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  1. 1. Funding & SupportPart 2Wednesday, 26 June 13
  2. 2. What was the UK Film Council?- The UK film council governs British films it was set up in 2000, it funds for filmswhich are under influence of the UK’s background and economy. They are theGovernments strategic agency for film within the UK. They create the UK to becomea natural home for film within digital age, this helps within the competitors of filmand the cultural aspects of film.So what do they do?The UK Film Council work within the Government and the film industry, they help with whatcan disrupt films and get in the way for example: economic and cultural issues can really affectfilm so the UK Film Council offer advice on ways to deal with these issues. and many others.- The UK Film Council roughly distribute £27,000,000 by the government to support filmproduction, script development, film export and distribution, short films, cinema andeducational film etc.They distribute £27,000,000 from the national lottery.Overall the UK Film Council supports films that haveBritish identity and aim to make the films a success andpromote UK films.Wednesday, 26 June 13
  3. 3. What did it do to support short filmmakers and shortfilm making?The UK Film Council helped support short film makers and short film making by Direct fund for short films and feature. -There were three funds which offered nearly £17,000,000 for the production and development of the films.– The Development Fund :This funds  aim was to widen the quality, range and ambitions of films being produced in the UK.Therewas to separate funds within this The First Feature Film Development Programme which supported film makers and then therewas The Feature Film Development Programme which was a funding programme for filmmakers and producers. - The New Cinema Fund:This fund was used to help and support film makers who were working outside the mainstream.  Theschemes of this fund supported over 100 short films each year.UK Film Council > regional screen agencies > national screen agencies > Digital Shorts Scheme   - The Premiere Fund:This fund was where the lottery put in £8,000,000 funding which helped andinfluenced the idea of British talent which would create a wider and more of an international audience.These three funds helped support short film making and filmmakers in many different ways.-The UK Film Council also helped by trying to create a wider audience for non-mainstream films by using distribution andexhibition e.g.The Prints and Advertising Fund,The Cinema Access Programme,The Digital Fund for Non TheatricalExhibition,The Digital Screen Network and Capital funding.All of the following helped and supported the film.Wednesday, 26 June 13
  4. 4. What was the position and role of the BFI prior to the creation of the Film Council?The 26th of July  2010 the Conservatives said that the Council was to be put an end to.The chiefof the UK Film Council John Woodward stepped down and later the UK Film Council closed onthe 31st March 2011 which then passed down to the British Film Institute (BFI).In 1983 a Royal Charter was received.This was then brought up to date in 2000, also the newly-established UK Film Council took control for providing the BFIs annual grant-in-aid.As anindependent registered charity, the BFI is regulated by the Charity Commission and the PrivyCouncil.The BFI became the leader of the UK Film Council and took control some people lostjobs however not many.How has the position and role of the BFI changed since the recent government decisionto dismantle the UK Film Council?The BFI was introduced in 1933 and was held responsible for funding etc, it had been arounda lot longer than to when the UK Film council was introduced in 2000 by labour and tookover funds which left the BFI responsible for the film archives, schedule for National Film,education, Sight and Sound magazine and the museum of moving image theatre.This showshow the BFI did not handle funding anymore. Later on in 2011 the UK Film Council gotclosed off and taken over by the BFI who received there original responsibility back. Whenthe UK Film Council was in power they tried to make it more democratic and easier forshort films.They also thought that the BFI had made feature films to artistically developed.They both had different views of funding etc.Wednesday, 26 June 13
  5. 5. What is the role and remit of the BFI?The transfer of responsibility from the UK Film Council in2011 left the BFI’s role and responsibilities as:The BFI has three different ways of income, one of the main one is through the publics money whichgets passed through by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. During 2011-12 the funding bythe public made a total of £20,000,000.The next important way of income was commercial activity for example BFI London IMAX theatreand the distribution of DVD’s.Finally another important way of income was funding grants, sponsorship and donation, the NationalLottery funded grants and private sponsors.A role and responsibility of the BFI is the distributor for all Lottery funds for film.The UKFC role wasto try and “help make the UK a global hub for film in the digital age, with the world’s most imaginative,diverse and vibrant film culture, underpinned by a flourishing, competitive film industry,” whereas theBFI’s role and responsibility is the production and development of the Film Fund.The BFI have£15,000,000 a year to invest in development, production and completion for feature films.The BFIresponsibility is to support and assist film makers producing there film. In 2012 there was the BFIShorts which was managed by Lighthouse which is now closed however currently in 2013 if youwanted a fund for a short film you could turn to Creative England, Creative Scotland, Film Agency forWhales, Northern Ireland Screen or Film London.Wednesday, 26 June 13
  6. 6. In what respects and to what extent does the UK FilmCouncil continue to exist as an institutional andcultural film body?The actor and director Noel Clarke told the BBC “ Im very sad that theyre breaking down but theBFI is going to continue what they do." It shows how in some aspects the UK Film Council continuesto exist as an institutional and cultural film body as all that has changed is the BFI have taken the roleof the UKFC. Show that the UKFC still seize to exist. the overtake of the UK Film Council to the BritishFilm Institute and how it is only new leadership and UKFCexists still through the BFI.When the BFI took control for funding, the staff fromthe UK Film Council transferred to the BFI whichshows us how they do still exist as the sameemployment for the jobs within the UKFC has beenmoved across to the BFI.This shows the BFI is runthe same way as the UKFC.When the BFI took over Greg Dyke welcomed the governments plan that instals his organisation at thehelm of the UK film policy. Shows the UKFC still exist as there policies are still existing within the BFI.EdVaizey announced “ The BFI would take on the bulk of responsibilities previously handled bythe outgoing UK Film Council.This shows that all the BFI was only a new leadership of controlfor funding, it shows by them taking on responsibilities already handled by the UKFC it is stillran the same way and how the UKFC still exist. UKFC was responsible for distributing lottery money to film-makers based in the UK which theBFI have now taken responsibility for. It shows that the UKFC do exist its just been handed over to theBFI., 26 June 13
  7. 7. What were the Regional Screen Agencies (RSAs)that Film Council funding was delivered through?The UK Film Council funded 9 regional screen agencies due to it’s RegionalInvestment Fund For England. These were...1.EM Media - East Midlands2. Film London - London3.Northern Film & Media - Newcastle4. North WestVision & Media -5. Screen East6. Screen South - Folkestone7. Screen West Midlands8. ScreenYorkshire - Leeds9. South West ScreenAll of the following helped support and provide withinproduction, training, screen commissions, cinema exhibition,archives and education.Examples of some films that were funded when the UKFilm Council was in control...Screen yorkshire:Film in 2008 - BoyDirected by Joe Morris and produced by GemmaFerguson and Alex Usborne.Screen south:Film in 2008 - CurfewDirected by Katie Aidley and producedby Mark Blaney and Jackie Sheppard.Northern Film and Media:Film in 2008 - Bus Stop BoogalooWritten and directed by Gus Hughes andproduced by Siobhan Fenton.2008-2009 Film slate, funding with digital shorts;EM Media:Film in 2008 - TandemWritten and directed by John and Tom Turrell andproduced by Rachel Dargavel.Film London:Film in 2008 - The Rain HorseWritten and directed by Sebastian Godwin andproduced by Hugo Godwin.South west screenfilm in 2009 - September won the short film BAFTAawardsmade by Esther May Campbell andproduced by Stuart Le MarechalScreen EastFilm in 2009 - Shadows and dustwtitten and directed by Jon Dunleavy andanimatedno producerWednesday, 26 June 13
  8. 8. How is funding for shorts handled now by the BFI?It is handled by the Film Fund for shorts which is through the National Lottery funding.The film fund by the BFI supports filmmakers within the UK. They have £18,000,000 to investthrough the development, production and completion of feature films. By having the support ofthe BFI it means you can have all the help you need with developing and creating your film.In 2012 the BFI Shorts scheme was introduced, it is a scheme which helps and supportsfilmmakers by giving them the chance to create feature films and also gives them the chance toshow off their talent and skills. The BFI Shorts is managed by the company Lighthouse.Budgets of £25,000 - £50,000 in 2012 for live action fiction projects.A few of the Short Films through the BFI Shorts 2012:1. The Beast2. FieldStudy3. Anthony4. Gutpunch5. Keeping Up with the Jonese6. L’Assenza7. Liam + Lenka8. Mohammed9. Orbit Ever After10. Sea View11. Sidney12. SLR13. The Line14. The Portrait15. To LeechWednesday, 26 June 13
  9. 9. Has funding and support for shorts altered since thegovernment’s changes to the power structures of thenational film agencies?When the UKFC ran the funding, depending onwhere you live you would turn too...EM Media - East MidlandsFilm London - LondonNorthern Film & Media - NewcastleNorth WestVision & MediaScreen EastScreen South - FolkestoneScreen West MidlandsScreenYorkshire - LeedsSouth West ScreenHowever when then the BFI took control fundingbecame different by...- There is an extreme difference in theways of funding between the two. Fromgoing to the UKFC to the BFI’s way offunding. The BFI i use the managementof Lighthouse which is based inBrighton for funding.Screen South only talks about previousfilms they have helped and supportednothing about currently helping Short films.Wednesday, 26 June 13
  10. 10. As a short filmmaker, what funds could you yourselfapply for?There are 3 funds I could apply for…- London Borough Film Fund Challenge – It is a challenge for short film makers,if successful the LBFFC provides production funding, a mentoring and trainingprogramme and help you develop new skills. It offers around £4,000 towards theproduction of a short film.- The Shorts Support Scheme – Is a fund for short filmmakers to represent toaudiences all over the world the UK talent. It also helps and support filmmakers.- BFI Lighthouse Shorts – It helps and supports filmmakers by giving them thechance to create feature films and also gives them the chance to show off theirtalent and skills.Wednesday, 26 June 13
  11. 11. Different schemes for funding of shorts:1.Virgin Media Shorts - Provides services to become ‘a better film maker’ by 5 sessions:The writer / director dynamic, From Script to Screen, Making your film successful, CaseStudy: Virgin Media Shorts winner Luke Snellin and Beyond Shorts : from Short Film tofeature.2.The Shorts Support Scheme ( British Council) - Presents UK film talent to audiencesaround the world. It includes the promotion of the high standard shorts within thereprogramming contacts. Work with the British Council offices in 110 countries to make easyaccess for screenings to make the UK short films an international audience. It offers a Travelgrant Fund so short film makers can represent there work internationally.3.London Borough Film Fund Challenge - It is linked with the BFI however is a borough filmfund within Redbridge, Haringey and Islington, Lambeth and Southwark and finallyWandsworth and Kensington and Chelsea. Its aim is to recognise short film talent and helpsupport the shorts. It is a fund which is open to the whole of London which providesproduction funding and a mentoring and training programme.Part 3Outside of the BFI, are there any other schemes thatexist to help fund short films?Wednesday, 26 June 13
  12. 12. Part 4FestivalsBackground information about the kind of festivals that short filmmakers can applyto:- Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland, UK)-Camberidge Film Festival (UK)- The Times BFI London Film Festival (UK)- Encounters Short Film Festival (Bristol, UK)- Seagate Foyle Film Festival (Derry, UK)- The Birds EyeView Festival (UK)- Britdoc (Oxford, UK)- Camberidge International Super 8 Festival (UK)- London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (UK)- onedotzero (London, UK)- Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK)- Raindance Film Festival (UK)- London Short Film Festival (UK)- Manchester International Film Festival (UK)- Leeds International Film Festival (UK)- Soho Shorts (UK)-The festivals recognise talent of Short filmmakers.- Some of the short film festivals are for aparticular genre so your film has to fit into whatthe festival applies.-The Britdoc festival is only for documentaries,this shows the different genres film makers canapply to but also the audience for this festival islikely to be for people interested in social eventsetc.-The Birds Eye View Festival audience was68% female aimed at women film makers, whichshows a film maker entering there film needs torecognise the audience of the festival they areselecting as it will either increase/decrease yourchance of making it through to the festival.Wednesday, 26 June 13
  13. 13. Which are feature film festivals that have importantshorts sections?The Leeds film festival is a featurefilm festival but shows an interestto short films.The London Film Festival is a feature filmfestival but also has a section for shortfilms.1.2.3.The Edinburgh international filmfestival is a feature one howeverhas a shorts section.Wednesday, 26 June 13
  14. 14. How do the festivals market and promote themselves?These 3 festivals market and promote themselves with logos:The Leeds film festival use thesimple colours black and white, thelogo aims its market at middle agedpeople and above.The logo doesn’tuse vivid or primary colours whichwe no young people appeal to.Thelogo represents clarity and is aimedfor a sophisticated audience.They use Twitter andFacebook pages to promoteand market the festival.They useThe Edinburgh film festival use thesophisticated colour black howeveruse the colour red whichrepresents energy, warmth andexcitement.They market therefestival to a wider and broadaudience as they use a vivid colourwhich attracts a younger audienceas well as black which attracts asophisticated audience.The BFI London FilmFestival is marketed andpromoted at an intellectualand refined audience, this isshown through the logo, thecolours black and whiteshow a worldly and culturalaudience. It is not aimed at ayoung audience.They useYoutube,Facebook and Twitter topromote an market therefestival.Wednesday, 26 June 13
  15. 15. Why is it important to be screened at one?The International Federation of Film Producers Associations picked the followingfestivals as the ‘big ones’:- Cannes Film Festival-Venice Film Festival- Berlinale Film Festival- Toronto International Film Festival- The Sundance Film Festival- Locarno International Film Festival- KarlovyVary International Film Festival- Melbourne International Film Festival- Edinburgh International Film FestivalThese festivals are very big so if your film gotscreened it is very important as producers could seeyour film and notice talent and want to work withyou in the future, critics could be there and they canwrite a review into a magazine and if its a good reviewpeople will recognise your film however if not couldaffect your film.There are a panel of judges there whocan reward the films so it is important as if you won itcan lead to a success of future events.Who attends them?- Panel of Judges- Producers looking for talent- Critics- The press- The publicWednesday, 26 June 13
  16. 16. How are they supported?BFI London Film Festival are supported by...The National Lottery:DCMS:Explores partnerships with broadcastpartners within the BFI. Raise broadcastersfor the BFI.Control fundings for the BFI for the UKfilmmakers.The fund is for development,production and completion of feature films.Leeds International Film Festival are supported by...Wednesday, 26 June 13
  17. 17. What have you noticed about the structure/style of thesites? The style of the layout of the BFI London FilmFestival is very organised. Using the maincolour black creates a sophisticated andprofessional look. The structure used is veryclear, most of the festivals i have looked atstraight away go to the home page of thefestival as shown within this festival site.At the top of the site it has all the differentoptions you can click on which gives youinformation of previous and future events andis the main information you need to know.The style of the layout of the Leeds International Film Festivalshows a professional, educated site. It shows the audience createdfor this site have a high knowledge about film as straight away onthe home page there is knowledge shown.The style of usingwhite, black and red colours creates an intellectual audience.Thestyle clearly represents the audience is middle aged and above asdoes not have a style which appeals to a younger audience.Thestructure is very clear and has all the information you need toknow about the festival. Compared to the BFI London FilmFestival shown above it has a variety of things going on within thehome page.Wednesday, 26 June 13
  18. 18. What are the other key national festivals for short films?- Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland, UK)-Camberidge Film Festival (UK)- The Times BFI London Film Festival (UK)- Encounters Short Film Festival (Bristol, UK)- Seagate Foyle Film Festival (Derry, UK)- The Birds EyeView Festival (UK)- Britdoc (Oxford, UK)- Camberidge International Super 8 Festival (UK)- London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (UK)- onedotzero (London, UK)- Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK)- Raindance Film Festival (UK)- London Short Film Festival (UK)- Manchester International Film Festival (UK)- Leeds International Film Festival (UK)Wednesday, 26 June 13
  19. 19. What are the key international festivals for short films?- Clermont-Ferrand International Short Fil Festival - (France)- Sundance Film Festival - (USA)- Palm Springs International Film Festival - (USA)- International Film Festival Rotterdam - (Netherlands)- Berlinale International Film Festival - (Germany)- Tampere International Short Film Festival - (Finland)- Tribeca Film Festival - (USA)- Cannes International Film Festival - (France)- Oberhausen International Short Film Festival - (Germany)- International Short Film Festival Hamburg (Germany)- Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France)- Capalbio Cinema Short Film Festival (Italy)-Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival (Portugal)- KarlovyVary International Film Festival (Czech Republic)- Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia)- International Animation Festival (Japan)-Venice Film Festival (Italy)- Toronto International Film Festival (Canada)- Festival do Rio - Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil)- NewYork Film Festival (USA)- Corona Cork Film Festival (Ireland)- Zagreb Film Festival (Croatia)- Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival (Brazil)Wednesday, 26 June 13
  20. 20. Find out about any national or international student filmfestivals:- No Limits Student Film Festival (UK)- Watersprite - The Cambridge International Student Film Festival (UK)- ISEFF International Student Ethnographic Film Festival (UK)- British Student Film Festival (UK)- No Student Film Festival Awards (UK)- International Student Film Festival Hollywood (America, Hollywood)- First Step Film Festival (Albania)- Lola Kenya Screen (Africa, Kenya)- African Student Film Festival ( Africa, Nigeria)- International students Film Festival (Argentina)- Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia)- SPEAK UP! International Student Film Festival (Cananda)-Youngcuts Film Festival (Canada)- Faludi InternationalYouth Film Festival and Photo Competition (Hungary)Wednesday, 26 June 13
  21. 21. In recent years there has been exponential growth in the number of online short filmfestivals. Find and investigate some (using the above criteria). What advantages/disadvantages do such festivals have when compared to their traditional theatricalcounterparts?- nsi short online film festival (Canada)- Tribeca online Festival (USA)- Schweppes online film festival (Australia)- SikhNetYouth Online Film Festival (USA)Online Short Film Festivals: Traditional Theatrical Festivals:One advantage the online festivals have is that all you have to do is enter online if you haveaccessibly to a computer which is an easier way than to travel to a festival in Leeds etc.Another advantage is there is usually no submission fee for online festivals.A disadvantage of an online festival is you dont get the exciting feeling of being at the festival withthe big screens etc.The environment is completely different to actually going to a festival.Anotherdisadvantage is that the internet can go down while your in the middle of a film but also that noteveryone has easy access to a computer.-Camberidge Film Festival (UK)- The Times BFI London Film Festival (UK)- KarlovyVary International Film Festival (CzechRepublic)- Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia)Wednesday, 26 June 13