LONDON: Inside Pictures, the leading film industry business and leadership skills development programme, announces that applications are now open for its 2018 programme. The programme is designed to develop the next generation of leaders in the European film industry.
Now in its fifteenth year, Inside Pictures is open to applicants from around the world who demonstrate a firm commitment to the European film industry.
There are 20 places available for executives and producers with at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry. Successful applicants will be executives from across the value chain who display determination to succeed and who want to lead the EU film industry into the digital future. Apply at http://inside-pictures.com/the-application-process/ by 6pm GMT on Sunday 11th of March 2018.
Comprised of three intensive one-week modules and a tailored project, Inside Pictures takes place in London and Los Angeles between June 2018 and January 2019. The scheme develops cutting edge industry business knowledge, management skills, profile and a cross-industry contact network needed for leaders from across the industry to thrive in the global business of film.
Seminars, workshops, studio visits and networking events cover all aspects of the international film business - from development through production, financing, worldwide distribution, marketing and exhibition and the latest digital developments. Last years' speakers included Tim Bevan (Working Title), Ann Johnson (Littlefield Company) Steve Knibbs (VUE cinemas), Christos Michaels (Lee & Thompson), Hannah Minghella (Columbia Pictures), Bryan Noon (Netflix), Eddie Cunningham (Universal) and many other senior studio and industry executives. A full list of confirmed speakers for 2018 can be found at www.inside-pictures.com.
This year, the programme is particularly looking to increase the number of participants from the legal and business side of the industry. It also continues to encourage applicants from Eastern and Southern European countries considered low capacity in terms of their domestic production output. Since the scheme opened to European participants in 2011, it has attracted film professionals from Poland, Greece, Hungary, Estonia, Croatia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Latvia.
Giorgos Karnavas, Producer/Owner at Heretic (Greece) and Inside Pictures Alumni of 2017, said: “I strongly recommend Inside Pictures to European producers. It is a whole new world out there and we need to get to know it in order to be better at what we do. I'd do the programme again in a heartbeat.”
Petr Bilék, Producer/Managing Director at FilmBrigade (Czech Republic) and Alumni of 2017, said: "It's amazing how clichés become true; Inside Pictures really isn't just a training programme. It offers a chance for you to step up, break with your daily routine and focus on your career. It will be challenging at times; it will cause you to question everything you're doing and force you to re-evaluate things you haven't thought about for many years. But, after all the hard work, I can assure you that you will want to do it all over again."
Gabija Siurbyte, CEO/Producer at Dansu Films (Lithuania) and Alumni of 2017, said: "Now that the course is completed, I will talk about my producing career in terms of before and after Inside Pictures. It has changed me in so many ways that I could not have imagined possible. It also gave me a new family."
More testimonials are available on the Inside Pictures website, www.inside-pictures.com.
This year marks the 15th edition of the Inside Pictures programme, and the eighth year it is delivered by the NFTS, one of the world's leading film, games and television schools. The programme is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.
Agnieszka Moody, Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, said: “I’m delighted to see that the most ambitious, energetic, smart and forward-looking film and TV executives around Europe will again have a unique opportunity to upgrade their international expertise and expand their global industry networks. Initiatives encouraging closer international ties and the benefits that flow from them are at the core of Creative Europe which is, first and foremost, a cooperation programme.”
Lisa Howe, Film Manager, Creative Skillset, said: “We are pleased to be supporting the Inside Pictures 2018 programme. It provides a unique opportunity for the next generation of industry leaders to hone their film business skills and opens doors into a global industry. Realising the potential of executives and producers through professional up-skilling is of prime importance in ensuring a successful film industry in the future.”
Jon Wardle, NFTS Director, said: “We’re delighted to deliver this fifteenth edition of Inside Pictures, a scheme the NFTS is very proud of and which has a fantastic track record in developing leaders in the European film industry. The programme has a deserved reputation for the exceptional quality of its content and the high level of participants. We’re grateful for the continued support of Creative Europe and Creative Skillset in making this happen. I’m looking forward to meeting this year’s cohort and seeing the impact they have on the industry.”
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