Training for diverse filmmakers

A three month training and development programme...

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Widening the Lens - Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. The course aims to address and improve diversity within the filmmaking industry. 

The course will take 15 filmmakers through a dedicated programme including workshops, masterclasses and one to one mentoring with industry professionals to complete a personal project and further develop their skills and knowledge.

The course is FREE and we have limited bursaries available for travel and childcare.

This programme is supported by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, with BFI's Film Forever National Lottery funds.

What is the course?

There will be a 2 day session in March in Bristol, comprising of workshops and masterclasses with leading Industry experts to help develop your skills and knowledge around pre-production, funding getting your work made, exhibition and festival strategies.

Shortlisted candidates will then be matched with a mentor to work on a three month personal development plan, and the course will finish with a celebration day in Bristol, in May.

Who can apply?

Filmmakers at an early stage in their career, from any of the identified underrepresented groups can apply.  These are:

  • Filmmakers with disabilities
  • Filmmakers from a BAME background
  • LGBT+ Filmmakers
  • Female Filmmakers

Key dates:

Candidates MUST be available for all of the course dates in March and May, in Bristol.  Bursaries for travel are available.

More information on the opportunity can be found here: http://encounters-festival.org.uk/training-diverse-filmmakers-widening-lens/

Different Voices

Neurodiverse Film Training Project in Bristol...

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An exciting opportunity for neurodiverse filmmakers and creatives to participate in a talent development programme in Bristol.

Please visit the website: http://www.biggerhousefilm.co.uk/differentvoices or see the info below and get in touch if you'd like to know more.

 

An invitation from 104 films and biggerhouse film to join our neurodiverse film talent development programme:

different voices

- Supported by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, with BFI's Film Forever National Lottery funds.

Overview:

This is an exciting opportunity for emerging film makers and creatives from the neurodiverse community to participate in a talent development programme in Bristol in January, February and March 2017.

The aims of the programme are:

- to develop a new generation of film makers working from a voice that is underrepresented in mainstream cinema.

- to develop a wide range of development skills including animation, FX filming, puppetry, music production, editing, drama production and script development to enable the design of an individual project development plan.

- to develop an understanding of the film market and opportunities and develop strategies to get films made and build a career in the film industry.

The programme builds on our experience of developing the feature film Dawn of the Dark Fox – the first feature film directed by an autistic film maker currently in development with Creative England.

The programme:

- A series of workshops covering a number of film making and project development techniques including animation, FX filming, puppetry, music production, editing, drama production and scriptwriting.

- A series of weekly one to one training sessions with professional film makers focused on skills and project development and with the aim of designing individual project development plans.

- The course will culminate in a screening of work produced on the programme and a focused workshop led by 104 films  on further project development and strategies for building a career in the film industry.

For more information:

Go to our website and download the submission invitation and apply to be on the course: http://www.biggerhousefilm.co.uk/differentvoices

Submit your proposal by 22nd December 2016 (All details of how to apply are on the website and included in the submission invitation).

DASH November newsletter

Take a look at the November newsletter from DASH...

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Click here to view November's DASH newsletter - with information on the book launches for The Incorrigibles - and information on the return of Awkward Bastards in March 2017, Awkward Bastards 2, ABsence.

INSIDE project update

There is now a dedicated website and blog for the INSIDE project...

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Visit the new INSIDE project website for updates and regular blog entries. Click HERE to visit the website.

Daniel Regan, one of the comissioned artists working alongside Antonia Attwood, says "We've updated the INSIDE blog with some thoughts and images from day one of our recent trip in the Peak District."

You can also find out more information about INSIDE and project partners, on the relevant page of the DASH website.

 

'Me & You' Project

The last year of the 'Me & You' Project!

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We are now entering into the last year of funding for our 'Me & You' Big Lottery funded project. The project is aimed at young people between the ages of 15 to 25 with a physical disability, special need, learning difficulty, behavioural disorder or debilitating illness.

The 'Me & You' programme is an opportunity for these young people to discover new interests and learn new skills by engaging in positive outdoor activities.

  • "I felt happy on the project - when I did practical things I was able to concentrate really well"
  • "The project has made me think about the possibility of working outdoors in the future"
  • "The project has given me the confidence to believe I can be who I want to be!"

Having learnt photography skills for the first time on the 'Me & You' programme, Gregory Campbell and Sian Bebb were both winners in the Albrighton Trusts Summer Photography Competition.

As well as daily sessions learning horticulture, conservation & wildlife and angling, participants are now learning basic skills in woodcraft and photography. 

The 2017 programme dates can be found by clicking here.

Citizens Advice Shropshire

Request from Citizens Advice Shropshire for help with research...

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Citizens Advice Shropshire have asked us to circulate this link to an anonymous survey which is part of work they are doing to understand the impact recent changes in adult social care legislation (the Care Act) has had on Shropshire residents, funded by a research grant from Healthwatch Shropshire.

The survey is open until December 31st, and you can respond to it at:

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CareActImpact16

Disability filmmaking workshop

New and Emerging Deaf & Disabled Film Talent, 104 films workshop...

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This programme is in partnership with Stop Play Record and is supported by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, with BFI's Film Forever National Lottery fund

Date: Thursday 17th November 2016

Venue (click address for map):

ICA

The Mall

London SW1Y 5AH

Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm

About our Workshop:

104 films Workshop for New and Emerging Deaf & Disabled Film Talent supported by Creative Skillset and in partnership with STOP PLAY RECORD is a first step for emerging Deaf & Disabled film talent wanting to make films or develop a career in the film industry.

It allows participants to connect with 104 films and the STOP PLAY RECORD programme and to develop with us on our talent ladder.

The Workshop will offer a Masterclass on short film-making and an Introduction to Directing Workshop. We will introduce you to the work of 104 films and talk to you about developing your career and skills.

We will be joined by executives from STOP PLAY RECORD who will discuss the short film opportunities offered by their Random Acts short film programme.

The Workshop is free of charge.

About 104 films:

104 films are the world leaders in disability cinema. We have made eight feature films including Special PeopleSex & Drugs & Rock & RollI Am Breathing and Notes on Blindness and over sixty short films with Deaf & Disabled film talent. We run a raft of training and development programmes for Deaf & Disabled film talent.

Our aims are to make a tectonic difference in the representation of Deaf & Disabled film talent in front of and behind the camera and to enable the voice of disabled film talent in the cinema mainstream.

About Stop Play Record:

STOP PLAY RECORD is a programme of screenings, workshops and events open to anyone interested in filmmaking. The series introduces audiences to a range of professionals from different creative sectors who work with moving image.

Each year STOP PLAY RECORD supports the planning and production of 24 short films with young people aged 16–24 who are based in London.

Films commissioned by STOP PLAY RECORD have the chance to be included as part of the Channel 4 Random Acts series.

About You:

You will be disabled and based in London or the South-East. You will want to make films and / or to develop a career in the film industry.

The workshop is aimed at talent looking to make their first professional short film but we welcome all applications including those working in wider creative sectors. If you are driven to express yourself in film we will welcome your application.

How to Apply:

If this is of interest to you please let us know by e-mailing our Workshop Co-ordinator Polly Perkins via: pollyperky@gmail.com

Let us know a bit about you – about your experience in film-making or creative work of any kind, what you might like to do and why the workshop is of interest to you. A CV is useful but a passionate paragraph is fine.

Please also let us know if you have any access or communication requirements or any issues making this application.

We look forward to hearing from you.

www.104films.com

www.stopplayrecord.ica.org.uk

Borderlines Film Festival 2017

Calling all young, UK-based film-makers aged 16-24!

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Rural Media has teamed up with Borderlines Film Festival 2017 to create the Best Short Film Award for Breakthrough Talent.

We're on the lookout for new film-makers... the deadline for submissions is 16th December so you'll need to get your skates on!  

All the finalists will have their films screened at the festival as part of a 'celebration of young talent' event and a panel of film industry professionals will select the winner, who will receive £500 in prize money.

Borderlines Film Festival, the UK's largest rural film festival based in Herefordshire and Shropshire, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017 and Rural Media, a Herefordshire based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects, have joined together to celebrate and give a new platform for first time and emerging film-makers.

We love film in all its glorious forms, from animation to drama, gritty documentaries to experimental hybrid work. The films should be no longer than 15 minutes (including credits) and although the film-maker must be UK based, as long as English subtitles are used, the films can be in any language. We are after current material so your film needs to have been made between August 2015 and the submission date.

To enter, please go to ruralmedia.co.uk/charity/best-short-film-award  There is a submission fee of £25.00 which can be paid via Paypal, cheque or bank transfer. Please note any submissions received without the £25 fee will not be considered.

For initial submission, films should be sent either via a password protected link, a file transfer service such as WeTransfer or via a hard drive to the Rural Media offices.

The deadline for submissions is 6pm on Friday 16th December 2016. Borderlines Film Festival takes place from 24th Feb until 12th March 2017 and we'll let you know whether you have been successful or not before the Festival programme goes live.

Rural Media is a Hereford-based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects. Founded over 25 years ago by CEO Nic Millington, we have a reputation, locally and nationally, for telling powerful stories from unheard voices and nurturing creative talent.

www.ruralmedia.co.uk

Borderlines film festival is the UK's largest rural film festival. Based in Herefordshire and celebrating their 15th Anniversary in 2017

www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk 

The Incorrigibles

Perspectives on Disability Art in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

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At DASH's symposium 'Awkward Bastards' in the Spring of 2015, artist and CEO of Shape Arts, Tony Heaton posed the question “Is the Disability Arts movement a forgotten movement?”

In response to this, DASH created a new 84 page, full-colour book that aims to show that Disability arts is alive, well and demands recognition and a place within art history.

Edited by curator Adrian Plant and artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, the book features essays by Darren Henley, Tony Heaton, Amanda Cachia, Craig Ashley, and interviews with fourteen artists including Sue Austin, Jon Adams, Sean Burn, Rachel Gadsden, Bobby Baker and Christine Sun Kim.

“This book is a significant and fundamental point in the history of Disability art and culture. Recognising the history of Disabled artists, our position in the present and what it will be in the future. It will be the basis of our succession and place in the art world. The stories and artwork by these artists unites them and demonstrates the strong vibrant genre that is progressive and inspirational to an emerging Disability arts landscape.” -  Tanya Raabe Webber.

Copies of 'The Incorrigibles' can be pre-ordered for £10 (+£2.50 p&p) online at: https://pay.gocardless.com/AL0000KMGH3HBK

Join us to celebrate the publication of the book at one of the upcoming launches:

  • Monday 28th November 2016, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool as part of DADAFest, 6:30pm until 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 6th December 2016, Arts Admin, London, 6:00pm until 7:30pm
  • Thursday 8th December 2016, mac Birmingham, 6:00pm until 7:30pm

These events are free but please RSVP to info@dasharts.org

(The retail price after 14/11/2016 is £12.99, although copies will be available for £10 at the launches.)

Awkward Bastards 2 - call for proposals

A call for proposals - Radical Practices...

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DASH's first Awkward Bastards symposium in March 2015 was one of the first to engage with the spectrum of diversity from disability, ethnicity, and sexuality, to gender and class.

Thanks to generous funding from ACE, Awkward Bastards returns in 2017 to consider the ways in which diverse artists and practices have been, are, or could be, framed and our collective responsibilities to our pasts and our futures.  

The two-day symposium will feature artists' presentations, keynote speeches, panel debates, a live portrait painting by Tanya Raabe-Webber, and a Radical Practices open mic session. Please see below for the call for proposals.

Confirmed contributors include Frances Morris (Tate Modern), Tony Heaton (Shape), Mohammed Ali (artist), Rachel Anderson (Idle Women), Daniel Oliver (artist), Simon Casson (Duckie), Sara Wajid (Royal Museums Greenwich), Sue Austin (artist), Nick Llewellyn & Cian Binchy (Access All Areas), Aaron Wright (Fierce Festival), Helga Henry (Birmingham Hippodrome), Sarah Watson & Thompson Hall (Creative Minds), Rachel Gadsden (artist), Gemma Marmalade (artist). 

Call for Proposals - Radical Practices:

AB2 is inviting proposals from artists, activists, academics and others to present 5 minute provocations for the Radical Practices open mic session at the symposium.  We particularly encourage proposals which speak to and reflect the spectrum of diversity in the UK including issues of race, disability, gender and gender fluidity, the experiences of refugees, Roma and other marginalised and displaced peoples, issues of class and privilege, old age, mental health and chronic illness.

Radical Practices provocations can take any form – a manifesto, a rant, a performance, an illustrated slide show. Ideally provocations will be accompanied by a representative image or series of images. Provocations must be no longer than 5 minutes.

We plan to present 10 provocations on March 23rd, selected by the AB2 organisers from proposals received.

Radical Practices provocateurs will receive a £40 honorarium, a complementary ticket to the symposium, and lunch.

To submit a proposal for Radical Practices please send an email to Mike Layward at DASH by Monday 19th December 2016.

Please put 'Radical Practices' in the subject line and include the following information:

  • your name 
  • your contact details 
  • a title 
  • a brief description of what your provocation will be about and why (maximum 150 words) 
  • how you propose to present your provocation (eg a rant) 
  • a representative low-res image 
  • a short biography

We will let you know if we are able to present your provocation by Monday 9th January at the latest.

Full programme details and booking information will be announced in November 2016.