Film programmes for crew and talent

Dunkirk © Melinda Sue Gordon, Warner Bros 2017

Schemes supported by the Film Skills Fund

iFeatures
flagship low-budget film initiative from Creative England for emerging talent across the UK, made possible through National Lottery funding from the BFI and supported by BBC Films and ScreenSkills. 

iFeatures backs directors, writers and producers making their first features, with the ambition to foster the highest quality British debuts from the most dynamic and inventive storytellers. The programme seeks distinctive voices, bold visions and a powerful sense of place that showcases stories from across the whole of the UK.  

iFeatures has proven itself to be highly successful, with previous productions such as Lady Macbeth, Apostasy and The Levelling enjoying critical acclaim and firmly establishing exceptional new talent. This has translated into awards success, with a total of four wins at the 2017 BIFAs, a European Film Award and three BAFTA nominations for Lady Macbeth, a Scottish BAFTA win for The Levelling, and Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling) and Dan Kokotajlo (Apostasy) winning the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI in 2016 and 2017 respectively. 

The new iFeatures Lab programme strands will cover storytelling, directing and producing.  Following the end of the programme, the BFI and BBC Films have committed to supporting at least three films to production. 

For more information click here or visit the iFeatures website.

Inside Pictures
Supporting the development of executives in the European film industry, Inside Pictures develops the world-class leaders that will continue to drive the film industry. Each year, selected candidates receive three intensive one-week training modules and complete a tailored project. The programme is delivered by the National Film and Television School (NFTS) with the support of Creative Europe and the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. For more information visit the Inside Pictures website

Film Location Sound Recording
A short course from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) providing the theory and practical skills required to record sound for film. 

Guiding Lights
A mentorship scheme for first time feature film producers. For more information visit the Lighthouse Pictures website


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