Filmonomics: applications now closed

Birds Eye View’s highly rated filmmaker programme Filmonomics will return for 2017/18 for its fifth consecutive year, with a balanced portfolio of inward and outward focus. From sessions on developing confidence in your presentation style with trained psychologists, interrogating rejection with professional coaches specialising in female entrepreneur training, alongside case studies, current box office and data analysis plus future trend-forecasting.  Plus extensive networking sessions and screening events.  Programme runs over 12 sessions Sept 2017 to March 2018 in London and is a blend of evening workshops plus two full day events.

Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds, 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. Another of the key aspects of the programme is the focus on the individual with sessions focusing on speaking with confidence and how to deal with challenging characters.

Filmonomics is aimed at more established 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

–       Gaylene Gould, Head of Events, BFI Southbank

–       Caroline Goyder: Coach and Creator of The Gravitas Method

–       Charles Gant: Film Journalist and Industry Analyst

–       Lia Devlin, Head of Marketing, Altitude UK

–       Clare Binns: Director of Picturehouse Cinemas

–       Eva Yates, FilmFour

–       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

–       Alison Thompson, M.D, Cornerstone Films

–       Patrick Hurley: Distribution Manager, Dogwoof

–       Peter Ettedgui: Producer and Screenwriter

–       Matt Baker, Head of Production, Hanway Films

–       Sarah Mosses: Film Producer and Distribution Impact Strategist

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

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

  • 85% female participants
  • 40% who identify as other than white, 30% who come from socio-economically deprived backgrounds
  • 10% those who identify as disabled, in any form
  • 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 non-white talent, either individuals or teams, where at least one participant is representative of one of these groups.

The total cost for the programme is £325 per participant. This cost has been greatly subsidised by our funders and this fee essentially covers catering and refreshments in the sessions.

BEV and Creative Skillset have bursary funds available to cover travel and accommodation costs for applicants 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. There are 2 places sponsored by Starchild Pictures for 2 BAME female applicants (100% of fee covered). 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 from 12:00-18:00 on Monday September 25th and from 14:00-21:30 on Tuesday September 26th 2017 in London for the first workshops. The subsequent sessions will occur every month or two until Thurs March 8th 2018, the final workshop date. The final workshop day runs 12:00-21:00 and is also essential to attend. 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 (most recent credits are LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD voiced by Tilda Swinton, released by Verve in 2017) 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 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 V opened on Friday 18th August 2017


The deadline date for applications is Friday 1st September 2017 1800 GMT.


We will notify the applicants who have been longlisted on Tuesday 5th September, and set up 10 minute Skype calls across Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September. We will notify successful applicants on Weds 13th September 2017.  Unfortunately, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants.

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.