London: Inside Pictures, the leading film industry business and leadership skills development programme, announces that applications are now open for its 2019 programme.
Now in its sixteenth 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 and a strong entrepreneurial drive and ambition. Successful applicants will be executives from across the value chain who display determination to succeed and who want to lead the European film industry into the digital future. Apply at http://inside-pictures.com/the-application-process/ by 6pm GMT on Sunday 10th of March 2019.
Comprised of three intensive one-week modules and a tailored project, Inside Pictures takes place in London and Los Angeles between June 2019 and January 2020. 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), Lorenzo Gangarossa (Wildside) Steve Knibbs (VUE cinemas), Christos Michaels (Lee & Thompson), Susan Wendt (TrustNordisk), Steve Golin (Anonymous Content), Alex Sapot (Netflix), Eddie Cunningham (Universal) and many other senior studio and industry executives. A full list of confirmed speakers for 2019 can be found here.
This year, the programme is particularly looking to increase the number of European executives (sales, distribution, finance, legal, broadcast). 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.
Kęstutis Drazdauskas, Producer at ARTBOX (Lithuania) and Alumni of 2018: “I am most grateful for the experience. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the programme. It takes genuinely wise and altruistic people to design a program like Inside Pictures and decades to accumulate the knowledge the participants are fed within the couple of months of training.”
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."
Jonathan Halperyn, Founder of Hero Squared Productions (Hungary) and Alumni of 2018: “Inside Pictures brought 19 top industry professionals not just into my orbit, but into my circle of close friends. It will forever be one of my fondest professional memories.”
Siniša Juričić, Producer/CEO at Nukleus Film and Alumni of 2015: “Inside Pictures made me re-think my entire film production knowledge I had accumulated up to the point I embarked on the scheme. For me it was a real success, as the project I brought in as a test case back then is now in full swing and ready to go into production this spring in Taiwan. If I had not stepped into the Inside Pictures world, I would have never been able to make this huge step in my career. This programme arms you with the tools and knowledge no other scheme can provide you with.”
More testimonials are available on the Inside Pictures website.
This year marks the 16th edition of the Inside Pictures programme, and the ninth 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 ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund, which is backed by the British Film Institute (BFI), awarding funds from The National Lottery.
Agnieszka Moody, Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, said:
We’re very proud to see the UK’s contribution to boosting skills and encouraging international links between film and TV executives. Programmes such as Inside Pictures reinforce UK’s commitment to being a valued partner and a centre of excellence for professional training, indispensable for the European industry to compete on the global stage.
Gareth Ellis-Unwin, Head of Film, ScreenSkills, said:
Inside Pictures reaching its sixteenth year just demonstrates the strength of the programme and the value it adds to the industry. Beyond equipping our future leaders with the necessary skills to step up, the exposure that it offers to global business practice is invaluable. These are the experiences that will help them drive our industry forward and we are thrilled to offer our continued support.
Jon Wardle, NFTS Director, said: We’re delighted to deliver this sixteenth 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 ScreenSkills 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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