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:

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