Your local talent executive
Before taking post as BFI NETWORK Talent Executive for the Midlands, Alexzandra managed Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre’s learning and talent programme. She has lead on other national projects, including Access Cinema, which works to establish comfortable and enjoyable cinema environments for people with disabilities, and Reel India, a programme designed to introduce specialised Indian family cinema to new audiences. From 2014 to 2018 Alexzandra also lectured in Professional Practice in the UK Film Industry for De Montfort University.
In addition, she serves as Festival Director of Leicester’s International Short Film Festival. Though the Festival has grown exponentially in size, it retains its grassroots approach and its core values: to celebrate short film in all its forms and to foster a creative environment in which filmmaking in the Midlands and beyond can thrive. Her career focus is diversity, equality and inclusion, celebrating talent and closing the gap between filmmaking and exhibition.
SHORT FILM FUNDING
Our Short Film funding programme supports projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects.
This fund is for fiction shorts, in both live action and animation. We want to support short films that:
- bring exciting new voices and bold narratives to the screen;
- provide space for experimentation and idea-testing;
- advance the careers of the filmmakers involved through showcasing their abilities to the industry and the public.
EARLY DEVELOPMENT FUNDING
Our Early Development funding programme supports projects with writers based in England. If you’re a new writer with an exciting, bold idea – particularly if you’ve not yet teamed up with a producer – this is the fund for you.
‘New writers’ are people who have not yet have written a feature film script that has been produced and distributed. This fund is also for producers and directors working with new writers.
This fund is the first step in the BFI’s development support for live action and animated fiction projects from new writers. It supports people at the very beginning of their development process to produce an initial treatment and related materials.