*Applications Closed* for BFI NETWORK Weekender 2020

Apply now for our regional initiative for working class filmmakers

3 February 2020

Our weekend long talent development programme is back for 2020! The BFI NETWORK Weekender is an initiative designed to to invigorate, challenge, inspire and connect the most dynamic new filmmakers across the UK.

Last year, we invited 22 fantastically talented trans, non-binary and female-identifying filmmakers to spend a weekend with us in Manchester to explore identity, absorb crucial advice from top industry guests and meet likeminded creatives from all over. You can read more about how it went here: https://network.bfi.org.uk/news-and-features/industry-insights/network-weekender-2019

This year, we’re so excited to bring Weekender to Liverpool and welcome 22 working class writers, directors and producers from all over the UK to come together and expand their skillset in a workshop-style environment.

We recognise that the film industry has a class problem and can feel closed off and unattainable to those who are working class or come from low income backgrounds. With this year’s Weekender we aim to bring together new filmmakers of this experience with a host of industry guests and creatives to explore the ways in which their work intersects with class and identity. 

We’re looking for filmmakers at the start of their careers who are about to take that next step into the industry but may need support in terms of finding their voice as a creative, meeting potential collaborators or furthering their knowledge of how the industry works. 

We are beginning to see ripples of change in the industry, and our programme aims to celebrate the rising voices of marginalised filmmakers while nurturing their talents and helping to guide their future work.

The Weekender will run from 17th – 19th April 2020.

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about the applications for Weekender or if you're unsure whether this event is for you and you'd like to have a conversation about the programme please get in touch at bfinetwork@bfi.org.uk and we can discuss your questions over the phone, via email or in person.