22 – 27 June 2016, HOME, Manchester
on-line sessions July – October
16 – 20 November 2016, Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, Florence
directed by Leonardo Bigazzi and Sarah Perks

Lo schermo dell’arte and HOME Mcr present the second edition of Feature Expanded, European intensive training programme for visual artists developing and producing their first feature film

Feature Expanded is the first ever 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 based 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
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 Leif Magne Tangen

The programme includes:


  • Omer Fast // Remainder
    Natasha Dack Ojumu, of TigerLily films, and producer of Omer Fast’s first feature film Remainder, adapted from Tom McCarthy’s best-selling book, covers the journey of the production of this film.
  • Fiona Tan // History’s Future
    Floor Onrust of Family Affair Films, and the producer of Fiona Tan’s first feature History’s Future (2015), presents the full story of the film, from production to distribution.
  • Andrew Kötting // Swandown
    Producer Lisa Marie Russo & director Andrew Kötting discuss the experience and challenges of developing Swandown.


  • Script & non-script development
    Marietta Von Hausswolff von Baumgarten  will lead an advanced level workshop on developing feature projects with or without scripts, and how to best use existing industry formats for presenting projects to potential partners and funders.
  • Working with Actors
    Sam Rumbelow has over 30 years industry experience as an actor and method coach, and collaborated with Gillian Wearing on her first feature film Self Made. This workshop will cover advanced skills for directing and working with actors, both professional and non-professional.
  • Pitching your film
    Pitching expert Sibylle Kurz will lead a group seminar and one to one sessions with the participants.


  • Getting your film to an audience: sales agents, marketing & distribution
    Jason Wood introduces European film distribution including: a discussion on how distribution and exhibition works with James King, (Theatrical Sales Manager Curzon Artificial Eye) the role of the sales agent and a guide to distribution agreements. Explore the role of sales agents, how they are appointed and the key attributes you should look for in a good distribution deal with Simon Osborn, Head of Business and Legal Affairs for Protagonist Pictures.
  • Industry and European markets
    Rebecca De Pas introduces film markets and delivers a practical seminar on how to prepare and present a film project to possible partners/producers in the context of co-production markets.
  • Getting your film to an audience
    A practical workshop with Sarah Mosses (CEO, TogetherFilms) looking at how films are marketed, audience reception and how to build this into the development and production process of a feature film.


  • Money Talks: European public funding for film (Manchester)
    Moderated by Professor Sarah Perks, Artistic Director: Visual Art for HOME and a film producer, this roundtable explores the current situation of public funding for feature film in Europe, with a special focus on artist film and new opportunities across the sector. Guests include Producer & Curator Jacqui Davies Zorana Piggott (Producer, 011 Productions), Pavel Strnad (Produce/Co-Founder, Negativ) and Ronan Girre(Chief Executive & Head of Studies, Ateliers du Cinéma Européen)
  • Museum and Artists’ Feature Films Distribution and Exhibition (Florence)
    The roundtable explores new possibilities offered by non-theatrical distribution and the role of museums in the exhibition of artist feature films. Guests include: Joana Hadjithomas (artist), Jaap Guldemond (Director of Exhibitions EYE Film Museum Amsterdam), Tobias Pausinger (co- founder Art:Film and Media Consultant). Moderated by Leonardo Bigazzi, curator of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival.

The participants pitch their films in a 10min session to a jury of industry professionals and producers as Laura Israel (Filmaker), Elisa Larrier (Producer), Leonardo Bigazzi and Sarah Perks. The event will also be open to key funders and industry figures invited for this occasion, among them: Erika Balsom, Rebecca De Pas, Tobias Pausinger, Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten. The jury will decide the winners of the Feature Expanded Distribution Award, Feature Expanded Development Award and ottod’Ame Film Award.

staff and tutors
Leonardo Bigazzi
Project Director

Leonardo Bigazzi  is a curator based in Florence, Italy. He is been working at Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival since its first edition in 2008. For the Festival he curates VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Cinema and Notti di Mezza Estate. He is also the co-director of Feature Expanded, a training programme for visual artists working on their first feature film developed together with HOME in Manchester. Beside collaborating to the selection of films for the main program, in the past edition of the Festival he has been responsible for special projects with the artists Omer Fast, Melik Ohanian and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
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 exhibition at the Galerie Kamel Mennour (Paris), Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn), Kölnischer Kunstverein (Koln) and Palazzo Grassi/Punta della Dogana (Venice).

Sarah Perks
Project Director

As Cornerhouse’s Artistic Director for Visual Art Sarah has co-curated several major solo exhibitions including leading Pakistan based artist Rashid Rana: Everything is Happening at Once and Los Angeles performance and video artist Stanya Kahn: It’s Cool I’m Good. In 2011, Sarah set up Cornerhouse Artist Film, the UK’s leading specialist producer and distributor of artist feature film, starting with the UK and Ireland theatrical release of Self Made, the directorial debut of Turner Prize winning artist Gillian Wearing. In July 2012 the second theatrical release was Andrew Kotting and Iain Sinclair’s Swandown. More recently Sarah has produced Rosa Barba’s first major 35mm long form film commission, Subconscious Society and also Rough Cut, a feature length film to accompany the major 2014 solo exhibition, Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat.

Jacqui Davis

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 Were 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

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.

Leif Magne Tangen

Leif Magne Tangen is an award winning film producer, curator specialicing in artistsʼ moving image and picture theory and a writer. As a producer he has worked with film makers such as Benjamin Naishtat, Loretta Fahrenholz, Declan Clarke, Knut Åsdam and Laida Lertxundi. Tangen was the funding director of D21 Kunstraum Leipzig, European director of PIEROGI Gallery (Brooklyn/Leipzig) and director of Fotogalleriet Foundation, Oslo, Norway. He is co-curator of Reihe Experimentalfilm, co-owner of independent video rental store Filmgalerie Alpha60 and owner and producer for vitakuben film. Leif Magne is currently intendant at Tromsø Kunstforening.

Sibylle Kurz
Pitch Expert

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.

Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten
Script Expert

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 BabadookDjeca/Children of SarajevoHi-SoLos HongosLes Quattro VolteBeyond /Svinalangorna;  HThe 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.

Fabian Altenried

Fabian Altenried (*1987) is a filmmaker, writer & visual artist. In the formulation of these frameworks he seeks for new visual and formal translations and narrational strategies to elaborate on the critical and political potential of fiction.
His collective experimental film-project Oilfields Mines Hurricanes premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2014. Fabian Altenried is working as a writer, director, producer and cinematographer on various film projects, his own and others, with his production company Schuldenberg Films in Berlin.
Currently he works on a large body of work – titled The Foreign Object Damage Files – that congregates films, videos, performances, and texts dealing with the (de)construction of identities. The FOD Files are an investigation into the parasitic within emotional, social, and sexual relations. His feature film Vibilia Armata, currently in development, is the focal point of the FOD Files.


Kasia Fudakowski

Kasia Fudakowski is a visual artist born in London. She graduated from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University in 2006, when she moved to Berlin where she is currently based. Her sculptural, performative and film making practice draws on the philosophy of comedy and joke structure, using humour as a tool in order to manipulate expectations, critique social structures – specifically within the art world, and connect with the viewer on a more unconscious level.
Her work has been widely shown in Germany as well as internationally at amongst others; Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Art Basel Statements, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, The Arnolfini, Bristol and MOINS UN, Paris. Her films have also been screened at La Ferme Du Buisson Paris, 1646 The Hague, Bonelli Gallery Milan, and Hospitality Cologne.


Chaja Hertog e Nir Nadler
Netherlands / Israel

Chaja Hertog (Amsterdam 1978) and Nir Nadler (Haifa 1977) are the artist-duo Hertog Nadler, based in Amsterdam since 2001. Their work plays on the border between cinema, performance, and spatial installations. Apart from their collaboration in art, Hertog and Nadler are also partners in life. Combining the professional and personal affects their creative process, which often has a dualistic nature.
Their work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally in institutes such as Kassel Kunstverein, Museum Arnhem, MoCA Taipei, CSW Toruń, Eyebeam NY, Kunsthall Stavanger, Janco Dada Museum, New York Live Arts and Moscow Museum Of Modern Art. Their short films have been shown in numerous international film festivals and won several international awards. Their film Nation for Two was selected by EYE Film Institute as one of the best ten Dutch shorts of 2012. Between 2014 and 2016 the duo worked on a permanent-art-route in Zwolle, the Netherlands.


Marine Hugonnier
UK / France

(Lives and works in London, UK)
In her films, photographs and works on paper, Marine Hugonnier investigates and deconstructs conventions of representations using methods of investigation inspired by anthropology.
Among her group exhibitions, we note her participation in the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), the exhibition 1979, The Virreina Centre Imatge, Barcelona (2011), I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary drawing MOMA, New York (2011), Art and Press, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2012), Unfinished Journeys, The National Museum of Norway / Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2012) Hen!, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico (2012), Shock of the News, National Gallery of Art, Washington (2012) and Counter-Production, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2012), Outline: 6th Biennial images movement, Mechelen, Belgium (2013), the Biennale of Cartagena, Colombia (2014).
Her films have been screened in many festivals, like FID, Rotterdam, Locarno, CPHdox and others..


Cristina Picchi

Cristina Picchi is an award winning Italian filmmaker, writer and visual artist based in London.
Her films have been screened in festivals and galleries worldwide, winning prizes in festivals such as Locarno, Clermont-Ferrand and Thessaloniki. In 2013 she was nominated for Best Short Film at the European Film Awards, while her last work was selected at the 72th Venice International Film Festival. She is the recipient of the EMAN/EMARE residency program in Montreal and the Quartier21 residency program at the Museumsquartier in Vienna.
She holds a degree and an MA in European Literature from the University of Pisa and a master’s degree in Screen Documentary from Goldsmiths University of London.


Wojciech Pus

Wojciech Puś (born 1978) – filmmaker, author of installations and interactive objects, stage designer. His recent works refer to the realm of spirituality and queer intimacy. His films, videos and installations were exhibited in Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Museum of Art in Lodz, Exchange Gallery in Lodz, Stefania Piga Vaselli Gallery in Rome, Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster, ICA in London, Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery in Cracow. His works are to be found in the Collection of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Film Archive of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery in Cracow and several private collections in Poland, Germany and Italy. He holds a degree in cinematography (2004) and the PhD (2013) in film / multimedia from the National Film School in Lodz. Wojciech Puś is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Multimedia Faculty of Cinematography at the National Film School in Lodz. He cooperates with LETO Gallery in Warsaw.

Jennifer Rainsford

Jennifer Rainsford is visual artist and director based in Stockholm. Exploring hybrid formats of documentary and fiction her films evolve mainly around how large scale environmental changes affects individuals.
Since 2013 she is developing the feature documentary Stories from the debris, a film telling some of the stories of how the debris from the tsunami in Japan 2011 has moved across the Pacific Ocean and lands on the shores of Hawaii.
Her short films and video installation has been shown at festivals like CPH:DOX, Clermont Ferrand, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Barbican museum London, Hong Gah Museum in Taipei, Taiwan and as video installations at Berlinale Forum Expanded and Makerere art Gallery in Kampala, Uganda.


Margarida Rego

Simone Rowat is an artist filmmaker based in London. Her current research investigates the translation of communications technology, created from and for military innovation, into day-to-day experience.
Simone holds a BA from the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), and graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2013. She has exhibited internationally; including Hoppen Gallery, Everhalt Museum (Pennsylvania), Villa Romana as part Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival, and Alt +1000 Biennale Switzerland. Her work has also been screened as part of Passing Glitches (curated by Joseph Constable at the Peckham Plex), at Modern Art Oxford, at the London Short Film Festival (2014 & 2016) and Aestetica Film Festival 2016. She has participated in artist film programs such as VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Image at Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival, The Story of Sound at Lighthouse Brighton Fringe Festival, and Cinema6.


Simone Rowat
Canada / Germany

Artista e filmmaker di base a Londra, la sua ricerca attuale indaga il trasferimento delle tecnologie di comunicazione, create da e per l’innovazione militare, nell’esperienza quotidiana.
Simone ha conseguito una laurea presso la Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), e un master al Royal College of Art nel 2013. Ha esposto le sue opere a livello internazionale: Hoppen Gallery, Museo Everhalt (Pennsylvania), Villa Romana come parte de Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival, e Alt +1000 Biennale Svizzera. Il suo lavoro è stato anche proiettato nell’ambito di Passing Glitches (a cura di Joseph Constable al Peckham Plex), al Modern Art Oxford, allo Short Film Festival di Londra (2014 e 2016) e Aestetica Film Festival 2016. Ha partecipato a programmi dedicati a film d’artista come VISIO European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images allo Schermo dell’arte Film Festival, The Story of Sound al Lighthouse Brighton Fringe Festival e Cinema6.


Alexandre Singh

Alexandre Singh (b. 1980, Bordeaux, France) is a New York-based artist whose practice spans the fields of performance, sculpture, drawing, film and theater. Whether in two, three, or four dimensions, Singh’s work explores the history of philosophy, science, and cultural production through figures as distinct as Aristophanes, Molière and Woody Allen. In 2013, Singh’s play The Humans was staged at Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York (as part of Performa 13) before traveling to the Festival d’Avignon, France in 2014. Singh’s work is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris.

Rosie Toner

Rosie Toner is an artist/filmmaker using both single screen and installation work. Themes that run through her practice include memory and re-enacting and reinvention of self and events.
She is currently in development with her first Feature Film The Saviours which is funded by Film Agency Wales. She already wrote and directed 3 short narrative films funded by Scottish Screen and UK Film Council.
She has exhibited single screen and installation work at venues including the ICA, London; Tate Liverpool and Camden Arts Centre, London; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Glasgow International Festival of Art.
She has been chosen to attend Binger Film Lab Amsterdam 2013, BFI Directing Masterclass at Hay on Wye Festival 2014 With Lenny Abrahamson, Film London Micro Market 2015 and EAVE 2016. She was funded to attend these courses by Scottish Film Talent Network, Creative Skillset and BECTU. She has a BA Hons Fine Art (Film & Video) from Central St Martins College of Art & Design, London.


Stefanos Tsivopoulos

Stefanos Tsivopoulos is a visual artist and filmmaker living and working between Amsterdam, Athens and New York. His films often result from a long-term research into historical documents, libraries and photographic archives, and are typified by a poetic cinematic language and the use of allegoric narratives. Tsivopoulos’ art practice is driven by an interest in the sociopolitical and economic aspects that shape the world we live in. He has produced short films in Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. His works are presented extensively in museums, art biennials and film festivals internationally. In 2013, he represented Greece in the 55th Venice Biennial with his video installation History Zero, a film in three episodes.


Promoted and organized by
Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival and HOME

Supported by
Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the EU

Programme partners
FID Marseille and ALO-OHA, Stockholm