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Film London’s Support of Artist Film-makers Continues

Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) today announced they are investing up to £360,000 in the capital’s artist film-makers over the next three years.
FLAMIN Productions, which commissioned and produced the award-winning Two Years At Sea by Ben Rivers, is now open for applications. It will offer up to £50,000 per commission to London-based artists, greenlighting up to five new moving image artworks in 2011.
Funded by Arts Council England, FLAMIN Productions is a unique production fund which provides artists with the opportunity to produce ambitious and original moving image works. It is the only scheme of its kind in the UK, funding large scale, single screen works which represent a major step in an artist’s practice. Vitally, shortlisted artists will also have access to development funding and support, plus bespoke training, advice and professional mentoring.
Ben Rivers’ debut feature Two Years At Sea was not only selected for a major film festival, but won the FIPRESCI Award for the Best Film in Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti section earlier this month. The film will enjoy its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival this month.
In addition to Rivers, since FLAMIN Productions was launched in 2009 nine artists' commissions were awarded to Phil Coy, Charlotte Ginsborg, Anja Kirchner & David Panos, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Ursula Mayer, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Grace Schwindt and Emily Wardill. Completed films have gone on to achieve great success and wide audience reach across galleries and cinemas.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London commented: "We have recently seen a number of exciting artists making a major impact in the world of mainstream film such as Steve McQueen with Shame and Gillian Wearing with Self Made – which gives this enormously diverse sector added profile. I am delighted that Ben Rivers’ Two Years at Sea won the FIPRESCI Award for the Best Film in Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti section earlier this month and in addition to screenings at major international film festivals and cinema releases, the world of artist film-making continues to deliver a range of work made for a variety of exhibition platforms which constantly challenges not only the viewer, but the artform itself. I am so very proud that, with funding from Arts Council England, Film London can continue to be at the heart of this sector, supporting the artists who are driving it forward.”
Deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 05 December 2011.

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