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Screen WM and Producers’ Forum announce Producer Mentoring Scheme

July 4, 2011

Screen WM and Producers’ Forum are delighted to announce the Producer Mentoring Scheme, a brand new initiative supported by Skillset’s Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2, to develop business and project skills for West Midlands feature film producers.

10 producers based in the West Midlands region will be selected to receive high-level mentoring advice and guidance from industry experts across finance, business affairs, sales and distribution, and creative producing skills during summer/autumn 2011.

The scheme has been developed based on detailed feedback from producers and will be delivered by the Producers’ Forum, a membership-based sector-led professional organisation which provides training, networking and a lobbying voice for independent filmmakers.

Applications are invited from West Midlands-based independent producers with one or more feature film projects in active development.

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th July.

To apply, visit Producers Forum.

Dan Lawson, Head of Production, Development & Inward Investment for Screen WM, said, “The Producer Mentoring Scheme is the product of many discussions held with local producers about maximising the support available for independent producers in the regions, many of whom have had development funds from Screen WM in the past and are now ready to take their projects and businesses to the next level with the help of industry experts with the know-how and contacts to make the difference.”

Natasha Carlish, CEO Producers’ Forum, said, “We are delighted to be able to offer local producers the opportunity to gain access to high quality industry mentoring. One of the biggest challenges we face in theWest Midlands is access to Executive Industry expertise. Access has always been at the heart of the professional development that the Producers’ Forum has delivered during the last eight years. At a time when the support for the future of film related activity in the regions is in transition the Producers’ Forum is proud to be partnering Screen WM and Skillset to deliver this exciting initiative. ”

Dan Simmons, Head of Film (Acting), said, “This is a fantastic scheme which delivers against many of the priorities within Skillset’s film skills strategy, A Bigger Future 2; developing creative talent, improving business skills within the industry to support the growth of UK film companies, and delivering locally based training outside of London to support filmmakers throughout the UK. The Producers’ Forum will provide participants with stronger links with top industry talent to help maintain a healthy filmmaking network for the West Midlands.”

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