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An invitation from 104 films and biggerhouse film to join our neurodiverse film talent development programme

Bristol – January/February/March 2017

Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.

Overview This is an exciting opportunity for emerging film makers and creatives from the neurodiverse community to participate in a talent development programme. The aims of the programme are:

  • to develop a new generation of film makers working from a voice that is under represented in mainstream cinema.
  • to develop a wide range of development skills including animation, FX filming, puppetry, music production, editing, drama production and script development to enable the design of an individual project development plan.
  • to develop an understanding of the film market and opportunities and develop strategies to get films made and build a career in the film industry.

The programme builds on our experience of developing the feature film Dawn of the Dark Fox – the first feature film directed by an autistic film maker currently in development with Creative England.


The Programme will consist of:

  • A series of workshops covering a number of film making and project development techniques including animation, FX filming, puppetry, music production, editing, drama production and scriptwriting.
  • A series of weekly one to one training sessions with professional film makers focused on skills and project development and with the aim of designing individual project development plans.
  • The course will culminate in a screening of work produced on the programme and a focused workshop led by 104 films  on further project development and strategies for building a career in the film industry.


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 8 people who we think will best benefit from the training.

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


When is it happening? January/February/March 2017. Full dates to be announced soon.


Where is it happening? Central Bristol venues including the Watershed


Cost? The training and workshops are free of charge. You will need to provide your own support if you need it to be able to attend. We can also help with travel costs. Please talk to us about this.


How do I apply? Applications now closed


What does Neurodiverse mean? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurodiversity


Who is running the course?

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.

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”


Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to develop skills and talent, from classroom to boardroom.

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 Funds.

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