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 e tutors

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