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FILM CITY FUTURES launches JUMPCUT 2016

Film City Futures is delighted to announce the launch of JUMPCUT 2016: an intensive film-making program for young people aged between 16 and 25 delivered in association with Film City Glasgow and Sigma Films. In April and May of this year around 20 young people will form a production company that will make a professional short film with a budget.

JUMPCUT is looking for applications from young people from diverse backgrounds who can demonstrate a passion for film and television and a commitment to work hard. You don’t have to have a huge amount of experience but we would like to see evidence of your interest in film and filmmaking as a potential career. The JUMPCUT production will be based at Film City Glasgow and will be supported by Sigma Films staff as well as specific project staff and industry mentors. This opportunity is being delivered with the support of Creative Scotland’s Screen Sector Skills Fund and there is no fee for taking part. A small amount of financial support may be available for those requiring support with expenses such as travel, accommodation or childcare.

Gillian Berrie, Director of Sigma Films and Film City Glasgow said: “We are very proud of JUMPCUT.  It has been designed to answer specific industry needs and is the only project of it’s kind that gives newcomers an intensive, mentor-led, fast track into the industry while receiving full exposure to every aspect of the film-making process in a professional, industrial environment. The results to date have been phenomenal with over 70% of previous graduates going straight into the industry.” The last JUMPCUT took place in 2014 and involved industry mentors such as Producer, Paddy Higson (Magdalene Sisters) and Director, Zam Salim (Up There).

Previous industry mentors have included Grant Cameron (Cinematographer: Orphans; Life on Mars) Colin Monie (Editor: Shetland), Dave Arthur (Editor: God Help the Girl; Swung), Susan Clark (1 st Assistant Director: BBC Drama) and many more. The last JUMPCUT short, Dropping off Michael, has gone on to receive a host of accolades including: Glasgow Short Film Festival 2015 – Audience Award and a BAFTA New Talent Awards 2015 Nomination. It was also shortlisted for a Bafta Scotland Best Short Film award and the 2016 London Short Film Festival.

Natalie Usher, Director of Screen at Creative Scotland, said: “The skills development and training opportunities offered by this inspiring initiative are essential to the development of screen talent that is reflective of Scotland’s diverse culture. This and the wider work supported by the Screen Skills Fund underlines our commitment to developing skills and nurturing talent to ensure the future success of the sector.”

Many of the participants from previous JUMPCUT productions have gone on to a variety of great new opportunities in the screen industry such as paid BBC traineeships, selection for BFI Film Academy programs and jobs with production companies. One crew member received his first short film commission and a participant in the 2013 production went on to write the script for Dropping off Michael.

The deadline for applications is 29th February 2016.

A full application pack is available at http://www.filmcityglasgow.com/filmcityfutures or contact hello@filmcityfutures.com for further enquiries.

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NOTES

Creative Scotland’s £1 million Screen Sector Skills Development Fund was launched in February 2015 by the Scottish Government to provide training and skills development opportunities for people already involved in the screen sector and young people considering a career in screen. Film City Glasgow is a leading provider of screen and creative industries infrastructure and facilities in Scotland. One of its key objectives is to enable access and entry to the screen and creative industries for all, through industry, public sector, academic, and third sector, partnerships and initiatives. In order to deliver this objective, Film City Glasgow has created Film City Futures – a not for profit organization with charitable status – with the ambition to establish itself as a catalyst for screen industry participation, learning, and innovation.

For further information about Film City Glasgow and Film City Futures please visit

http://www.filmcityglasgow.com/filmcityfutures or follow us on @filmcityfutures

@filmcityglasgow

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

For further information about Creative Scotland please visit

http://www.creativescotland.com or follow us on @creativescots and

http://www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland


FRONTRUNNERS

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New Executive Coaching Programme for Screen Businesses opens for applications

Deadline for application: 27th January 2016

Film City Futures is delighted to announce the launch of Frontrunners, an exciting new Executive Coaching programme for business leaders from television, film and related media businesses. Frontrunners is being delivered with the support of Creative Scotland’s Screen Sector Skills Fund.

Designed to complement and support other training available in the sector, Frontrunners is bespoke and tailored to individual needs. The ambition of the programme is to drive business leaders forward to meet specific professional goals and targets through identifying and finding solutions for issues/ways of working that may be holding them back from reaching their full potential.

Selected business leaders will work closely with experienced coaches from leading Executive Coaching providers who specialise in working with television and creative industries businesses – including Grow People and Creative People – to meet these goals.

Depending on the needs of the individual and the company, areas of focus may include: interpersonal and professional communication; performance management; organizational effectiveness; developing executive presence; enhancing strategic thinking; dealing effectively with conflict and leading and building an effective team within their company.

Claire Scally, Project Manager at Film City Futures said: ‘Following the recent Pact report that the Scottish indie sector is ‘in danger of beginning to stagnate’ we believe Frontrunners is a perfectly timed initiative to support the Scottish production sector.

Natalie Usher, Director of Screen at Creative Scotland, said: ‘It’s great to see the launch of this important programme that will support the development of business skills of key professionals in the screen sector in Scotland. This and the wider work funded by the Screen Skills Fund underlines our shared ambition to create a vibrant, culturally diverse and commercially-competitive sector.’

Full application details are available here

For further information please contact hello@filmcityfutures.com

Notes

Creative Scotland’s £1 million Screen Sector Skills Development Fund was launched in February 2015 by the Scottish Government to provide training and skills development opportunities for people already involved in the screen sector and young people considering a career in screen.

Film City Glasgow is a leading provider of screen and creative industries infrastructure and facilities in Scotland. One of its key objectives is to enable access and entry to the screen and creative industries for all, through industry, public sector, academic, and third sector, partnerships and initiatives. In order to deliver this objective, Film City Glasgow has created

Film City Futures – a not for profit organization with charitable status – with the ambition to establish itself as a catalyst for screen industry participation, learning, and innovation.

http://www.filmcityglasgow.com/filmcityfutures

@filmcityfutures @filmcityglasgow

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com.  Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland


JUMPCUT film DROPPING OFF MICHAEL

A family affair at the cutting edge of young Scottish film talent

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Dropping of Micahael is a short film written by James Price aged 25 from Springburn. The film was made by JUMPCUT Summer Production Company and directed by professional Director Zam Salim. JUMPCUT are delighted that the film will be screening as part of the Scottish Competition at Glasgow Short Film festival this Friday.

James Price wrote the film as a love letter to his dad and stars newcomer Michael McCardie alongside his real life Uncle Brian McCardie (Filth, Outlander) and his Mother Maureen Carr (Orphans, Still Game), all playing the same family relationships as characters in the film. The film and training was funded by Young Start and Channel 4.

Inspired by the last detail the film follows Michael as he is taken out for a last day of freedom by his Uncle Duncan. Despite the fun line-up that his uncle has laid on for him, Michael cannot forget where he’s finally going that day.

James Price, said “I honestly don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for JUMPCUT. It has changed my life”

Initiated by Sigma Films and Film City Glasgow, JUMPCUT commends innovative approaches to all aspects of screen production. Its vision is to help establish and develop new generations of skilled professionals, which will ensure Scotland’s continuing growth and evolution in the screen industries. The enterprise strongly believes that talent is not always found through traditional educational routes, and therefore seeks to engage with young people from all walks of life, who may not feel they usually have access to the means of developing their own creative identity or leadership potential. A year round programme of activities allows JUMPCUT to offer a range of opportunities whilst identifying uniquely talented individuals. https://jumpcutfilm.wordpress.com/ Get the latest JUMPCUT news on our blog and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Catriona MacInnes, Producer at JUMPCUT, said: “JUMPCUT is a unique program. Theyoung people selected are under as much pressure as they would be in the industry but theyhave the support of top industry professionals, who also become valuable contacts for thefuture.”

Gillian Berrie, Director of Sigma Films, said: “Jumpcut is a dream come true for us. Its the UK’s one and only, mentor-led, hands-on, intensive film training initiative. 95% of last year’s graduates are now working in the industry. There isn’t a faster track to becoming partof the industry and we’re extremely proud to be running it at Film City Glasgow.”

Brian Coffey, Mentor and Producer at Sigma Films, said: “The Summer Production Company is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain valuable hands-on experience of working on a short film and meeting people of a similar age with the same interests. As a mentor on the set I was blown away by the skills and dedication of the young people and how quickly they all developed into a professional working crew. JUMPCUT gives young people the skillset necessary to prepare them for entering the industry”

 Susan Clarke, 1st Assistant Director from BBC Drama, said: “The practical side of the course provides invaluable experience. I worked with the three AD’s who all did an amazing job and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with.”

Every member of that crew has gone onto a variety of great new opportunities in screen production such as paid BBC traineeships, selection for BFI Film Academy programs and paid employment in the industry

Scot Morrison, 1st Assistant Camera/VFX Designer for the Summer Production Crew 2013, now working full time for Urbancroft films said: “Working on JUMPCUT was a fantastic experience that not only gave me confidence to work as part of a professional camera department, but also gave me confidence in myself.” 

Please contact Catriona Macinnes with inquires:

producer@jumpcutcrew.com | 07941 670 889

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