FFS brings UK Feature Development Scheme Down Under for the first time
In 2018, For Film's Sake in conjunction with the Brisbane International Film festival offers Australian feature filmmakers a ground-breaking opportunity to develop projects and careers alongside the UK’s acclaimed female-filmmaker-focused development scheme, FILMONOMICS, spearheaded by Birds’ Eye View (BEV), the 15 year old film charity dedicated to bringing ever larger audiences to films by women through advocacy, audience engagement and career development.
Developed in conjunction with the British Council, FILMONOMICS offers emerging female directors, producers and screen practitioners (who have a of minimum 1-2 feature film credits and/or a body of short-form work from commercial, branded or moving image sectors) a hothouse environment in which to deepen their market understanding utilising developed or developing slate projects to creatively reposition themselves within the domestic and international feature sector. Beyond simply training or mentoring, the scheme offers a distinct lab-based approach, combining skills and experience of notable local and international filmmakers, financiers, distributors and sales representatives to lead by example.
Having led multiple editions in the UK and their first International edition in Cuba with the British Council in 2014-16, For Film’s Sake in conjunction with Birds Eye View, looks to deepen the opportunities and understanding of female filmmakers working within or nearing entry to the feature film space, this time aligned around the challenges of the Australian market and the international export potential for Australian films. The five-day workshop is presented as part of the Brisbane International Film Festival, supported by Screen Australia, Screen Queensland and the Brisbane International Film Festival in conjunction with QAGOMA.
Birds’ Eye View Director-at-Large and Filmonomics Mentor Mia Bays, a leading British producer with 13 acclaimed feature film credits and 4 shorts including an Oscar winner and multiple BAFTA nominations, is looking forward to bringing her wealth of experience to Brisbane in October, “I’m thrilled to be back in Australia. Last time it was to share thoughts on the UK micro-budget feature boom. This time, it’s Birds’ Eye View spreading our wings to connect with allies around the female perspective in film, building allegiances and bridges that enable female filmmakers a greater reach. It’s essential for us to share experiences, spark to new ideas and new faces and help build a larger network to keep on amplifying our essential voices”.
Filmonomics is aimed at early but established creative talent. Individuals should have at least a feature film or TV credit or a significant body of short form work and features in development/production. The scheme welcomes applicants with two or more credits and those returning to the sector after a leave of absence.
Submissions are now open for Filmonomics which will run in Brisbane from the 6th of October until the Opening of the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) on October 11th. Application is free and partial travel bursaries may be available for successful applicants based out of state. Full details of the scheme including application form are available at www.forfilmssake.org and applications close midnight Friday 24th September. Successful applicants will be notified in the week of the 28th of September.
About For Film’s Sake
For Film’s Sake is Australia’s flagship AACTA-accredited female film festival and now advocacy agency providing opportunity in production, distribution and cultural exhibition.