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FILMONOMICS IV Film Industry Programme To Return For A Fourth Year To Support Established Female Filmmakers

30 November 2016

Birds Eye View’s highly rated emerging female and BAME feature filmmaker programme (writers, directors, producers – docs and fiction) Filmonomics has returned for its fourth consecutive year.

The fourth programme hosts a balanced portfolio of inward and outward focus, with sessions on developing confidence within your professional style with trained psychologists; interrogating rejection with professional coaches specialising in female entrepreneur training; current box office and sales analysis plus future trend-forecasting.

Supported by Creative Skillset, this bespoke 9 month programme is targeted at established women and BAME film practitioners from around the UK who are on the cusp of or have made their first feature. It is designed to bridge the gap between development and distribution, mixing industry knowledge with behind the scenes networking and discussions on vital topics such as finance, teams, marketing, exhibition and audience development. One of the key aspects of the programme is the focus on the individual with sessions focusing on increasing confidence, presentation and discussion skills as well as tailored mentoring.

Guest speakers from previous programmes included:

– Averil Leimon: Leadership Psychologist and Founder of White Water Group
– Beatrice Neuman: Sales & Distribution Consultant, BeA Film
– Caroline Goyder: Coach and Creator of The Gravitas Method
– Charles Gant: Film Journalist and Industry Analyst
– Gale Harold: Actor
– Hilary Davis: Partner, Bankside Films
– Joanna Hogg: Writer & Director
– Joel Kennedy: VP of Worldwide Acquisitions, Entertainment One UK
– Kate Gerova: Head of Operational Marketing, Curzon Cinemas
– Kim Longinotto: Filmmaker
– Julia Short, Distribution Expert
– Patrick Hurley: Distribution Manager, Dogwoof
– Peter Ettedgui: Producer and Screenwriter
– Sarah Mosses: Film Producer and Distribution Impact Strategist
– Wendy Mitchell: Former Editor of Screen / British Council Film Department

Filmonomics IV will run from November 2016 through to June 2017 and comprises a range of regular 2-3 times monthly sessions featuring ‘small talks’ by industry experts, in-depth professional coaching, one-to-one professional mentoring (as well as peer mentoring), workshops, a number of industry panels, preview screening events as well as regular networking activities and meet-ups. The course encourages debate, peer-to-peer exchange and a focus on shifting attitudes and policy in real time with those who are directly experiencing it first hand.

Mia Bays is an Oscar winning, twice BAFTA nominated producer of films such as The Muse starring Ben Whishaw; Backstreet Boys – Show ‘em What You’re Made of and Scott Walker – 30 Century Man both by Stephen Kijak and Six Shooter by Martin McDonagh,. Mia works in both documentary and fiction, and has worked on over 50 features in various capacities, as a distributor, producer, and held such roles as Creative Producer on the Microwave micro-budget scheme 2007-14 overseeing the creative aspects of the production of 8 features such as LILTING, ILL MANORS and SHIFTY.

“I came away with new and highly qualified contacts, people I can turn to when I face areas that are vital to producing but I have no first-hand experience of.”

“I found the whole Filmonomics programme a very inspiring and supportive environment. All the elements of the industry were covered and the high level speakers were hugely informative and generous with their time and knowledge.”

“The final two sessions, on marketing/PR assets and confidence, were among the best and most revelatory training I’ve ever received.”

“We would not hesitate to recommend this course, it provides the invaluable insight and support needed when taking a leap into the unknown.”


Neil Chordia, Producer - The Maharaja
Dieudonnee Burrows, Producer - The Donkey
Selena Cunningham, Producer - Floaters
Mary Bell, Producer - Two Janes
Sana Bilgrami, Director - Two Janes
Janet Wells Producer - TBC
Victoria Mapplebeck, Writer/Director/Producer - Data Recovery
Erin Phipps, Producer - Data Recovery
Sarah Beddington, Director - Birds of the Air
Jennifer Monks, Producer - In Our Blood
Stephanie Zari, Writer/Director - In Our Blood
Emma Duffy, Producer - The Bravest Orchestra in the World
Maria Caruana Galizia, Producer - Stine
Abigail Addison, Producer - The Devouring
Roz Mortimer, Writer, Director - The Devouring
Tas Awan, Producer - Espionage
Adriana Kytkova Writer, Director, Producer - Generation Gap
Nour Wazzi, Writer, Producer, Director - Baby Mine
Shirine Best, Writer, Producer - Baby Mine
Laura Martin Robinson, Director, Producer - Boy Interrupted
Alice Lusher, Producer - The Insatiable, inflatable candylion
Victoria Thomas Producer - Born in New York, Raised in Paris
Debbie Howard, Writer, Director - The Ten Human Years of Preta Eshana
Ania Nakov, Producer - Summer E5
Emily Young Director - Summer E5
Isabel Tang Writer, Director - George Davis is Innocent, OK
Nicole Volavka Director, Producer - Seekers
Rayna Campbell Director, Producer - Girl Dem (by Charlotte Bogard Macleod)
Madelena Hudson Producer - TBC
Jonson D’Angelo Writer, Director - Trouble
Susan Simnett, Producer - Ray and Molly after the Apocalypse

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About Creative Skillset
Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; we do this by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow. As the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, we work across film, television, radio, animation, visual effects, games, fashion, textiles, advertising, marketing communications and publishing,

About the Film Skills Fund
Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund invests in the skills and training of the UK film industry to secure its growth and sustainability ensuring UK film remains world-class. The Film Skills Fund is backed by the British Film Institute (BFI) with the National Lottery fund.

Birds Eye View Film
Birds Eye View is a charity founded by Rachel Millward in 2002 which ran an annual film festival showing films by women at key venues such as the BFI Southbank in London, and through touring programmes, events and training and worked tirelessly to promote the work of women internationally for more than 12 years.

The last festivals took place in 2013 and 2014 under the expert eye of distribution and marketing expert Kate Gerova, who also founded the Filmonomics programme for female filmmakers. Since coming on board in the final year to run initially their flagship filmmaker training programme, Mia Bays, the Oscar winning twice BAFTA nominated producer has worked to build on that legacy, taking the charity in a new direction under her aegis, building a portfolio of programmes and events that focus on better representation and inclusion of women across the film sector.

They have recently raised funds and are launching 3 programmes for women in film in 2017 – FUTURE LEADERS IN DISTRIBUTION 2, FILMONOMICS FILMMAKERS IV and new programme FILMONOMICS PLUS for emerging producers.

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