NFM, BALTIC and Channel 4 join forces to deliver artist film talent development programme

Gateshead-based creative agency Northern Film & Media have launched the third iteration of The Artist’s Cut, a national programme designed to enable artists to develop narrative work.

NFM and industry partners will deliver a programme of developmental workshops and mentoring for three artist filmmakers resulting in the production of a short narrative film for release on Channel 4’s Random Acts network. Inspired by the recent success of films by directors such as Steve McQueen and Clio Barnard, the initiative will be delivered with a view to developing new and original voices for cinema and television.  2016 also sees NFM’s continued partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) who, with support from Active Northumberland, will be co-commissioning one of the shortlisted films and hosting a premiere screening event.

The artist filmmakers on the programme will also benefit from the guidance of Tessa Ross CBE, newly appointed as patron of The Artist’s Cut. Ross's distinguished record in moving image includes 12 years as Controller of Film and Drama at Channel 4. During that time she acted as executive producer on a raft of notable British films including Oscar winners Slumdog Millionaire and 12 Years a Slave. Her pivotal role in the British film industry was acknowledged in 2013 with a BAFTA for outstanding contribution to cinema. Commenting on her involvement, Ross said:

Finding and nurturing great new filmmakers is a privilege, so l'm honoured to be invited to contribute to this exciting scheme.” 

Participants will undertake an intensive programme covering script development, cinematography, directing and distribution led by experienced industry figures including story editor Kate Leys (Slow West, Babylon, Trainspotting, East Is East) and producer Samm Haillay (Better Things, Self-Made, Bypass). The programme culminates with the premiere screening at BFMAF and an industry seminar at the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November 2016.

Northern Film & Media in partnership with BALTIC previously produced ten films for Channel 4’s Random Acts strand and are now building on that successful partnership with this innovative development programme for artists. The Artist’s Cut is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Channel 4 Television, Active Northumberland and the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

John Tulip, Managing Director, Northern Film & Media: “The Artist’s Cut provides a unique development opportunity for artists keen to explore story and find new audiences. Thanks to support from our funders The Artist’s Cut is now bigger than ever with more commissions and a national platform to showcase exceptional new creative talent.

The deadline for submissions from artists is 11 January 2016 at noon (12pm).

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