Talent revealed for new training programme nurturing the next generation of film producers in Scotland
Film Producer Accelerator - an initiative between Glasgow Film Festival, Sigma Films and Film City Futures will support nine of the brightest producer talents in Scottish film.
The Scottish talent taking part in the first ever Film Producer Accelerator has been announced.
The three-month training programme - supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds and Skills Development Scotland with Sigma Films and Film City Futures will develop the next generation of feature film producers in Scotland.
FPA will work with the 9 emerging producers across script development, packaging, budgeting, financing, production and sales and distribution.
Participants include BAFTA New Talent award winners and Berlinale Talent Lab alumni each with a film in development. The projects will be honed and developed through the process before being pitched to international and UK funders at Glasgow Film Festival in February.
Creative Skillset says:
“Supporting the growth of the film industry across the UK and broadening the range of disciplines for our talented producers, especially those based outside of London, are key targets for Creative Skillset which is why we are delighted to support Film Producer Accelerator programme.”
Paul Zealey, Regional Skills Planning Lead at Skills Development Scotland, said:
“The creative industries are one of Scotland’s key sectors, with the country’s broadcast production concentrated in Glasgow City Region. Skills Development Scotland are pleased to support Accelerator and to invest in growing the talent pipeline for industry.”
Tiernan Kelly from Film City Futures says:
“Film Producer Accelerator will equip emerging producers with the skills and market intelligence required to operate at the sharp end of the UK and international screen production industry. Glasgow Film Festival, Film City Futures and Sigma Films have devised a programme rich in content, from the practical to the commercial, but most importantly experiential, with direct access to the insights and experiences of one of Scotland’s most successful film production companies.”
Allison Gardner, Co-director of Glasgow Film Festival adds:
“The Film Producer Accelerator is designed to develop the business skills of film producers who have a track record of producing shorts and low/no budget features that will allow them to build a sustained career in film production. We’re very excited to offer them the chance to present their projects to UK and international funders and network with industry professionals at Glasgow Film Festival Industry Focus and to demonstrate the strength of filmmaking talent in Scotland”