Film London announces the launch of a Microschool International for film-makers in the country. With funding from the British Council, this pilot programme is presented in partnership with the Georgia National Film Center (GNFC) and Batumi International Art-house Film Festival (BIAFF).
An intensive three day development workshop for film-making teams and their projects, Microschool International is based on Film London Microwave’s Microschool, the training ‘boot camp’ for those shortlisted for the award-winning scheme. Microschool, made up of seminars, master-classes and one-to-one sessions, focuses on micro-budget topics alongside specific project development.
Film-makers who have benefitted from Microschool include Eran Creevy who wrote and directed the BAFTA-nominated Microwave film Shifty and more recently the Ridley Scott executive produced Welcome to the Punch and writer/director Ben Drew, who made his feature debut with the Microwave film iLL Manors.
Up to six Georgian film-making teams will be accepted into Microschool International, to take place in mid-September at Batumi International Art House Film Festival. Established teams of directors and producers with feature screenplays in development can apply to the scheme. The deadline for applications is 24th May 2013. Applications will be received by GNFC in Tbilisi.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “I am thrilled to bring our ground-breaking Microschool model to new countries, and thank the British Council for their support. Microwave’s success is built on the scheme’s integrated training elements and Microschool is central to that. Previous participants have greatly benefited from its focused structure and the fact the content is shaped around the projects and participants who are selected. I am delighted this model is now being exported for the benefit of emerging international film-making talent. I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot, through the films from our Microschool International graduates but also potentially extending it to other territories.”
Microschool International is designed for film-making teams with an existing track record in production and who demonstrate they have the potential to make a micro-budget feature film. Charting the film-making process from concept to screen, the programme will highlight key issues film-makers face when working with a micro-budget. A wide range of key topics will be covered, including the film value chain, project development, pitching & packaging and protecting & exploiting your rights.
The aim is for all participating teams to come away from the three days with a fast-tracked feature project, an increased understanding of the wider film industry and the confidence and contacts to help make their projects a reality.
Microschool International aims to contribute to capacity building for the production sector in Georgia, to stimulate entrepreneurial film-making and support film-makers who have a clear vision of the audience and market for their films.
Notes to Editors
About Film London
Film London, as the capital’s film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city’s businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city’s new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.
About Film London Microwave
Launched in 2006, Microwave is the acclaimed micro-budget feature film scheme set up by Film London with BBC Films, with support from Creative Skillset. Committed to discovering and investing in emerging London-based film-makers, Microwave backs talented teams with fresh voices and strong stories. A unique ‘apprenticeship’ scheme, it provides an intensive approach to film-making with the emphasis on original ideas, tightly focussed scripts and short production schedules. Film-makers are supported by an extensive training and mentoring programme from development, through production, all the way to the film’s release in the UK and internationally.
About British Council UK and Georgia
British Council is the UK’s leading international organisation for educational and cultural relations. Founded in 1934, it now operates from 216 towns and cities in 110 countries worldwide with headquarters in London and Manchester, and offices in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (see http://www.britishcouncil.org).
British Council Film is the link between UK films and filmmakers and new international audiences. Together with the British Council’s global network overseas it works to profile the innovation, diversity, creativity and excellence of British films around the world, and works to find opportunities for creative exchange between UK filmmakers and international counterparts (see http://www.britishcouncil.org/film).
British Council Georgia has been operating since 1993. Its activity spans arts, education, English language tuition and examinations, connecting Georgian professionals and audiences with the UK (see www.britishcouncil.org/ge).
Georgian National Film Center (GNFC) is a legal entity of public law under the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.
GNFC seeks to secure and coordinate state support for the development of Georgian cinema on the levels of development, production, promotion and international cooperation. GNFC also acts as local film commission – thus, positioning Georgia as a film friendly country.
GNFC is tasked to:
- Determine strategic course for the development of Georgian film sector
- Support local film production – national films and coproductions
- Support continuous professional training in film
- Develop international business relations and unlock access of professional networking
- Support projects aimed at protecting Georgia’s film heritage
- Support local film festivals and other national film events
- Develop film export strategy at the local and international levels
About Batumi International Film Festival
Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) was established in 2006. The founder and organizer is “Batumi Art-house ARGANI”. BIAFF is an annual event held in the second half of September in Batumi (Georgia). The Festival focuses on art-house cinema.
BIAFF festival’s major sections include – International Competition (Feature, Doc and Short sections), Silk Road, Masters’ collection, Retrospectives, Meet the Jury etc. Beside film screenings, the festival program includes workshops, master classes and industry events. For 2013 BIAFF will host Microschool International.
Among honorary guests of BIAFF Festival in past years were – Bela Tarr, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Zbygniew Rybchinski, Krzystof Zanussi, Jos Stelling, Abass Kiarostami, Dariush Mehrjui, Otar Iosseliani etc.