Tuesday 19 March 2013

The Bureau’s ‘Save Our Scripts’ programme opens call for submissions

The ‘Save Our Scripts’ (SOS) Development Lab launches its third edition with new partners and a clear focus on UK talent. Script submissions open on Monday 18 March 2013.

Run by The Bureau SOS is now searching for emerging writers and producers for the 7 month programme during which writers will develop a feature length screenplay and producers will fast track their development experience.
Creative Skillset continues its support of the training, whilst SOS welcomes new partnerships with the London Film School, Three Mills Studios, and the Genova-Liguria Film Commission.

The programme is searching for emerging writers with confident, singular voices, and producers with clear ambition who want to build on their development skills.

The programme is built around three workshops one of which will be a residential in Genova. During the programme the writers will develop a feature length screenplay from a short outline, with the ongoing support of the SOS mentors, and their fellow participants. The producers will partake in the final two workshops, and through seminars, group discussions and project specific work, will learn a range of development skills and approaches.
SOS is based on the value of shared experience. This begins with the course mentors, but continues amongst the participants themselves, and from the programme’s exceptional guest speakers.

The programme mentors are Valentina Brazzini who is responsible for development and talent tracking at The Bureau, Tristan Goligher the producer of Weekend and currently the Executive Producer of iFeatures2, and finally Matthieu de Braconier co-producer of London River and formerly executive producer of the prestigious Cinema Extreme short film scheme.

Past speakers include Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), Joe Penhall (The Road), Hanif Kureishi (Venus), Thomas Bidegain and Pascal Caucheteux (A Prophet), and Michel Reilhac (Arte).

The Bureau commented: “We are really excited to be launching SOS for the third year. Each cycle of the programme allows us to engage and support the vast wealth of talented filmmakers that are looking for an opportunity to develop their skills. We are thrilled to have new partners on board who will aide us in ensuring this is SOS’s most successful year yet.

SOS Timeline
The call opens on 18th March 2013.
Early Bird deadline: 19th April
Late Deadline: 10th May (a fee of £20 is charged to apply after the early bird deadline)

MODULE 1 - 30th July to 1st November 2013
(12 writers)
First Residential Workshop [London]: Tue 30th July to 2nd August
1st draft treatment deadline: 23rd August
Virtual one-to-one meeting: 26th-27th August
Final Delivery: 20th September:
Six writers who only attend module 1 receive a full set of notes on their latest draft: 20th September

MODULE 2 - 5th November 2013 - 26th February 2014
(6 writers & 6 producers)
Second Residential workshop [Genova – Italy]: 5th-7th November
1st draft script deadline: 13th December
One to one meetings with mentors and participant producers: 18th-19th December
Final delivery: 12th February 2014
Third Residential Workshop / final feedback [London]: 25th-26th February

The Bureau is a partnership united by two core ideas. First to embrace strong voices, telling original stories, and second to discover, stimulate and nurture new talent. This ethos has run through our work, for over a decade during which The Bureau has established itself as one of the UK's most distinctive production companies.

In that time The Bureau has produced, and co-produced feature films, including The Warrior (Asif Kapadia), Unmade Beds (Alexis Dos Santos), and Weekend (Andrew Haigh). This work has played at festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice and Berlinale, received an Academy Award nomination, won two BAFTAs, and most recently two BIFAs.

The Bureau has remained committed to working with new talent. In 2003 establishing the prestigious Cinema Extreme short film scheme, with Film4 and the UK Film Council, which provided breakthrough films for many filmmakers including Andrea Arnold and Rupert Wyatt. In 2008 founding SOS, a feature development programme for writers and producers, and most recently setting up the short film scheme Collabor8te with Rankin Film Productions.

Creative Skillset is a licensed Sector Skills Council, helping the UK Creative Industries to be world-beating by leading the sector’s skills and talent drive. Creative Skillset is an industry-owned organisation that actively involves trade unions, professional bodies and other stakeholders to address skills issues in our industries.
A Bigger Future 2 is Creative Skillset’s three year skills and training strategy for the UK film industry, funded in part by the industry itself through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF) as well as by the National Lottery from the BFI. Building on the original A Bigger Future strategy, A Bigger Future 2 focuses on addressing the vital skills and training needs of the industry to deliver maximum economic and cultural return: safeguarding and creating jobs, nurturing talent and maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of the international film industry.

The London Film School, founded in 1956, is one of the world's longest established graduate schools of filmmaking. It is constituted as an international conservatoire with 70% of its MA Filmmaking students coming from outside the UK. Associates include world-renowned filmmakers covering all kinds of cinema - names like Mike Leigh, Michael Mann, Tak Fujimoto, Roger Pratt, Ueli Steiger, Iain Smith, Duncan Jones, Danny Huston, Franc Roddam, Ann Hui, Marius Holst, Oliver Hermanus and Bill Douglas.

The School produces 160 films a year including work for the five teaching exercises on the MA Filmmaking. In the past year, London Film School films played at over 100 festivals and won 25 awards, including a BAFTA nomination.

The School also offers an MA Screenwriting and Continuous Professional Development courses as London Film School Workshops.  Partnership programmes include the MA Independent Film Business and PHd with University of Exeter.

London Film School is one of three Creative Skillset Film Academies, postgraduate institutions approved by the UK film industry as centres of excellence.

Genova-Liguria Film Commission is a non-profit Film Commission established by the Region Liguria, the City of Genova and other cities in Liguria and its Provinces in order to promote Liguria as a destination for movie, Tv , documentaries and commercial productions.
Through Genova-Liguria Film Commission producers can get free of charge:
  • Pre-scouting services
  • Liaison with local professionals and services
  • All the permits needed are just a one-stop away
  • Special discounts for hotel accommodations
On selected projects of relevant interest for the Regional promotion, it is possible to obtain financial aid or other incentives.

3 Mills Studios is the iconic production destination at the heart of London’s most vibrant creative community. We understand the challenges of production and we have the range of professional services, facilities and flexibility to suit your needs and help you create something special.

We are passionate supporters of new and emerging talent in the UK Film Industry and we are delighted to work regularly with filmmakers at the beginning of their careers, as well as those who have more established careers.

Our versatile studio space has inspired some of the most successful independent filmmakers including; Andrea Arnold, Wes Anderson, Danny Boyle, Tim Burton, Joe Cornish, Eran Creevy, David Cronenburg, Stephen Daldry, Ben Drew and Peter Strickland. It has played host to a diverse range of productions including; Attack the Block, Berberian Sound Studio, The Deep Blue Sea, Eastern Promises, Fantastic Mr Fox, Frankenweenie, iLL Manors, Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go, Sunshine, Trance and Welcome to the Punch.

Our facilities include:
  • 11 stages (ranging from 3,200 sq ft – 13,500 sq ft)
  • 10 rehearsal rooms
  • Production offices
  • Prison exterior and cell set
  • Locations, exterior & period buildings (1700s – 1980s)
  • Dressing, make up and green rooms
  • Prop stores
  • Screening room
  • Riverside café & bar
  • 24 hour security
  • Excellent transport links

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