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Creative Business Base – Improving Your Competitive Edge

Creative Business Base: A Free 6-month Creative, Business and Entrepreneurial Development Programme

Deadline 2nd April

Screen South, Maidstone Studios, Peter Jones Academy and Amersham & Wycombe College


Creative Business Base
*Revised Deadline, Terms and Conditions*

The Free 6-month Creative & Business Development Programme – Helping you to greatly improve your competitive edge and professional skills. Supporting skills development of your:
Script, Creative Projects, Creative and Business pitching, Understanding Legal contracts and IP issues, Project and Business Exploitation and planning, National and International Market Strategies, Project and Business Investment Sourcing, National and International Finance Sourcing, Creative Entrepreneurial and Cross-media thinking and strategies.

You may think that you do not need some of them but these are essential skillsets in today’s professional industry.

Application Deadline Noon Monday 2nd April 2012

This scheme is supported by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2

Screen South is looking for 8 Creative Business Teams (with projects for the screen) to develop their scripts, script development skills and (in these days) necessary entrepreneurial and businesses skills and that will give you and your business the best chance of moving up the ladder.

The programme is built around the group of 8 participating creative teams that have at least one viable feature length script.

The participating creative teams and their projects will be developed over the entire 6-month period with seminars, master classes, continuing script development, bespoke 121’s, and training days most of which happen every fortnight. These are all supported by:

  • Team specific Script Development 121 surgeries with top Industry Professional Script  Developer – Britt Harrison
  • Professional Development 121’s with David Castro (Development and Training Exec for Screen South), Jo Nolan (MD Screen South) and Geoff Miles (CEO Maidstone Studios)

The teams can be existing businesses or newly formed partnerships (minimum 2 members max 3) – minimum 1 person attending on the scheduled days, maximum 3 people per team attending on the scheduled days.

Alongside all of the development Seminars, master classes and 121’s you will also have access to hot desks, phones, Internet etc and a meeting space which is available at The Maidstone Studio every day over the programme. The programme concludes with all 8 teams pitching (both your Projects and Businesses) in London with top industry Financiers, Producers and Business Angels.

Creative Teams will also have:

  • Access to (up to) £500 bursary (available for a variety of expenditures that you will encounter during the programme, e.g., Contributions towards writers / legal fees, International travel, Marketing costs, etc,
  • Access to (up to) £500 hardship fund, which can be used towards transport to and from Maidstone Studios.
  • Free access to the four live public events that will also be running over the same 6-month period at Maidstone Studios and they will also have opportunities to meet with the guest industry panelists.

The live public events will be covering Finance (Business and Project), Creative Development, Distribution & Selling and ‘How the New Frontier of digital and internet can be tamed for your benefit’.

More about The Creative Business Base Programme 
The Creative Business Base programme will be delivered by current industry practioners and will cover subjects including:

  • Script and Project Development
  • Legals and contracts
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set and skills
  • Planning and Pitching
  • Creative Business – planning and development
  • Sources of Funding and Finance
  • Single project and Business Investments
  • Ways to market (Traditional vs. new media inc social networks)
  • Sales Distribution Exhibition – what are they looking for?
  • Working with the global markets UK and International
  • Understanding exploitation potentials of projects (IP)
  • Use of new medias and IP
  • E-marketing and promotion

Participants Eligibility
This is a free programme for companies and freelancers from the Kent, Essex and East Sussex LEP area (http://southeastlep.com/area-map.) as well as North Seas Area (http://www.northsearegion.eu/ivb/countries/). Priority (but not exclusivity) will be given to those actively operating or developing from a Kent base. Please check eligibility, as you will need to verify this in your application.

Participant Requirements

  • All participants must be over 18 and not full or part/time students.
  • All participant teams must have produced a short, feature, TV, promo, advert corporate etc that has been sold or distributed.
  • Participant teams must have at least three ideas – one project at full script stage. The other ideas can be TV or interactive projects.
  • Participating teams must have at least one person from each creative team able to attend dates shown below April – October 2012. This does not have to be the same member each time.

Schedule as follows:
Daily Hours 10am – 5pm
Location Maidstone TV Studios (except final presentation in London)
19/03/2012 Open Application
02/04/2012 Close Application 7pm.
05/04/2012 12 selected, Participants informed of meeting
11/04/2012 Selection panel meet participants (1/2 hr. each)
11/04/2012 Selection down to 8 made at end of meeting.
11/04/2012 Successful applicants (8) informed via email
26/04/2012 Workshop 1 and Masterclass 1
10/05/2012 Masterclass 2, Live Public Event 1
24/05/2012 Masterclass 3, 121’s
07/06/2012 Masterclass 4, Live Public Event 2
21/06/2012 Workshop 2 , 121’s
05/07/2012 Workshop 3, Live Public Event 3
19/07/2012 Masterclass 5, 121’s
02/08/2012 Workshop 4, Live Public Event 4
16/08/2012 Workshop 5, Business Project planning
30/08/2012 Workshop 6, Pitching and Project development
13/09/2012 Workshop 7, 121’s
27/09/2012 Masterclass 6, Pitching and Project development
11/10/2012 Workshop 8, Rehearsal for presentations
18/10/2012 Final presentations, London (Location TBA)
*All dates are currently correct but may be subject to change

Click here to apply

This programme is free to participants made possible by support from Screen South, Skillset, and the North Sea Screen Partnership Interreg Programme

This scheme is supported by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2

30th March 2012

Harry Hill takes on a cameo role in Kent’s own international comedy film festival!

2 Days Laughter Comic Film Screening 2012 FREE ADMISSION OVER 18’s ONLY

Kent media company Beeping Bush Productions is bringing the sound of laughter back to the British seaside with this year’s exciting comedy short film competition.

The team behind the incredibly successful 2 Days Later Short Horror Film Competition are setting their sights once again on making audiences scream with laughter with The 2 Days Laughter Short Film Competition.

The annual event aims to give filmmakers, comedians and writers the opportunity to produce a five minute comedy short in a total of only 48 production hours and on minimal budgets.

With over 350 international downloads for this year’s competition brief; the competition received 40 film entries from Cornwall and Ballymoney, to France, Switzerland and California. 15 comic entries are from Kent based filmmakers, and Harry Hill makes a guest appearance in The Thora Hird Man; a suitably anarchic comedy by the Whitstable filmmaking comedy team of Nick Wilty and Maxine Pearson.

The 39 qualifying  film submissions will be shown at the April Fools’

Screening on Saturday 31st March 2012 at the Theatre Royal Margate, and hosted by a mystery stand-up comedian yet to be revealed!

Further update details will be posted on the www.2dayslaughter.co.uk website.

To book your free tickets please fill in online request at www.2dayslaughter.co.uk/screen/screen.html

Dates:      April Fools  Screening   Saturday 31st March 2012 – 3:00pm -10.30pm

Venue: Theatre Royal Margate, Addington Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1PW Admission FREE, BUT Over 18s Only

Contact Details: For further information concerning the competition, or the April Fools  Screening event then please feel free to contact Mick Etherton/Chris Cordwell of Beeping Bush Ltd on:

Tel:  (+44)1843 223800

Email:      info@2dayslaughter.co.uk



About Beeping Bush Ltd


18th March 2012

Media Innovation Awards Deadline 14th March

Creative companies across Dorset are being encouraged to enter the 2012 Media Innovation Awards which is the region’s most prestigious awards event for people working in the creative industries.  The deadline has just been extended to 14th March and the event is a great opportunity to celebrate and promote the most innovative work in the region.  The prizes will be presented at a glitzy gala dinner taking place in Bristol during the Autumn.

A stellar line up of judges has been brought together to judge the 2012 awards including: Shirani Sabaratam from UKTV, Adam Powers from Bartle, Bogle & Hegarty, Ravi Amaratunga from Channel 4, and Matthew Annal from games studio Nitrome.

The competition is open to all members of Wessex Media Group, Dorset Design Forum, Meet Draw and other South West clusters. You can enter online or download an entry pack from www.mediainnovationawards.com. Media and design companies and their clients can enter up to five categories and nominate for the new talent and outstanding contribution awards.

Mutant Labs, a company based in Plymouth, won the Games Design award in 2011 for their project “Sonic Boom”.  Alex Ryley, Managing Director of Mutant Labs, said: “Winning a Media Innovation Award was an honour for the Mutants. The prestige of the awards has helped us to promote the work that we do and build our reputation in the South West.”

The 16 categories in the 2012 awards include 3 new categories for Animation, Advertising & Marketing B2B and Advertising & Marketing B2C.  The categories are:

  • Television, Video or Film
  • Website Design and Use
  • Mobile Application
  • Graphics
  • Animation
  • Installation/Exhibition/Live Events
  • Radio/Audio/Music
  • Games Design
  • Branding
  • Marketing and Advertising B2B
  • Marketing and Advertising B2C
  • Collaboration between Business and Young People
  • International Trade
  • Entrepreneurship
  • New Talent
  • Outstanding Contribution to Innovation

To find out more and to enter the awards go to: www.mediainnovationawards.com


8th March 2012

reed.co.uk Short Film Competition 2012: call for entries

 Are you a short filmmaker? Would you like to win £10,000? Well take note, as the reed.co.uk Short Film Competition is looking for your entry right now.

Here’s the pitch:

We’re looking for up-and-coming, talented and exciting filmmakers, to create a short film (three minutes max), centred on the competition’s theme: ‘The Boss.’   

 You may be a student, amateur or a seasoned pro. You may choose to shoot your work on 33mm film or just on your mobile. Whoever you are, however you make your film, by entering, you’ll be in with a chance of winning the £10,000 Grand Prix – and some priceless industry exposure.

The competition, now in its third year, will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, who are looking for original ideas, inspiring scripts and great execution. They’ll choose this year’s Grand Prix winner, who will take home a £10,000 cash prize, membership to London’s Hospital Club and a year’s subscription to Shooting People.

In addition to the Grand Prix, prizes of £1,000 will be awarded to additional category winners, including the ‘People’s Choice Award’ and ‘Best Animation’.

Mark Rhodes, Marketing Director at reed.co.uk, explains how the previous two competitions have exposed a rich seam of talent and created genuine opportunities for the winners:

 “The shorts we’ve seen in the last two competitions have been inspiring, so we’re really keen to see what this year’s competition brings, so we can start showcasing even more talent.

 “At reed.co.uk, our business is all about giving people opportunities and the Short Film Competition has been an excellent way of doing this for creative talent: our first Grand Prix winner went on to win the coveted Virgin Media Shorts competition and was long listed for a BAFTA, whilst one of last year’s winners has since gone on to make a national TV ad for us. ”

Rhodes continues: 

 “We’re extremely proud to be continuing our support for short film and this year we’re delighted to have the support of The Hospital Club as a headline partner. This partnership will allow us to reach more filmmaking talent and further strengthen the position of the reed.co.uk Short Film Competition within the UK film industry.”

The deadline for entries is 25 March, 2012. Full details of this year’s competition, including information on how to enter, can be found at reed.co.uk/film.

Further information:





7th February 2012

New Justice Films Screening 30th January 2012 2-4pm

You are cordially invited to attend a special screening of the work of
David Gilliam 
New Justice Films
The Screening Room
Room 248
Weymouth House
Bournemouth University
Monday January 30, 2012
2-4:00 pm
RSVP – info@newjusticefilms.co.uk

  • Revitalising Yoga is on release as a DVD and is currently rated as one of the best fitness videos on Amazon.
  • The Mighty Len A TAPS showcase production shot at Yorkshire studios about a mentally disabled gentle giant who wins the lottery.
  • Travel Yoga 3D consists of two Apple Apps that use 3D animation to illustrate the use of Yoga
  • In the Plane and In the Car, based on movement created in the motion capture suite at Bournemouth University Office
  • Yoga 3D is a desk-top self help training programme that uses 3D animation to demonstrate how to use Yoga to overcome the negative effects of sitting for long periods of time at a workstation. Currently a DVD and eBook with an Adobe Air version soon to be released for computers and an App version for iPad.
  • A MediaBox-SWS funded film project that features the talents of a group of young people from Christchurch to produce stories around the theme of success. Released in cinema, on DVD, on mobiles and on the Internet.
  • Mylyfe.me is a web film demonstrating the potential of a proposed website to support the recovery of breast cancer survivors.
26th January 2012