30

Albert sustainable production training

Producers’ Forum is delighted to welcome Albert Sustainable Production team up for a day of training.

The training is one day where we teach the participants about the science behind climate change and what we can do to reduce our impact, focusing on production. Participants will be presented with

  • a detailed introduction to climate change and its personal and professional implications

  • an opportunity to explore the environmental impact of professional and personal activity

  • a summary of the roles of government, businesses and communities

  • examples of good practice, tools and practical solutions to support positive action

  • the skills to appraise performance and the inspiration to take further actionFurther details to be announced shortly together with a sign up link.

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BFI NETWORK. What is it and what can it support?
Jan
24
5:30 pm17:30

BFI NETWORK. What is it and what can it support?

  • The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you looking to secure funding to produce your own film?

At BFI Network we know that 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.

BFI NETWORK exists to discover, develop,  support and fund new and emerging storytellers. 

We look for original voices and unique ideas.

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 where she will answer any questions on the two NETWORK funds and give some tips on applying. Further networking and conversation will then take place in the bar.

For more information about the funds: www.filmhubmidlands.org/make

To book your ticket to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bfi-network-what-is-it-and-what-can-it-support-tickets-53307681711

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First Monday Networking
Sep
4
12:00 am00:00

First Monday Networking

Join members of the film community at this monthly networking event. It’s free and all are welcomed. No need to register, just come along!

Tonight, meet our new CEO Alison Grade and get a chance to ask your questions about the Forum and its future. 

*Please note that due to a recent takeover, our usual venue of Edmunds Brewhouse is now unable to hold our event. We have moved temporarily to the Cosy Club on Bennett's Hill*

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Forum Bytes
Jul
3
12:00 am00:00

Forum Bytes

Forum Bytes ‒ when Forum Members share their work on the large screen. All are welcomed but only Forum members’ work will be eligible for screening.  (Good reason to join?)

This screening event is part of our regular networking so you can chat more about your work to interested parties. This is a great opportunity for members to share new and existing work. We are looking to screen only short pieces of work, including adverts, promos, trailers and music videos. If you have a project that is over ten minutes, a documentary or a feature film, then this is also a great chance to screen a trailer or clip from longer formatted work of any genre.

So show us your shorts and show us what you’re currently working on. Any genre including promos, adverts and well, anything you can throw at us.

The event is compered by Forum board member and co-founder Mark Pressdee. Mark has hosted and compered short film nights for years in the region, including collaborating on past events such as Exploding Cinema for Birmingham International Film Festival, Film First, Fix Films, Bizarro TV and Local Shorts Film Club. So we are hoping for a fun but informal night with a chance for Q&As about your work. It is also an opportunity for you to get feedback on a work in progress.

Networking from 7:00pm and screening starts promptly at 7:30pm.

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