How To Get A First Feature Made

‘How to Get a First Feature Made’ will run from February to April, with four immersive days taking place in Newcastle on Fri 05 Feb, Thurs 03 March, Thurs 24 March and (tentatively) Fri 29 Apr.

The aim of the programme is to increase the readiness of would-be-first time feature film makers from the North of England to make the leap from short to feature film production.

Designed for prospective first-time feature filmmakers, the modules will take up to up to 40 carefully selected early career directors, producers and writers through a detailed and expert-led overview of the complete lifecycle of feature film production. It’s open to those working in factual and animation as well as drama. Special consideration will be given to applications from the North East of England but those in the North West and Yorkshire are also eligible to apply.

A full list of additional eligibility criteria are given here and in the accompnaying Guidelines documnt, but key considerations are that applicants should have: (1) completed at least two short films; (2) have a feature film project in at least early development and be able to provide at least a one-page outline; and (3) be aged over 18 and not in full-time or undergraduate education.

Thanks to BFI’s support there’s no fee to take part.

We are really excited to be partnering with Creative England on this project and are confident that it will offer a coherent and comprehensive overview of the current landscape of and lifecycle of feature film production in the UK, provided by a carefully selected pool of expert practitioners. The list of confirmed speakers is already strong and more confirmations are expected shortly. Keep an eye on the project website for further details.

For more on the talent modules, including details of how to apply please click here

The deadline for applications is Thursday 28 January (5pm). Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the submission within two working days of the deadline. 

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