Film London teams with Apulia Film Commission
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Thu 19th Oct 2017
Production Guild company affiliate Film London and Apulia Film Commission have launched a new scheme for co-production-ready filmmakers eager to hone their skills, learn from industry experts and pitch their ideas to leading international financiers.
The new Development and Co-production Lab offers eight filmmaking teams – up to four each from London and Italy – the chance to take part in an intensive five-day ‘bootcamp’. Based on Film London’s successful Microwave training, the week will offer support and one-to-one mentoring to help whip scripts into shape and guide promising new stories towards the big screen. The Lab will culminate with a pitching session in front of international financiers, including the Apulia Film Commission.
The project is specifically geared towards feature films budgeted at €1m and below from filmmaking teams who are seeking co-production opportunities and keen to make use of the creative sector tax reliefs afforded by both territories.
Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “This is a rare and highly-exclusive opportunity, and one that’s sure to prove a real powder keg of creativity and friendly competition. This Lab forms part of a wider partnership with the Apulia Film Commission – one that encompasses production finance, screen tourism and talent development and shows just how open for business London remains.”
Antonio Parente, CEO of Apulia Film Commission, said: “We’re highly proud to co-operate with Film London and to expand our International presence in the audiovisual industry. Co-productions are our specific target and we are investing significant efforts, services and resources to demonstrate our commitment.”
Applications are open until 17 November and full details are available here: www.film-london.org.uk/apulia-lab. Submissions from teams outside of London or outside of Italy will not be considered. UK submitted projects must be set or shot in Italy, or with a strong Italian flavour. UK projects set or shot wholly in the UK will not be eligible. Italian submitted projects must be set or shot in the UK. Italian projects set in Italy will not eligible. Flight and travel costs will be covered for Italian filmmaking teams by the Apulia Film Commission.