Filmmakers Selected For The Artist's Cut Announced

Posted: 29th February 2016

Northern Film & Media announce the filmmakers selected for The Artist's Cut, a national programme designed to enable artists to develop narrative film work. 

Saeed Taji Farouky, Jessica Rinland and Sebastian Buerkner have been selected to receive funding and support to produce their first narrative short film for release on Channel 4’s Random Acts network. Inspired by the recent success of films by directors such as Steve McQueen and Clio Barnard, the initiative is designed to develop new and original voices for cinema and television.  2016 also sees Northern Film & Media’s continued partnership with Channel 4, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Saeed Taji Farouky has been making films for 20 years. Most recently feature documentary Tell Spring Not to Come This Year, which received a limited cinema release in the UK and was long-listed for a BAFTA for Best Debut. But it was a love for fiction storytelling that first drew him into the world of cinema, and his goal is to direct feature fiction films and be part of a community of diverse voices in new British cinema. Farouky said:

The Artist's Cut is an invaluable programme, not only giving me the chance to experiment with fiction in an unconstrained, creative and non-commercial project, but also providing the support of three innovative institutions and crucial mentoring and training.

Artist-Filmmaker, Jessica Sarah Rinland has exhibited work in galleries, cinemas, film festivals and universities internationally. Nulepsy screened at Bloomberg New Contemporaries, New York Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and was broadcast by Canal+. In 2013 she won ICA’s Best Experimental Film for Electric Oil and had a solo exhibition Dissecting The Exploding Whales at Limbo Arts. In 2014 she was artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony and Kingston University, and her film Adeline For Leaves won the Arts + Science award at Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Sebastian Buerkner completed an MA at Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2002 and was awarded their Fellowship Residency in 2003. From 2004, his art practice has shifted primarily to animation. Recent solo shows include Kunsthaus im KunstkulturQuartier Nuremberg, Germany; Tramway, Glasgow; Sketch, London; The Showroom Gallery, London; Whitechapel Project Space; London and LUX at Lounge Gallery, London; Art on the Underground, Screen at Canary Wharf, London. He has also participated in group shows and screenings at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, London; Tate Liverpool; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Barbican, Whitechapel Gallery, South London Gallery, London and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. His film Purple Grey (2006) was broadcast as part of AnimateTV on Channel 4. His recent film The Chimera of M. won the Tiger Award for at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and was also was shortlisted for the European Film Awards.

The artists will undertake an intensive programme covering script development, cinematography, directing and distribution led by experienced industry figures including story editor Kate Leys (Slow West, Babylon, Trainspotting, East Is East) director Gillies Mackinnon (Hideous Kinky, Regeneration, Castles in the Sky) and producer Samm Haillay (Better Things, Self-Made, Bypass). The programme culminates with the premiere screening at BFMAF and an industry seminar at the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November 2016.

To find out more about the artists and the programme please visit The Artist's Cut website.

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