Good news, everyone! Last week we told you how we were fortunate enough to attend the selection day for the Show Me The Money film funding course provided by First Light, a four-day residential programme coinciding with Birmingham’s Flatpack Festival designed to increase participants’ awareness of film funding models and opportunities. We applied alongside the amazingly gifted director Lauren Hatchard, pitching an exciting project we are currently developing. Today we have been informed we have both been offered places on the course, and we couldn’t be more delighted!
During the four-day programme, we will be given the chance to learn more about packaging a film to appeal to investors, gain an in-depth insight into film sales and distribution, find out about different ways of funding projects and improve our pitching skills. This merely scratches the surface of what we will be up to over the course of four intensive days, listening to a range of industry speakers including director of acclaimed documentary “Last Shop Standing” Pip Piper, Anna Higgs, Commissioning Executive for Film 4.0, Film 4’s hub for emerging and established film talent, and film financiers Cascade Pictures. Throughout all of this the residential component of the course will provide us with ample opportunity to network and get to know our fellow Show Me The Money-ers, talented and impressive filmmakers from the length and breadth of the UK, as well as sample the best of what the always eclectic Flatpack Festival has to offer.
We are extremely thrilled and enormously grateful to have been selected for such an invaluable programme. Finance always provides the thorniest dilemmas to filmmakers, and being given a helping hand to know where to look for it, how to approach it and what to do when you have secured it will be incalculably beneficial to our future careers. We would like to thank First Light for providing such a fantastic platform for young directors, writers and producers to propel themselves forward into the exciting world of film. Be sure to check out their website for all their latest opportunities, tips and resources for filmmakers aged 5 to 25. We would also like to thank our fellow interviewees, those who were successful and unsuccessful at reaching the next phase, for creating such a dynamic, fun and exciting atmosphere on the selection day. We look forward to seeing many of you again on the course, but those who were less fortunate we will surely see you again very soon as the shining lights of British film you are. And finally, we would like to thank our fellow traveller Lauren Hatchard, for being an excellent collaborator, a fantastic support, a film visionary and a can-do, let’s-go film machine! Working with her is a rare privilege, from being part of a team in the outside world on various projects to putting together, refining and being interviewed for this application. We could not have done it without her, and as someone who regularly justifies her burgeoning reputation as one of the region’s (and country’s) finest directors, we would not want to.
These are exciting times for Studio 279. Aside from Show Me The Money we are in the process of developing our first documentary, several short film projects including the one which helped us secure the priceless place on the financing course, and we have big plans afoot in taking the careers ourselves and a select band of like-minded talented film people forward. We cannot say more at this stage, but we are extremely confident that 2013 will be, whilst perhaps unlucky for some, our finest year yet.