20 – 25 June 2018, HOME, Manchester
July – October online sessions
14 – 18 November 2018, Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival, Florence
directed by Leonardo Bigazzi and Sarah Perks
Lo schermo dell’arte and HOME, Manchester’s art centre, present the 4th edition of the European intensive training programme for visual artists developing and producing their first feature film
Feature Expanded is the first training programme designed to support visual artists who want to make a full-length film. The project is developed by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival and HOME and directed by Leonardo Bigazzi and Sarah Perks.
Feature Expanded provides a uniquely tailored set of activities responding to the important trend of visual artists pairing new vision and strong innovation with feature film production. This new generation of filmmakers expands the terrain of the traditional audio-visual industry, attracting new audiences, partnerships and structures with a different take on feature film. Across two locations and a six-month duration, this programme is a combination of masterclasses, case studies, workshops, screenings, one-to-one meetings and pitching sessions for directors developing their first feature film. Participants acquire essential new skills and expertise to advance their early stage feature film projects for theatrical distribution and exhibition.
Feature Expanded takes the form of two residential workshops in Manchester and Florence, between these the participants work on project development, respond to set tasks and use online consultancy on the specific topics. After this, participants are directed to collaborations with relevant festivals, markets and other partners. Training activity is peer-led by industry experts working currently in this field with several feature film credits. The course covers script development, non-script rsed production, project pitching, co-commissioning and financing, working with actors and participants, distribution and exhibition involving digital platforms.
Feature Expanded is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme.
The six-month Feature Expanded programme combines:
• A week intensive residential at HOME in Manchester that mixes masterclasses, case studies, workshops, networking opportunities and screenings alongside individual tutorials and group work.
• Online tutorials with the Feature Expanded experts.
• A four day residential at Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival in Florence to attend the festival and continue tutorials before pitching films to a jury and a selected group of industry professionals.
• Feature Expanded Distribution Award: One of the 12 film projects is selected for the FEx Distribution Award. The award provides one of the film projects with a theatrical distribution in the UK and Ireland by HOME Artist Film and in Italy by Lo schermo dell’arte.
• Feature Expanded Development Award. The award provides one participant with a 4-day intensive residency in Stockholm to work with script consultant Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten on the script development of his/hers film project.
• Ottod’Ame Film Award a research cash prize.
• SUB-TI Award consisting in the subtitles in one European language for the awarded film, offered by SUB-TI.
Each of the twelve participants is assigned an experienced producer as a tutor who will work with them in developing their Film project throughout the Programme both on a one-to-one basis and in groups of four artists.
Feature Expanded Tutors are: Jacqui Davies, Samm Haillay and Yorgos Tsourgiannis.
From 2014 to 2016 he worked as a curator at Museo Marino Marini where he curated the exhibition 30/60 Opere dalla collezione del Frac Champagne-Ardenne, with a selection of over 40 works from the collection of the French institution (co-curated with Florence Derieux); the solo show of Pablo Bronstein Studies in mannerist decomposition (co-curated with Alberto Salvadori); Alfred Jarry Archipelago ‘Ha ‘Ha, a programme of performance, installations and screenings; the solo show of Rayyane Tabet La Mano De Dios. In 2016 he co-curated the first edition of La Nuite blanche de Monaco.
Since 2014 he has an on-going collaboration with the artist Petrit Halilaj and he has worked for the research and production of his exhibitions at the 57ª Biennale di Venezia (Special Mention of the Jury), New Museum (New York), Fondazione Merz (Turin), Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn), Kölnischer Kunstverein (Koln) and Palazzo Grassi/Punta della Dogana (Venice).
Come direttrice artistica della sezione arti visive della Cornerhouse ha co-curato alcune della maggiori mostre personali come quella dell’artista pakistano Rashid Rana, Everything is Happening at Once, e It’s Cool I’m Good del performance e video artista Stanya Kahn. Nel 2011 Sarah ha strutturato la Cornerhouse Artist Film, socializzata in produzione distribuzione di lungometraggi d’artista, a partire dall’uscita nelle sale del Regno Unito e dell’Irlanda di Self Made, debutto alla regia dell’artista vincitore del Turner Prize Gillian Wearing. Nel giungo 2012 la seconda uscita è stata Swandown di Andrew Kotting e Iain Sinclair. Recentemente Sarah ha prodotto il primo lungometraggio in 35mm su commissione di Rosa Barba,Subconscious Society, e anche Rough Cut film che accompagna la mostra personale di Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat.
Jacqui Davies is a London-based producer and curator. Since 1997, she has worked internationally with artists on projects involving film and video. Working independently across all platforms – producing, commissioning and curating – Davies has facilitated projects for television, galleries, site-specific, stage, cinema and online.
Davies is the Producer of Ben Rivers’ Artangel/ BFI funded film The Earth Trembled and the Sky Was Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Ray & Liz: a feature film by artist Richard Billingham, and a feature-length documentary-fiction project by filmmaker Louis Henderson. She was the Associate Producer on Phillip Warnell’s feature film, Ming of Harlem, which won the George Beauregard Prize at FID Marseille 2014. She is currently developing feature projects with Redmend Entwistle and Louis Henderson. Davies also works with Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, to curate exhibitions of artists working with moving image. She is also a consultant on film and art for Dazed and Confused.
Samm Haillay founded independent production company Third with Duane Hopkins in 2001. He produced Hopkins’ multi-award winning short films and his feature debut Better Things, which premiered to critical acclaim at International Critics Week, Cannes in 2008. Samm also produced Hopkins’ multi-channel film installations series Sunday, which played at Baltic Centre of Contemporary Arts and as part of Abandon Normal Devices. Samm’s short film productions have won over 45 awards, including some at Berlin, Venice, Edinburgh, and Chicago. In 2010 he co-produced Gillian Wearing’s feature debut Self Made. A member of EAVE and ACE, Samm sat on the short film jury for the 2010 Berlinale (Berline Film Festival). As well as producing all of Hopkins’ film and gallery work Samm produces also a number of other talented directors feature work through Third including the BAFTA winning Esther May Campbell, renowned critic and writer Mark Cousins, Sundance winning Simon Ellis, Silver Bear winning Daniel Elliott, and the Venice screening Joseph Bull & Luke Seomore.
Yorgos Tsourgiannis is a independent film producer and the founder and managing director Athens based production label Horsefly Productions. His credits include: Norway (2014, Yiannis Veslemes, Fipresci Prize Thessaloniki FF, five Hellenic Film Academy awards including Best First Feature), Luton (2013, Michalis Konstantatos, Best First Feature Athens IFF), Dogtooth (2009 Yorgos Lanthimos, Cannes Grande Prix Un Certain Regard, nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2011).
Yorgos Tsourgiannis began producing films and numerous TV commercials in various capacities, both independently and with other production companies after graduating with an MBA from the University of Southampton in 2001 and a Masters in Audiovisual Management (EMAM) from Rome in 2002. Yorgos Tsourgiannis was selected to participate at EFA’s 2010 Producers On The Move, held at Cannes and is a member of the ACE network of producers, the Hellenic Film Academy and the European Film Academy
Sibylle Kurz specializes in pitching training, project presentation, proposal development and dramaturgical doctoring. She also offers communication skills, negotiation training and personal coaching for companies and individuals. With an academic background in media & communication science, sociology and psychology; she has a postgraduate education as a communication skills trainer and is a certified NLP Trainer (INLPT Associational standards). She works as a Pitching Trainer and consultant for film schools and film institutions all over Europe. Her experience in The Art Of Pitching is a result of more than 15 years experience in the acquisition, distribution and co-production of theatrical, video, and TV films in the German-speaking market at a distribution company that she co-founded in 1981. She left the organisation in 1995 to start her own company. Kurz’ intensive workshop sessions enable producers to hone and time-tune their projects prior to pitching as well as gain insight into their own professional practice. In 1995, she co-founded d-net-work, an alliance of young European producers (feature & documentary) to help find co-production and distribution partners for their projects. She is a member of the European Documentary Network and the author of two books.
Creator of MotherofSons (MOS), development/film production company based in Stockholm. Related areas: art and music, theatre, and television drama (screenwriter, script consultant, director, creative producer). Marietta worked as commissioning editor for SVT Drama Sweden, and also as staff writer/editor for Pearson/Freemantle Drama before becoming an international feature film script consultant. Marietta wrote and co produced the film Call Girl (Fipresci Award in Toronto 2012 and shown in many festivals world wide, directed by Mikael Marcimain). Since 2007 Marietta is connected as script consultant with Torino Film Lab, Binger Film Lab, Venice Biennale College Cinema, on films such as the Babadook; Djeca/Children of Sarajevo; Hi-So; Los Hongos; Les Quattro Volte; Beyond /Svinalдngorna; H; The Sky above us and so on. She has also been involved as script advisor for Tiff STUDIO Toronto, Boost Rotterdam, Rutger Hauer Masterclasses, Generation Campus Moscow, Script Lab Russia, Balkan Film Fund Athens, Talent Campus Sarajevo and Berlinale, Irish Film Board, Filmpool Nord, B3 Media London, Lux UK, Doha Film Institute, and does extensive private project consultation. Marietta is a member of the Swedish Drama Union and the European Film Academy.
Who can apply?
Feature Expanded is open to visual artists who are developing their first feature film project intended for theatrical distribution.
Participants must have a significant experience of short film production and/or moving image practice.
Number of participants foreseen: 12
Participation fees & Bursaries:
The course fee is €2,500 full price and includes food and accommodation both in Florence and Manchester. Travel costs are not included.
There are four bursaries available:
– Two Feature Expanded full bursaries that cover the course fee and travel to both locations.
These bursaries are available to applicants for the following countries only: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Ukraine.
– One fee only Feature Expanded bursary, available to nationals from EU member states and countries participating in the Creative Europe Programme.
– One bursary covering 75% of the fee offered by the Netherlands Filmfonds to Dutch citizens or residents in the Netherlands.
Deadline for Applications: Sunday 11 March 2018, 5.00 pm (GMT)
Promoted and organized by
Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival and HOME
Creative Europe-MEDIA, programma dell’UE
In collaboration with