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BFI Network Cohort

2019 BFI Cohort

This year BFI NETWORK welcomed applications from non-binary, trans and female identifying filmmakers for our 2019 edition of the NETWORK Weekender. With over 200 applications received, shortlisting was tough, but we’re so excited for you to meet our 22 new writers, directors and producers taking part from all over the UK. Our Talent Development programme will be taking place in Manchester where we hope to inspire, challenge and spark collaboration in our creatives whilst giving them access to a super lineup of industry guests and masterclasses.”

Sky Arts Scholarship

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Sky Academy today announces the recipients of their 2016 Arts Scholarships. Four emerging artists from the UK and one from Ireland have been selected from over 1,100 applicants, with the winners being chosen by a judging panel including writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, Iwona Blazwick, Director of Whitechapel Gallery, Farooq Chaudhry, Creative Producer at the English National Ballet and music producer Cam Blackwood.

Old Vic 12

Old Vic 12

Directors Zoe Lafferty, Caitlin McLeod, Edward Stambollouian
Playwrights Samuel Bailey, Sonali Bhattacharyya and Steven Hevey
Producers Sarah Georgeson, Paul Jellis and Martha Rose Wilson
Choreographer Lanre Malaolu
Composer Harry Blake
Designer Sarah Beaton

Speaking about The Old Vic 12, Matthew Warchus said:

The selected 12 artists who will take part in our new programme, The Old Vic 12, are exceptionally talented people who we hope will benefit from the vitality and creativity of this unique theatre. We are excited to have them participate in the new season and to offer our assistance as they develop their practice in proximity to the great artists we have involved here at The Old Vic. Our aim is to nurture a new generation of theatre artists and we are grateful for the visionary financial support of Peter De Haan which has made The Old Vic 12 possible.”

In August, we launched the applications for The Old Vic 12, which reached a staggering 1,300. Between September to November, we interviewed over 250 applicants. Of the interview process, Director of Old Vic New Voices, Alexander Ferris said:

The substantial interview process for The Old Vic 12 was a wonderful opportunity to meet with so many inspiring, emerging artists. The sheer level of talent that is currently out there is massively encouraging. This process opened up The Old Vic to hundreds of creative individuals and I hope we can nurture these connections to ensure we continue reaching out to fantastic talent. We’ve selected an exceptional group of individuals to take part in the first Old Vic 12. With this scheme, we hope to support them to develop their skills and explore new creative heights in the surrounds of this buzzing historic theatre.”