New Approaches

Image of FLAMIN © Michelle Williams Gamaker research still Violet Culbo

Image ©Michelle Williams Gamaker, Research Still Violet Culbo

Applications are now closed.

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 October 2016 to July 2017, with larger events and group training occurring in the first half of the programme.

The programme is aimed at filmmakers who have a background in contemporary art practice, and whose training has therefore been different from those coming from a more traditional filmmaking background. It is devised to meet the current gap in provision for supporting talented artist filmmakers ready to make the move into features. This is a development training programme which will equip artists with the skills, knowledge and materials to promote their feature film project for finance, production, and distribution.

The programme will bring together the art and film industries, with the intention of making an important cultural contribution of distinctive feature films available for wide distribution, and cross communication between the industries.

Programme description

The programme will consist of training along these key strands:

  • One-to-one bespoke training sessions for the selected artist directors with a production advisor
  • 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.

Each participant will receive one-to-one training and mentoring with the New Approaches Production Advisor, Samm Haillay.

Samm Haillay founded independent production company Third Films with artist 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 gallery work, Samm produces a number of other talented directors' work through Third Films, including the BAFTA-nominated, Silver Bear-winning Jade by Daniel Elliott. Samm’s short film productions have won over 45 awards including 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.

Six artists have now been selected for New Approaches 2016


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

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