New Approaches

Image of FLAMIN © Michelle Williams Gamaker research still Violet Culbo

Image ©Michelle Williams Gamaker, Research Still Violet Culbo

New Approaches 2017 is open for Applications

New Approaches is a development programme run by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) and funded by Creative Skillset. The programme supports up to six artists working on feature length artists’ film projects, intended for traditional and non-traditional theatrical distribution. Spanning all genres, this scheme supports artists who are experimenting visually, a process which influences the script, form and structure. 

New Approaches will run from September 2017 to February 2018, with larger events and group training occurring in the first half of the programme. Please scroll down to find out more about the programme and How to Apply

Programme description

The programme will consist of training along these key strands:

  • One-to-one bespoke training sessions for the selected artist directors with the New Approaches Production Advisor, Samm Haillay (Third Films)
  • Bespoke mentoring one-to-one sessions
  • Classroom scale sessions for the selected artist directors with industry professionals
  • Classroom scale ‘Writer’s Gym’ classes
  • Seminar style sessions on film production and distribution
  • Networking events for artists and producers
  • Introduction to marketplaces, for example an international festival visit to International Film Festival Rotterdam

By the end of the programme, each participant will have produced a concise treatment and pitching materials, established a ballpark budget, confirmed key collaborators, and produced a draft script or step-outline document.

FLAMIN will introduce participating artist filmmakers to curators, producers and other industry professionals whose experiences straddle the art and film worlds. The aim of New Approaches is to develop new projects which have an experimental, visually led approach to storytelling.

New Approaches is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.

Participant Specification- Essential Criteria

FLAMIN will introduce participating artist filmmakers to curators, producers and other industry professionals whose experiences straddle the art and film worlds. The aim of New Approaches is to develop new projects that have an experimental, visually led approach to storytelling.

Each participant must have a ‘live project’. We are looking for feature length projects that are at an early development stage, from talented filmmakers who are unclear of what is required to move their projects on and/or do not have the contacts and networks to advance their ideas. 

• The proposed budget of the feature length project should be no more than £1 million.

• This scheme looks for artists working with moving image, with projects that must be their first or second feature

• Artists must not yet have a producer attached for these projects

• Artists must have a track record in making moving image works that have reached wide audiences

• Artists must be based in the UK

Cost for 6 month programme: £300 – towards programme costs, including one festival attendance

The programme is open to UK wide participants and there are bursaries available to contribute towards travel costs for non London-based applicants.

Applying to the Programme

To apply, please send an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form, CV, three examples of previous work and a brief description of the project you are intending to apply to this programme with to:

Examples of previous works should be uploaded to a file hosting site such as Vimeo and supplied to us as URL links. These can be password protected if preferred. We do not accept hard copies (e.g. DVDs) as supporting material and cannot download files. All files must be kept available to view online throughout the duration of the assessment process.

Your application will be ineligible if you do not attach an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Please download the form here

If you have any questions about your application please contact the FLAMIN Team at the email address above, or call 02076137694

Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 16th August 2017

Interviews to take place: Week commencing 21st August 2017

It is the policy of Film London to promote and integrate equality of opportunity into all aspects of its business, including its appointment of staff. We wish to ensure that Film London reflects the diversity of the communities in which it works. We welcome applications from groups currently under-represented including Black, Asian and Chinese and other ethnic minority groups, and disabled people.

Key Programme Dates

· Deadline for Applications: Wednesday 16 August

· Initial Meeting with FLAMIN team and Production Advisor: Monday 11 September

· ‘Meet the Industry’ session 1: Monday 25 September

· ‘Meet the Industry’ session 2: Monday 23 October

· Writing Session: Monday 13 November

· Seminar: Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 November

· ‘Meet the Industry’ session 3: Monday 11 December

· Pitching Session: Monday 15 January

· International Film Festival Rotterdam:  24 January to 4 February (CineMart Dates TBC)

· Writing Session: Monday 12 February

About Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; it does this by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by se4curing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their fields and for businessnes to grow. As the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, it works across film, television, radio, fashion and textiles, animation, games, visual effects, publishing, advertising, marketing, communications, and performing arts.

Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, as part of its film skills strategy, is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI through the Skills Investment Fund, which comprises industry and government co-investment. The film skills strategy focuses on addressing the vital skills and training needs of the industry to deliver maximum economic and cultural return: creating jobs, strengthening skills, building skills for the future, and education. 

Samm Haillay- New Approaches Production Advisor

Samm Haillay founded independent production company 'Third' with Duane Hopkins in 2001. He produced Hopkins’ multi-award winning short films and his feature debut 'Better Things', which premiered to critical acclaim at International Critics Week, Cannes in 2008.

As well as producing all of Hopkins’ film and galley work, Samm produces a number of other talented directors' work through 'Third', including the BAFTA nominated, Silver Bear-winning 'Jade' by Daniel Elliott. Samm’s short film productions have won many awards, including some at Berlin, Venice, Edinburgh, and Chicago. In 2010 he co-produced Gillian Wearing’s feature debut 'Self Made'.  He is currently producer for ‘Light Years’ by Esther May Campbell. 

Samm worked as Production Advisor on both the pilot and the first Round of New Approaches in 2016. 


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