Can I apply at an early stage of development?

For the online programme, you do not require a project to participate.  You can find more information here.

For the core programme, you can apply with a project at any stage of development from concept to first draft.  (The call for applications for the core programme is closed.)

You’ll need to be able to provide a brief outline in English of your feature film project, including writer, director and/or producer statements.  Please see the application form and guidelines for further information.

During the CCFL Training core programme you will work with consultants on the story and vision of your project, revising a two page outline through several drafts as you learn more about the technological possibilities, explore the dramatic potential of your story, and refine your vision.

Can I apply in a language other than English?

The language used within the Cross Channel Film Lab is English.  In order to help us assess whether you will be able to benefit from sessions conducted in English, all applications should also be made in English.

Can I apply without a project?

The CCFL Training online programme is closed for applications.  It does not include any direct project work, so you would have been able to apply to this without a project, for a different kind of learning experience.  Find out about the online programme here.

The call for applications for the core programme is closed.  This is information about applying while the call was open:

If you are a producer, you can apply to the CCFL Training core programme and participate without being attached to a particular project.  As you won’t need the two virtual story consultant sessions in between the two residential workshops, your fee to participate is slightly lower, but you will still benefit immensely from taking part in the residential workshops and online programme, with opportunities to observe the impact on other participants’ projects as they develop.

 

Can I get a bursary to participate in CCFL Training?

Bursaries may be available from training organisations within Europe to support selected participants. Please consult your local Mediadesk or film commission for more information on accessing these.

In addition, a limited number of bursaries will be made available by the Cross Channel Film Lab in cases of financial hardship.  If you think your situation may qualify you for one of these, please contact us at info@crosschannelfilmlab.com or via the website.

Here are some organisations that may be able to offer financial support:

European Cultural Foundation STEP Beyond Travel grant – Europe  Designed for artists and cultural workers to travel between EU, EFTA and countries bordering the EU. Priority is given to individuals who under 35 years old and/or who are in the first 10 years of their career.  http://www.culturalfoundation.eu/step-beyond

Dutch applicants – Netherlands Film Fund
  www.filmfonds.nl

Irish applicants – FÁS
  enhances the skills and competencies of individuals and enterprises in order for Ireland to further develop as a competitive, inclusive, knowledge-based economy.
  www.fas.ie

Irish applicants – Arts Council Ireland  A major funder of the arts in Ireland.
  www.artscouncil.ie

Swiss applicants – Office Fédéral de la Culture
  Support for attending MEDIA-funded training.
  www.bak.admin.ch/film/03613/index.html?lang=fr

Lab for Culture
  Directory of European sources of funding for culture.
  www.labforculture.org/en/funding

Northern Ireland  http://www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/sections/46/skills-funding.aspx

Scotland  Support for individuals attending talent labs.  http://www.scottishfilmtalent.com/professional-development/

United Kingdom  http://creativeskillset.org/who_we_help/creative_professionals/funding_for_film_train

England  http://creativeskillset.org/who_we_help/creative_professionals/funding_for_diversity

Can you help me with my application?

If you have any questions about the application process for the online programme prior to the application deadline, please email us at uk@crosschannelfilmlab.com  We recommend contacting us as early as possible as our availability will be limited as we get closer to the extended deadline of 5 September 2016.

The CCFL team will endeavour to check any applications received for missing information, allowing applicants to add these to their final application prior to the extended application deadline of 5 September 2016.  The team will not check applications for content or quality, we can only check that all supporting information we have requested have been included in the submission.

We will endeavour to also carry out these checks as quickly as possible, but this cannot be guaranteed due to time constraints, so an early submission is recommended.  It will not be possible to add information to your application after the 5 September 2016 deadline.

How do I apply?

Applications for the online programme for 2016 are closed.

For the online programme, you will need to complete a simple application form with your contact details and some brief information about your filmmaking experience.  You do not need a project to apply.

Applications  for the core programme for 2016 are closed.

For the core programme, you’ll need to complete a simple application form with a brief outline in English of your feature film project, including the information below:

  • A 25 word logline for your proposed film
  • A short synopsis (max 500 words)  This should communicate the story that you are looking to tell – how it starts, develops and resolves, the characters involved and what they want.
  • A writer’s, director’s or producer’s statement (max 500 words)  This should help paint a picture of the type of film the director intends to make – the fundamental creative vision and why the innovative use of VFX and/or Stereo 3D at a low budget is integral.

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  • For individual producers who are not attached to a project team, a producer’s statement (max 500 words)  This should outline the kind of films you wish to produce.
  • A statement of the benefits of participating in the CCFL Training programme (max 200 words)

Download the guidelines and application form for the core programme here.  These should provide all the information you need to complete an application to the Cross Channel Film Lab.

If you have any questions, please contact the core Cross Channel Film Lab team.

How do I get to the workshop venues?

The online programme is conducted entirely online and you can access this from anywhere with a good internet connection.

The first workshop of the core programme will take place in the United Kingdom – at the Academy of Innovation and Research on Falmouth University’s Penryn Campus, which is near Falmouth in Cornwall.

You can find information on how to get to Penryn Campus here.  The nearest airport is Newquay, to which there are direct flights from London.  If there are enough participants travelling via Newquay on the same flights, we may arrange a minibus as a cheaper travel alternative to a taxi.  Alternatively, the train from London, Exeter, Plymouth or Bristol airports will bring you almost directly to Penryn.  It’s a very beautiful journey through countryside and at times, right next to the sea.

The second workshop will take place at Le Groupe Ouest in France – which is based near Brignogan-Plages in Brittany.  The closest airport is Brest-Guipavas and the closest train station is Landerneau.  We will be able to arrange collection of participants from either of these.

If you’re thinking about expanding your workshop experience into a short holiday, both workshop venues are located close to stunning natural beaches and landscapes, as well as near to buzzing university towns rich with culture.

 

How many filmmakers will be selected?

The CCFL Training call for filmmakers to participate solely in the CCFL Training online programme is open.  We anticipate that most of these will be resident* in Europe , and that participants will generally be interested in both VFX and Stereo 3D.  You can find more information here.

The CCFL Training 2016 core programme selected 17 filmmakers, most of whom are resident* in Europe, with the selected projects divided between VFX and Stereo 3D.

 * “Resident” means that this is your principal residence and you are paying council tax or its equivalent to the relevant local authority.

How much does it cost to participate in the CCFL Training programmes?

The training costs are subsidised by significant investment from Creative Europe.  As a result, we are able to keep the costs to participants as low as possible:

Online programme:

All participants :

€80 per person – this fee covers

  • access to the CCFL Training archive between September and December 2016
  • access to the online programme (two phases of interactive online sessions:  September and December 2016)
  • access to a private Facebook group for participants to discuss their projects and training material

Core programme:

Screenwriters, writer-directors and directors (16 places)

€800 per person – this fee covers:

  • eight days of residential workshops (inclusive of accommodation and subsistence during two workshops, one in the UK and one in France)
  • two virtual consultancy sessions
  • access to the CCFL Training archive
  • access to the online programme (two series of interactive online sessions that revisit the workshop programme with a wider group of participants and live Q&As, and a final opportunity to pitch your project to an industry panel online)

Producers (4 places)

€600 per person – this fee covers:

  • eight days of residential workshops (inclusive of accommodation and subsistence during two workshops, one in the UK and one in France)
  • two virtual consultancy sessions (if you are part of a project team)
  • access to the CCFL Training archive
  • access to the online programme (two series of interactive online sessions that revisit the workshop programme with a wider group of participants and live Q&As, and a final opportunity to pitch your project to an industry panel online)

Included:

  • accommodation, meals and local travel during workshops, plus all specialist consultancy

Not included:

  • travel to and from the workshops from where you live

Bursaries may be available from training organisations within European countries to support selected participants.

A limited number of bursaries will also be made available by the Cross Channel Film Lab in cases of financial hardship.

How will my project be assessed and selected?

Online programme:

For the online programme, we will be accepting eligible applications on a first come, first served basis.  If places are available, you meet our eligibility criteria, and we have the appropriate balance of projects within and without the EU, we will offer you a place a few days after receipt of your application.  You can find more information here.

Core programme:

Applications for the core programme are closed.

Projects have been assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality and originality of story: projects should be cinematic, distinctive and ambitious in form and content.
  • Ability and potential of the filmmakers: a clear authorial voice and evidence of the potential to entertain, move and challenge an international audience.
  • Innovative and integral use of Stereo 3D and/or VFX (at a lower budget level).
  • Filmmakers’ capacity to benefit from the Lab’s resources and approach, including the project’s relevance to the Lab’s ongoing research activity.
  • Audience and market potential, including the ability to enliven European storytelling and extend the international audience for European cinema.

Shortlisted applicants were interviewed via Skype prior to selection for the Training core programme.

Participants had to ensure their availability for the two workshops and to participate in discussions during the online programme.

The Cross Channel Film Lab partners’ decisions in all matters concerning assessment and selection are final.  Whilst submissions will be considered with due reference to the criteria, opinions as to the quality and merit of individual applications are inevitably subjective.  Applicants can only appeal against a decision if they have good cause to believe that the published procedures for submission and assessment were not adhered to.  We regret that we are unable to give feedback to those applicants who are not invited for interview.  A copy of the Complaints and Appeals procedure which will apply in respect of the Cross Channel Film Lab is available on request.

In the unlikely event that the selection panel is unable to select 24 participants, the Cross Channel Film Lab will retain the right to solicit further submissions outside the above procedures.

Similarly, if any of the selected projects and filmmakers drops out or is unable to continue with development, the Cross Channel Film Lab partners retain the right to solicit further projects in order to meet the aims and objectives of the initiative.

 

How will the selection process work?

Online programme:

For the online programme, we will be accepting eligible applications on a first come, first served basis once the call for applications has opened.  If places are available, you meet our eligibility criteria, and we have the appropriate balance of participants within and without the EU, we will offer you a place a few days after receipt of your application.  You can find more information here.

Core programme:

The call for applications for the CCFL Training 2016 core programme is closed.  The selection procedure for this is outlined below:

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via Skype prior to selection for the Training core programme.

Participants will need to ensure their availability for the two workshops and to participate in discussions during the online programme.

We regret that we are unable to give feedback to those applicants who are not invited for interview.

The Cross Channel Film Lab partners’ decisions in all matters concerning assessment and selection are final.  Whilst submissions will be considered with due reference to the criteria, opinions as to the quality and merit of individual applications are inevitably subjective.  Applicants can only appeal against a decision if they have good cause to believe that the published procedures for submission and assessment were not adhered to.

A copy of the Complaints and Appeals procedure which will apply in respect of the Cross Channel Film Lab is available on request.

In the unlikely event that the selection panel is unable to select 20 participants, the Cross Channel Film Lab will retain the right to solicit further submissions outside the above procedures.

Similarly, if any of the selected projects and filmmakers drops out or is unable to continue with development, the Cross Channel Film Lab partners retain the right to solicit further projects in order to meet the aims and objectives of the initiative.

 

What are the IP implications for participating filmmakers?

Applicants must own or have optioned the underlying rights to the feature film they submit, and must be able to provide evidence of the chain of title.

The Cross Channel Film Lab and partners must have a credit on all completed films made from projects developed through the scheme, but will not require any repayment of its “in kind” investment.

Filmmakers will retain all rights to their feature films.

 

What does CCFL offer those who aren’t selected for the CCFL Training core programme?

Even if your project has not been selected for the CCFL Training core programme, the Lab will offer further opportunities to learn more about VFX and Stereo 3D at a lower budget level.

The website will display regular updates on the Lab and selected projects’ progress and process, and any interesting research findings.  You can also access some of our archive material.

CCFL Training is open for applications for the CCFL Training online programme – this will offer an alternative learning experience, revisiting selected recordings from the core programme workshops with live Q&As online.  You can find more information about the online programme here.

 

What does the CCFL Training core programme offer selected filmmakers?

CCFL Training will support you to find the space and support you need to:

• Hone your story idea with expert consultancy and specialist support

• Explore how technical input in development and production generates more creative, cost-effective and engaging cinema

• Be inspired by an innovative community of filmmakers and technicians from across Europe

• Obtain the skills, knowledge and extended networks you need to successfully utilise VFX and/or Stereo 3D technologies in your feature film.

 

The CCFL Training core programme is structured to support filmmakers over a six month period, with residential workshops taking place in the UK and France at either end of this (four days at the start, and three days at the end), and virtual support in between.

Between June and November 2015, filmmakers participating in the CCFL Training core programme will work on a feature film idea with a team of experts, emphasising story and technology, production and post-production strategy.  During the programme, each feature film team or writer or writer-director will develop a project pitch in response to their individual needs.  The final discussion of the project proposals at the end of the programme will identify strategies for progressing the projects.  (NOTE: Producers who are not part of a project team will participate in the workshops but will not develop a specific project.)

 

In individual and group mentoring sessions, story consultants will work alongside VFX and Stereo 3D consultants to explore the most effective ways for these projects to use technology and engage an audience.  Teams will also receive market input from industry experts.

CCCFL Training offers a blended learning approach, with online material allowing participants to revisit past sessions, generating online discussion and building a wider industry network.  The core programme combines case studies and seminars with hands-on training and group and individual project mentoring.  All participants, (including producers not attached to projects) will have the chance to experience hands-on testing of pre-vis and other relevant technologies at the workshops, alongside the best of the Stereo 3D and VFX training modules selected from our past programmes.

In addition to the two residential workshops in the UK and France, participants in the core programme will attend two online programmes (each taking place over 3 – 5 weeknight evenings) where past sessions are revisited with a wider audience and an opportunity to ask further questions of experts.  The final of these online sessions will offer an opportunity to pitch revised projects to a live industry panel.

Core programme participants will also benefit from two virtual consultancy sessions with experienced story consultants, scheduled at a convenient time between the two residential workshops.

The intention is that each participant or team will leave with a stronger project in terms of narrative and overall vision, a better understanding of what is possible within budget constraints, some valuable industry connections, and a more credible package with which to raise future development or production finance.

 

What is the timeframe for the CCFL Training core programme?

14 January 2016:  Call for applications opens

1 March 2016:  Deadline for applications

11 April 2016:  Applicants informed whether or not they have been selected

7 – 10 June 2016:  First CCFL Training residential workshop at Falmouth University, Cornwall, UK

Participants will come together over four days to reflect on their stories and creative ambitions, explore new ideas and plan individual development for the months ahead.

Theme: How a greater understanding of VFX and/or Stereo 3D and storytelling can influence your European feature film for the better, creatively and practically

  • real life case studies of innovation in action
  • direct input from story consultant and technical mentor to develop project ideas
  • peer learning opportunities
  • practical hands-on experimentation with relevant technical tools

July – September 2016:

  • Online training: 2-hour evening sessions revisiting workshop material, hosted over 5 evenings in September 2016, open to both core and online programme participants
  • Virtual consultations with industry mentors for each selected participant
  • Access to Cross Channel Film Lab Training archive

14 – 17 November 2016:  Second CCFL Training residential workshop at Le Groupe Ouest, Brittany, France

Participants and consultants will be reunited over four days.

Theme:  How a greater understanding of VFX and/or Stereo 3D, storytelling and the market context has transformed your European feature film

  • real life case studies of innovation in action
  • direct input from story consultant and technical mentor to develop project ideas
  • peer learning opportunities
  • pitching for feedback
  • consultations for participants to prepare for final project pitches

December 2016

  • Online training: 2-hour evening sessions hosted over 4 – 5 evenings in December 2016 including a live online pitching panel with invited industry guests
What is the timeframe for the CCFL Training online programme?

The call for applications for the CCFL Training 2016 online programme is closed.  You can find out more about the programme here.

Participants will be able to access the Cross Channel Film Lab archive material from September to Decmber 2016, and a private Facebook group will also be open during this period.

The first phase of “live” online sessions will take place in the evenings (generally from 19.00 to 21.30 UK time) from 12 – 16 September 2016, and the second phase at the same times from 5 – 9 December 2016.

What level of experience do writers, directors and producers need?

We are interested in working with both emerging talents and experienced filmmakers who would like to move into working with VFX or Stereo 3D.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a track record in the film industry.

The Cross Channel Film Lab is aimed at those with proven ability to deliver a feature film within this budget range and of a scope and quality that gives it the potential to break out internationally.

Directors must have:

  • At least two directing credits.  These can include shorts, features, TV, music videos, commercials, artist videos and theatre.
  • At least one of the following: film festival selection, recognised awards, TV broadcast, commercial release (theatrical, DVD, VoD) or a published theatre review.

Writers must have:

  • Written at least two pieces of fiction.  These can include a short or feature film script, TV script, novel, or play.
  • At least one of these must have been produced, published, optioned, or have secured third party development investment.

For projects that have a producer attached, producers must have:

  • At least two producing credits.  These can include shorts, features, TV, music videos, commercials, artist videos and theatre.
  • At least one of the following: film festival selection, recognised awards, TV broadcast, commercial release (theatrical, DVD, VoD) or a published theatre review.

Writer-directors must satisfy the criteria for both writers and directors.  The same applies for director-producers and writer-producers with regard to each category.

What sort of films is CCFL looking for?

For the online programme, you do not require a film project to participate.  You can find more information here.

The call for applications for the core programme is closed.  For the core programme, the Cross Channel Film Lab is looking for strong distinctive feature film projects at development stage that make brave, original and imaginative use of visual effects and/or Stereo 3D at budgets of up to €5million.  These are feature films with powerful narratives that will enliven European storytelling and contribute to the creative evolution of European independent cinema.

We will support the development of feature films with budgets of under €5million that use VFX and/or Stereo 3D technology to deepen the audience experience and redefine how stories engage viewers.

  • The use of VFX and/or Stereo 3D must be integral to the storytelling.
  • Films must be feasible at a budget of below €5million.
  • We expect the feature films we support to be around 90 minutes long.

Please download our guidelines to read more information on the eligibility of projects.

You can see examples of film projects that were selected for the Cross Channel Film Lab’s previous programme (that ran from 2012 – 2014) over here.  The Cross Channel Film Lab is looking for brave films that push the boundaries of audience expectation, so those and the following examples are by no means exhaustive.  Nor should they be read as a description of the only type of projects the Cross Channel Film Lab will choose to develop.

Gareth Edwards’ Monsters illustrates how early and ongoing understanding of VFX can bring big budget visual opportunities to a micro budget film, alongside a genre-mix “improvised” narrative based on a clear core story and themes.  Christian Volckman’s Renaissance provides a good example of an innovative motion capture technique.  More recently, Jon Wright’s Grabbers demonstrates how early preparation and strong creative links with a VFX team can generate cost-effective creature-based VFX that bring a fresh local story to an audience more used to US blockbusters.

Films such as StreetDance 3D demonstrated that 3D technology can reach a broad audience at a lower budget.  Yet many of the most creative Stereo 3D innovations at a lower budget have happened in documentary, such as Wim Wenders’ Pina, and Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams.  The Cross Channel Film Lab will explore how these approaches can translate to dramatic action, and how new narrative structures might evolve for 3D.

If you are unsure whether your project is likely to fit the brief, feel free to drop us an email at info@crosschannelfilmlab.com or via the website.

What’s the difference between the core programme and the online programme?
  • The online programme is a series of online sessions to be held in two phases in September and December 2016.  All activity for the programme will take place online (there are no residential workshops or direct virtual consultancy).  The training will be made up of a series of selected sessions recorded at the workshops and will be shared with a select audience of filmmakers from the core programme and an additional group of online programme participants.  These online sessions will offer an opportunity to ask live questions of experts, and to learn about the discoveries made by the projects that have gone through the core programme.  In addition the participants will be able to access the Cross Channel Film Lab training archive and connect in a private Facebook group.
  • The call for applications for the online programme is open.  You can find more information here.
  • The core programme is a six month (part-time) programme running from June to December 2016 which includes residential workshops taking place in the UK and France, virtual consultancy, and access to the online programme.  The core programme allows participants to develop a feature film idea with direct access to consultants expert in VFX, Stereo 3D and narrative, to engage directly in seminars, case studies, and group and individual sessions during the residential workshops, and to access the full online programme when it goes live.  Participants will be able to access the Cross Channel Film Lab training archive of material recorded at previous sessions.
  • The call for applications to the core programme is closed.

 

Who can apply?

We expect the majority of applicants to both the core programme and the online programme to be based in Europe as their principal residence, primarily from countries eligible for Creative Europe’s MEDIA programme (here is a list of the countries that are eligible:  https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/sites/eacea-site/files/eligible-countries_en.pdf).

However, we can also accept applications from filmmakers who are based in other parts of the world, and our eventual selection of projects can include up to 20% of people from countries outside the Creative Europe MEDIA programme eligibility list.

Applicants for either the core or online programme should be able to demonstrate a track record in the film industry.  This is not a scheme for first-time filmmakers.  The Cross Channel Film Lab is interested in working with both emerging talents and experienced filmmakers who would like to move into working with VFX or Stereo 3D.

For the core programme, films that are entirely or partly animated are eligible as long as they meet the other project criteria, including a feasible budget of under €5million.  Projects can be at any stage from short synopsis to first draft.  You are still eligible if you have received development finance from elsewhere.

The Cross Channel Film Lab will be conducted in English, so a good understanding of English is crucial.  Applications must be submitted in English.

For both the core programme and the online programme, we can accept applications from writer-director-producer teams or as individual writers, directors, writer-directors and producers. 

For the online programme, we can also accept applications from VFX or animation professionals; craft or technical crew; directors of photography; and editors.

For the online programme, you do not need to have a project to apply.

VFX or animation professionals; craft or technical crew; directors of photography; editors. must have:

  • At least two relevant credits (which may include shorts, features, TV, music videos, commercials, artist videos and theatre) and having attained at least one of the following: film festival selection, recognised awards, TV broadcast, commercial release (theatrical, DVD, VoD) or a published theatre review; or more than one year’s active experience in VFX or animation production

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Directors must have:

  • At least two directing credits.  These can include shorts, features, TV, music videos, commercials, artist videos and theatre.
  • At least one of the following: film festival selection, recognised awards, TV broadcast, commercial release (theatrical, DVD, VoD) or a published theatre review.

Writers must have:

  • Written at least two pieces of fiction.  These can include a short or feature film script, TV script, novel, or play.
  • At least one of these must have been produced, published, optioned, or have secured third party development investment.

Producers must have:

  • At least two producing credits.  These can include shorts, features, TV, music videos, commercials, artist videos and theatre.
  • At least one of the following: film festival selection, recognised awards, TV broadcast, commercial release (theatrical, DVD, VoD) or a published theatre review.

Writer-directors must satisfy the criteria for both writers and directors.

The same applies for director-producers and writer-producers with regard to each category.

Students in full-time education are not eligible to apply.

Applicants who do not satisfy the above criteria will not be eligible.