I like the sound of this. What is it?
FILMONOMICS is a skills-based business training programme that bridges the gap between development and distribution, mixing industry know-how with behind-the-scenes networking. The 21st century filmmaker needs to know about digital delivery, audiences, positioning and marketplace. Participants will gain an understanding and knowledge of the business behind film enabling them to make smarter, targeted and market aware decisions on all aspects of their own projects including areas such as positioning (of film as product), collaboration with key practitioners, distribution methods and reaching audiences.
All the sessions work to develop your business and creative skills and we have asked all our worldly guest speakers to be honest. First rule of FILMONOMICS is…hang on, that one has been overused – you get the idea. Behind-the-scenes, real life case studies from the people who run the film industry and have real expertise in their field.
All the event sessions are augmented by papers printed by kind permission of Colin Brown, author and creator of the original FILMONOMICS columns on the film online market place Slated. (www.slated.com)
Who can apply?
FILMONOMICS is targeted at film teams of two (eg: writer & director, producer & director or writer & producer). Between them they should have a portfolio that includes at least one of the following:
- Production of a short film that has screened at an international film festival
- A feature film in development with a public funder
- A published script and/or book
If your portfolio doesn’t match the credentials outlined above, do get in touch, and we can discuss your submission over the phone.
The programme is targeted at teams comprising female writers and/or directors, however, if you are embarking on a project yourself and feel you want the programme insight FILMONOMICS offers or you are a team with a male director then please get in touch with us and we’ll see how we can help.
When is it?
Commencing in January 2014, there will be six three-hour sessions across January, February, March and the final two sessions will take place during the Birds Eye View Film Festival in April 2014. The sessions will take be held in London but there are travel and accommodation bursaries available. Teams will be appointed with dedicated industry figures providing up to three months of extra support after the programme. Nicola Lees of Women in Film and Television UK will manage this component.
How much does it cost?
The cost is £199 per person. That is a subsidised price through Creative Skillset.
Are there any bursaries available?
Yes, you can apply for funding to cover accommodation and travel to London via our application form.
What have you got lined up?
The FILMONOMICS programme will cover areas including:
MONEY: HOW TO MAKE YOUR FINANCIERS HAPPY & HOW TO SPEND IT
This session explores your relationship with your financier, what kind of film you can expect to deliver with your budget - large or small – and where your budget can allow you to make creative decisions.
KILLER DIALOGUE AND THE ART OF REPRESENTATION | in association with LOCO film festival
Cinema audiences in the 45+ age range are growing and they want to see great characters on screen, especially female ones, this panel event nails great dialogue and character representation.
10 THINGS I RATE ABOUT YOU
Practical and skills-based this is a vital insight into getting the best from your crew and how they share your creative vision.
WHY TECHNICAL KNOW–HOW IS THE KEY TO DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT
From never having to wing another technical conversation to the tools needed for self distribution.
MEGA DISTRIBUTORS vs KICKSTARTER
All your distribution questions answered in this fight for the audience share.
THE FUTURE OF AUDIENCES
As box office falls and new models emerge we bring together a panel of experts looking at how and where audiences will consume films in the future.
THE BLACK ART OF BEING CONFIDENT
This panel will look at ways in which you stay authentic to your project when other people get involved and when every filmmaker now also has to be an astute businessperson do you need to build and define a brand?
LOOKING AFTER YOUR ASSETS
Our expert panelists will present case studies of specialised films where the assets were used strategically to help position a film.
How do I apply?
Download our application form and application guidelines here:
Deadline for applications is 2nd January 2014 and they should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
This scheme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI, and through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF)
With thanks to our friends at Women in Film & TV UK for their kind support