Production Value course 2017 targets Bilbao

PRODUCTION VALUE 2017 – Bilbao, Spain

Are you an assistant director or a line producer/production manager interested in improving your scheduling and budgeting skills at an international level, in learning from senior professionals, and in developing a European network?

Are you a producer with a complex project, interested in getting a schedule and a budget supervised by top-level first assistant-directors and line producers?

A growing success in the European Film industry, PRODUCTION VALUE is an 8-day workshop that aims at strengthening the creative partnership of assistant directors and line producers/production managers with producers and directors. It focuses on 6 European feature films and TV series in preproduction, endeavouring to meet the creative and financial challenges of each project.

Past tutors have included Maproduction-value-420x300rco Valerio Pugini (Italy – letters to juliet, rome), Stuart Renfrew (UK – 5 Stephen Frears’ films, PRIDE, BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY), Scott Kirby (Germany – V FOR VENDETTA, A MOST WANTED MAN), José-Luis Escolar (Spain – agora, knight and day) and Michael Schwarz (Germany – oliver twist, borgia).

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Date and venue: 7 – 15 January 2017 in Bilbao, Spain

Registration deadline: 10 November 2016

Proposed by FOCAL resource (The Netherlands), the Finnish Film Foundation, the Norwegian Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute and FOCAL (Switzerland), with the support of the EU Creative Europe / MEDIA Programme and the Bilbao Bizkaia Film Commission.



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Tel. Netherlands +31 62 151 17 87

Tel. Switzerland +41 21 312 68 17

PRODUCTION VALUE 2017 – Bilbao, Spain


Pedro Almodovar interview, Julieta

Premier Scene interviewed director Pedro Almodovar on the red carpet for his 20th film, Julieta

Starring EMMA SUÁREZ as Adult Julieta and ADRIANA UGARTE as Young Julieta, JULIETA is written and directed by Spanish auteur PEDRO ALMODÓVAR and is based on the short stories Chance, Soon and Silence by Alice Munro. JULIETA will be released in the UK on 26 August 2016 through Pathé. The film screened In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival on 17 May.

Julieta is a teacher of fifty five. She writes a long letter to her daughter, Antía, trying to explain all the things she has kept secret from her over the last 30 years. When she has finished her confession, she doesn’t know where to post the letter. Her daughter abandoned her when she was eighteen and Julieta hasn’t heard from her in the past twelve years. She has searched everywhere, but now realizes that Antía has become a total stranger to her.
Julieta is about destiny, guilt complex and the unfathomable mystery that leads some people to abandon those they love, erasing them as if they meant nothing. And about the pain that this brutal desertion provokes in the victim.


JULIETA will be released in the UK on 26 August 2016

Win Sing Street on Blu Ray


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About the film:

SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher.

He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band… yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos.

Inspired by writer/director John Carney’s (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN) life and love for music, SING STREET shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater.

Rated PG-13


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Scott Free, Number 9 and Warp films team up with Creative England for new producer initiative

Creative England have announced two new initiatives now open to talented emerging film producers, with an incredible tight deadline to apply.

Producer Hothouse and the Creative Producer Initiative are both currently open to applicants and seek to support and empower producers as they take on the practical and creative challenges of the current filmmaking landscape.

Both initiatives will run until March 2017 and are complemented by a programme of monthly workshops and masterclasses, designed by Creative England and delivered with funding and support from Creative Skillset.

Producer Hothouse is an intensive professional development programme in which up to ten successful entrants will have the opportunity to undertake a six-month placement with an established production company.

The potential host companies are incredibly well respected, such as Sheffield’s Warp Films, known for producing Dead Man’s Shoes and This is England, and Ridley Scott’s London-based Scott Free Productions, known for producing Before I Go To Sleep. Other companies on the impressive roster include 42 (Welcome to the Punch), Altitude Film Entertainment (Kill Your Friends), Number 9 Films (Made in Dagenham), Pulse Films (American Honey), Trademark Films (My Week with Marilyn) and Vertigo Films (StreetDance).

The hothouse, open to producers based outside London who are on the cusp of a first or second feature, will give successful applicants the chance to tackle the complexities of running a film business. It will offer an ongoing meaningful professional development opportunity for producers within the host company, whilst also allowing them space and time to progress their own projects independently.

During the period of the placement successful applicants will receive a professional development bursary award of £9,000 plus an allocation towards relocation costs/expenses. Producers must be based outside London in England or Scotland to apply. The deadline for applications is Thursday 4th August 2016.

The Creative Producer Initiative focuses on building the strong creative skills essential to becoming a successful feature film producer and attracting the best talent to collaborate with.

As part of the BFI NET.WORK, the joined-up, holistic support system to discover, develop and fund new and emerging filmmakers across the UK, Creative England will deliver the programme, which runs over ten days from October 2016 to March 2017. It will cover how to generate a project, identify the right talent for it and keep the momentum going throughout what is often a long and arduous development and production process.

The Creative Producer Initiative will also consider how film producers can diversify their project portfolio and develop projects for other formats and platforms (Television, Documentaries, Online, Games) in order to maximise their chances of sustainability in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

The Creative Producer Initiative is open to emerging producers based in England with no more than one full producer credit (feature, television). Eight producers will be selected to participate and the deadline for applications is Friday 26th August 2016.

Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England, comments: “The role of the producer is fundamental to the filmmaking process, so we have developed these new initiatives to support our emerging talent in building rewarding, sustainable and flexible careers in the challenging independent film sector.

“Outside London these challenges are compounded and so we have specifically developed Producer Hothouse to help up-and-coming producers outside the capital develop the skills and opportunities to establish themselves within the industry.”

For information on how to apply for both initiatives, click here:

Breaking into UK Film and TV Drama book published

A new book, Breaking Into UK Film and TV Drama, written by industry insider Matt Gallagher (founder of crewing website is a comprehensive guide for new entrants to the UK’s creative industries, offering in-depth advice and practical tips on how to break into the business and build a sustainable career.

The book also includes unique contributions and advice from leading organisations such as AMPAS (The Oscars), BAFTA, Creative Skillset, Film London and WFTV, as well from Oscar and BAFTA-winning talent including Amma Asante (director, A United Kingdom), Steven Hall (VFX DoP, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Rebecca O’Brien (Producer, I, Daniel Blake).

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There are over 60 contributions from leading Film and TV Drama professionals including:

Lord David Puttnam, Producer, Chariots of Fire

Carola Ash, Director of AMPAS (The Oscars) Europe

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive, BAFTA

Alison Small, Chief Executive, The Production Guild

Dinah Caine CBE, CEO, Creative Skillset

Amma Asante, Director, Belle

Roy Button, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Productions

Jacqui Taunton-Fenton, Head of BBC Drama Talent

Jed Mercurio, Writer/Director, Line of Duty

Debbie Vertue, Head of Production, Hartswood Films, Sherlock

John Yorke Head of Company Pictures

Rebecca O’Brien, Producer, Sixteen Films, I, Daniel Blake

Gillian Berrie, Producer, Sigma Films, Under the Skin

Sarah Greenwood, Production Designer, Beauty and the Beast

Neil Corbould, Special Effects Supervisor Saving Private Ryan

Nigel Heath, Hackenbacker Studios, Downton Abbey

Nicky Ball, Creative England Crew & Facilities Manager

Vicki Allen & Tamana Bleasedale, Calltime Company

David Worley, Camera Operator, Game of Thrones, Indiana Jones

Andy Lowe, Gaffer, Paddington

Flora Moody, Make Up & Hair Artist, The Avengers: Age of Ultron

James Cox, Stunt performer, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Mark Sanger, Editor, Gravity

Tom Rye, 2nd AD, World War Z

Lauren Dark, Producer, War Book

Holly Pullinger, Production Manager, Fortitude

Simon Rogers, Production Designer, Tyrannosaur

Jody Knight, Grip, The Man from UNCLE

Laurajane Miles, Script Supervisor, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Ros Little, Costume Designer, In The Loop

Bob Bridges, Video Assist Coordinator, Harry Potter

Chris Burdon, Re Recording Mixer, Captain Phillips


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Matt Gallagher, author, says: “I wanted to create a wide ranging and comprehensive book that will be of real, practical use to new entrants. Breaking into UK Film and TV Drama contains everything you need to know to kick start your successful career in this industry.”

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission, says: “A refreshingly honest, remarkably comprehensive view of the challenges, opportunities and obstacles faced by those entering the UK film industry. Backed up by well-researched facts, historical analysis and real insight from an array of talented professionals it is a valuable guide to this wonderful business.”

Lizzie Evans, runner (Holby City, Spectre), says: “The ultimate secret weapon for anyone aspiring to work in drama. Packed full of facts and information and with interesting insights from industry pros, this book will equip you with all the knowledge you need to kickstart your career (and give you tips on how to get ahead once you’re in).”

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