different voices

An ongoing film talent development programme for emerging Neurodiverse film makers and creatives from the Bristol area.

“…… neurodivergent – i.e. being dyslexic, dyspraxic, autistic, or having other learning difficulties or neurological/cognitive conditions, or experiencing yourself as someone whose way of relating to the world and other people is outside of the norm.”

Dr. Daniel Oliver

 

Different Voices 3 – NeuroDiverse Film New Talent Development Programme

Do you have an idea for a short film that you would like to develop?

This is an exciting opportunity for 12 emerging film makers and creatives from the neurodiverse community to participate in a film talent development programme in Bristol throughout January and February 2019.

This programme is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

 

we are offering a programme of six workshops to:

  • develop your idea through writing and storyboarding
  • meet and collaborate with other neurodiverse filmmakers
  • gain skills in camera work, sound recording, editing and animation
  • produce a rough ‘film sketch’ or script of your idea
  • get feedback and advice from professional filmmakers
  • be a part of our on going neurodiverse filmmaking community in Bristol
  • get professional development to take your idea to the next step

 

This ScreenSkills project will be delivered by biggerhouse film with professional development from 104 films who are world leaders in disability cinema in association with Arnolfini.

Different Voices 3 follows on from the success of our two previous projects which ran in Bristol in 2017. So far we have produced 17 short films which have been screened at many festivals including the Edinburgh film festival, Sheffield Doc Festival, Oska Bright, Together! 2018 Film Festival and Encounters.

 

How do I apply? Please download the submission form and return to us by midday Friday 4th January 2019.

 

Who is it for? The course is open to adults aged 18 years plus who self describe as being part of a neurodiverse community and who are engaged in film or creative activity or wish to be. We are putting the call out to people who live and around the Bristol area who wish to take part, to come forward with simple proposals. From this we will select 12 people who we think will best benefit from the training.

You will be interested in making films or expressing yourself through film.

 

what is the cost? The training is free and open to anyone who lives in the Bristol area. We can also help with travel and support costs. Please ask us about this.

 

where & when is it happening? The Arnolfini. January/February 2019

 

Background Different Voices 3 follows on from the success of our two previous projects which ran in Bristol in 2017. So far we have produced 17 short films which have been screened at many festivals including the Edinburgh film festival, Sheffield Doc Festival, Oska Bright, Together! 2018 Film Festival and Encounters.

Watch films from Different Voices 1

Watch films from Different Voices 2

 

Different Voices is an ongoing programme of work and is an opportunity for emerging film makers and creatives from the neurodiverse community to participate in a talent development programme in Bristol.

  • to foster a new generation of film makers working from a voice that is under represented in mainstream cinema.
  • to explore a wide range of skills covering animation, FX green screen filming, studio work, music production, editing, drama production and scriptwriting.
  • to enable the design of an individual project development plan.
  • to gain an understanding of the film market and opportunities and develop strategies to get films made and build a career in the film industry.
  • to build on our existing community of neurodiverse talent in the region.

 

 

Different Voices is part of a progression of over 14 years’ work making ground breaking learning disabled films and more recently, built on our experience of developing The Dawn of the Dark Fox – the first feature film directed by an autistic film maker which has received development funding from Creative England.

 

 

Project Partners:

biggerhouse film make award winning dramas, documentaries and animation films.

We specialise in creating person-centred films to educate and inspire.

In all our films we put the participants at the centre of the devising and production process. We make films ‘with’ people not ‘about’ them. We believe this way of working empowers not only the participants but also makes for a stronger film thus having greater impact on the intended audience.

Since the company began in 2000, we have worked with a diverse spectrum of people and in 2009 in collaboration with Somerset Film, we set up JUMPcuts which has become an award winning production company making films with and for people with learning disabilities.

“we are film makers working with people to find their voice and create extraordinary stories”

104 films are the world leaders in disability cinema with the aim of creating a tectonic shift in the representation of disabled people both in front of and behind the camera and enabling the voice of disabled film talent in the cinema mainstream.

We have produce critically acclaimed award winning films for an international audience such as the BAFTA winning I Am Breathing, BAFTA nominated Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and the multi-award winning Special People which was hailed as a “milestone in mainstream cinema” by the Guardian for its use of disabled cast. Our most recent film was Notes on Blindness which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released to acclaim in June by Curzon

We also run training schemes, short film programmes and initiatives for disabled film talent. and are strategic partners of the British Film Institute and Creative Skillset.

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based creative industries – animation, film, games, television including children’s TV and high-end drama, VFX and immersive technology. They work across the whole of the country to  ensure that UK screen has access now, and in the future, to the skills and talent needed for continued success.

 

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