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Screening of Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN

Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN (Spain 2011) At Boathouse No 6, Action Stations Historic Dockyard

Wednesday 1 Feb. 7:30pm 120 min | Cert 12A

Almodovar’s latest film is a bizarre and stylish thriller. Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, (Antonio Banderas) an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed three more things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig.

“The Skin I Live In feels unlike any other Almodovar film – a quasi-horror exercise that’s improbably august and elegant. Yet it’s also uncannily familiar – an Almodovar film to the hilt.” (Jonathon Romney, The Independent 28. Aug. 2011)

With an opening talk by Dr Deborah Shaw, Film Studies lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.

Click here to watch the trailer on Youtube.

Kindly supported by the School of Creative Arts Film and Media, Portsmouth University. Entry is free for SCAFM students.

Full Members: Please reserve your seats to guarantee a place.

Unfortunately Student Superpasses are not valid for this screening.


25th January 2012

Two New Film Making Funds

Creative England opens two new funds to support filmmaking talent in the English regions

by MartinBooth on 05-Dec-11 17:21


Creative England has today opened two new schemes of Lottery funding, delegated from the BFI, to support the development of filmmaking talent in the English regions.

The Development Fund and Film Networks Fund will be key drivers in delivering Creative England’s Talent Development aims: to nurture emerging and established regional filmmaking talent by supporting development of their work; to encourage a diverse and engaging on-screen cultural identity for the English regions; to stimulate innovative creative and commercial approaches to filmmaking; and to promote the talent and creativity of the English regions to the world.

The Development Fund is inviting applications from individual writers, writer/directors and/or producers based in the English regions for the development of all types of feature films, including animation and documentary. Applications are also invited from writer/director/producer teams.  Funding is available for the costs of developing a screenplay (or the equivalent for documentaries) such as research costs, writer’s fees, script editor/developer support and script readings.  Funding will also be available for screenplays that are ready to be presented to potential financiers, to help with budgeting, scheduling, casting, producing teaser trailers/pilots, and other expenses associated with raising finance and generating sales and distribution interest.  The Development Fund totals £250,000 in its current round and applications are welcomed on a rolling basis. Awards will range from £2,500 to £25,000.

The Film Networks Fund is open to networks and organisations whose work supports and promotes filmmaking activities in the English regions.  Funding will be available for a range of eligible activity including provision of editorial and technical support for emerging talent looking to produce work, delivery of networking, screening and industry speaker events and master classes, and provision of peer-to-peer support, mentoring, training and advice. The Film Networks Fund is a fixed call with £150,000 to award in this round. Awards will range from £2,500 to £25,000, and the deadline for applications is 30 January 2012.

As well as distributing Lottery awards, the Talent Development team will also provide advice, brokerage and practical help to filmmakers in developing and producing their projects.

Creative England’s Head of Talent Development Chris Moll said: “We’re targeting our Development Funds at those unique regional voices with great new stories to tell, combined with the skill to drive their project forward both creatively and commercially. We’d like to hear from applicants from all around the country, so that we can reflect the real diversity that is out there in the regions.  Our funding for Film Networks is intended to help filmmakers even further by boosting the regional infrastructure for talent development and help strengthen the many initiatives running around the country that are already doing great work.

“We plan to complement this with a new microbudget programme next year, and we are also continuing to work closely with the BFI to ensure the regions are central to future national talent development strategy. We want to make sure that we really make the most of this opportunity to work together to fully realise the creative, cultural and economic contribution that talent in the regions can make to British film.”

Eddie Berg, the BFI’s Director of Partnerships, said: “The launch of Creative England’s talent development funds will be welcomed by writers, directors and producers across England, and will complement well the talent development activities of the BFI’s Film Fund which benefits applicants throughout the UK. We are absolutely committed to supporting the UK’s emerging filmmaking talent and Creative England is a key delivery partner in fulfilling this commitment; we look forward to working closely together in supporting distinctive, diverse and exciting filmmaking talent in the English regions.”

Creative England launched on 1 October 2011, becoming a BFI delegated body for the distribution of National Lottery funds for film in the English Regions.

To download the Development Fund and Film Networks Fund guidelines and access the online application forms, visit http://www.creativeengland.co.uk/film-support/talent-development.

10th December 2011

reed.co.uk launches third annual short film competition

 Aspiring filmmakers are being given another opportunity to win top prizes and priceless industry exposure, as leading UK job site, reed.co.uk, launches its third annual short film competition.

 The online competition, which is open to everyone regardless of their film making credentials, will challenge filmmakers to create a short film centred on the theme, ‘The Boss.’

An expert panel of judges, to be announced early next year, will choose this year’s Grand Prix winner, who’ll take home a £10,000 cash prize, a year’s membership of 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 creative talent:

 “The shorts we’ve seen in the last two competitions have been inspiring, so we were really keen launch this year’s competition and start showcasing 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 winner went on to win the coveted Virgin Media Shorts competition and was long listed for a BAFTA.”

 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 in 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.

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2nd December 2011

Apply now for Mentoring and Investment

South West Screen launch two programmes for creative businesses

Apply now for Mentoring and Investment Readiness. Deadline: 9 December 2011

15 November 2011: Applications are now open for two exciting new programmes of support for the creative industries in the South West.

The two programmes – Investment Readiness and Mentoring – have been launched by South West Screen to allow businesses to thrive with the help of industry experts, mentors and workshops.

To apply for the Investment Readiness programme, visit bit.ly/osuOhj
To apply for the Mentoring programme, visit bit.ly/nPbDfJ

Investment Readiness will help participating business leaders develop an investment proposition which is more likely to generate investor interest.

Leaders of small to medium sized enterprises (SME) from any creative sector will receive workshops, pitching session and free advice session from legal partner Thrings and accountants Baker Tilly. Sessions will take place in Bristol in the first three months of 2012.

Mentoring, established in conjunction with NESTA, is a programme which allows business leaders to get expert advice from highly successful creative entrepreneurs.

Throughout 2012, leaders of SMEs accepted onto the Mentoring programme will receive advice sessions with a proven, experienced creative business leader; one-day workshops to make sure they get the most from their mentoring; and one-to-one sessions with a specialist business coach to help them stay on track.

South West Screen Innovation Director Anthony Story said: “Creative companies are often set up by people with creative-led expertise; however this doesn’t diminish their commitment to growing solid and successful businesses.

“These two programmes provide creative people with access to expert management advice. This advice will allow them to place their creative venture onto a firm business footing; developing clear business strategies and securing growth by commercialising new innovation.”

The Mentoring and Investment Readiness programmes are supported by the Creative Industries iNet, part of Solutions for Business, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and led by South West Screen.

Visit www.swscreen.co.uk for the latest news on Mentoring and Business Readiness.

16th November 2011

Big Dance Shorts- Get Money to Make a Short Film

 Big Dance in partnership with BAFTA and Channel 4 are looking for outstanding collaborations between filmmakers and choreographers to create five three-minute films to be screened as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts, as part of the Big Dance Pop-Up Cinema tour and across a range of other exhibition venues.
Up to £4,000 commissioning funds Support from a BAFTA Mentor and guidance from an experienced Production Manager Opportunity to have your film screened on national television and as part of a Pan-London Pop-Up Cinema tour.

Genuine artistic partnerships between choreographers and filmmakers Projects that are eye-openingand innovative Films that challenge audiences perceptions of both art-forms Films that can engage and excite broad audience.

Deadline for applications 15 November 2011

Find out more

2nd November 2011