NFM/Screen Yorkshire film talent scheme launched UK-wide

Posted: 16th March 2012

Northern Film & Media, Screen Yorkshire and Skillset have teamed to launch Triangle 2012 - a new national talent development initiative to support emerging writers, directors and producers in film to develop new working relationships – ‘triangles’.

The 11 month programme builds on the pan-Northern Triangle pilot in 2011 and now opens up to talent from across the UK. Triangle 2012 is funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2, the UK’s Film Skills Strategy.

Triangle 2012 will initially be open to 75 participants and over the next year will be reduced down to four teams of three who will pitch their projects to an industry panel at the BFI London Film Festival. A series of workshops and seminars along with intensive support from industry mentors will support the ‘triangle’ teams as they develop their projects to be market ready.

“Triangle 2012 will provide the framework for filmmakers from across the UK to strike new creative and commercial collaborations," said Tom Harvey, Northern Film & Media's chief executive.

"Our combined investment and resource will enable participants to build their knowledge and networks through an industry-focused development programme,”

“The writer, director and producer relationship is at the heart of all successful films and Triangle 2012 is now structured to give more time and support for such relationships to flourish. Working with our partners, Northern Film & Media and Skillset, the scheme offers a major opportunity for filmmakers from across the UK,” added Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire.

Dan Simmons, Skillset's Head of Film (Acting) said: “There was fantastic feedback from participants and from industry after the pilot edition of Triangle which Skillset funded in 2011, and we are delighted to be continuing our relationship with the scheme and building on the successes so far. 

"We look forward to seeing the new teams and projects develop, and watching last year’s participants progress their careers.”   

Vita Nova Films’ Steve Bowden, Producer of Law and Disorder and Triangle 2011 participant, said that participating in Triangle 2011 had helped him to sign a deal with a leading UK distributor.

“Applying to Triangle was one of the best decisions we ever made. The scheme fast tracked the development of our feature film and led directly to signing a deal with a major UK distributor. We’re scheduled to start filming in Summer 2012 and Triangle played a significant part in helping us achieve that aim. I can not recommend this scheme enough!”

Industry mentors in Triangle 2011 came from Revolver, Salt, BFI, The Works, E1, Vertigo and Film4. Newcastle University, Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds Metropolitan University will also be supporting Triangle 2012.

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