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04/08/2006

Skills schemes set to boost new talent in London more investment in training and development

Film London today announced the launch of two new rounds of funding schemes to develop the capital’s film, TV and animation professionals and support the training sector.
The Film London Film-makers’ Festival Fund supports the development of individual film-makers' and moving image artists' careers, by providing travel support for them to attend key festivals where their film has been selected for competition. Contributions are also available towards the costs of striking a first film print or production of digital masters where required, with up to £500 available per award.
Last year, the fund supported 20 film-makers to travel to festivals across the world including Venice, Sundance, Rotterdam, Clermont Ferrand and Berlin to improve their contacts and market knowledge.
The Film London Events and Training Providers’ Fund is designed to increase the vocational skills of new entrants or professionals working in the industry through supporting the provision and development of high quality film, TV and animation training courses or events. Funding of up to £5,000 is available towards direct project costs.
Ten London-based organisations including Initialise Films, The Directors’ Guild of Great Britain (DGGB) and The Independent Film Parliament have previously benefited from funding, while training initiatives have also supported Black and minority ethnic writing development as well as documentary training.
“Skills are vital to London’s film economy and are essential in retaining and expanding London’s position as an industry leader.” said Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London
“This investment in tomorrow’s film talent, together with our commitment to widening access to employment and increasing diversity in the sector, will ensure we continue to offer a world-class workforce.” He continued.
Laura Smith, writer/director of short film Eva also praised the initiative, saying:
“We are very grateful that Film London was able to contribute to our 35mm print - it enabled us to get the best exhibition version of our film and increased the quality and variety of festivals we were able to screen at, including the Long Island International Film Expo where we won Best Foreign Film.”
Supported by the UK Film Council and London Development Agency through Creative London, the capitals film and media agency sustains, promotes and develops London as a major international film-making cultural capital.
It's activities include investment in new and established film-makers, showcasing London films and talent, and promoting London on an international stage as an attractive base for film and media production.
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