‘Step up to first time feature filmmaking’ – Initiative for Disabled Directors and Producers

Disability and film specialists 104 films in partnership with ScreenSkills are offering a targeted diversity initiative, ‘Step up to first time feature filmmaking’, which aims to support the continuing professional development of six emerging disabled directors and producers. The programme is designed to turbo-charge careers and provide a vital step for the disabled filmmakers of the future.

ScreenSkills will offer these aspiring feature filmmakers networking, project development and creative support to get their first feature films off the ground.

Who’s it for?

Applications are encouraged from those with non-visible disabilities – mental health issues like stress, depression or anxiety, autism, dyslexia and the hard of hearing.

This is not a programme for new entrants and applicants will be expected to have some industry experience – perhaps a BFI Network short film, or equivalent achievement in another art-form such as theatre. They must also identify as disabled under the Equality Act 2010.

What does it cover?

Using their own projects as a case study, participants will get a comprehensive overview of what to expect when making their first feature film. Participants will get the chance to create important industry links to move their careers forward.

Previous courses have included sessions with BFI, Film4, Netflix, Kodak and Panavision.

This is a free course, but competition will be fierce as only 6 places are available.

This course would normally cost participants £1500, but thanks to funding from ScreenSkills, is currently being offered for free.

Applications are open now and you can submit your application on the ScreenSkills website here!

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