- Birds Eye View will launch second programme of their flagship ‘Filmonomics’ training scheme for established filmmaking talent in January 2015
- Supported by Creative Skillset, Filmonomics will continue its focus on practical industry skills and expertise from development through to distribution, with new emphasis on personal development and confidence
- Four full programme bursaries are available for women/BAME filmmakers, with further bursary funds available to cover travel and accommodation expenses for participants travelling from outside of London
- Targeted at film directors, writers and producers, applicants can apply as individuals or as teams of two. The programme will prioritise female and/or Black Asian or minority ethnic background talent although applications are welcome from all.
Birds Eye View’s highly acclaimed flagship film-business training programme Filmonomics will return in January 2015, with new focuses on developing confidence, facing failure and rejection and trend-forecasting for storytelling and future audiences. Supported by Creative Skillset, Filmonomics was created in association with former Screen International editor-in-chief Colin Brown, author of the Filmonomics blog for Slated.com.
The bespoke programme is primarily targeted at established women and BAME film practitioners, and is designed to bridge the gap between development and distribution, mixing industry knowledge with behind the scenes networking and discussions on vital topics such as finance, teams, marketing, exhibition and audience development. One of the unique aspects of the programme is the focus on the individual, with sessions on personal confidence and facing rejection. Previous speakers in the first programme included director Joanna Hogg, actor Gale Harold and editor of Screen International, Wendy Mitchell as well as industry insiders Clare Binns, Kate Gardiner and Julia Short.
Thanks to the support of Creative Skillset there are a number of bursaries available.
Kate Gerova, Creative Director of Birds Eye View and founder of the programme said: ’the best endorsement for the programme are the comments from the participants and they were overwhelmingly positive. This programme really does fill in those gaps. If you’ve spent years developing your film then you need to know what’s going to happen to it next and be able to make the best decision for your work.’
Mia Bays, who was fundamental in the development of the inaugural Filmonomics programme, and who will take the reins as Director of this year’s scheme, added: “I’m passionate about passing on knowledge and experience to others, especially to ensure underrepresented creative voices are heard. The combination of personal and professional development makes for an open and inclusive atmosphere that is energising for both participants and speakers, and I’m thrilled we are able to continue the programme for another year”.
The programme further builds on Birds Eye View’s strong record of training and talent development, including Re:Animate and She Writes in partnership with BAFTA, The Script Factory and Warp Films.
Applications for the 2015 programme are now open. The deadline for applications is December 5th 2014. Full terms & conditions, and details on how to apply, can be found on the Birds Eye View website: www.birds-eye-view/training
For more information, contact Jo Duncombe
T: 0207 254 3085