Filmonomics IV


Birds Eye View’s highly rated filmmaker programme Filmonomics will return in November 2016 for its fourth consecutive year, with a balanced portfolio of inward and outward focus, with sessions on developing confidence in your professional style with trained psychologists, interrogating rejection with professional coaches specialising in female entrepreneur training and current box office and sales analysis plus future trend-forecasting.

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.

Filmonomics is aimed at more established or emerging creative talent. Individuals should have at least a feature film or TV credit or a significant body of short form work and features in development/production. At least one participant in a team proposal must have a feature film or TV credit, which has been theatrically released or broadcast or is intended to be, if in post-production. We welcome applicants with two or more feature credits who fit the criteria below.

Guest speakers from previous programmes included:

–       Averil Leimon: Leadership Psychologist and Founder of White Water Group

–       Beatrice Nauman: Sales & Distribution Consultant, BeA Film

–       Caroline Goyder: Coach and Creator of The Gravitas Method

–       Charles Gant: Film Journalist and Industry Analyst

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

–       Clare Binns: Director of City Screen

–       Deborah Sathe: Head of Talent Development and Production at Film London

–       Gale Harold: Actor

–       Hilary Davis: Partner, Bankside Films

–       Joanna Hogg: Writer & Director

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

–       Kate Gardiner: Head of Fox Searchlight

–       Kate Gerova: Head of Operational Marketing, Curzon Cinemas

–       Kim Longinotto: Filmmaker

–       Lucy Savage: Content Distribution Digital Consultant, StudioCanal

–       Patrick Hurley: Distribution Manager, Dogwoof

–       Peter Ettedgui: Producer and Screenwriter

–       Rachel Hirons: Screenwriter

–       Sarah Mosses: Film Producer and Distribution Impact Strategist

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

Birds Eye View’s diversity targets for this programme are to achieve minimum participation rates of:

·       80% female participants
·       40% Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic participants
·       10% those who consider themselves disabled
·       35% from outside of Greater London, resident in the UK Nations and Regions.


Filmonomics is targeted at feature film directors, writers and producers. Applicants can apply as individuals or as teams of two. The programme will prioritise female and/or Black, Asian or minority ethnic background talent, either individuals or teams, where at least one participant is representative of one of these groups.

The total cost for the programme is £300 per participant. This cost has been kindly subsidised by Creative Skillset and this fee essentially covers catering and refreshments in the sessions.

BEV and Creative Skillset have limited bursary funds available to cover travel and accommodation costs for applications based outside of London, and childcare/carer costs for parents/guardians/carer. The bursaries will be disseminated according to the shared needs of successful applicants. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. You must provide an estimated cost for daily travel, accommodation and childcare. There are also several full programme bursaries available for female/BAME participants.

You will need to be available at 4-8pm on Friday November 25th 2016 and all day Saturday November 26th 11am-4pm in London for the first workshops. The subsequent sessions will occur every month or two until June 7th 2016, the final workshop date. All other dates to be confirmed once course commences.


Mia Bays is an Oscar winning, twice BAFTA nominated producer, on documentary and fiction, who has worked on over 50 features in various capacities, as a distributor, producer, and held such roles as Creative Producer on the Microwave micro-budget scheme 2007-14 (LILTING, SHIFTY, ILL MANORS, STRAWBERRY FIELDS, etc). She is passionate about raising the volume of the female voice across the film value chain and has just taken over the Birds Eye View platforms to do such. She began her career in the film industry in distribution, working for Romaine Hart, a successful female distributor and exhibitor in the early 1990s, and her first role model.



Applications for Filmonomics IV will open on Monday 22nd August 2016.


The deadline date for applications is Monday 19th September 2016 1800 GMT.

We will notify longlisted participants by Monday 10th October 2016 and set up 10 minute Skype calls across October 10th and 11th. We will announce shortlist of 20 by Monday 17th October 2016.

Enquiries should be emailed to course manager Simone Glover:





“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.”


This scheme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with the BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery Funds.