Good 4 the Hood

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24, 2009 by carlknight

Do something good 4 your hood and become a TV star!

MTV, in partnership with the Home Office, have launched Good 4 the Hood, a competition to inspire young people to do something positive in their community. The winning group of friends will get to star in their own 4 part mini series on MTV.

Viewers are invited to visit and tell us what they do or would like to do, that is ‘Good 4 The Hood’ and will make a difference in their community to tackle issues from drugs, to anti-social behaviour to knife crime.

Entry closes on 12 July, when the top entries will be short listed. Viewers will then be invited to visit the site again and vote for their favourite. The winning idea will be brought to life through four, three-minute reality style episodes shown on MTV during September and October.

Visit now to find out more.


You Make The Movies

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12, 2009 by carlknight

The Industry Trust are running a new campaign called ‘You Make The Movies’ which is saying ‘thanks’ for supporting legal film and television in the UK, and showing that because people pay to watch the real deal, they are re-investing in our world class British film industry.

They currently have an amazing competition running – the big prize is to win a trip for four to Universal Orlando Resort and there are also 100s of DVDs to be won! So what do you need to do to enter? Your just need to upload a film you’ve made, paying homage to a classic film scene or quote – but your own take on it – to win the trip to Universal Orlando Resort.

Check out full details here

CBBC Me and My Movie

Posted in Uncategorized on June 11, 2009 by carlknight


Hello Movie Makers!

CBBC Me and My Movie is back for more film-making fun for children aged 6-14.

We’ve got some brilliant free events happening near you this summer, where you you’ll have the chance to work with professional film-makers and actors to create your own film in a day. We’ll bring the cameras, you bring your imagination!

Sign up by visiting and clicking on Get Involved. The closing date for applications is 5th July.

Lights, camera, action!

Screen WM seek Production Trainees to work on the new series of major BBC drama series Hustle, shooting across Birmingham this summer.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 10, 2009 by carlknight

Screen WM, the regional agency for the screen media sector, are seeking production trainees from the West Midlands to assist in a variety of departments working on the new series of the hit BBC show Hustle which will be shooting in locations in and around Birmingham from July to October. These positions are ideal for new entrants to the television industry or for crew who would like to try working in a different production department.

Screen WM’s Production Placement Scheme was launched in Autumn 2007 to assist people wanting to take the first steps into Film & TV Production, the scheme provides on-the-job work experience for those looking to get into the industry. Placements offer paid employment, usually for the duration of a shoot and are allocated to Screen WM invested projects which will be shot in the West Midlands. So far the scheme has supported over 30 trainees who have worked across a range of departments including camera, art and costume.

The trainee’s role will be to shadow a member of their assigned department, and perform trainee duties as necessary to understand and support the workings of their allocated department. Production trainees are required to observe and where possible have direct experience of the role and area they are assigned to during the production period.

The areas that the trainee must experience are linked to Skillset – the Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries National Occupation Standards and/or their job profiles. Where possible, these contribute to the standard required to obtain a Level 3 qualification or equivalent by a suitable awarding body: for example NVQ/City and Guilds. For more information on Skillset and to view the job profiles go to

We are seeking trainees to work with the following departments:
Script (specifically applicants who are interested in Script Editing)
Editing (cutting room trainees)
If you would like to apply for any of the positions please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter stating which positions you are interested in, your availability and any relevant experience to Due to the volume of applications only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
• All applications to the scheme will be considered, but we are particularly keen to receive applications from individuals who have some experience of working in the industry.
• Please only apply to the scheme if you are based in the West Midlands. If you are based outside the region please contact your local screen agency to enquire about opportunities in your area.
• All trainees will be paid a basic rate of pay (national minimum wage or above) for the duration of the shoot.
• Please note that we will only accept CVs from individuals over the age of 16.
• All placements are for the duration of the 6 episode shoot which stretches 11 weeks, July 13th-October 10th 2009. If you have holiday booked or you are unable to work immediately before the shoot begins or just after it ends please flag this up in your covering letter.

Please send in applications by WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE. Please contact Amy Newbery ( for applying after the deadline.

If you have any queries about the scheme please email or ring 0121 265 7120 and ask to speak to the Production & Development Coordinator, Amy Newbery.

Second Light a new funded talent development scheme from First Light

Posted in Funding on June 1, 2009 by carlknight

Introduction to Second Light

Second Light is a talent development scheme which through production based training, will give 30 talented young people aged 18-to-23, from BME backgrounds, supported opportunities to move into the film industry. 

Supported by funding from UK Film Council and Skillset, it is being delivered by First Light (FL) the UK’s leading initiative that provides funding and expertise to enable young people to create their own short digital films and media projects. Since launching in 2001, FL has helped more than 19,000 young people make over 900 short digital films and 230 digital media projects with an emphasis on access UK wide, cultural diversity and social inclusion.

FL is also the lead partner managing Mediabox (formerly the Youth Media Fund), a Department for Children, School and Families £8million fund that offers disadvantaged 13-19 year olds living in England the opportunity to develop and produce creative media projects using print, television, film, radio or online platforms.


 Aims of Second Light

  • To create new ladders of filmmaking opportunities for talented young filmmakers through extended periods of engagement with organisations, to develop creative and technical filmmaking skills.
  • To support the UK film industry’s efforts to develop an up to date, technically informed and diverse skilled workforce representative of the UK population.
  • To broaden knowledge about work opportunities across the film value chain (development, pre-production, production, post-production, exhibition and distribution).
  • To provide developmental opportunities for participants to increase their chances of accessing new entrant film training schemes, HE/FE film industry related courses and gaining employment in the film industry.


What funding is on offer?

FL will offer funding of up to £70,000 to 3 filmmaking organisations who can devise and support innovative, well conceived and predominantly production based training

programmes for 10 young people, from BME backgrounds, over a period of 18 months (starting no later than September 2009 and ending March 2011).

As we are seeking a spread of activity across the UK, it is highly unlikely that we will fund 2 organisations from the same region.


Download Second Light Guidelines here.

In the development of Second Light, First Light gathered together a creative think tank and also held a consultation event.  The notes from the event are listed below (as PDFs) for you to download and the link below ( Where does all the talent go?) will open and replay the live blog  from the event.  Click here for the blog Where does all the talent go

 1 Where does all the Talent Go? – young people’s discussion papers

 2 What 3 features would you like to see included in a talent development scheme for young people who want to work in the film industry?

 3 What do you consider are the 3 main barriers to young people who want to progress into the film industry careers?

 4 Second Light Think Tank Meeting Notes

60 second film competition: Can you capture the spirit of Europe in just 1 minute?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12, 2009 by carlknight

Following the success of last year’s Europe@Home photography competition, the European People’s Party Group in the Committee of the Regions has joined together with the Party to challenge young people to shoot a 1-minute film on the topic of creating a better environment.  The top three film-makers will win a share of £1750 and a trip to Brussels to see their films screened in the European Parliament in October.

Can you capture the spirit of Europe in just 1-minute? If so, visit  for more details! Closing date is 15 June!

CEA and UK Film Council announce digital roadshows for exhibitors

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2009 by carlknight




London – 18 March 2009: The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association and the UK Film Council, working with Screen Digest, have today announced a UK-wide programme of digital roadshows to raise awareness and understanding amongst the exhibition sector of issues around digital cinema.

The events, which will run from April – June at eleven digitally-equipped venues across the country, will provide an overview of the financial, operational and technical issues around digital cinema operation and allow those attending to hear first-hand experience from colleagues on the opportunities and challenges presented by conversion from 35mm technology.

A number of the events will also focus on aspects of digital 3D cinema, interest in which has been boosted recently by the success of titles such as My Bloody Valentine and Bolt and anticipation of the upcoming Monsters vs Aliens.

The roadshows will be open to all UK exhibitors, including commercial and specialist cinemas, arts venues and film societies. 

Announcing the proposed events, CEA Chief Executive Phil Clapp said:

“I am hugely grateful to colleagues at the UK Film Council and Screen Digest for their willingness to work with us and share their expertise. I see the roadshow events as an important opportunity for the wider exhibition sector to learn more and to discuss the key issues around digital cinema.

“It seems clear that the current transition to digital is only likely to gather pace in the future. It is vital therefore that all exhibitors are armed with the facts to enable them to decide whether they want to make that change, and if so, on what timescale. In order that all can make informed business decisions, we need to ensure that as much objective information as possible has been made available.”

Commenting on the desire to involve as wide a range of exhibitors as possible, Peter Buckingham, Head of Distribution and Exhibition at the UK Film Council, added:

“The transition to digital cinema technology will impact at some point on everyone who currently exhibits films or wishes to do so in the future. Everyone shares the same issue here, no matter what type of venue or type of programme. Namely, how is the switch from 35mm to digital going to benefit their operations, and crucially how will it be funded. It is therefore vital that as many as possible working in this part of the sector fully understand the financial and operational implications.

“We hope these events will provide a key opportunity for exhibitors and anyone working in this sector to engage with those who have first-hand experience of what it means to ‘go digital’.”

Full details of the events and information on how to attend can be found at this link: 

Dates and venues for the events are as follows. All events will begin at 10.00am and finish by 3.00pm.


Monday 27 April

Cornerhouse, Manchester

70 Oxford Street

Manchester M1 5NH


Tuesday 28 April

Vue, Hull*

Princes Quay

Kingston-Upon-Hull HU1 2PQ


Wednesday 29 April

Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

38-39 St Andrew\\\’s Street

Cambridge CB2 3AR


Friday 1 May

Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

10 Pilgrim Street

Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG


Thursday 7 May

Glasgow Film Theatre

12 Rose Street Glasgow

G3 6RB


Wednesday 13 May

Cineworld, Cardiff

Mary Ann Street

Cardiff CF10 2EN


Friday 15 May

Watershed, Bristol

1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside

Bristol BS1 5TX


Monday 1 June

Light House, Wolverhampton

The Chubb Buildings

Fryer Street

Wolverhampton WV1 1HT


Wednesday 3 June

Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast

Queen’s University of Belfast

Culture & Arts Division

8 Fitzwilliam Street

Belfast Northern Ireland BT9 6AW


Thursday 4 June

Odeon Bayswater, London*

Whiteleys of Bayswater

Queensway London W2 4YL


Monday 8 June

Plaza Cinema, Truro

Lemon Street

Truro TR1 2PN


Exhibitor enquiries

Any queries or questions should be directed to:

Media enquiries

For more information, please contact Phil Clapp / James Bird at the CEA on Tel: 020 7734 9551 or email:

Or Caroline Nagle at the UK Film Council on Tel: 020 7861 7508, email