New Approaches

Image of FLAMIN © Michelle Williams Gamaker research still Violet Culbo

Image ©Michelle Williams Gamaker, Research Still Violet Culbo

New Approaches will run from September 2017 to February 2018. The deadline for applications has 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. 

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.

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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