News in brief

Posted: 3rd April 2013

Create Innovate application deadline approaches

Applications from producers who want to apply to NFM’s new Create Innovate initiative must be received by 12pm (midday) on Tuesday 30 April. For more info click here.

Following a successful launch event in March, the Create Innovate programme will feature industry mentoring alongside a series of workshops open to any filmmakers interested in developing their cross-media skills. These sessions will cover a range of topics including story development, pitching, building audiences and new business models. The programme will kick off with a 3 day film ‘hack’ led by award winning author Naomi Alderman and creative technologist Natalia Buckley. The first open event – a Business Model Bootcamp – is scheduled for 11 June. More details to follow shortly. To explore Create Innovate and what it might have to offer you check out the dedicated website here


Third Films are hard at work on Bypass – a character-driven thriller set against the economic backdrop of contemporary Britain. Supported by with development funding from NFM, the second feature from writer/director Duane Hopkins is shooting on locations in the region. Keep an eye on their progress via their Facebook page. 

Business Start-Up Workshops

NFM will be teaming up in May with Transmit Consulting and the Government’s Start-Up Loans initiative to offer a 2 day start-up workshop: ‘Building a Creative Business’. Designed for a wide range of creative practitioners - film-makers, script writers, animators, artists, authors, photographers or designers - the workshop will be help those who are considering setting up a business within the creative sector, or have done so within the last year, to cope with those initial hurdles and turn creative passion into cash. The workshop is scheduled for Thurs 16 and Fri 17 May. More details to follow.

Guest curators to rifle through NFM’s shorts

Luminaries including Oscar-nominated Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Maximo Park’s Paul Smith, and Sumdog Millionaire producer Ivana Mackinnon have agreed to help us celebrate 10 years of NFM commissions by picking their favouite works from the body of award-winning shorts commissioned by NFM over the last decade. Highlights will be featured on our website and screened at a special retrospective later in the year.



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