Filmonomics Filmmakers III


Birds Eye View’s highly acclaimed flagship film-business training programme Filmonomics will return in January 2016, with continued focuses on developing confidence, facing failure and rejection and trend-forecasting for storytelling and future audiences. Supported by Creative Skillset, Filmonomics was created in association with former Screen International editor-in-chief Colin Brown, author of the Filmonomics blog for

The bespoke programme is targeted at established women and BAME film practitioners, and is designed to bridge the gap between development and distribution, mixing industry knowledge with behind the scenes networking and discussions on vital topics such as finance, teams, marketing, exhibition and audience development. One of the key aspects of the programme is the focus on the individual with sessions focusing on increasing confidence.


Sessions will include focuses on the following: finding your creative voice, distribution, marketing, international sales, confidence in presenting and audience profiling.

Guest speakers from the 2014/15 programmes included:

–       Averil Leimon: Leadership Psycologist and founder of White Water Group

–       Charles Gant: Freelance Film journalist and industry analyst

–       Christopher Granier-Defere: Executive Producer for Creative England, BFI and BBD iFeatures scheme

–       Clare Binns: Director of City Screen

–       Dave Shear: Head of Theatrical Distribution, Revolver

–       Deborah Sathe: Head of talent a development and production at Film London

–       Gale Harold: Actor

–       Hilary Davis, Partner, Bankside Films

–       Joanna Hogg: Filmmaker

–       Joel Kennedy: VP of Worldwide Acquisitions, Entertainment One UK

–       Julia Short: Film Consultant

–       Kate Gardiner: Head of Fox Searchlight

–       Kim Longinotto, filmmaker (Dreamcatcher)

–       Rachel Hirons: Screen Writer (Powder Room)

–       Sarah Mosses: Film Producer and Distribution Impact Strategist

–       Wendy Mitchell: Former Editor of Screen/journalist/British Council Film Dept

–       Audience expert Peter Buckingham

–      Writer/producer Peter Ettedgui (LISTEN TO ME MARLON, KINKY BOOTS))

–      Filmmaker Josh Appignanesi


For a total fee of £300, you will have access to 12 curated sessions over 7 months on mainly evenings and weekends, to fit around the standard working schedule. The sessions will cover a full range of subjects and speakers across the value chain, that are as much career focused as project based.

The actual value of the scheme is significantly higher, but thanks to substantial support from Creative Skillset we have been able to subsidise costs. Filmmakers are charged a small fee in order to cover the basic running of the scheme.

There are 3 full bursaries available from Birds Eye View. If you would like to apply for a bursary, there is allocated space on the application form to outline your case for extra financial support.

You will apply with a project but it is possible to switch over the duration of the course if relevant.  You must be available for the first session in London Jan 6th 5-8pm and Saturday Jan 16 all day 10-6pm in a central London location.

About Mia

Mia Bays, who was fundamental in the development of the inaugural Filmonomics programme in 2014, took the reins as Director of this year’s scheme. Mia stated: “I’m passionate about passing on knowledge and experience to others, especially to ensure underrepresented creative voices are heard. The combination of personal and professional development makes for an open and inclusive atmosphere that is energising for both participants and speakers, and I’m thrilled we are able to continue the programme for another year”.

The programme further builds on Birds Eye View’s strong record of training and talent development, including Re:Animate and She Writes in partnership with BAFTA, The Script Factory and Warp Films.



Applications for the 3rd Filmonomics Programme will open on Monday 12th October and will close on the 6th November 2015. The programme will be comprised of 12 sessions running from Jan-July 2016.

Enquiries should be emailed to Jo Duncombe (


FN3 FILMMAKERS Application Guidelines


FN3 FILMMAKERS Application Form

What Programme 1 participants said

> “Filmonomics demystified one of the most crucial areas in the filmmaking process and one that tends to be overlooked or handed over by many filmmakers – the distribution…. It was very well organised and structured with incredibly generous speakers who offered illuminating examples in regards to the distribution of films but with varied suggestions and unique ways of finding audiences.”

> “I came away with new and highly qualified contacts, people I can turn to when I face areas that are vital to producing but I have no first-hand experience of.”

> “I found the whole Filmonomics programme a very inspiring and supportive environment. All the elements of the industry were covered and the high level speakers were hugely informative and generous with their time and knowledge.”

> “The final two sessions, on marketing/PR assets and confidence, were among the best and most revelatory training I’ve ever received”

> “We would not hesitate to recommend this course, it provides the invaluable insight and support needed when taking a leap into the unknown.”

With Thanks

This scheme is kindly supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery Funds, through the Skills Investment Fund.