Creative England skills programme reveals new filmmaking opportunities

Posted: 20th July 2012

Creative England is currently taking applications for its Elevator skills programme for film producers, directors and writer/directors from across the UK.

Elevator will give up to 15 award-winning makers of live action, documentary or animated shorts support to make the leap to feature films. Supported by Creative Skillset, the scheme will provide selected applicants with bespoke skills training and mentoring, alongside on-going career development, advice and guidance to help accelerate their careers to the next level.

The programme is the latest strand of support offered by Creative England’s talent development team, following the launch of iFeatures2 earlier this year.

It will see producers, directors and writer/directors who have won recognition from one or more top international film festivals* learn how to maximise the attendant industry interest and progress from short to long-form films.

By taking part in the Elevator programme, they will be able to access high level training courses and talent labs, mentoring, professional shadowing, industry networking support as well as assistance to attend industry markets and festivals. Each package of help will run for up to six months, with an additional six to seven months added on to review progress and offer further advice.

 “The industry offers a considerable amount of support for writers at this stage of their careers, but the same structure just doesn’t exist for producers or directors looking to make the crucial leap from shorts to features,” said Chris Moll, Creative England’s Head of Talent.

 “The Elevator programme contains the right blend of training, mentoring and networking support to make a real difference to the emerging generation of filmmaking talent.”

 “A Bigger Future 2 aims to support creative talent at critical moments throughout their career in film,” added Dan Simmons, Head of Film at Creative Skillset.

“Elevator will provide a tailor-made opportunity for filmmakers on the scheme to help maintain the momentum of their early career success and confidently pursue bigger ambitions within the UK film industry and beyond,”

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