The Cross Channel Film Lab today launches a brand new training programme, designed to help filmmakers working with visual effects and Stereo 3D transform their projects using cutting-edge technology.

Supported by Creative Europe, CCFL Training will focus on the development of low to medium budget feature films utilising VFX and Stereo 3D technologies to enhance storytelling and reach new audiences.

A core programme will offer 24 filmmakers, each with early stage feature film projects, the chance to engage in a mix of residential workshops and online seminars, masterclasses and specialist consultancy, and learn more about the intersection of visual technology and screenwriting.

Running for six months from June to November 2015, the programme is being run in collaboration with Le Groupe Ouest, Creative England and Falmouth University.

A further 24 filmmakers will be offered the chance to participate in CCFL Training’s online programme.

Pippa Best, Project Co-Director and Script Consultant for Cross Channel Film Lab said: 

“In today’s cinema, visual effects, computer generated images and Stereo 3D are usually associated with high-budget Hollywood films. 

“The Cross Channel Film Lab opens this world up to European filmmakers working at a lower budget, giving them an opportunity to explore how technical elements can have a compelling impact on a film’s narrative.  It is a unique chance for film-makers to work with talented experts, and create some really exciting new films.”

Antoine Le Bos, Script Consultant and CCFL 2012-2014 Project Co-Director, said:

“New doors can be opened with new technologies and small crews, in a way that wasn’t possible 5 years ago.  Bringing together accessible technology and filmmakers ready to discover new possibilities opens the door for cinema to become a source of deep amazement again.”

The previous Cross Channel Film Lab (CCFL2) project brought together eleven partners from the UK and France.  Working with a range of industry experts over three years, the project explored innovative and immersive images and storytelling in low to medium budget feature films.

The successful programme looked at using Stereo 3D as a narrative tool and showed how considering visual imaging at the writing and development stages of film projects can foster creativity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

To mark the completion of CCFL2, and to celebrate the launch of the new training programme, twin events will be held in London (2 February) and in Paris (3 February), exploring an alternative approach to independent low to medium budget cinema.

The events will also include a screening of test material from the feature film projects which participated in CCFL2, along with some rare Stereo 3D archive material.

From its foundation as a cross-disciplinary forum where filmmakers, scientific researchers, technicians, educational institutions and industry can share skills and knowledge, the Cross Channel Film Lab is now forming new partnerships across Europe.

CCFL aims to create a consortium of SMEs, research institutes and laboratories, universities and centres of creativity, to revitalise the processes of film production and development, and provide inspiration and education in the use of VFX, immersive media and Stereo 3D at lower budgets.

By doing this, CCFL hopes to broaden the scope of independent cinema, enliven European screenwriting and expand the international audience for European cinema.

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The deadline for submissions has been extended to 27 March 2015. 

Applications for the CCFL Training online programme will open in May 2015.

For more info, contact: Pippa Best or Mary Davies


Notes to editors: 

The Cross Channel Film Lab Training programme is supported by Creative Europe in partnership with Le Groupe Ouest, Creative England and Falmouth University.

Le Groupe Ouest seeks to further filmmaking in Brittany in a context of European co-operation and innovation.

Le Groupe Ouest is:

1. A unique place in France dedicated to the scriptwriting process and coaching writers.

2. A research and creation platform for linking storytelling with new imaging technology.

3. An innovative approach involving businesses in the development of Brittany’s filmmaking industry.

Le Groupe Ouest is a partner of the TorinoFilmLab and a partner and co-founder of the Cross Channel Film Lab.

Creative England

Creative England offers funding and tailored support to the TV, film, games and digital industries, and helps them flourish.  It invests, mentors, advocates and collaborates at all levels of the industry, creating the right conditions for more success.

Falmouth University is a vibrant and forward-thinking specialist arts university and key player in the national and international creative scene.

A justifiable international reputation for excellence in Art, Design, Media, Performance and Writing has grown from over a century of nurturing original thinking, supported by highly talented and professional staff. 

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Industry partners

The CCFL offers a wide range of expertise from across the film industry plus broad research knowledge and experience from its academic partners.

Amongst many others, the CCFL has previously consulted with experts at companies such as A Droite de la Lune, Amak, Bait Studios, BBC Films, Eyes3Shut, Film4, Film Factory, Nvizible,  Rushes, Studio Canal, Vertigo Films, Vision 3 and Zoptic; directors including Gareth Edwards, Marc Caro, Christian Volckman, Ciaron Foy and Caradoc James; script consultants Yann Apperry, Pippa Best, Mary Davies and Antoine Le Bos; VFX experts Paddy Eason, Jean-Baptiste Lère, Christian Lett, Jonathan Privett, and Feidhlimidh Woods; and Stereo 3D specialists Hugo Barbier, Joséphine Derobe, François Garnier, Martin Parsons and Chris Parks.


Cross Channel Film Lab Phase 2

With a 3 million euro total budget, the Cross Channel Film Lab Phase 2 (2012 – 2014) has been funded 50% through the framework of the European transborder co-operation programme Interreg IVA France (Channel) – England.

In addition to the partners below, the CCFL has been supported by la Région Bretagne, le Conseil Général du Finistère, and  Brest Métropole Océane.

With a budget of €173.5 million, the Interreg IVA France (Channel) England programme aims to promote the emergence – between the French and English parties – of a space of common citizenship fostering a sense of belonging to a cross-border area, and endowed with a specific identity.

Cornwall Council led the Cross Channel Film Lab Phase 2 as part of its commitment to supporting the Creative Industries in Cornwall.

Cornwall Arts Centre Trust (ACT) is one of Cornwall’s key creative industries organisations.  Also the UK partner on CCFL Phase 1, ACT leads Krowji, Cornwall’s biggest creative sector cluster, Carn to Cove (a performing arts scheme for rural communities, including film screenings), and Creative Skills (professional development support for creative industries practitioners).

Le Groupe Ouest see above

Creative England – see above

The Media School at Bournemouth University is the largest centre of professionally based higher education for the media and communications industries in the UK and has an excellent industry reputation.  Since 1989, the National Centre for Computer Animation has conducted research of “international significance” and pioneered “excellent” undergraduate and postgraduate courses in computer visualisation, animation and digital effects.

Falmouth University – see above

3D Fovea is part of the Télécom Bretagne research centre, a leading research lab studying the impact of Stereo 3D images on the viewer’s brain and the use of different 3D optical systems.

ISB/UBO University of Brest’s Sound for Image department is one of the best in France.  Its research lab focuses on the impact of sound spatialisation on picture perception, including the perception of Stereo 3D images.

Artefacto researches and builds autostereoscopic systems that enable Stereo 3D to be viewed without glasses, and is one of the few companies in Europe working in this applied research field.

Ecole Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne (EESAB) has researched interactive pre-visualisation set design, allowing creative teams to anticipate the consequences of their writing choices on the viewers’ perception.

Le Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard, in northern Brittany, has embodied the collaboration between the UK and France in the realm of cinema for more than 20 years and has hosted CCFL2 showcases.


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