- Introduction to distribution and exhibition: how films reach the screen
- Researching films, clearing rights and negotiating terms
- Programming strategies for independent cinemas, film festivals, arts venues, film societies and alternative venues
- Broadening audiences: reaching children, young people, disabled and culturally diverse audiences
- Marketing and PR for specialised film
- Technical aspects of film formats
- Programming archive films, shorts and artists’ moving image.
The course provides practical skills, knowledge and inspiration that can be put to immediate use when participants return to work.
How is the course taught?
This is an intensive, one week course comprising talks from a wide range of film industry experts, practical exercises, tutorials and networking. Participants also undertake a project in groups, presenting a programming plan on the final day incorporating everything they’ve learnt on the course.
In 2011 the course will run intensively over one week, with some compulsory evening events. In previous years the course has been two weeks long, but we hope that the condensed version will make it easier for participants to afford the fees and to take the time off work.
Will the course help my career?
Graduates of this course say that the course developed their skills, improved their confidence, raised their ambitions, provided an insight into a wide range of careers in the industry, and widened their network. Participants have gone on to fill key posts in the industry at organisations including the Barbican, the BFI London Film Festival, City Screen, Creative Scotland, Curzon Cinemas, Northern Lights Film Festival, Soda Pictures and the UK Film Council. Read their testimonials.
How much does it cost?
£375 + VAT = £450*.
If you or your employer cannot cover the fees, you may be eligible for bursary support from the ICO. Please see the bursary guidelines for details.
* Please note that these rates are only available to applicants from the UK who can demonstrate professional experience in the film industry (this can be paid or voluntary and not necessarily continuous). This is a requirement of Skillset’s Continuing Professional Development scheme which is supporting the course. If you do not have any film industry experience but would like to undertake the course for personal or professional reasons, the non-subsidised rate is £1861 + VAT = £2233.20. If you are from outside of the UK, please get in touch.
How to apply
This course is now over. If you would like to enquire about other courses or want to be added to our training mailing list, please email Sarah Bourne or call 020 7636 7120.
If you or your employer cannot cover the full fees, you may be eligible for a bursary. Please read the bursary guidelines for further details.
Travel and accommodation
BFI Southbank is under Waterloo Bridge, between the National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall - Map of the area. For London tubes and buses, use Transport for London’s Journey Planner.
We have an access fund for this course so we can contribute to the costs of any additional requirements you may have (eg. alternate print formats, BSL signers...). Please get in touch with us to discuss your needs at least eight weeks before the course so we can make arrangements.
If you have any queries about the course or want to check whether it is suitable for your needs, email Sarah Rutterford.
This scheme has been funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of ‘A Bigger Future 2’, the UK film skills strategy. The Skillset Film Skills Fund is supported by the National Lottery through the UK Film Council and the film industry through the Skills Investment Fund. www.abiggerfuture2.co.uk
In partnership with the BFI. www.bfi.org.uk
Supported by RIFE Investment Fund through the UK Film Council and South West Screen. www.swscreen.co.uk